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September 2012

Seattle versus Portland: Compare the Cities with a New Web Mapping Application

By Austin Amort
Esri, Olympia, Washington Regional Office

Compare and contrast demographic and quality-of-life data for Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, using a new web application developed at Esri. The Portland vs. Seattle Smackdown application was inspired by the CNN Travel summer series City Smackdowns.

The application compares factors such as population density, median household income, and park acreage in each city. It was built using ArcGIS Online, HTML, and ArcGIS API for JavaScript. Very little programming was required.

Read the article, see the application in action, and think about new ways you can use ArcGIS.

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The Portland vs. Seattle Smackdown application lets you compare various aspects of the quality of life in the two cities.

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