Portland

137 reviews
  1. City in Oregon
A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Real Estate
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    A+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$285,300
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$945
National
$904
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

    Crime & Safety

    Crime & Safety
    C
    Based on violent and property crime rates.
    Violent Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Assault
      288
      264
    • Murder
      4
      5
    • Rape
      43
      37
    • Robbery
      138
      135
    Property Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Burglary
      673
      575
    • Theft
      4,013
      2,114
    • Motor Vehicle Theft
      548
      257

    Residents

    Diversity
    A
    Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
    Median Household Income
    $53,230
    National
    $53,046
    Children
    16%
    Education Levels
    National
    • Master's degree or higher
      18%
      11%
    • Bachelor's degree
      27%
      18%
    • Some college or associate's degree
      29%
      29%
    • High school diploma or equivalent
      17%
      28%
    • Less than high school diploma
      9%
      14%

    Reviews

    137 reviews
    • Excellent
      55
    • Very Good
      61
    • Average
      18
    • Poor
      2
    • Terrible
      1
    Right now, Portland is one of the more desired cities to live in, so there are some down sides to this: Parking is difficult to find, and tickets are frequent. Travel time out of the city to close areas is often upwards of an hour during peak traffic times. Housing is very expensive, moves quickly and is highly competitive. Also, be prepared for a ridiculous amount of hipsters and rain.
    All this aside, Portland does have good qualities! Most people in the city are friendly and excepting of a variety of lifestyles. It is very LGBTQ friendly, and is safer than most cities I have visited. Lots of tattoos, coffee shops, good eats, and cat ladies (and gents). Not very far from the coast, with plenty of hiking and outdoors adventures nearby. Overall, a fun place to live.
    • Works Here
    • 2 days ago
    Portland is a fantastic city. There is an abundance of culture, delicious food, and landmarks. It is located between the Oregon Coast and Mount Hood, which are a quick drive outside of the city. The streets are lined with old brick buildings and green trees. The downtown is clean with sculptures, parks, and public water fountains. This city is easy to get around. Exploring the city is an adventure! You can walk along the Willamette River and enjoy the scenery on one of the city's many bridges. The city has strong ties to the community with bountiful Farmer's Markets and many parades and festivals. The city also has a strong love for their MLS soccer team, the Timbers. The Timbers Army flock to the stadium clothed in green for game day. Portland is home to the International Rose Test Garden. This garden is acres filled with beautiful and fragrant roses of all colors and varieties. Portland is a beautiful city with a lively culture that keeps residents and tourists inspired.
    • Current Resident
    • 3 months ago
    Portland is a great little city! I lived in San Francisco and Chicago for years before settling down in Portland and I couldn't be happier. The city is located next to two beautiful rivers, it's situated next to one of the largest urban forests in the country, and still offers many of the luxuries of a metropolitan city. Because the city is growing in popularity every year, there is a constant influx of many new visitors and residents. It's great for meeting new people and fueling the economy but also has it's downfalls with crowded public transportation and awful traffic. It's hard to complain much though when surrounded by beautiful hills, quirky and interesting people, and a wide range of some of the best restaurants the country has to offer.
    • Current Resident
    • 4 months ago