Portland, OR - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Setting
    Large City
  • Population
    594,687
  • Population Density
    4,098 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    145 sq.mi.
  • Reviews
    592 3.6
Portland is a large city in Oregon with 594,687 residents. It has very high home values, average rent costs, and high unemployment levels. Its citizens generally have high education levels and average income levels.

Ratings and Reviews
3.6 from 592 reviews
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    • 4
    Crime & Safety at Downtown: Crime isn't really a problem here in portland, just the occasional here and there but nothing to worry about
    • 4
    Overall Experience at Downtown: It's college life here in downtown portland, the city is liberal
    • 4
    Crime & Safety at Sellwood/Moreland: I feel the most secure in this area of Portland than I have anywhere else I lived in the greater Portland area. I don't feel like the cops are constantly patrolling either which is my preference. When needed however, they have always responded very fast when needed. There is hardly any crime to note and all buildings, homes, and public areas are maintained very well.
    • 4
    Overall Experience at Sellwood/Moreland: Whenever my husband and I walk our dog, visit the park, go to the coffee shop, or trip down the street to the grocery store, we are always overwhelmed with the sense of community we feel. We have lived there for just over two years and we know so many of our neighbors, store and shop owners. People are willing to stop to say hi and always willing to lend a hand.

    The historical context exemplifies how quaint and well maintained it has remained which is a huge draw for crowds seeking antiques and to support small local shops and restaurants. We are frequently at the local wildlife refuge which I did a huge report on for school and there is a lot of pride having this in our neighborhood for education and conservation. The bike path is a huge bonus as well because its a through-way heading south and north.
    • 3
    Overall Experience at Hazelwood: I'd like to live in west Portland

Neighborhoods

Niche Grade Name Population
Montavilla 16,649
Lents 15,954
St. Johns 15,092
Cully 13,904
Northwest 13,181
Brentwood Darlington 12,630
Hazelwood 12,105
Richmond 11,265
Powellhurst/Gilbert 10,768
Sellwood/Moreland 10,313
Mount Tabor 9,871
Concordia 9,322
Downtown 9,212
Woodstock 9,125
Portsmouth 9,048
Pleasant Valley 8,919
Rose City Park 8,820
Wilkes 8,658
Creston/Kenilworth 8,395
Hillsdale 8,049
Multnomah 7,895
Buckman 7,594
Madison South 7,576
Kenton 7,538
Hosford/Abernathy 7,450
Mount Scott 7,391
Irvington 7,122
Sunnyside 7,087
Foster/Powell 6,682
Goose Hollow 6,561
Arbor Lodge 6,452
Piedmont 6,384
Overlook 6,364
King 6,314
South Tabor 6,268
Mill Park 6,257
Argay 6,133
Parkrose Heights 6,021
Roseway 5,950
Bridlemile 5,908
South Portland (Corbett/Terwilliger) 5,832
Parkrose 5,591
Center 5,454
Southwest Hills 5,433
Humbolt 5,385
Kerns 5,290
Russell 5,278
Beaumont/Wilshire 5,277
Hayhurst 5,218
University Park 4,917
Grant Park 4,884
East Moreland 4,870
Laurel Hurst 4,722
Brooklyn 4,421
Ashcreek 4,262
West Portland Park 4,109
Pearl Town 3,991
Alameda 3,862
Vernon 3,719
Woodlawn 3,677
Northwest Heights 3,669
Reed 3,249
Glen Fair 3,210
Sasin 3,101
Homestead 3,054
Boise 3,033
Eliot 2,910
Maplewood 2,646
Arnold Creek 2,552
Hillside 2,297
Old Chinatown 2,246
Sullivan's Gulch 2,153
Markham 2,014
Lloyd 1,884
Marshall Park 1,840
Linnton/Forest Park 1,828
Sumner 1,814
Sunderland 1,707
Far Southwest 1,649
Woods Memorial Park 1,468
Collins View 1,383
South Burlingame 1,374
Holly Wood 1,330
Arlington Heights 1,233
Cathedral Park 1,188
Sylvan-Highlands 1,158
Ardenwald 609
Hayden Island 582
Woodland Park 377
East Columbia 133
Bridgeton 54

Nearby Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
4.33 Raleigh Hills 6,452
4.33 Portland West Township 127,377
4.00 Milwaukie 20,385
4.33 West Slope 6,852
4.33 Lake Oswego 37,037
4.33 Portland East Township 470,921
4.33 Cedar Mill 15,380
4.33 Beaverton 91,383
4.00 Maywood Park 939
4.33 Tigard 49,024
3.66 Vancouver 164,111
4.33 Northwest Clackamas Township 253,619
4.00 Happy Valley 14,931
4.00 Skyline Township 2,650
3.66 Gresham 107,196
4.33 Beaverton-Hillsboro Township 412,268

Comparable Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
4.33 Seattle 624,681
4.33 San Francisco 817,501
4.00 Boise 209,726
4.33 Denver 619,297
4.00 Austin 836,800

ZIP Codes

Niche Grade Name Population
4.33 97229 59,983
4.33 97206 48,384
4.33 97223 46,574
3.66 97230 40,197
3.66 97233 39,849
4.33 97219 39,392
4.33 97202 39,229
4.00 97222 35,108
3.66 97236 37,033
4.00 97266 33,933
4.33 97217 31,929
4.33 97203 31,895
4.33 97211 32,376
4.33 97213 30,186
4.00 97220 28,847
3.66 97086 26,425
4.00 97035 23,925
4.33 97212 24,433
4.33 97214 24,072
4.33 97215 16,158
4.00 97218 15,252
4.33 97239 15,530
4.33 97216 16,445
4.33 97201 15,133
4.33 97209 14,698
4.00 97221 12,348
4.33 97232 11,784
4.33 97210 11,422
4.33 97205 6,736
3.66 97231 4,131
4.33 97227 4,111
4.33 97204 1,387

Top School Districts

Niche Grade Name Total Schools
4.00 Riverdale School District 2
3.33 Portland School District 86
2.66 David Douglas School District 14
2.33 Centennial School District 10
2.00 Parkrose School District 6
1.66 Reynolds School District 20

Top Public Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
2.33 Alliance High School Public, Alternative 9-12 Middle, High
3.00 Gray Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
3.33 Forest Park Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.33 Winterhaven School Public K-8 Elementary, Middle
3.66 Lincoln High School Public 9-12 Middle, High
3.00 Mt. Tabor Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
3.33 West Sylvan Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
3.33 Chapman Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.66 Cleveland High School Public 9-12 Middle, High
3.33 Ainsworth Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.33 Richmond Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
3.00 Sellwood Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
3.33 Abernethy Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.33 Llewellyn Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.00 Da Vinci Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
3.33 Rieke Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.33 Skyline Elementary School Public K-8 Elementary, Middle
3.33 Stephenson Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.33 Buckman Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.00 Jackson Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
3.33 Glencoe Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.33 Capitol Hill Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.66 Grant High School Public 9-12 Middle, High
Helensview High School Public, Alternative 9-12 Middle, High
3.33 Astor Elementary School Public K-8 Elementary, Middle

Top Private Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
Oregon Outreach - McCoy Academy Private, Alternative 7-12 Middle, High
4.33 Oregon Episcopal School Private, Boarding, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.00 Catlin Gabel School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
Park Academy Private, Special Education 4-12 Middle, High
City Christian Schools Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
Serendipity Center Private, Special Education 2-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.33 St. Mary's Academy Private, Religious, All-Girls 9-12 Middle, High
3.00 Jesuit High School Private, Religious 9-12 Middle, High
3.00 Valley Catholic School Private, Religious 9-12 Middle, High
3.00 Northwest Academy Private 6-12 Middle, High
Hera Community School Private 9-12 Middle, High
Vancouver Christian High School Private, Religious 6-12 Middle, High
Grace Christian School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
2.66 De La Salle North Catholic High School Private, Religious 9-12 Middle, High
Faith Bible Christian School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
2.66 Central Catholic High School Private, Religious 9-12 Middle, High
2.66 Pacific Crest Community School Private, Alternative 6-12 Middle, High
St. Stephen's Academy Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
2.66 Portland Lutheran School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
2.66 Life Christian School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
2.66 Portland Christian Junior/Senior High School Private, Religious 6-12 Middle, High

Top Colleges

Niche Grade Name
Reed College
Lewis & Clark College
Oregon College of Art & Craft
George Fox University
University of Portland
Marylhurst University
Multnomah University
Portland State University
Concordia University - Oregon
Pacific University
Warner Pacific College
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Portland Community College
Clark College
Mt. Hood Community College
Clackamas Community College
The Art Institute of Portland
University of Phoenix - Oregon
Warner Pacific College - Adult Degree Program
Concorde Career College - Portland
Pioneer Pacific College
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts - Portland
Heald College - Portland
ITT Technical Institute - Portland
Carrington College - Portland

Around Portland

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Demographics

Racial Diversity

Portland, OR United States Oregon Portland (OR) Metro Area Austin, TX Boise, ID Denver, CO San Francisco, CA Seattle, WA
White 72.03% 63.25% 78.02% 75.94% 49.11% 84.07% 52.68% 41.72% 66.69%
Hispanic 9.43% 16.62% 11.94% 11.00% 34.59% 7.44% 31.41% 15.19% 6.42%
Asian 7.42% 4.83% 3.77% 5.81% 6.19% 3.55% 3.35% 33.10% 14.02%
African American 6.05% 12.23% 1.71% 2.74% 7.71% 1.37% 9.66% 5.62% 7.23%
Multiracial 3.70% 2.05% 3.05% 3.31% 1.99% 2.47% 2.07% 3.26% 4.55%
Native American 0.63% 0.66% 0.98% 0.59% 0.19% 0.69% 0.59% 0.24% 0.54%
Pacific Islander 0.54% 0.16% 0.38% 0.49% 0.07% 0.26% 0.08% 0.41% 0.41%
Other 0.20% 0.19% 0.16% 0.13% 0.16% 0.15% 0.18% 0.46% 0.15%

Age

Portland, OR United States Oregon Portland (OR) Metro Area Austin, TX Boise, ID Denver, CO San Francisco, CA Seattle, WA
9 years and under 11% 13% 12% 13% 13% 12% 13% 8% 10%
10 to 17 years 8% 11% 10% 10% 8% 10% 8% 5% 6%
18 to 24 years 9% 10% 9% 9% 13% 11% 10% 9% 11%
25 to 34 years 20% 13% 14% 15% 21% 16% 21% 21% 21%
35 to 44 years 16% 13% 13% 15% 15% 13% 15% 17% 16%
45 to 54 years 13% 14% 14% 14% 12% 14% 12% 14% 13%
55 to 64 years 12% 12% 13% 13% 9% 12% 10% 12% 12%
65 and over 11% 13% 14% 12% 7% 12% 10% 14% 11%

Education Levels

Portland, OR United States Oregon Portland (OR) Metro Area Austin, TX Boise, ID Denver, CO San Francisco, CA Seattle, WA
Less than a high school diploma 9% 14% 11% 9% 13% 6% 15% 14% 7%
High school diploma or equivalent 18% 28% 25% 22% 16% 21% 19% 13% 12%
Some college or associate degree 29% 29% 35% 34% 25% 35% 24% 21% 24%
Bachelor's degree 26% 18% 19% 22% 29% 25% 26% 32% 34%
Master's degree or higher 18% 11% 11% 13% 17% 13% 17% 21% 23%

Gender

Portland, OR United States Oregon Portland (OR) Metro Area Austin, TX Boise, ID Denver, CO San Francisco, CA Seattle, WA
Male 49.5% 49.2% 49.5% 49.4% 50.5% 50.0% 50.0% 50.8% 49.7%
Female 50.5% 50.8% 50.5% 50.6% 49.5% 50.0% 50.0% 49.2% 50.3%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

Portland, OR United States Oregon Portland (OR) Metro Area Austin, TX Boise, ID Denver, CO San Francisco, CA Seattle, WA
Rent 46.6% 35.1% 38.0% 38.7% 55.0% 39.0% 49.8% 63.4% 53.2%
Own 53.4% 64.9% 62.0% 61.3% 45.0% 61.0% 50.2% 36.6% 46.8%

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

Portland, OR United States Oregon Portland (OR) Metro Area Austin, TX Boise, ID Denver, CO San Francisco, CA Seattle, WA
Assault 291.6 278.9 170.8 183.1 246.4 200.2 370.0 318.2 308.8
Murder 2.3 5.0 1.8 1.7 3.0 1.4 6.2 5.8 3.0
Rape 38.4 15.3 25.3 57.4 79.2 19.3 23.8
Robbery 150.5 159.8 85.5 98.1 88.8 21.0 174.4 503.9 249.1

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

Portland, OR United States Oregon Portland (OR) Metro Area Austin, TX Boise, ID Denver, CO San Francisco, CA Seattle, WA
Burglary 677.7 573.5 579.2 521.8 762.4 384.9 757.8 711.3 1148.7
Larceny 3647.1 2079.6 2994.7 2655.4 3834.8 1727.7 2358.5 4380.5 3763.0
Motor vehicle theft 539.9 235.5 304.8 360.2 252.4 99.4 537.3 703.5 670.5

Income

Weather

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Precipitation
6.1"
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    Precipitation

  • 6.1"
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Resident Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still choose to live in this area?     Based on 23 responses

  • 70% Yes
  • 9% Not sure
  • 22% No

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 28 responses

Getting worse
Getting better
  • Schools/education
  • Crime/safety
  • Employment/jobs
  • Home values
  • Local government
  • New residents moving in
  • New businesses/restaurants opening
  • Overall quality of life

Rate the public services in this area:     Based on 30 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Police protection
  • Fire protection
  • Emergency medical services
  • Animal control services
  • Street repair/maintenance
  • Trash/recycling collection
  • Snow removal
  • Public transportation
  • Public recreation facilities
  • Park maintenance
  • Public libraries
  • Community education

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements about houses in this area?     Based on 25 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Most properties are well-maintained (e.g. landscaping, painting, shoveling)
  • Most properties have large lawns and/or gardens.
  • Most properties have driveways.
  • Most properties have garages.
  • Most of the houses look the same and have a similar layout.
  • Most of the houses are built close together with little space between them.

How noisy is the area where you live?     Based on 27 responses

  • 11% It is very quiet and peaceful. There aren't many cars or trains to speak of.
  • 33% It is pretty quiet. Cars pass by regularly, but it isn't disruptive.
  • 52% There are moments of loud noise. Sometimes you hear traffic or emergency vehicles, but it is bearable.
  • 4% Loud noises are very common. Traffic, trains, pedestrians, and emergency vehicles are everywhere.

How accepting are others who live in this area toward minorities (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?     Based on 11 responses

  • 36% Very accepting.
  • 55% Most people are accepting, except for a few cases of intolerance.
  • 9% The area is split on its acceptance, quite a few minority groups are not well accepted.
  • 0% Not accepting. It's hard to be a minority in this area.

How safe do you feel in this area?     Based on 35 responses

  • 23% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 46% Pretty safe. There is some crime, but it doesn't impact me much.
  • 26% Somewhat safe. There is noticeable crime, and there are times I don't feel safe.
  • 6% Not safe. There is a lot of crime, and I regularly don't feel safe.

What is your overall opinion of this area?     Based on 10 responses

  • 20% I love everything about it.
  • 30% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 50% This area is okay. There are a lot of things I wish were different.
  • 0% I hate this area.

Rate the quality and ease of access to the following attractions in this area:     Based on 10 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Museums
  • Art galleries
  • Performance venues
  • Professional sport venues
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos
  • Amusement parks
  • Parks and natural attractions
  • Historical landmarks/monuments