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    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Centennial is a neighborhood in Portland, Oregon with a population of 40,912. Centennial is in Multnomah County. Living in Centennial offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Centennial there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in Centennial and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Centennial are above average.
About Centennial...
Population
40,912

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$178,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$947
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    247.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    4.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    112.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    384.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,400.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    631.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$41,169
National
$55,322
Families with Children
40%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    3%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    9%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    33%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    20%
    13%
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My fiance and I bought a house her in March of 2015. When we first moved her I was pleasantly surprised with the pleasant neighbors. I really love our next door neighbors that surround us. They are helpful. There are plenty of trees and the backyards are large enough to offer the opportunity for a decent sized garden. Now for the cons, we are surrounded by an unsafe area. We recently put up cameras due to homeless drug addicts that wonder through the neighborhood. Our roommates tow hitch was stolen out of our sealed backyard, one of our holiday blow ups was cut with a knife last season and some homeless people that I was personally trying to help, ended up stealing a tablet from us. We are more weary of those that drift in and out of the streets and some homeless people live on Division. Unfortunately, the home prices are rising, attracting people that want to sell their home and then those people renovate it to rent it to sometimes unsavory individuals.
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Since moving here we have seen a slow decline in the quality of the neighborhood and with the management of out complex. If I could do it all over again and the management was the same as when we moved in I would move here again, but make a better effort to move on sooner. If I could do it all over again and the management was the current managers I would not move here, but choose to live elsewhere.

Part of this answers falls on whether my spouse and I would have accepted the transfer of our jobs if we knew about our housing situation and the cost of living. We both would have reconsidered due to the higher cost of living, not just within the city but within the whole state.

If nothing changes within the neighborhood I foresee a continued decline where the area becomes unsafe.
Lents is a poorer neighborhood so the quality of local businesses are likewise poor. Most of the businesses consist of car part stores, strip clubs, dive bars, and numerous shady businesses. It's a good area to live, but not a place I'd want to raise my children. We do most of our shopping at Fred Meyer. The closest one is on Foster and 82nd. However my wife and I will go ten minutes out of our way to go to the Johnson Creek Fred Meyer, simply because the Foster one is absolutely terrible. It's in poor condition, you can't find what you need and the employees aren't trustworthy and have very little work ethic. My worst experience was when I went to a simple tool. When I got there, they were all under lock and key behind glass. When they came over to unlock it, I had to tell them which one I wanted and then THEY had to take it to the register to check it out. I could not even take my own item to the checkout. If they have such a problem with crime, non-thieving people like myself should not have to pay for it.