Skip to Main Content
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    A+
Downtown is a neighborhood in Portland, Oregon with a population of 17,085. Downtown is in Multnomah County and is one of the best places to live in Oregon. Living in Downtown offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Downtown there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Downtown and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Downtown are highly rated.
About Downtown...
Population
17,085

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$340,225
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$981
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    85%
  • Own
    15%
Sponsored Mortgage Options for Downtown
Get Rates
  • $0 Lender Fee on Home Loans Limited Time Only
  • Biggest Home Loan Sale Ever. Low interest rates. Get a quote today!
Niche may be compensated by the third party lenders and others who place ads on the website. Niche is not a lender and does not endorse the products of these advertisers. Fees that Niche receives for ads do not affect the terms you may be offered by the lender you choose. There are many additional borrowing options available.

Downtown Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of neighborhoods based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    813.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    6
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    608.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    608.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    11,718.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    753.1
    284
Home Security Options for Downtown
Learn More
  • 24/7 Whole home protection with no contract
  • CNET Editor’s choice winner 2018

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$35,116
National
$55,322
Families with Children
3%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    23%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    32%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    11%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%
Places like Downtown
More

Downtown Reviews

61
All Categories
I like that Downtown has a lot of places to explore such as shopping malls, restaurants, food carts, etc. There is a lot of walking involved so you can exercise while you're hanging out with your friends. There is beautiful gardens such as the Lan Su garden where the inside looks reserved historical Chinese palace. There is also one of the biggest book store which is Powell's bookstore, it features many rooms full of books for nerds like me. Downtown is a great place to have fun.
Start Your Review of Downtown
Rate It!
Surrounded by buttes, gorges, rivers, forests and parks galore, Portland is a city with some of the best accessibility to nature. Within walking distance from my college campus I can explore nature parks in the city, while I can also access areas like Mount Hood, Multnomah Falls, or the Pacific Crest Trail for mountain activities through public transportation. Portland is a green city in many ways - not only is it aesthetically green because of the lushness of the ecology, but the community really works together to be conscious of the earth's health and be eco-friendly. The rainy city does not stop its inhabitants from exploring its abundant outdoors activities!
There has been a drastic influx of out of state people relocating here, which has driven home prices and rental rates through the roof. Gentrification is out of control, people are experiencing no-cause evictions, and the city is dragging its feet to find solutions for affordable housing and solutions to houselessness, which has been an urgent issue for over a decade. People who have lived here for generations are being forced out of there homes to the suburbs and further. I am in a position where I am in jeopardy of not finishing school because I cannot afford housing (there is a long waitlist for often bedbug-infested student housing) but cannot move to another location to finish school at out-of-state prices. It's incredibly depressing and I wish people would stop coming here.