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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Lents is a neighborhood in Portland, Oregon with a population of 20,466. Lents is in Multnomah County. Living in Lents offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Lents there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Lents and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Lents are above average.
About Lents...
Population
20,466

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$295,920
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,288
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    36%
  • Own
    64%
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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
    254.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    3.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    174.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    447.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,855.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    1,255.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$65,652
National
$55,322
Families with Children
30%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%
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Lents Reviews

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Our adorable little neighborhood is quickly changing and I couldn't be happier about it! Lents is easily walkable and fantastically quirky. Its residents are close-knit and are usually planning some community event. I'm happy owning my home in Lents.
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This is not the nicest area in Portland. Crime rate can be high. The city often forgets about us, because we are so far east. Cost of living is fairly expensive. There is currently a large rat population, pollution from the 205 freeway, and a large homeless population. Many unimproved roads, many streets lacking sidewalks, and lots of litter. There are also a lot of drug addicted people in the neighborhood. That being said- many lower middle class families have into the area and take pride in their home ownership. Many people are working hard to clean the neighborhood up on a grass-roots level.
This area is getting nicer by the week. Lot's of the negative reviews on Lents are from a while back, and I don't think they are still true. We absolutely love living here. We can WALK to Pickles baseball games, the farmers market, multiple coffee shops, bakeries, and food carts. It's everything that inner SE has, but at half the price :). Lents doesn't suck.