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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  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
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    A
Portland is a city in Oregon with a population of 639,387. Portland is in Multnomah County and is one of the best places to live in Oregon. Living in Portland offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Portland there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Portland and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Portland are above average.
About Portland...
Population
639,387

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$383,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,187
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%
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Portland Rankings

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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
    336.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    4.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    55.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    147.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    634.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,597.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    971.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    20%
  • 35-44 years
    17%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    15%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Portland

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$65,740
National
$55,322
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Great city! Lot's to do, lots to eat, and lots of delicious coffee for those that enjoy a nice morning espresso. Plus, there are plenty of local breweries in the area that give any beer connoisseur a to-do list a mile long.

The Willamette River running through the heart of downtown provides ample opportunities for any tourist, or Portlander, to sit and relax or to stroll along it's east and west banks--the east bank provides spectacular views of downtown.

Portland, pre-Covid, always has something fun going on. There are always top-notch bands passing through, numerous cycling events (for those two-wheeled adventurers), outdoor movies galore in the warm summer months and hiking trails a plenty in Forest Park (a mere stone throw away).

Portland pretty much has a little bit for anybody that doesn't mind some rain. Hey! and Portland usually has pretty mild winters. But if you must, Mt. Hood isn't too far east and it provides some fantastic skiing or Snowboarding.
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I moved to Portland from California 3 years ago. Here's my Pro's and Con's list.

Pros of Portland:
Lots of restaurants and bars: great for Yelpers!
Pretty clean: most residents care about the environment
Downtown (The NW part of downtown and The Pearl): It's very fun spending time in this area of the city
Hiking: I can take a 10 minute drive from my house to get to some nice hiking trails
The People: The positive is that they stick to themselves and are pretty polite
Taxes: No Sales Tax! Yay!

Cons of Portland:
Housing: It's getting expensive. The avg home costs between $425k-450k...kinda pricey. Also, property taxes are expensive here.
The People: Too many liberals! No one in Portland respects conservatives unfortunately. Group think among young adults is rampant.
The Homeless: Taxes to support homelessness were passed 4 times in the past 5 years yet it's still a MAJOR issue.
Traffic: Its getting pretty bad
Nightlife: None...what nightlife?
I love the diversity, the people and the beautiful environment! I have lived here off and on for the past ten years and I keep coming back here. like the proactive attitude that many residents take when they see a fellow citizen in need or in trouble, people have no problem jumping in and standing up for one another. Portland has beautiful places to visit like Multnomah Falls, the Columbia, numerous Buttes, parks, small mom and pop eateries. There has been a problem with different groups sharing conflicting views in the political realm, and I try to stay out of that. I do feel that everyone has a right to voice their opinion about any issue, without causing harm or violence to another human being. We must take a more active role these days if we want any real progress to get done which is sad. I believe the government has lost sight of its purpose and are taking advantage of the people instead of helping them.