A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$319,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,025
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%

Portland Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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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
    276
    283
  • Murder
    2
    6
  • Rape
    43
    41
  • Robbery
    154
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    633
    500
  • Theft
    3,753
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    767
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$58,423
National
$55,322
Children
16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%
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I have enjoyed living in Portland in college. I have been able to find relatively affordable housing. The cost of living is very manageable, and I have access to healthy and fresh foods at the grocery stores near me. Food and restaurant culture here is fantastic and everyone will find something that they like. I have always felt safe, as a woman, walking around at night by myself. The bus system is very reasonable and has taken me to everywhere that I have needed to go. There are lots of families and dogs here!

However, restaurants and other places close very early (9pm or so) even on the weekends. Nightlife, as I have experienced it, is very minimal. Additionally, the job market is quite competitive. Finally, there is a strong lack of diversity in Portland. All of Oregon is very white, and there are very few communities of color which I find very noticeable in Portland, and know it has been a concern to people of color that I know.
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There are so many wonderful things to do and see here in Portland! There is a ton of food, parks, shopping, and free activities. Anyone, no matter what age, ethnicity, gender, or beliefs, can find something that connects with them in Portland. Powell’s bookstore, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), Blue Star Doughnuts, Ground Control arcade, food trucks, and the farmers markets are some of my favorite things to do on the weekends. If it is a nice day, check out the Portland walking tour. It is a great way to learn more about the history of this amazing city!
I have lived in Portland, Oregon for ten years now and compared to all the other beautiful cities I have seen, Portland is the most amazing. It is a very green, and diverse city, Which might seem a little unbelievable since it is in the whitest state in America, but believe it. In NorthEast Portland you are able to witness many different cultures and people that live in this city. Whether you decide to stop at one of the African clothing boutiques or hungry for a taste of the Jamaican or Italian food you can find a restaurant that fulfills your tastebuds. For adventure, you can hike up the trail of Mount Hood, or swim in rivers, and go boat riding. Portlanders are known for their weirdness and kindness. Which leads us to do wild, adventurous things. I love Portland and all its nature, diversity, and weirdness. One thing I do wish Portland had is more sun, but I'm not complaining about the snow days!