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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
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    A
Portland is a city in Oregon with a population of 630,331. 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
630,331

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$352,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,109
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
    288.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    3.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    66.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    160.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    676.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,728.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    1,054.7
    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
    19%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    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
$61,532
National
$55,322
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Portland has been growing and changing over the last 10 years. There are way more events and activities throughout the city. Small local business have expanded and become staples of the city. The city pretty great! However, certain communities are struggling, and gentrification in the city hasn't subsided much since the 70s. And, rent is stupid ridiculous. The city has potential to be something incredible but like most of the country there are some political and social issues that need more attention.
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I've lived in Portland my entire life so I can't really compare it to other places. I'm a city girl so Downtown Portland would be my favorite spot. I really enjoy being around people and the city offers so many places to visit/eat. That is also one of the reason why I chose to attend Portland State University. If there is one complaint, in my opinion, would probably be the weather. It does rain here quite often so thats one of the downsides but overall I recommend coming to Portland to anyone planning on visiting the Northwest! :)
I love living in Portland. There is quite a bit of opportunity for creativity, career exploration, and yoga. Everyone loves dogs. That is very important. I am in recovery and there are hundreds of meetings here for all different types of recovery. I am lucky to live in a city with as much cultural and creative diversity. Portland can also be sad, and if you live in a non boujee area, there will be homeless camps and garbage on the street. I have recently come back from Guatemala, however and it really put some of this into perspective. Overall, Portland is great!