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Overall Niche Grade
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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
About Portland...
Population
620,589

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%
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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
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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 lived in numerous cities throughout my adult life and I can confidently say that Portland has felt the most like “home” to me. There are so many aspects I am grateful for; the abundance of hiking opportunities within the city limits, the numerous parks, the overall dog friendliness of the city, the walkability of the city along with easy bike access, the mixture of having big city amenities yet quaint and quiet neighborhoods....I could go on and on of the positives Portland has to offer. Did I mention the food?! I love the rule Oregon has that any establishment selling alcohol must offer a full menu...some of the most delicious meals I have had in Portland have come from dive bars!

The only negative That truly stands out is that the highways in Portland and surrounding areas were not built for the population influx that the city has experienced.
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Portland, Oregon is such a unique city! I have lived near Portland for twenty years and of all of the places that I have traveled around the United States, Portland has some of the best food that I've ever had! Aside from the overall great food selection and quality, Portland has a fabulous public transportation system. There are tons of bus lines and the MAX Light Rail, or Metropolitan Area Express, which is a light rail system consisting of five separate lines that travels to 97 stations! The public transportation system is a great attribute for students and the community in general!
Portland has been the only home I've ever known. It's where I've established myself as a person, as a student, and as a leader. Portland has many amazing qualities as a city and its beauty never fails to captivate me. However, Portland is a city massively affected by the epidemic that is Gentrification. Portland is a very sought after city with more and more people moving in and displacing minorities from historically African American neighborhoods. This is somehow I'd like to see change. Low income housing is something I feel very strongly about and would love to see more of!