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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 a suburban 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
Suburban
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
    283.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    3.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    67.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    160.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    729.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,824.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    1,123.3
    284
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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%

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Portland is beautiful! There is no shortage of natural beauty in the city. Portland is bustling with local boutiques, farmer's markets in every neighborhood, community gardens, eclectic community events, and some of the best food around. It's easy to live a healthy lifestyle here with access to quality food and health care. There are several places to go hiking right in the city that offer expansive views of the whole city. Portland is super family friendly and has several colleges and universities. It's downsides include being expensive, a competitive housing market, and long commute times due to traffic.
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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.
I've lived in Portland since I was born. This city is very different from others in that it is filled with lush greenery and a highly accepting populace. Unlike others, I'm happy to see the city grow and small businesses flourish with the influx of people moving here. The change in the city can be a good thing! Though, the prices here are expensive, it is still a beautiful city. I think transit and the public school systems here need a lot of help. They are definitely hurting. I also don't think the city's infrastructure is able to handle the growing populace. However, Portland is a very interesting city with a lot of opportunity.