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
$295,100
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$971
National
$928
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.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    288
    0
  • Murder
    4
    0
  • Rape
    43
    41
  • Robbery
    138
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    673
    1
  • Theft
    4,013
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    548
    0

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$55,003
National
$53,889
Children
16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    27%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    17%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%
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Portland is a great city! Can be busy at times, but not too bad. There are many cheap ways to get around like the max, bus, bikes, etc. One of the most awesome things in Portland is the rose gardens and forest. There are many great hiking trails and sites to see. Another great perk of Portland is the food carts. There are hundreds of gourmet food carts scattered around Portland. This option is amazing as a college student or just someone living in the area. Different food everyday, and endless craft beers! Portland also has many technology companies and opportunities for a burgeoning engineer like myself. Portland rocks!
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Portland was rated one of the best U.S. Cities to live in by Money Magazine in 2016. However, I am a Portland, Oregon native. Having lived here my entire life, I am well aware of Oregon's exclusionary laws in its Constitution and its historic red-lining and displacement of people of color.

Portland has a beautiful skyline, great outdoor activities and adventures. However, as a woman of color, it is extremely hard to find safe spaces that are inclusionary and warm. Portland brags about its sustainability but underneath our innovative technology, we are a city that needs deep conversations around race and gender equality!
I very much appreciate Portland's bustling transportation system! Avid in the rejection of unnecessary fossil fuels, Portland has allowed me to reduce my carbon footprint by allowing me to easily bike around town, sustaining & fulfilling my preferred way of life. Portland makes it easy to support small business, acquire local farm fresh food & participate in our close-knit community. Portland, its people and eclectic energy, have served me the confidence to move forward in my personal and professional goals. I enjoy Portland’s unique edge, however, gentrification, the elimination of landmarks, the rising costs of rent, and our ever-increasing homeless population sadden me. To be as progressive as we claim, we must band together as a true community to begin to take care of our disenfranchised residents.