Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Portland, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.
Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Portland neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?
Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Portland are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.
Here are the best neighborhoods in Portland for 2018:
- Alameda (Homes)
- Forest Park (Homes)
- Homestead (Homes)
- Irvington (Homes)
- Richmond (Homes)
- King (Homes)
- Eastmoreland (Homes)
- Mount Tabor (Homes)
- Center (Homes)
- Far Southwest (Homes)
Read on to see how we determined the places around Portland that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Portland.
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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Portland for 2018?
In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Portland, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.
Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:
- High incomes
- Low unemployment rates
- Low crime
- High home prices
- High population densities (A proxy for things to do)
We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 57 in each category, where 1 was the best.
Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.
And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Portland.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Alameda.
Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Portland has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
Median Income: $105,707
Median Home Value: $516,188
Alameda is a neighborhood in Portland, Oregon, United States that is located on the Alameda Ridge with views of Downtown, the Willamette River, and the Cascades. Northeast Fremont Street is the neighborhoods main east-west thoroughfare and NE 33rd, its main north-south thoroughfare, makes up its eastern boundary. The neighborhood is adjacent to Wilshire Park, a 14.4-acre neighborhood park. The communitys side streets wind around the hill, past cottages and expansive Craftsman homes. Alameda is located between the business districts of Beaumont Village and the Hollywood District.
More on Alameda: Real Estate | Data
2. Forest Park
Median Income: $130,829
Median Home Value: $614,955
Forest Park is a public municipal park in the Tualatin Mountains west of downtown Portland, Oregon, United States. Stretching for more than 8 miles on hillsides overlooking the Willamette River, it is one of the country’s largest urban forest reserves. The park, a major component of a regional system of parks and trails, covers more than 5,100 acres of mostly second-growth forest with a few patches of old growth. About 70 miles of recreational trails, including the Wildwood Trail segment of the city’s 40 Mile Loop system, crisscross the park.
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Median Income: $79,284
Median Home Value: $536,940
Homestead is a Southwest Portland, Oregon, United States, neighborhood in the city’s West Hills. The neighborhood is home to Marquam Nature Park, which offers urban hiking in the form of the Marquam Trail, which one can follow to Downtown. The neighborhood also features a scenic boulevard, SW Terwilliger Blvd. Parkway. The parkway has a wide, paved path for walking, running and biking.
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Median Income: $67,479
Median Home Value: $462,786
Irvington is a neighborhood in the Northeast section of Portland, Oregon. According to the city’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement, it consists of a rectangular area extending east to west from NE 7th Ave. to NE 26th Ave., and north to south from NE Fremont St. to NE Broadway. It borders the King, Sabin, and Alameda neighborhoods to the north; Alameda and Grant Park to the east; Sullivan’s Gulch and the Lloyd District to the south; and Eliot to the west.
More on Irvington: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $65,167
Median Home Value: $367,871
Richmond is a neighborhood in the Southeast section of Portland, Oregon. It borders Sunnyside on the north, Mt. Tabor and South Tabor on the east, Creston-Kenilworth on the south, and Hosford-Abernethy on the west.
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Median Income: $74,867
Median Home Value: $365,294
King is a neighborhood in the northeast section of Portland, Oregon, United States. Like many of the surrounding neighborhoods, King has historically had one of the highest proportions of non-white residents in the city. Census data taken 2010 show that the neighborhood was 60.1% white.
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Median Income: $86,560
Median Home Value: $426,138
Eastmoreland is an early-twentieth century, tree-filled neighborhood in inner southeast Portland, Oregon, United States. The neighborhood is bounded on the north by SE Woodstock Boulevard. The western boundary is a combination of SE 28th Avenue, SE Bybee Boulevard, and SE 27th Avenue. SE Crystal Springs Boulevard serves as the neighborhood’s southern boundary, and gradually curves north to Eastmoreland’s eastern boundary, SE 39th Avenue, recently renamed SE Csar E. Chvez Boulevard. The Reed College campus is located on the opposite side of SE Woodstock, bordering northern Eastmoreland.
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8. Mount Tabor
Median Income: $72,077
Median Home Value: $353,900
Mount Tabor is the name of a volcanic cinder cone, the city park on the volcano, and the neighborhood of Southeast Portland that surrounds it, all in the U.S. state of Oregon. The name refers to Mount Tabor, Israel. It was named by Plympton Kelly, son of Oregon City pioneer resident Clinton Kelly.
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Median Income: $70,972
Median Home Value: $396,350
10. Far Southwest
Median Income: $91,170
Median Home Value: $394,750
Far Southwest is a neighborhood in the Southwest section of Portland, Oregon. It is bordered on the west by I-5; on the north by I-5, SW Pasadena St., and SW Pomona St.; on the east by SW 49th Ave. and Kerr Parkway; and on the south by SW Kruse Ridge Dr. and the southern border of the Portland Community College Sylvania Campus. The neighborhood is adjacent to the city of Tigard on the west, the neighborhoods of Ashcreek and Crestwood on the north, West Portland Park on the north and east, and the city of Lake Oswego on the east and south.
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Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Portland
If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Portland where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Portland:
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