These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Portland


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Portland are the best of the best.

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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:

  1. Alameda
  2. Irvington
  3. Eastmoreland
  4. Bridlemile
  5. Richmond
  6. Forest Park
  7. Southwest Hills
  8. Homestead
  9. Hillsdale
  10. Mount Tabor

Read on to see how we determined the places around Portland that deserve a little bragging rights.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Portland?

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.

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1. Alameda

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,966
Median Home Price: $517,444
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,283
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%

2. Irvington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,177
Median Home Price: $472,114
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,283
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%

3. Eastmoreland

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,980
Median Home Price: $443,600
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,283
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%

4. Bridlemile

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,899
Median Home Price: $496,875
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,283
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%

5. Richmond

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,893
Median Home Price: $367,367
Crimes Per 100K People: 4,015
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%

6. Forest Park

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,955
Median Home Price: $627,655
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,283
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%

7. Southwest Hills

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,898
Median Home Price: $666,550
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,283
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%

8. Homestead

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,161
Median Home Price: $482,180
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,283
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%

9. Hillsdale

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,323
Median Home Price: $439,738
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,283
Unemployment Rate: 6.1%

10. Mount Tabor

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,833
Median Home Price: $351,600
Crimes Per 100K People: 4,227
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%

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:

  1. Centennial
  2. Saintjohns
  3. Powellhurst

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Portland

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Alameda 1 8,966 $517,444 2,283 4.4%
Irvington 2 8,177 $472,114 2,283 4.9%
Eastmoreland 3 4,980 $443,600 2,283 4.4%
Bridlemile 4 4,899 $496,875 2,283 6.0%
Richmond 5 17,893 $367,367 4,015 5.2%
Forest Park 6 9,955 $627,655 2,283 4.6%
Southwest Hills 7 5,898 $666,550 2,283 6.0%
Homestead 8 3,161 $482,180 2,283 6.0%
Hillsdale 9 8,323 $439,738 2,283 6.1%
Mount Tabor 10 9,833 $351,600 4,227 4.7%
Hayhurst 11 5,257 $342,775 3,878 5.4%
Far Southwest 12 15,979 $404,843 2,425 6.0%
Corbett-Terwilliger-Lair Hill 13 7,155 $371,117 2,283 7.9%
King 14 15,133 $353,650 4,551 6.7%
Maplewood-Ashcreek 15 17,128 $331,329 3,994 5.6%
Center 16 9,613 $387,860 3,325 8.3%
Roseway 17 21,337 $328,972 4,496 6.4%
Northwest 18 20,248 $435,990 2,283 6.0%
South Tabor 19 6,448 $276,750 5,662 4.5%
Sellwood-Moreland 20 10,909 $351,808 4,198 4.4%
Hosford 21 7,654 $405,289 3,167 6.9%
Woodstock 22 9,259 $294,075 5,101 4.7%
Concordia 23 8,948 $315,264 4,862 6.9%
Downtown 24 9,843 $441,600 2,817 9.6%
University Park 25 4,780 $296,140 5,525 6.1%
Arbor Lodge 26 6,606 $283,150 5,507 6.8%
Pearl District 27 4,935 $323,200 3,264 11.4%
Mount Scott 28 7,431 $224,180 6,618 5.6%
Woodlawn 29 10,872 $275,333 5,811 6.2%
Eliot 30 3,303 $326,183 4,852 6.8%
Buckman 31 8,737 $361,700 4,791 8.4%
Reed 32 4,127 $356,075 4,634 9.3%
Overlook 33 6,240 $304,460 5,114 7.3%
Brooklyn 34 4,281 $294,200 5,327 7.7%
Boise 35 7,055 $300,331 5,601 7.2%
Creston-Kenilworth 36 7,655 $265,467 5,988 8.5%
Kerns 37 4,885 $364,950 4,360 8.9%
Pleasant Valley 38 13,037 $244,610 6,213 7.2%
Argay 39 10,169 $263,925 6,002 6.9%
Foster Powell 40 6,996 $229,857 6,605 8.4%
Cully 41 19,770 $278,533 5,698 8.3%
Portsmith 42 9,161 $234,417 6,726 9.1%
Montavilla 43 16,678 $224,562 6,578 7.8%
Hazelwood 44 22,983 $215,612 6,835 6.4%
Wilkes 45 12,015 $244,067 6,303 7.0%
Old Town-Chinatown 46 2,681 $283,650 6,087 15.7%
Mill Park 47 9,424 $209,700 7,204 7.1%
Brentwood-Darlington 48 12,620 $197,812 7,268 10.2%
Madison South 49 6,244 $244,830 6,291 9.0%
Lloyd 50 2,452 $315,700 4,801 10.3%
Cathedral Park 51 8,883 $226,262 6,429 8.4%
Kenton 52 7,882 $243,610 6,334 8.8%
Parkrose 53 12,224 $228,709 6,827 7.5%
Lents 54 19,286 $191,408 7,595 9.1%
Powellhurst 55 22,827 $189,617 7,611 8.4%
Saintjohns 56 7,189 $213,040 6,890 8.8%
Centennial 57 19,969 $186,055 7,561 10.1%

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