These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Portland For 2018


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 for 2018:

  1. Alameda
  2. Forest Park
  3. Homestead
  4. Irvington
  5. Richmond
  6. King
  7. Eastmoreland
  8. Mount Tabor
  9. Center
  10. Far Southwest

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

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Oregon check out the best places in Oregon overall or the worst neighborhoods in Portland.

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How do you determine the best 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.

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1. Alameda

Population: 8,819
Median Income: $105,707
Median Home Value: $516,188

2. Forest Park

Population: 9,869
Median Income: $130,829
Median Home Value: $614,955

3. Homestead

Population: 3,499
Median Income: $79,284
Median Home Value: $536,940

4. Irvington

Population: 8,548
Median Income: $67,479
Median Home Value: $462,786

5. Richmond

Population: 18,500
Median Income: $65,167
Median Home Value: $367,871

6. King

Population: 15,105
Median Income: $74,867
Median Home Value: $365,294

7. Eastmoreland

Population: 5,281
Median Income: $86,560
Median Home Value: $426,138

8. Mount Tabor

Population: 9,678
Median Income: $72,077
Median Home Value: $353,900

9. Center

Population: 9,675
Median Income: $70,972
Median Home Value: $396,350

10. Far Southwest

Population: 16,630
Median Income: $91,170
Median Home Value: $394,750

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. Parkrose
  3. Lloyd

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Portland

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Alameda 1 8,819 $516,188 2,258 3.8%
Forest Park 2 9,869 $614,955 2,258 3.3%
Homestead 3 3,499 $536,940 2,258 2.4%
Irvington 4 8,548 $462,786 2,258 5.8%
Richmond 5 18,500 $367,871 3,550 5.3%
King 6 15,105 $365,294 3,863 5.6%
Eastmoreland 7 5,281 $426,138 2,258 4.6%
Mount Tabor 8 9,678 $353,900 3,473 4.9%
Center 9 9,675 $396,350 2,843 6.5%
Far Southwest 10 16,630 $394,750 2,258 5.5%
Corbett-Terwilliger-Lair Hill 11 7,569 $352,567 2,525 6.0%
Hillsdale 12 8,003 $426,915 2,258 5.9%
Hosford 13 7,629 $387,160 2,835 5.5%
Sellwood-Moreland 14 10,948 $360,167 3,564 3.7%
Bridlemile 15 4,926 $491,225 2,258 7.6%
Northwest 16 21,559 $403,848 2,258 5.3%
Roseway 17 21,082 $331,640 4,169 5.6%
Concordia 18 9,661 $330,536 4,385 7.0%
Southwest Hills 19 6,037 $574,873 2,258 7.8%
University Park 20 5,144 $307,920 5,222 5.4%
Woodstock 21 8,911 $291,000 4,911 4.5%
Maplewood-Ashcreek 22 17,346 $323,386 4,102 5.9%
Boise 23 7,409 $326,762 4,801 5.3%
South Tabor 24 6,976 $280,933 5,350 6.6%
Pearl District 25 5,635 $292,150 3,033 8.6%
Hayhurst 26 5,465 $324,475 4,037 7.1%
Downtown 27 11,094 $231,643 5,382 10.1%
Arbor Lodge 28 6,560 $281,440 5,267 6.0%
Argay 29 9,206 $242,075 6,161 6.5%
Brooklyn 30 4,782 $290,840 5,308 6.3%
Portsmith 31 10,425 $224,967 6,905 11.6%
Reed 32 4,530 $365,700 4,620 7.5%
Woodlawn 33 11,795 $279,427 5,393 6.5%
Mount Scott 34 7,567 $219,110 6,507 5.6%
Overlook 35 6,459 $278,527 5,384 5.6%
Creston-Kenilworth 36 7,305 $253,133 5,918 7.6%
Eliot 37 3,548 $318,317 4,891 7.0%
Cully 38 19,826 $269,050 5,490 6.4%
Old Town-Chinatown 39 2,871 $130,633 7,414 13.2%
Kerns 40 5,249 $307,357 4,893 7.5%
Mill Park 41 10,526 $197,100 7,222 4.7%
Wilkes 42 12,553 $227,956 6,366 4.3%
Saintjohns 43 7,609 $208,280 6,805 7.4%
Montavilla 44 17,094 $226,410 6,314 7.2%
Foster Powell 45 7,006 $221,071 6,412 8.6%
Kenton 46 8,042 $232,700 6,378 8.8%
Pleasant Valley 47 12,905 $230,030 6,335 6.6%
Madison South 48 6,232 $238,450 6,023 7.0%
Buckman 49 8,598 $248,940 5,962 7.1%
Hazelwood 50 23,582 $199,000 6,968 5.7%
Brentwood-Darlington 51 13,001 $189,562 7,052 9.6%
Cathedral Park 52 9,426 $224,012 6,354 7.4%
Lents 53 19,869 $174,400 7,647 7.6%
Powellhurst 54 24,150 $171,383 7,758 7.2%
Lloyd 55 2,526 $248,600 5,351 9.3%
Parkrose 56 12,738 $197,855 7,104 7.7%
Centennial 57 20,949 $157,081 7,919 9.6%

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