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:
- Forest Park
- Mount Tabor
- Far Southwest
Read on to see how we determined the places around Portland that deserve a little bragging rights.
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.
Median Income: $105,707
Median Home Value: $516,188
2. Forest Park
Median Income: $130,829
Median Home Value: $614,955
Median Income: $79,284
Median Home Value: $536,940
Median Income: $67,479
Median Home Value: $462,786
Median Income: $65,167
Median Home Value: $367,871
Median Income: $74,867
Median Home Value: $365,294
Median Income: $86,560
Median Home Value: $426,138
8. Mount Tabor
Median Income: $72,077
Median Home Value: $353,900
Median Income: $70,972
Median Home Value: $396,350
10. Far Southwest
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:
For more reading, check out:
- These Are The 10 Safest Places In Oregon
- These Are The 10 Most Ghetto Cities In Oregon
- These Are The 10 Dumbest Cities In Oregon
Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Portland