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Whether it's celebrating Chinese New Year every year at Portland's Lan Su Chinese Garden or catching a film festival with the neighborhood meet up in the Alberta Arts District there's a great Portland neighborhood dripping in tradition and diversity just steps away from all things Portland. And if it's more than a few steps, Portland's TriMet connects everyone. You know what else connects everyone? If you guessed HomeSnacks list of the best neighborhoods in Portland for 2020, you guessed right.
But before we let you in on ten of Portland's best kept secrets, here's a little bit about how we uncovered Stumptown's best of the best. Real estate trends say that higher median incomes usually translate to more expensive homes; and, generally speaking, better schools and less crime, so we looked at the latest census data for the median income and median home prices in each one of 63 Portland's neighborhoods. And because jobs, safety, affordability, and amenities are important factors, too, we added those to the mix as well.
We are happy to report that Portland's crime rate is way above the national average and this is because of neighborhood crime watch programs in places like Homestead. This is also because many of the people in these neighborhoods have good jobs. Places like Irvington and Richmond are filled with professionals who work for major Portland companies like Nike and Columbia.
And, if you want to know what place is Portland's poster neighborhood for the rest of the state as well as the country, you're going to have to keep reading.
The experts say that Portland's residents are some of the some of the healthiest in the country. The life expectancy rate is close to 90 in some of PDX's neighborhoods. All the more reason to take a look at our list below to ensure that you make the most informed decision; because if you buy a home in one of Portland's best neighborhoods, you're going to be there a while.
So, what is Portland's best neighborhood? According to the latest data, that would be Alameda.
This is actually or sixth time ranking the best neighborhoods in Portland and each year the competition does not disappoint. So, to see the other neighborhoods that made the list, hit that down arrow.
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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Portland
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How We Determined The Best Portland, OR Neighborhoods In 2020
In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Portland, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".
- High incomes
- Low unemployment rates
- Low crime
- High home prices
- High population densities (A proxy for things to do)
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 63 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, Oregon has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Portland
If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Portland where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Portland aren't all good. Centennial takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Portland.
We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.
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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Portland For 2020