The 10 Safest Neighborhoods In Portland For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Portland are the safest places to live.

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the safest neighborhoods to live in Portland.
Safest Neighborhoods In Portland

We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in Portland are the safest.

Every year, more than 30 million Americans move. Sometimes, its for a job, other times its to escape the big city. But no matter where you move, you want a neighborhood thats family friendly, clean, and most importantly, safe.

Weve analyzed the FBI crime reports data on violent and property crimes for every single neighborhood in Portland. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.

In which Portland neighborhoods can you leave your doors unlocked at night? Heres the list. For a more detailed breakdown for each neighborhood, keep reading.

So, which neighborhood is the safest in Portland in 2020? That would be Ross Island. Thats according to the most recent FBI crime data, which takes into account everything from thefts and robberies to assaults and murders.

If you want to dig down deeper into each neighborhood’s statistics, as well as our methodology, take a look below. Some of these neighborhoods are the best places to live in Portland.

If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all Portland neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. 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 We Determined The Safest Portland Hoods In 2020

You can ask people which neighborhoods are the safest, or you can just look at the unbiased raw data. So, instead of relying on speculation and opinion, we analyzed the hard numbers from the FBIs most recent crime report (published in September of 2019) for every neighborhood in Portland.

To be more specific, we analyzed the FBIs Uniform Crime Report. We then ran an analysis to calculate each neighborhoods property and violent crimes based on the demographics of the area and reported crime. We used two key criteria:

  • Total Crimes Per Capita
  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 63 in each category, where 1 was the safest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a safe neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest safest neighborhood index the ‘Safest City Neighborhood In Portland.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Ross Island.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the safest places Portland. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from safest to most expensive.

The 10 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Portland For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 154
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 206
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,271
More on Ross Island: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Ross Island comes in at 206 and the property crime per capita is 2,271 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 21,700
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 206
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,271
More on Northwest: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Northwest comes in at 206 and the property crime per capita is 2,271 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 16,876
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 206
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,271
More on Far Southwest: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

The violent crime per 100K people in Far Southwest comes in at 206 and the property crime per capita is 2,271 for 2020.

Forest Park Portland, OR

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 10,184
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 206
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,271
More on Forest Park: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

The violent crime per 100K people in Forest Park comes in at 206 and the property crime per capita is 2,271 for 2020.

Alameda Portland, OR

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 9,040
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 206
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,271
More on Alameda: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

The violent crime per 100K people in Alameda comes in at 206 and the property crime per capita is 2,271 for 2020.

Irvington Portland, OR

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 8,968
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 206
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,271
More on Irvington: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

The violent crime per 100K people in Irvington comes in at 206 and the property crime per capita is 2,271 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 8,195
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 206
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,271
More on Corbett-Terwilliger-Lair Hill: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Corbett-Terwilliger-Lair Hill comes in at 206 and the property crime per capita is 2,271 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 6,279
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 206
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,271
More on Southwest Hills: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Southwest Hills comes in at 206 and the property crime per capita is 2,271 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 4,890
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 206
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,271
More on Bridlemile: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Bridlemile comes in at 206 and the property crime per capita is 2,271 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 8,391
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 206
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,271
More on Hillsdale: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Hillsdale comes in at 206 and the property crime per capita is 2,271 for 2020.

Summing Up The Safest Places In Portland

Looking at the data, you can tell that Ross Island is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Oregon residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you’re informed ahead of time.

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Detailed List Of The Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Portland For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 Ross Island 2,477
2 Northwest 2,477
3 Far Southwest 2,477
4 Forest Park 2,477
5 Alameda 2,477
6 Irvington 2,477
7 Corbett-Terwilliger-Lair Hill 2,477
8 Southwest Hills 2,477
9 Bridlemile 2,477
10 Hillsdale 2,477
11 Homestead 2,477
12 Linnton 2,477
13 Eastmoreland 2,720
14 Mount Tabor 3,163
15 Center 3,173
16 Hosford 3,289
17 Pearl District 3,317
18 Sellwood-Moreland 3,453
19 King 3,459
20 Richmond 3,470
21 Maplewood-Ashcreek 4,207
22 Roseway 4,282
23 Eliot 4,339
24 Concordia 4,533
25 Hayhurst 4,651
26 Boise 4,682
27 Woodstock 5,128
28 Overlook 5,291
29 Arbor Lodge 5,377
30 Brooklyn 5,458
31 Government Island 5,481
32 Woodlawn 5,548
33 University Park 5,550
34 South Tabor 5,550
35 Reed 5,578
36 Lloyd 5,738
37 Haden Island 5,778
38 Cully 5,878
39 Kerns 5,953
40 Creston-Kenilworth 6,116
41 Buckman 6,592
42 Madison South 6,636
43 Montavilla 6,671
44 Cathedral Park 6,685
45 Kenton 6,749
46 Argay 6,780
47 Mount Scott 6,810
48 Downtown 6,869
49 Pleasant Valley 6,921
50 Wilkes 6,936
51 Foster Powell 6,982
52 Saintjohns 7,109
53 Portsmith 7,378
54 Brentwood-Darlington 7,690
55 Parkrose 7,816
56 Hazelwood 7,826
57 Mill Park 7,884
58 Old Town-Chinatown 7,943
59 Bridgeton 7,972
60 Lents 8,217
61 Powellhurst 8,526
62 Centennial 8,743
63 Sunderland 9,031

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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