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Living in Portland

Portland might be the most walking, biking, and public transit friendly city on the West Coast. Most neighborhoods have walkable food cart pods, supermarkets, movie theaters and cafes.

Portland’s neighborhoods are a mix of classic craftsman homes, rental apartments, and new construction condos, some of them green built and LEED certified. Hollywood has three MAX lines and four bus lines. Northwest offers maximum density, while Healy Heights and Sylvan-Highlands have great schools. The Pearl District is home to a number of tech and design start-ups, and a thriving restaurant scene that foodies love.

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Walk Score of Portland, OR

Portland is Somewhat Walkable

Some errands can be accomplished on foot.

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Tea Chai Té

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Salmon Street Springs Fountain

Portland is the 14th most walkable large city in the US with 583,776 residents.

Portland has good public transportation and is very bikeable.

Find apartments in Portland's most walkable neighborhoods: Pearl District, Old Town/Chinatown and Downtown.

Portland Apartments for Rent

View all Portland apartments on a map. The average rent is $1,295 and the average home price is $350,000.

Rental info for Headwaters Apartments in the Portland area
from $1,025
1 bed
Walk Score 58
Rental info for Cornerstone Lloyd District Apartments in the Portland area
from $1,150
Rental info for Valley Park Plaza in the Portland area
from $725
1 bed
Walk Score 66
Rental info for Crystal Lake in the Portland area
from $860
1 bed
Walk Score 83
Rental info for Harrison Tower Apartments in the Portland area
from $1,250
1 bed
Walk Score 98
Rental info for Vue Apartments in the Portland area
from $907
Studio
Walk Score 100
Rental info for The Ardea in the Portland area
from $1,216
Studio
Walk Score 69
Rental info for Audubon Square in the Portland area
from $725
1 bed
Walk Score 48

To view Portland homes for sale sorted by Walk Score, visit Trulia.com.

Portland Neighborhoods

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Population

1 Pearl District 97 85 97 6,053
2 Old Town/Chinatown 97 90 98 3,656
3 Downtown 95 89 92 12,674
4 Northwest 92 64 86 12,811
5 Sunnyside 90 53 88 7,232
6 Hollywood 90 67 95 1,339
7 Goose Hollow 90 81 79 6,227
8 Buckman 88 61 95 8,471
9 Hosford-Abernethy 88 58 92 7,370
10 Kerns 87 62 90 5,300
11 Boise 86 54 91 3,269
12 Sullivan's Gulch 86 67 95 3,193
13 Richmond 86 53 90 11,659
14 Lloyd 85 78 98 1,353
15 Vernon 85 50 79 2,737
16 King 84 52 84 6,104
17 Eliot 84 64 93 3,572
18 Irvington 82 60 89 6,654
19 Humboldt 82 55 90 5,155
20 Sellwood/Moreland 79 43 82 11,428
21 Sabin 79 50 77 4,229
22 Grant Park 78 59 86 4,078
23 Laurelhurst 77 62 90 4,720
24 Foster-Powell 77 51 80 7,426
25 Creston/Kenilworth 76 52 85 7,995
26 Cathedral Park 76 46 71 3,259
27 Beaumont-Wilshire 75 48 82 5,167
28 Brooklyn 75 57 84 3,549
29 Concordia 74 50 82 9,561
30 Center 74 64 82 5,145
31 Roseway 73 47 69 6,165
32 Arbor Lodge 72 53 93 6,126
33 Mount Scott 72 48 77 7,263
34 Montavilla 72 59 80 16,023
35 Rose City Park 69 56 80 9,111
36 Mill Park 69 50 67 8,632
37 South Tabor 68 50 84 5,957
38 Overlook 68 54 87 6,114
39 Woodlawn 68 51 78 5,020
40 Kenton 68 49 88 7,227
41 Piedmont 67 54 86 7,017
42 Reed 66 49 80 4,428
43 Mount Tabor 65 52 71 10,257
44 Sumner 64 54 77 2,099
45 Woodstock 64 46 77 8,984
46 Alameda 63 49 73 5,149
47 St.Johns 61 44 75 12,353
48 Multnomah 61 42 62 7,495
49 West Portland Park 60 43 50 3,886
50 Corbett/Terwilliger/Lair Hill 57 62 76 6,595
51 Madison South 57 58 62 7,366
52 Cully 57 44 78 13,178
53 Hazelwood 56 53 64 23,466
54 Lents 55 51 74 20,435
55 Parkrose 55 44 60 6,286
56 Brentwood/Darlington 54 42 70 12,950
57 Hillsdale 54 45 58 7,339
58 Portsmouth 53 44 80 9,677
59 Crestwood 53 43 45 1,323
60 Parkrose Heights 53 46 62 6,005
61 Hillside 53 52 43 2,426
62 Powellhurst Gilbert 51 46 63 24,991
63 Centennial 51 44 57 22,265
64 South Burlingame 51 42 64 1,667
65 University Park 50 43 70 5,708
66 Eastmoreland 49 43 70 4,141
67 Homestead 48 63 47 1,914
68 Glenfair 47 51 61 3,411
69 Argay 43 36 48 6,070
70 Hayhurst 42 35 45 5,330
71 Far Southwest 41 40 32 1,432
72 Arlington Heights 41 54 40 862
73 Markham 40 40 45 2,367
74 Bridlemile 37 34 43 4,566
75 Ashcreek 35 33 36 5,358
76 Russell 34 36 56 3,200
77 Southwest Hills 31 52 31 5,892
78 Maplewood 30 27 39 2,520
79 Hayden Island 27 33 51 2,020
80 Wilkes 26 35 46 8,694
81 Pleasant Valley 26 24 30 11,674
82 East Columbia 24 33 47 1,862
83 Sylvan Highlands 23 43 25 1,210
84 Marshall Park 22 31 28 1,560
85 Collins View 21 31 52 2,908
86 Arnold Creek 18 23 17 2,888
87 Sunderland 16 36 51 684
88 Northwest Heights 16 1 10 6,054
89 Forest Park / Linnton 6 19 10 1,897

Eating & Drinking

There are about 3,030 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Portland.

People in Portland can walk to an average of 5 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in 5 minutes.

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Amnesia Brewing

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Green Dragon

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thumbnail for Tea Chai TéIf you think you don't like #tea, then you haven't been here. The ginger green chai latte is my favorite. The staff will offer suggestions if you're not sure. A great environment, peaceful, and relaxing.

Wendi Super
on Tea Chai Té

Transit Score of Portland, OR

Portland has Good Transit

Many nearby public transportation options. Find Portland apartments for rent near public transit.

Public Transit Routes

Portland has good public transportation and about 66 bus, 6 light rail and 1 gondola lines.

Transit Time

The map above shows how far you can travel in 30 minutes from Portland on public transit.

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Portland has about 420 car shares from RelayRides, Zipcar and Getaround.

Neighborhood Guides

Thinking of renting an apartment or buying in Portland? Ask our neighborhood guides a question.

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Philly Cheesesteaks And Burgers

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Multnomah County Central Library

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Spirit of 77

Wendi Super

I'm a local real estate agent in Portland, OR, and love to check out all the great neighborhoods and what they have to offer. I like to read, walk around, travel, and eat out way too much.

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Tea Chai Té

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Jeld-Wen Field

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Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

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Bike Score of Portland, OR

Portland is Very Bikeable

Biking is convenient for most trips.

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What's It Like to Live in Portland?

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Jamison Square

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Philly Cheesesteaks And Burgers

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Historic Hayden Island Rail Way

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Classic Pianos

Getting Around

The media makes fun of Portland for its hipster aesthetics, its alternative lifestyle friendliness, its fixie bike riding, vegan shoe wearing, artisanal product making residents. But alternative transportation in Portland is no joke -- Portland might be the most walking, biking, and public transit friendly city on the West Coast. Bus routes, electric car charging stations, Amtrak, and a gentle topography crisscrossed with miles of bike lines make Portland a city that almost dares you to find a reason to drive your car.

Sure, you might want to drive out to the coast or up to the Cascades for snow sports, but when you’re in the city, it’s rare you’ll have a reason to drive. Don’t own a bike? The bike share program will start in Spring 2014. There’s no shortage of car share stations – Portland claims to be home to the country’s first car share service.

You can hop a Bolt Bus to Seattle, Washington or Eugene, Oregon, from the heart of the city, or you can take the MAX light rail to the airport, to Hillsboro, where there’s an Intel campus, or to Beaverton, where shoe giant Nike has its headquarters. And Portland’s transportation network includes a gondola – it serves OHSU, the Oregon Health and Science University.

Portland is close to Mount Hood and Mount Baker so it’s a great place for people who like to play in the mountains. Hood River, to the East, is famous for wind surfing. The rugged Oregon coast is an hour and a half away by car, though be aware, this is the Pacific Northwest and just because it’s summer, there’s no guarantee you’ll get beach weather. Seattle is a three hour drive up Interstate 5. Grocery giant Fred Meyer/Kroger, Columbia Sportswear, and the design and advertising agency Wieden Kennedy are Portland based.

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Multnomah County Central Library

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Grand Central Bakery & Cafe: Sellwood

Neighborhoods

It’s hard to pick the best neighborhood in this easy to live in town. You’ll never be far from the city’s famous food cart pods (designated parking areas for the food trucks). Most neighborhoods have good supermarkets, movie theaters, restaurants, and a café that’s got the vibe you’re looking for, be it kind of hippie or aggressively hip.

Even Downtown is super livable, it’s not just a business district that closes up after banking hours. The Portland Art Museum is downtown, as is the famous sculpture of the goddess Portlandia. There’s a beautiful park lining the waterfront of the Willamette River and of course, it’s got a bike trail through it. Portland State University is downtown. Parking can be a challenge here, but since there are supermarkets in this part of the city and you’re right on top of TriMet, you really don’t need a car to live here. Most of the housing downtown is in apartments, a mix of older brick buildings and brand new highrises with amenities.

The Pearl District is undergoing light speed gentrification, with warehouses that were once factories and later artist’s studios being converted in to high end LEED certified condos. There’s a lot of new construction here too, towers with larger two and three bedroom apartments, attractive public spaces, onsite gyms and meeting rooms, and some nice views across the river. At street level, you’ll find of cafes and bakeries, one of a kind boutique shopping. Whole Foods is in the Pearl, as is the world famous Powell’s City of Books flagship store, and a bunch of tech startups and design shops have their offices in this district.

Chinatown is just west of the Pearl – there’s a beautiful Chinese Garden and the Amtrak Station. Chinatown is also seeing gentrification -- there are brand new high end condos just west of the train station.

thumbnail for Salmon Street Springs FountainLocated in Waterfront Park, this large fountain uses recycled water to spout over 4,900 gallons of water per minute. Perfect for a quick plunge on a hot day. #publicart Photo: vj_pdx

Walk Score Team
on Salmon Street Springs Fountain

The neighborhoods closest to downtown offer maximum density, but if you’re looking for a single family home, in Portland, you don’t have to sacrifice walkability or transit service. You can find attractive Craftsman style bungalows with off street parking, back yards, hardwood floors and remodeled kitchens in neighborhoods with great schools – try Healy Heights or Sylvan Highlands. Sylvan Highlands borders Washington Park, home to the Arboretum, the Portland Zoo, the Japanese Garden, the Children’s Museum, and it’s on the MAX line.

Hollywood has great public transit – you’re never far from a bus or light rail line. Northwest is super hip, has some of the city’s best shopping, and offers the kind of density that creates a makes for vibrant street life. NW 23rd street is a popular hangout for window shoppers. There are one and two bedroom apartments in remodeled Victorian style buildings, but there are brand new green built complexes with indoor parking for your bike here, too.

Thank to the extensive coverage by the MAX light rail and TriMet bus service, you can live in the Portland suburbs and still have car-free access to the city. The neighborhoods in Tualatin or Beaverton are a bit more traditional and you may need to drive for groceries and other services, but you still won’t need a car to get into the city proper. Beaverton has lots of townhouses on the light rail line, as does Gresham, to the East. Sellwood isn’t on the light rail line, but it still makes a great home base -- there are beautiful historic homes, a cute shopping and restaurant district, and one of Portland’s famous food cart pods.

Further out, you’ll probably want a car, though there are some nice walking districts. Forest Grove and Hillsboro have a mix of apartments and larger single family homes. Milwaukie and Lake Oswego, offer more of the same – there are some denser central neighborhoods where you can find brand new one and two bedroom apartments, some with nice views of the water and large, three bedroom homes with two car garages.

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Funky Puffs food cart

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St Johns Bridge

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Spirit of 77

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Teachers Fountain

thumbnail for Jamison SquareMulti-colored sculpture reminiscent of Native American totem poles. One of 4 that decorate the westside of Jamison Square. #streetart

James Young
on Jamison Square

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Jeld-Wen Field

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Jeld-Wen Field

thumbnail for Amnesia BrewingLocated at their brewing site, check out their distinct and freshly brewed beers to go along with a hot off the grill burger. Yum. #patiobar Photo: Scott Beale

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