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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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Amnesia Brewing

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Philly Cheesesteaks And Burgers

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, Downtown and Old Town Chinatown.

Portland Apartments for Rent

View all Portland apartments on a map. The average rent is $1,350 and the average home price is $425,000.

Rental info for Parkside Lofts in the Portland area
from $975
Studio
Walk Score 52
Rental info for Creekside Village in the Portland area
from $1,250
2 bed
Walk Score 50
Rental info for The Addison in the Portland area
from $930
1 bed
Walk Score 55
Rental info for The Frank Estate in the Portland area
from $1,370
1 bed
Walk Score 63
Rental info for Madison Park in the Portland area
from $1,045
1 bed
Walk Score 45
Rental info for Miramonte Lodge in the Portland area
from $825
Studio
Walk Score 39
Rental info for Commons at Sylvan Highlands in the Portland area
from $975
1 bed
Walk Score 12
Rental info for Central Eastside Lofts in the Portland area
from $1,125
Studio
Walk Score 86

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

Portland Neighborhoods

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Population

1 Pearl 96 85 97 5,989
2 Downtown 95 90 92 12,803
3 Old Town Chinatown 95 91 98 3,873
4 Goose Hollow 92 81 81 5,825
5 Northwest District 92 64 85 12,700
6 Hollywood 91 68 95 1,274
7 Sunnyside 91 52 88 7,350
8 Hosford-Abernethy 89 57 92 7,314
9 Boise 88 54 91 3,309
10 Buckman 88 61 95 8,472
11 Kerns 87 63 90 5,336
12 Lloyd District 86 81 98 1,141
13 Richmond 85 52 90 11,634
14 Sullivan's Gulch 85 68 95 3,136
15 Vernon 85 50 79 2,630
16 King 85 51 84 6,102
17 Eliot 83 63 93 3,542
18 Humboldt 83 54 90 5,110
19 Irvington 83 62 89 6,752
20 Grant Park 81 60 86 4,163
21 Sabin 80 50 76 4,150
22 Foster-Powell 79 51 80 7,335
23 Laurelhurst 79 64 90 4,657
24 Brooklyn 78 57 84 3,488
25 Sellwood-Moreland 77 42 82 11,597
26 Cathedral Park 76 47 71 3,289
27 Mt. Scott-Arleta 75 48 77 7,399
28 Beaumont-Wilshire 75 46 82 5,210
29 Creston-Kenilworth 75 52 85 8,220
30 Roseway 74 46 69 6,314
31 Concordia 74 50 82 9,561
32 North Tabor 73 65 82 5,252
33 Arbor Lodge 72 54 93 6,131
34 Rose City Park 72 56 80 8,951
35 Montavilla 70 61 80 16,143
36 Overlook 69 54 87 6,109
37 Woodlawn 69 52 78 4,938
38 Mill Park 68 48 66 8,555
39 Kenton 68 50 88 7,264
40 Piedmont 67 56 86 7,047
41 Woodstock 67 47 77 8,407
42 South Tabor 65 50 84 5,997
43 Mt. Tabor 64 52 71 10,189
44 Sumner 63 55 76 2,133
45 Multnomah 63 42 62 6,919
46 Reed 62 49 80 4,365
47 Alameda 60 47 73 5,206
48 West Portland Park 59 37 50 3,923
49 St. Johns 59 44 75 12,263
50 Hazelwood 58 52 64 23,446
51 South Portland 55 61 76 6,726
52 Cully 55 43 78 13,237
53 Brentwood-Darlington 55 43 70 13,024
54 Madison South 54 59 62 7,106
55 Parkrose 54 43 60 6,377
56 Hillsdale 52 45 57 7,687
57 South Burlingame 52 42 64 1,634
58 Parkrose Heights 52 43 62 6,055
59 Portsmouth 51 44 80 9,799
60 Eastmoreland 50 42 70 4,031
61 Powellhurst-Gilbert 50 44 63 27,441
62 Centennial 49 31 57 22,553
63 Crestwood 49 43 45 1,092
64 Lents 49 51 75 20,384
65 Glenfair 49 52 61 3,483
66 Hillside 45 51 46 2,198
67 Argay 45 36 48 5,994
68 Homestead 44 62 46 1,837
69 Hayhurst 43 35 45 5,370
70 University Park 43 43 71 5,996
71 Far Southwest 39 41 32 1,318
72 Bridlemile 38 30 39 4,809
73 Markham 38 36 44 2,415
74 Ashcreek 35 34 36 5,705
75 Russell 33 36 56 3,167
76 Southwest Hills 31 47 31 7,538
77 Maplewood 29 26 39 2,529
78 Wilkes 29 35 46 8,768
79 Bridgeton 29 37 48 627
80 Arlington Heights 27 53 40 784
81 East Columbia 21 32 47 1,858
82 Collins View 20 29 51 2,920
83 Marshall Park 20 27 28 1,511
84 Pleasant Valley 19 15 21 10,299
85 Sylvan-Highlands 17 43 25 1,290
86 Sunderland 16 33 50 703
87 Arnold Creek 16 9 17 2,850
88 Northwest Heights 15 0 10 5,495
89 Linnton 6 16 14 935

Eating & Drinking

There are about 3,020 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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Green Dragon

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Grand Central Bakery & Cafe: Sellwood

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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 65 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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Multnomah County Central Library

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Spirit of 77

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Teachers Fountain

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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Jeld-Wen Field

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Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

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Laughing Planet Cafe

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Bike Score of Portland, OR

Portland is Very Bikeable

Biking is convenient for most trips.

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Crime in Portland

= Lowest Crime

Each year in Portland, 7 violent crimes and 58 property crimes occur per 1,000 people.

Use our crime maps to find an apartment for rent in a safe Portland neighborhood.

Pick a neighborhood to see crime maps or type an address to see the Crime Grade for that location.

What's It Like to Live in Portland?

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Historic Hayden Island Rail Way

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Classic Pianos

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Multnomah County Central Library

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Funky Puffs food cart

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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St Johns Bridge

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Spirit of 77

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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Teachers Fountain

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Jeld-Wen Field

Photo of Jeld-Wen Field in Portland

Jeld-Wen Field

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ArtHouse

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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Industrial Area of Port Richmond

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Oregon Museum of Science & Industry

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Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

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