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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, Old Town Chinatown and Downtown.

Portland Apartments for Rent

Portland Neighborhoods

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1 Pearl 96 88 97 5,989
2 Old Town Chinatown 96 94 97 3,873
3 Downtown 95 93 90 12,803
4 Hollywood 93 69 95 1,274
5 Goose Hollow 93 83 82 5,825
6 Northwest District 93 66 90 12,700
7 Boise 92 55 99 3,309
8 Sunnyside 91 52 99 7,350
9 Hosford-Abernethy 91 60 97 7,314
10 Kerns 90 65 98 5,336
11 Buckman 90 62 95 8,472
12 King 90 52 98 6,102
13 Vernon 88 51 99 2,630
14 Sullivan's Gulch 87 69 89 3,136
15 Richmond 87 53 97 11,634
16 Humboldt 87 55 99 5,110
17 Lloyd District 86 83 98 1,141
18 Eliot 84 64 99 3,542
19 Sabin 83 50 96 4,150
20 Irvington 81 63 99 6,752
21 Sellwood-Moreland 81 46 96 11,597
22 Foster-Powell 80 52 99 7,335
23 Grant Park 79 62 98 4,163
24 Brooklyn 79 60 96 3,488
25 Cathedral Park 79 47 81 3,289
26 Laurelhurst 79 66 94 4,657
27 Creston-Kenilworth 77 53 95 8,220
28 Roseway 76 47 90 6,314
29 Concordia 76 50 95 9,561
30 North Tabor 74 68 85 5,252
31 Mt. Scott-Arleta 72 49 92 7,399
32 Beaumont-Wilshire 72 46 94 5,210
33 Overlook 72 55 95 6,109
34 Woodlawn 72 53 96 4,938
35 Arbor Lodge 72 55 97 6,131
36 Montavilla 71 62 91 16,143
37 Piedmont 71 58 96 7,047
38 Rose City Park 71 57 94 8,951
39 Mt. Tabor 69 53 86 10,189
40 Mill Park 69 49 83 8,555
41 South Tabor 68 51 97 5,997
42 Kenton 68 52 94 7,264
43 Woodstock 65 48 94 8,407
44 St. Johns 65 44 83 12,263
45 Alameda 65 48 92 5,206
46 Sumner 64 59 72 2,133
47 Multnomah 64 43 68 6,919
48 West Portland Park 62 43 60 3,923
49 Reed 62 49 86 4,365
50 Hazelwood 61 54 79 23,446
51 Portsmouth 59 45 93 9,799
52 Lents 57 53 78 20,384
53 Parkrose 57 46 69 6,377
54 Madison South 56 61 80 7,106
55 South Portland 56 63 78 6,726
56 Cully 56 44 87 13,237
57 Hillsdale 56 45 64 7,687
58 South Burlingame 55 42 65 1,634
59 Glenfair 54 54 78 3,483
60 Parkrose Heights 54 44 76 6,055
61 Brentwood-Darlington 54 44 81 13,024
62 Centennial 53 44 74 22,553
63 Powellhurst-Gilbert 52 46 71 27,441
64 Hayhurst 51 36 61 5,370
65 Eastmoreland 49 48 84 4,031
66 Crestwood 49 43 53 1,092
67 University Park 48 43 76 5,996
68 Hillside 47 53 60 2,198
69 Argay 45 38 62 5,994
70 Bridlemile 45 34 58 4,809
71 Homestead 44 63 59 1,837
72 Arlington Heights 40 54 55 784
73 Markham 40 39 58 2,415
74 Far Southwest 39 41 44 1,318
75 Russell 37 37 76 3,167
76 Ashcreek 36 34 51 5,705
77 Southwest Hills 34 53 51 7,538
78 Maplewood 33 26 56 2,529
79 Bridgeton 30 39 61 627
80 Wilkes 28 38 63 8,768
81 Collins View 26 30 51 2,920
82 Marshall Park 24 30 49 1,511
83 East Columbia 24 32 54 1,858
84 Pleasant Valley 22 22 37 10,299
85 Sylvan-Highlands 19 43 36 1,290
86 Arnold Creek 17 24 42 2,850
87 Northwest Heights 16 7 29 5,495
88 Sunderland 15 33 43 703
89 Linnton 7 21 22 935

Average Home Features

According to HomeAdvisor Data, these characteristics make up the average home in Portland

Average square footage 2800
Homeowners have 3.3 bedrooms
Homeowners have 2.2 bathrooms
Age of home 39 years
Average time living in home 11 years

Check out HomeAdvisor’s Portland Home Happiness Survey.

Eating & Drinking

There are about 3,262 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Portland.

People in Portland can walk to an average of 6 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in 5 minutes.

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Green Dragon

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Grand Central Bakery

Restaurant Choices Map

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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 77 bus and 8 light rail 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 Library - Central

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Spirit of 77

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Teachers Fountain

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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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Savory Spice Shop

Bike Score of Portland, OR

Portland is Very Bikeable

Biking is convenient for most trips.

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Crime in Portland

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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 Library - Central

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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 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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Omsi

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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Spirit of 77

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Teachers Fountain

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Jeld-Wen Field

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Jeld-Wen Field

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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