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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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Classic Pianos

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Green Dragon

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

View all Portland apartments on a map. The average rent is $1,580 and the average home price is $371,975.

Rental info for Summer Creek in the Portland area
from $1,195
1 bed
Walk Score 33
Rental info for Yacht Harbor Club in the Portland area
from $1,570
1 bed
Walk Score 15
Rental info for Miramonte Lodge in the Portland area
from $1,020
Studio
Walk Score 41
Rental info for Brentwood in the Portland area
$1,165
1 bed
Walk Score 72
Rental info for linc245 in the Portland area
from $1,375
Studio
Walk Score 91
Rental info for The Frank Estate in the Portland area
from $1,300
1 bed
Walk Score 51
Rental info for Commons at Redwood Creek in the Portland area
Contact
1 bed
Walk Score 71
Rental info for Columbia Place Townhomes in the Portland area
from $1,460
2 bed
Walk Score 60

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

Portland Neighborhoods

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Population

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

Eating & Drinking

There are about 3,390 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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Grand Central Bakery

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Spirit of 77

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 67 bus, 8 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 Library - Central

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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

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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Multnomah County Library - Central

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Funky Puffs food cart

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St Johns Bridge

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Teachers Fountain

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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Jeld-Wen Field

Photo of Jeld-Wen Field in Portland

Jeld-Wen Field

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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ArtHouse

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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

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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Laughing Planet Cafe

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Savory Spice Shop

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Opa Pizzeria

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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on Amnesia Brewing

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