Portland 65 Below average
Portland Livability #184 ranked city in Oregon#17,702 ranked city in the USARanks better than 39% of areas
A+ Portland Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Portland Cost of Living Cost of living is 8% higher than Oregon
12424% more expensive than the US average
11515% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Portland cost of living
F Portland Crime Total crime is 78% higher than Oregon
Total crime
5,262124% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 20124% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-8%Year over year crime is down
Portland crime
C- Portland Employment Household income is 10% higher than Oregon
Median household income
$58,4236% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$34,77817% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%12% higher than the US average
Portland employment
C- Portland Housing Home value is 29% higher than Oregon
Median home value
$319,40073% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,0258% higher than the US average
Home ownership
53%17% lower than the US average
Portland real estate or Portland rentals
C- Portland Schools HS graduation rate is 3% higher than Oregon
High school grad. rates
88%6% higher than the US average
School test scores
49%1% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
19:119% higher than the US average
Portland K-12 schools
C Portland User Ratings There are a total of 74 ratings in Portland
Overall user rating
63% 74 total ratings
User reviews rating
64% 14 total reviews
User surveys rating
63% 60 total surveys
all Portland poll results

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      Living in Portland, OR

      Portland is a highly populated city located in the state of Oregon. The city has a population of 620,589 inhabitants. With a population density of 4,650 people per square mile, Portland is well above the nation's average density level. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (78% White). Given that fact, Portland could be considered less diverse than other cities. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Portland might be a good fit as 74% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 59% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

      If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a great experience if you are willing to get to know the town before actually living in Portland, Oregon. With useful information like amenities, cost of living, education, employment and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Portland and in the areas around Portland is a much easier task.

      Portland, OR receives 67/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #161 in Oregon and #15,247 in the USA. If we check out each of the categories on their own, we see that Portland ranks well for amenities (A+). There is at least one category that does not have great scores in Portland. The following was graded with a discouraging score: crime (F) and cost of living (F).

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Portland, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Portland Japanese Garden, Portland Walking Tours, and International Rose Test Garden.

      Assuming that Portland meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Portland. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Portland are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Portland come in at $319,400, which is 29.2% higher than the Oregon average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Portland, the home price to income ratio is 5.5, which is 19.6% higher than the Oregon average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Portland area were 0.8% and 5 year appreciation rates were 11.1%.

      Portland transportation information

      Average one way commute26min23min26min
      Workers who drive to work57.8%71.4%76.4%
      Workers who carpool8.9%10.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit12.1%4.4%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle6.5%2.4%0.6%
      Workers who walk6.0%3.9%2.8%
      Working from home7.5%6.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Portland, OR data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).