Best Places to Live in Portland, Oregon

Large-city complex - Northwest Oregon along the Columbia River and Oregon-Washington border
-Attractive downtown
-Arts and culture
-Educated population
-Economic cycles
-Cost of living
-Clouds and rain

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What Bert Has To Say About Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro Metro Area

Today’s Portland area is a wonderfully well-evolved, progressive and cosmopolitan Pacific Northwest center located at the junction of the Willamette and Columbia rivers, Originally founded as a trading center, Portland first grew during local gold rushes but then evolved first into a forest and food products processing and shipping point, now more recently into a center for the knowledge economy. The greater Portland area includes Vancouver, Washington across the Columbia River. South of the Columbia, numerous neighborhoods and communities spread east, south along the Willamette River, and west up into wooded plateaus west of downtown.


City: Portland
Zip Codes: 97206, 97233, 97230, 97219, 97202, 97236, 97266, 97211, 97203, 97217, 28 total
Time zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST)
Elevation: 39 ft above sea level


The unemployment rate in Portland is 4.60% (U.S. avg. is 5.20%). Recent job growth is Positive. Portland jobs have increased by 2.88%. Learn More...
Compared to the rest of the country, Portland's cost of living is 40.50% higher than the U.S. average. Learn More... or Compare Portland's Cost of Living
Portland's population is 632,309 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 44.59%. Learn More...
Average Commute time is 21 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes. Learn More...
The median home cost in Portland is $380,500. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 34.60%. Check out the homes in the area.
Portland public schools spend $12,785 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 19.1 students per teacher in Portland. Learn More...

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Housing Market in Portland

It's a good time to buy in Portland. Home Appreciation is up 9.5% in the last 12 months. Browse Portland Real Estate.

The median home price in Portland is $380,500. Browse Homes in this Range.

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Reviews for Portland    330 Reviews
A forest with a city woven into it. - 6/5/2018
I am a 4th generation Oregonian and these are the facts: WEATHER: Pacific ocean breezes bring cool damp air for 4 or 5 months, then we have a moderate... (Read More)

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Originally from NE but love Portland - 2/5/2018
I lived in Philly (hated it) the Poconos (boring) and New York (cool and not enough green. But I genuinely love Portland. It is green all year round. I love the... (Read More)

Homogenous, gloomy, and ultra PC - 1/10/2018
This place is incredily overrated. I do NOT understand how this place became so popular. There is no diversity of thought, style, interests, or political views. Forget... (Read More)

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97206, 97233, 97230, 97219, 97202, 97236, 97266, 97211, 97203, 97217, 28 total