The 10 Worst Portland Suburbs For 2021

We used science and data to determine which Portland suburbs are the real pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the worst suburbs around Portland.

Not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Portland.

So the question arises, do the suburbs maintain a semblance of the larger-than-life appeal of their more famous neighbor?

Today, we'll use science and data to determine which Portland 'burbs need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the Portland area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the suburbs to live up to Portland proper, although Sherwood certainly tries.

Of course, not all suburbs of Portland are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones..

We examined the 36 biggest suburbs of Portland to find out the worst places to live. And while you won't necessarily find them on the worst places to live in oregon lists, these ten places are a little too far downwind of Portland in terms of quality of life.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Portland for 2021:

  1. St. Helens
  2. Columbia
  3. Hubbard
  4. Gresham
  5. Woodburn
  6. Vancouver
  7. Molalla
  8. Woodland
  9. Fairview
  10. Newberg

What's the worst suburb of Portland? St. Helens ranks as the worst suburb of Portland for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Portland that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don't blame the messenger.

Or, if you're thinking of moving to elsewhere in oregon check out the best places in oregon overall or the worst.

And remember, there are some good places to live around Portland too.

Editor's Note: If you see a slight difference between the worst in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it's because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

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The 10 Worst Portland Suburbs To Live For 2021

St. Helens, OR

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Population: 13,559
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Income: $51,199 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.2% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $228,500 (3rd lowest)
More on St. Helens:  Data | Photos

We'll get the ball rolling with St. Helens, the absolute worst place to live around Portland according to the data.

And in the world of worst rankings, St. Helens beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 3rd worst in the Portland area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 3rd worst when it comes to home values.

But hey, at least it's cheap to live there. But there's a reason for that... it's St. Helens.

You won't feel bad about not having a great income for the area, there aren't a bunch of places to spend your money anyway.

2. Columbia

Columbia Location In Pennsylvania