These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Portland For 2018


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Portland that are the real pits.

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Portland’s neighborhoods conjure up too many stereotypes to count. You’ve got hipster areas, preppy places, neighborhoods where college kids thrive, and of course, ghettos.

It seems as if there’s a neighborhood for everyone in Portland.

And while the city consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in the country thanks in part to a strong economy and tons of entertainment, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine in Portland. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.

So the question arises, which Portland neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?

Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Portland hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Portland area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Alameda ranks way above the rest.

We examined 63 of Portland’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These ten places don’t quite measure up to Portland’s reputation:

  1. Centennial
  2. Parkrose
  3. Old Town-Chinatown
  4. Bridgeton
  5. Kenton
  6. Sunderland
  7. Powellhurst
  8. Lents
  9. Lloyd
  10. Saintjohns

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

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from worst to best.

Looking for places to avoid outside of the city? You can also check out the worst suburbs of Portland.

And if you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the most dangerous cities in America.

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How we determined the worst Portland hoods

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what places have the least amount of those things. We threw the following criteria into this analysis in order to get the best, most complete results possible. We used this set of criteria for each neighborhood in Portland:

  • High unemployment (Less jobs)
  • Low median income (Less pay)
  • Low population density (No things to do)
  • Low home values (No one’s willing to pay to live here)
  • High crime (Estimated)

Then, we ranked each neighborhood in Portland for each of these criteria from worst to best.

Next, we averaged the individual rankings for each criteria into a “Worst Score”.

The neighborhood with the lowest “Worst Score” ranks as the worst neighborhood of Portland.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Portland to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 63 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased. Hold on to your pants.

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1. Centennial

Population: 20,949
Median Income: $39,317
Median Home Value: $157,081

2. Parkrose

Population: 12,738
Median Income: $44,702
Median Home Value: $197,855

3. Old Town-Chinatown

Population: 2,871
Median Income: $22,887
Median Home Value: $130,633

4. Bridgeton

Population: 818
Median Income: $43,580
Median Home Value: $205,200

5. Kenton

Population: 8,042
Median Income: $48,057
Median Home Value: $232,700

6. Sunderland

Population: 810
Median Income: $30,625
Median Home Value: $190,600

7. Powellhurst

Population: 24,150
Median Income: $39,734
Median Home Value: $171,383

8. Lents

Population: 19,869
Median Income: $39,209
Median Home Value: $174,400

9. Lloyd

Population: 2,526
Median Income: $38,485
Median Home Value: $248,600

10. Saintjohns

Population: 7,609
Median Income: $56,158
Median Home Value: $208,280

The ‘hoods around Portland that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Portland with Centennial landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Portland aren’t all bad. Alameda takes the cake as the best place to live in Portland.

We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Worst Portland Neighborhoods

Neighborhood Rank Population Median Income Median Home Values
Centennial 1 20,949 $39,317 $157,081
Parkrose 2 12,738 $44,702 $197,855
Old Town-Chinatown 3 2,871 $22,887 $130,633
Bridgeton 4 818 $43,580 $205,200
Kenton 5 8,042 $48,057 $232,700
Sunderland 6 810 $30,625 $190,600
Powellhurst 7 24,150 $39,734 $171,383
Lents 8 19,869 $39,209 $174,400
Lloyd 9 2,526 $38,485 $248,600
Saintjohns 10 7,609 $56,158 $208,280
Haden Island 11 550 $46,115 $154,400
Cathedral Park 12 9,426 $47,650 $224,012
Brentwood-Darlington 13 13,001 $51,012 $189,562
Portsmith 14 10,425 $43,451 $224,967
Hazelwood 15 23,582 $41,584 $199,000
Buckman 16 8,598 $35,131 $248,940
Madison South 17 6,232 $50,010 $238,450
Downtown 18 11,094 $34,477 $231,643
Pleasant Valley 19 12,905 $58,403 $230,030
Foster Powell 20 7,006 $49,411 $221,071
Montavilla 21 17,094 $48,273 $226,410
Argay 22 9,206 $61,855 $242,075
Mill Park 23 10,526 $35,351 $197,100
Kerns 24 5,249 $39,121 $307,357
Wilkes 25 12,553 $52,702 $227,956
Cully 26 19,826 $57,769 $269,050
Eliot 27 3,548 $40,270 $318,317
Creston-Kenilworth 28 7,305 $46,319 $253,133
Mount Scott 29 7,567 $53,771 $219,110
Overlook 30 6,459 $59,274 $278,527
Government Island 31 328 $65,048 $233,900
Woodlawn 32 11,795 $53,438 $279,427
Reed 33 4,530 $41,257 $365,700
Brooklyn 34 4,782 $52,207 $290,840
Ross Island 35 138 $60,809 $287,500
Arbor Lodge 36 6,560 $59,166 $281,440
South Tabor 37 6,976 $56,485 $280,933
Pearl District 38 5,635 $55,851 $292,150
Hayhurst 39 5,465 $66,256 $324,475
Boise 40 7,409 $53,179 $326,762
University Park 41 5,144 $63,044 $307,920
Woodstock 42 8,911 $65,296 $291,000
Maplewood-Ashcreek 43 17,346 $70,855 $323,386
Southwest Hills 44 6,037 $105,675 $574,873
Concordia 45 9,661 $70,667 $330,536
Roseway 46 21,082 $68,558 $331,640
Bridlemile 47 4,926 $103,252 $491,225
Northwest 48 21,559 $59,918 $403,848
Sellwood-Moreland 49 10,948 $59,936 $360,167
Hosford 50 7,629 $65,794 $387,160
Corbett-Terwilliger-Lair Hill 51 7,569 $75,320 $352,567
Hillsdale 52 8,003 $90,106 $426,915
Far Southwest 53 16,630 $91,170 $394,750
Center 54 9,675 $70,972 $396,350
Mount Tabor 55 9,678 $72,077 $353,900
Linnton 56 693 $105,693 $536,900
Eastmoreland 57 5,281 $86,560 $426,138
King 58 15,105 $74,867 $365,294
Richmond 59 18,500 $65,167 $367,871
Irvington 60 8,548 $67,479 $462,786
Forest Park 61 9,869 $130,829 $614,955
Homestead 62 3,499 $79,284 $536,940
Alameda 63 8,819 $105,707 $516,188

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