These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Portland For 2019


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Portland that 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 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Portland.
Worst Neighborhoods In Portland

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 places don’t quite measure up to Portland’s reputation.

Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Portland according to data:

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

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Portland for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Centennial looks to be the worst neighborhood in Portland.

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.

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How we determined the worst Portland hoods in 2019

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, Oregon 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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Population: 20,932
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $165,638 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $41,022 (7th worst)
More on Centennial:  Data

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Population: 25,760
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $186,475 (4th worst)
Median Income: $40,114 (5th worst)
More on Powellhurst:  Data

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Population: 2,802
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $135,400 (1st worst)
Median Income: $30,369 (1st worst)
More on Old Town-Chinatown:  Data

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Population: 10,289
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 18)
Median Home Value: $205,840 (9th worst)
Median Income: $38,634 (3rd worst)
More on Mill Park:  Data

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Population: 760
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $198,900 (6th worst)
Median Income: $39,875 (4th worst)
More on Sunderland:  Data

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Population: 2,686
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $260,100 (24th worst)
Median Income: $40,808 (6th worst)
More on Lloyd:  Data

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Population: 7,933
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $227,860 (13th worst)
Median Income: $60,428 (29th worst)
More on Saintjohns:  Data

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Population: 12,252
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 6)
Median Home Value: $206,845 (10th worst)
Median Income: $48,714 (14th worst)
More on Parkrose:  Data

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Population: 838
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 5)
Median Home Value: $214,900 (11th worst)
Median Income: $50,927 (16th worst)
More on Bridgeton:  Data

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Population: 8,238
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Median Home Value: $261,390 (25th worst)
Median Income: $54,400 (20th worst)
More on Kenton:  Data

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 Neighborhoods To Live In Portland For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Centennial 20,932 $165,638 $41,022
2 Powellhurst 25,760 $186,475 $40,114
3 Old Town-Chinatown 2,802 $135,400 $30,369
4 Mill Park 10,289 $205,840 $38,634
5 Sunderland 760 $198,900 $39,875
6 Lloyd 2,686 $260,100 $40,808
7 Saintjohns 7,933 $227,860 $60,428
8 Parkrose 12,252 $206,845 $48,714
9 Bridgeton 838 $214,900 $50,927
10 Kenton 8,238 $261,390 $54,400
11 Downtown 12,061 $222,386 $35,908
12 Argay 8,877 $247,312 $66,521
13 Lents 20,514 $194,508 $43,959
14 Madison South 6,452 $253,100 $58,542
15 Portsmith 10,654 $250,000 $46,666
16 Hazelwood 24,435 $201,031 $41,993
17 Brentwood-Darlington 13,190 $203,925 $55,499
18 Buckman 8,869 $252,990 $42,765
19 Wilkes 13,484 $248,111 $56,404
20 Montavilla 17,996 $253,833 $50,326
21 Haden Island 565 $149,050 $60,522
22 Cathedral Park 9,630 $251,200 $55,148
23 Pleasant Valley 12,876 $246,390 $64,486
24 Cully 20,717 $304,200 $64,329
25 Kerns 5,562 $271,286 $51,634
26 Eliot 3,888 $392,700 $45,398
27 Reed 4,338 $363,675 $48,087
28 Foster Powell 7,801 $250,786 $54,018
29 Woodlawn 12,319 $318,440 $61,828
30 Overlook 6,889 $311,000 $66,513
31 Creston-Kenilworth 7,159 $290,750 $54,382
32 South Tabor 7,091 $308,000 $56,838
33 Government Island 418 $281,500 $67,280
34 Mount Scott 7,892 $259,450 $56,753
35 Hayhurst 5,669 $352,525 $73,651
36 University Park 5,468 $349,740 $68,728
37 Brooklyn 5,053 $339,340 $58,775
38 Pearl District 5,591 $299,900 $60,041
39 Roseway 21,686 $373,988 $75,634
40 Arbor Lodge 7,144 $322,510 $69,712
41 Maplewood-Ashcreek 17,712 $361,243 $79,174
42 Boise 7,397 $377,431 $60,547
43 Concordia 10,267 $369,755 $78,174
44 Northwest 21,700 $460,796 $65,129
45 Southwest Hills 6,279 $622,364 $131,143
46 Woodstock 9,124 $331,200 $76,433
47 Hosford 8,107 $417,230 $71,902
48 Sellwood-Moreland 11,716 $413,850 $64,873
49 Hillsdale 8,391 $458,562 $94,739
50 Bridlemile 4,890 $565,300 $119,354
51 Center 9,781 $436,970 $78,398
52 Eastmoreland 5,822 $455,088 $94,644
53 Mount Tabor 10,111 $412,250 $72,145
54 Far Southwest 16,876 $418,864 $96,411
55 Ross Island 154 $450,000 $100,139
56 Richmond 18,996 $408,912 $71,477
57 Linnton 736 $554,700 $115,628
58 King 15,335 $423,211 $83,104
59 Homestead 2,809 $562,080 $83,972
60 Forest Park 10,184 $664,927 $138,185
61 Corbett-Terwilliger-Lair Hill 8,195 $406,833 $81,749
62 Irvington 8,968 $488,486 $76,071
63 Alameda 9,040 $588,075 $110,249

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