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:
- Old Town-Chinatown
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
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.
Median Income: $39,317
Median Home Value: $157,081
Median Income: $44,702
Median Home Value: $197,855
3. Old Town-Chinatown
Median Income: $22,887
Median Home Value: $130,633
Median Income: $43,580
Median Home Value: $205,200
Median Income: $48,057
Median Home Value: $232,700
Median Income: $30,625
Median Home Value: $190,600
Median Income: $39,734
Median Home Value: $171,383
Median Income: $39,209
Median Home Value: $174,400
Median Income: $38,485
Median Home Value: $248,600
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