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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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. 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.

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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.

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

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

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