Moving to Portland, OR

Thinking about moving to Portland?

Portland is a city that needs no introduction, but we’ll give it one anyway: as the sacred city of America’s counterculture, Portland has been attracting beats, burnouts, hippies, artists, and yes, hipsters, for generations.

But culture has never been the only reason to move to Portland, which also boasts fantastic access to nature, great schools, a temperate climate, and a robust creative economy. These perks have attracted waves of new residents moving to Portland: between 2010 and 2016, more than 56,087 people have moved to Portland, an increase of 9.6%.

Where Are All the New Residents of Portland Moving From?

Portland, Oregon has a lot of nicknames, from PDX to the City of Roses to Stumptown. Whatever you call it, though, a lot more people are calling it home these days. The metro area population…


Living

Portland is home to 639,863 Portlanders. With an area of 133.4 square miles, Portland has a population density of 4,797 persons per square mile, which makes it more dense than many other cities of comparable size.

The Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metropolitan Statistical Area boasts a population of 2,424,955 people, of which Portland proper’s population makes up 26%.

Housing

Portland’s growth and desirability come at a major cost: housing is pricey. The median home value in Portland is $419,100, 109% above the US median value, according to Zillow. The median price per square foot in Portland is $337. Over the past 5 years, home values in Portland have increased by 12%.

Renters in Portland will also have a hard time finding affordable housing. The median rent in Portland is $1,895 per month, which is 33% higher than the US median. Over the past year, rental rates in Portland have increased by 3.9%.

Economy

Portland’s economy is growing strong. The Portland metro area’s GDP grew by 12% between 2010 and 2015, from $141 billion in 2010 to $159 billion in 2015, a total increase of $18 billion. The metro area has a per capita GDP of $65,473. According to the US Census Bureau, the median household income in Portland, OR is $60,286, 21% higher than the national median. Portland’s unemployment rate is 3.9%.

Portland, OR Arts and Entertainment

Restaurant St Jack

1610 NW 23rd Ave Portland, OR 97210

MÅURICE

921 SW Oak St Portland, OR 97205

Huber's Cafe

411 SW 3rd Ave Portland, OR

Dan and Louis Oyster Bar

208 SW Ankeny St Portland, OR

Higgins Restaurant & Bar

1239 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205

Katchka

720 SE Grand Ave Portland, OR 97214

Wilf's Restaurant

800 NW 6th Ave Portland, OR

Ringside Steakhouse

2165 W Burnside St Portland, OR

Skyline Restaurant

1313 NW Skyline Blvd Portland, OR

Nite Hawk Cafe and Lounge

6423 N Interstate Ave Portland, OR

Restaurants
Restaurant St Jack
MÅURICE
Huber's Cafe
Dan and Louis Oyster Bar
Higgins Restaurant & Bar
Katchka
Wilf's Restaurant
Ringside Steakhouse
Skyline Restaurant
Nite Hawk Cafe and Lounge

The Alibi

4024 N Interstate Ave Portland, OR

McMenamins White Eagle Saloon and Hotel

836 N Russell St Portland, OR

Sandy Hut

1430 NE Sandy Blvd Portland, OR

Expatriate

5424 NE 30th Ave Portland, OR 97211

Free House Bar

1328 NE Fremont Portland, OR

The Old Gold

2105 N Killingsworth St Portland, OR 97217

Teardrop Lounge

1015 NW Everett St Portland, OR 97209

Shift Drinks

1200 Southwest Morrison Street, Portland, OR 97205, United States

Bit House Saloon

727 SE Grand Ave Portland, OR 97214

Bar Vivant

2225 E Burnside St Portland, OR 97214

Nightlife
The Alibi
McMenamins White Eagle Saloon and Hotel
Sandy Hut
Expatriate
Free House Bar
The Old Gold
Teardrop Lounge
Shift Drinks
Bit House Saloon
Bar Vivant

Portland Art Museum

1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205

Oregon Zoo

4001 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221

Portland Children's Museum

4015 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

1945 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Oregon Historical Society Museum

1200 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205

World Forestry Center

4033 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221

Pittock Mansion

3229 NW Pittock Dr, Portland, OR 97210

Oregon Rail Heritage Center

2250 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Oregon Maritime Museum

198 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204

Culture
Portland Art Museum
Oregon Zoo
Portland Children's Museum
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Oregon Historical Society Museum
World Forestry Center
Pittock Mansion
Oregon Rail Heritage Center
Oregon Maritime Museum

Weather

If you’re allergic to cold weather, Portland might not be for you. Portland winters are warm, with an average temperature of 44 degrees. Summers in Portland are cool, with an average temperature of 68 degrees. The average temperature in Spring is 58 degrees and the average temperature in Fall is 47 degrees.

If you’re moving to Portland, you better bring your umbrella! Portland sees an average 164 rainy days per year, and had an average annual rainfall of 43.5 inches. Portland is relatively humid, with an average annual relative humidity of 73. And don’t sweat it if you forget to pack your sunglasses. Portland only gets an average of 2,341 sunny hours per year and 68 sunny days, fewer than much of the rest of the country.

Crime

Portland is a safe city, with a violent crime rate of only 473 incidents per 100,000 persons according to the FBI, a lower rate than average. Property crime rates in Portland are relatively high, with a rate of 5,235 incidents per 100,000 persons, a higher rate than average.

Traffic

Ask anyone who lives in Portland what the city’s biggest problems are and traffic will almost certainly be one of them. According to a survey conducted by INRIX, the average commuter in Portland spends 47.2 hours in traffic each year, with about 10% of their time commuting in a traffic jam, a higher portion than average among US cities.

Cost of Living

Portland is an expensive place to live with a high cost of living. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis‘s Regional Price Parity survey, which takes into account cost of living metrics including the price of goods and services and housing, Portland has a regional price parity of 110.9, 1.3% above the average for US metro areas.

Education

Portland is a well-educated city, with 21% of the population possessing a Bachelor’s degree or higher. Only 10% of the population does not have a High School diploma, while 11% of the population has a Graduate or Professional degree.

Demographics

The median age in Portland is 37.1 years. 49.4% of the population in the Portland metro area is male, while 50.6% is female. 12.4% of the metro population is foreign born. In terms of racial demographics, Portland is 82% white, 3% African American, and 1% Asian.

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