Portland Neighborhoods and Suburbs

Out of Love for Portland

Portland, Oregon is an amazing place with distinct neighborhoods and suburbs, each with its own attractions and culture. We love our town! We enjoy writing about these unique spots, offering relocation tips and providing stats on Portland neighborhoods and suburb growth, development, schools, and more.

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Portland Neighborhood Guide: King

May 9, 2016

King is a vibrant and diverse neighborhood located in inner Northeast Portland between Alberta, Humboldt, and Woodlawn to the north. Situated along Martin Luther King Blvd, the neighborhood is at a crossroads walking distance between two major destination-streets, with easy access to the rest of the city via the 99E corridor. Great to walk, great to bike, loaded with bus lines, and just across the Broadway Bridge to downtown Portland, King is an excellent place to forego owning a car (any residents many do!). A defining characteristic of the neighborhood, King is home to an active and engaged citizenry that has, over the years, radically transformed their living space through collective action. A more recent example, residents have begun a...

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Improve Your Portland Neighborhood with Grants!

May 9, 2016

North Tabor resident (and Neighborhood Association Board member) Michael Andersen was sick of certain streets in his SE Portland neighborhood lacking sidewalks. In particular, Oregon Street. However, funding for sidewalks doesn’t seem very likely to come through from the City of Portland, given that there are dozens of streets in the city in line for their own sidewalks, he writes in the North Tabor Neighborhood Association blog. So he and his fellow board members came up with a clever plan: Instead of making the road pedestrian friendly, they would eliminate the road altogether and replace it with a park. I love this concept and it perfectly illustrates how innovative Portland homeowners take initiative to shape their neighborhoods and therefore their...

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Portland Neighborhood Guide: Cathedral Park

May 6, 2016

Centered around its namesake, Cathedral Park is a quiet riverside neighborhood of peninsular North Portland. Cathedral Park, both diverse and affordable, is secluded from most of the bustle of Portland’s daily life. Many students, professionals, and generations long residents come together to form an active and engaged neighborhood citizenry. With walking access to both of the peninsula’s designated off-leash areas, Cathedral Park residents have fostered a thriving culture of dog ownership. Located at the farthest tip of the residential peninsula, all transit options across the St. Johns Bridge make for easy 30-minute commutes downtown by bus, car, or bike. Though commutes are a bit longer than in many other parts of the city, the St. Johns area offers an excellent balance between affordability and...

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Portland Neighborhood Guide: University Park

April 25, 2016

University Park is young, sleepy neighborhood of peninsular North Portland. Though it’s home to the University of Portland, and a large student population, the neighborhood definitely doesn’t give off the college town vibe you might expect. Quite the opposite, its character reads as a very small town. It’s an excellent location for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Portland without being removed from the conscientious and hyperlocal culture. Bussers and Bikers beware, though; this is one of the few neighborhoods in the city where owning a car is perfectly reasonable. The commute times are long to most places in the city and public transit is heavily limited by the local geography. But, the extra miles...

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Portland Neighborhood Guide: Boise-Eliot

April 22, 2016

Boise-Eliot is a neighborhood of Inner North / Northeast Portland housing the famed Mississippi Avenue. A hotspot for the arts and culture, brews and food that are the face of modern Portland, Boise is the ground zero for the Portland that you might see featured in travel articles or television vignettes. There is A LOT going on here all the time! However, these sorts of portrayals miss most of what makes Boise so special: it’s community. As part of the greater Albina area, Boise-Eliot is a small part of an unbelievably vibrant community of small business owners, artisans, artists, activists and community organizers that have banded together to create an incredible quality of life experienced in few other parts of the...

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Portland Neighborhood Guide: Humboldt

April 20, 2016

Humboldt is a very hip, very young neighborhood located in inner North / Northeast Portland between Boise-Eliot, and King neighborhoods. This neighborhood is front and center in offering the incredible accessibility and urban lifestyle that is a major draw of modern Portland, Oregon. A part of the greater Albina area, Humboldt also houses a highly engaged citizenry that cares deeply about the quality of life within the neighborhood. Community gardens, art walks, farmers markets, and community organizing are all deeply engrained within the culture of this area. This is a place where the neighbors are very often on a first-name basis with each other. A paradise for alternative commuting, owning a car in Humboldt neighborhood is 100% optional for day to day life. With...

Portland Neighborhood Guide: Overlook

April 19, 2016

Secluded on the other side of Interstate Avenue, Overlook is a close-in neighborhood of North Portland with a cozy vibe, yet all the amenities that come with city living.  Occasionally referred to as “Mock’s Crest”, this neighborhood is dotted with small parks and public spaces along the bluffs with gorgeous views of the Willamette River. Though slightly less walkable on average than most neighborhoods in Portland, Overlook stands out as a haven for bikers with extremely quick commutes downtown, and to most errands. If you’re looking for a place to raise a family, this neighborhood is a top choice with tree lined streets, low traffic, and tight-knit community.

Portland Neighborhood Guide: Kenton

April 18, 2016

Kenton is a neighborhood of North Portland hidden away along the banks of the Columbia River. The pace of life here is slower, with less through traffic and a decidedly less trendy vibe than many other neighborhoods. With most of its businesses located along Denver Street, Kenton feels more like a small town than a part of a larger metropolitan area.  The area is very walkable, very bikeable, and with Denver, Lombard, and Interstate close by, residents may never feel compelled to wander too far from home; especially so, if their commutes happen in the northern half of the city. In celebration of Oregon’s 1959 centennial anniversary, the neighborhood erected a giant Paul Bunyan statue that endures as the hallmark of anything...

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Portland Neighborhood Guide: St Johns

April 11, 2016

St. Johns is a larger neighborhood of peninsular North Portland with a vibe of a small town. In fact, it was once its own town; but don’t tell that to its residents, some of whom firmly believe that St. Johns is NOT a part of Portland proper. It’s easy to see why: the neighborhood still carries the vibe of a small western town that is secluded from most of the city’s hustle and bustle. With residential neighborhoods centered along its main drag, St. Johns is very friendly to alternative transportation within the area. Being located at the farthest tip of the residential peninsula, all transit options across the St. Johns Bridge make for easy 20-minute commutes to the Pearl District....

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Portland Neighborhood Guide: Piedmont

April 11, 2016

Piedmont, originally billed as “The Emerald”, is a historic neighborhood of North Portland boasting easy commutes across the city by light rail, bus, or car. Piedmont proper is primarily residential, located just north of Mississippi and west of Alberta; but make no mistake, it has tons of character all its own with Peninsula Park as the community maintained centerpiece. Piedmont is also renowned as a biker’s paradise, with an incredible BikeScore of ~90 throughout. Combined with a 25-minute ride to Downtown Portland, it’s one of the premier neighborhoods for alternative commuting.