Portland Neighborhood Map
Use the Portand neighborhood map below to visit the city's major regions. View all Portland real estate for sale, by neighborhood, plus get additional infomation and photos of communities straight from local Realtors who know the area. We hope this guide serves as a useful resource to locals and out-of-town real estate shoppers alike who are looking to identify the location of specific districts and to learn what makes each unique. Scroll below the map for the comprehensive list of Portland’s official neighborhoods.
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List of Official Portland Neighborhoods
Portland, Oregon is the second-largest city in the Pacific Northwest and the largest in Oregon. Portland is home to about 660,000 people and the Portland Metropolitan Area has close to 3 million people, making it the 17th most populous metropolitan area in the United States. Portland is known for its lack of sales tax, rainy reason, environmental consciousness, craft breweries, wineries, food carts, good public transportation, and easy access to outdoor recreation. To get a sense of the vibe here, check out our post on living in Portland.
The city of Portland comprises six regions, each with its own character and well-defined neighborhoods, districts, and enclaves. The regions include Northwest Portland, Southwest Portland, Southeast Portland, Northeast Portland, North Portland, and East Portland. Often, Northeast Portland can divide into Central Northeast Portland and NE Portland and relevant northern and southern parts of East Portland are considered a part of Northeast and Southeast Portland.
The generally-accepted dividing line between the north and south quadrants is Burnside Street. The Willamette River divides Portland between east and west. Each region is different in terms of lifestyle, culture, demographics, home values, open spaces, and commuting patterns. For example, Northwest Portland attracts a lot of home buyers who prefer open space and privacy while Southeast Portland attracts people who want to live in the center of Portland’s entertainment and cultural scenes.
Some Portland neighborhoods are changing due to the multi-decades-long regional population growth and its accompanying increased demand for residential housing units and commercial space. As a result, some neighborhoods in Southeast and Northeast Portland closest to the city center attract redevelopment dollars, therefore increasing home prices at a faster clip. In recent years, Portland has become a hot destination for millennials, increasing the demand in the rental market starting around 2010 and now in the residential purchase market.
Which Portland Neighborhood Might You Prefer?
Each Portland neighborhood has a unique signature that appeals to a range of lifestyles. Check out this article on choosing a Portland neighborhood. Whether you are an urbanite who prefers a fast-paced city life or someone who’d prefer a two-acre farm, the city of Portland has it. Yes, there are farm properties within the city limits of Portland. There are even neighborhoods for people who want to live in a forest or on a floating house on the Columbia or Willamette Rivers. The article in the link above describes neighborhoods worth considering based on five categories. The categories are:
- Cosmopolitan / Big City
- Urban / Laid Back
- Suburban / Quiet
East Side vs. West Side
Choosing to the east side or the west side of Portland is a common decision many home buying Portlanders make. The east side and the west side of Portland are quite different. Generally speaking, the east side is more urban, offering a lot of entertainment and city life and streets predictably laid out on a grid system. The west side is more laid back and contains some of the best-performing school districts. Home shoppers often compare the pros and cons of living in a well-established neighborhood versus buying a home in a new construction subdivision. How do you know which side of the town you will be happier living in? Check out this in-depth article that compares Portland’s east side versus west side neighborhoods.
Portland has seven different school districts including Portland, Riverdale, Parkrose, David Douglas, Centennial, Reynolds, and Scappoose School District. Keeping track of school district boundaries can sometimes cause frustration, thus we’ve provided the map above. As you might expect, school districts and building are assigned based on the home address of the student. It is important for prospective home buyers to research school districts and assigned school buildings in advance. Here is a handy way to search for schools using an address lookup tool.