Portland Oregon Neighborhoods Guide

North Portland

Northwest Portland

Northeast Portland

Southwest Portland

Southeast Portland

Interactive Portland Neighborhood Boundaries Map

Simply click the “Maximize” icon on the top right corner to view its larger map on your mobile device. It will then load it to your GPS enabled Google Map App and you will know exactly which Portland neighborhood you are currently in when in doubt. If you click or touch on a particular neighborhood, it will tell you which neighborhood that is. Have fun!

Portland Neighborhoods Guide

PDX Neighborhoods

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Portland, Oregon is the second-largest city in the Pacific Northwest and the 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, safety, and easy access to outdoor recreation.

The city of Portland is comprised of five regions, each with its own character and well-defined neighborhood districts. 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 is 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 on an east/west axis. 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.

List of Official Portland Neighborhoods

Check out below lists of neighborhoods in detail categorized by each quadrant of Portland and learn more about each neighborhood and see homes for sale.

Northwest Portland Southwest Portland Northeast Portland
 Forest Park  South Portland  Irvington
 Nob Hill  Homestead  Alameda
 Northwest District  Southwest Hills / Portland Heights  Eliot
 Pearl District  Bridlemile  Boise
 Downtown Portland  Healy Heights  Humboldt
 Hillside / Kings Heights  Hillsdale  Beaumont-Wilshire
 Arlington Heights  Collins View  Hollywood
 Northwest Heights  Hayhurst  Sabin
 Sylvan Highlands  Multnomah  Concordia
 Goose Hollow  South Burlingame  King
 Linnton  Maplewood  Grant Park
 Ashcreek  Lloyd
 Markham  Vernon
 Marshall Park  Rose City Park
 West Portland Park  Woodlawn
 Arnold Creek  Roseway
 Far Southwest  Sullivan’s Gulch
 Madison South
Southeast Portland North Portland East Portland
 Eastmoreland  University Park  Pleasant Valley
 Richmond  Overlook  Lents
 Kerns  Arbor Lodge  Woodland Park
 Buckman  Piedmont  Parkrose
 Laurelhurst  Kenton  Argay
 Hosford Abernathy  St. Johns  Powellhurst Gilbert
 Sunnyside  Cathedral Park  Wilkes
 Sellwood-Moreland  Portsmouth  Parkrose Heights
 Brooklyn  Bridgeton  Centennial
 Creston-Kenilworth  East Columbia  Russell
 Mt. Tabor  Hayden Island  Glenfair
 North Tabor  Mill Park
 South Tabor  Hazelwood
 Mount Scott-Arleta
 Brentwood / Darlington

Which Portland neighborhood should you live in?

Portland, OREach 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 broken out this way:

  1. Urbanites who prefer city life
  2. Urbanites who like laid back residential lifestyle
  3. Suburbanites who prefer quiet and peaceful lifestyle
  4. River folks who like yachting, fishing or living in a floating home
  5. Rural folks who happen to live in the City of Portland

East Side vs. West Side

Portland East Side vs. West SideChoosing 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 Oregon Public School Districts Map

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.