Kenton Neighborhood, Portland, OR

Paul Bunyan Statute, KentonKenton is a neighborhood in North Portland, bordering Columbia River and Hayden Island to the north, St. Johns and Portsmouth to the west, Arbor Lodge to the south and Bridgeton, East Columbia, and Piedmont to the east. Kenton neighborhood is located between N Lombard St and the southern shore of Columbia River across from Jantzen Beach Center. The neighborhood is adjacent to I-5 on the eastern boundary and Highway 120 and N Chautauqua Blvd on the western border. Columbia Slough runs through the middle of Kenton and the neighborhood is home to some popular destinations in Portland including Portland International Raceway, Paul Bunyan Statute, Portland Expo Center and Heron Lakes Golf Club. Kenton neighborhood also has two smaller parks south of the slough called Kenton Park and Trenton City Park and Delta Park West on the north of the slough, which features Columbia Slough Trail, a popular biking trail. Technically, Moore Island City Park is also part of the neighborhood in the middle of Columbia Slough, but this is an inaccessible nature area without a boat.

Kenton neighborhood has been evolving into something very special. The neighborhood’s main business district pivots around the Paul Bunyan Statute located in the corner of N Denver Ave and N Interstate Ave. N Denver is the real neighborhood feeling district where you will see a lot of residents walk around on the street full of locally owned businesses.  On N Denver, you will see a lot of bars, and restaurants including PoShines Cafe De La Soul, Cup & Saucer Cafe, Posies Bakery & Cafe, Kenton Club, Kenton Station and more. Right out of the business district on Denver, you will see a lot of homes with architectural styles such as craftsman, bungalows, cottages, Old Portland, and Victorian. The neighborhood has lots of artists and residents who appreciate arts and creativity.  On N Interstate, you can enjoy a contemporary art gallery Disjecta located in a former bowling alley of 12,000-square-foot building full of visual and performing arts. You will also find lots of businesses on N Lombard St shared by Arbor Lodge. Though it feels more suburban overall but if you live on or close to N Denver, you will get more urban Portland neighborhood feel.

Kenton is still an affordable area with lots of charm and desirability. A lot of people think Kenton is a hidden gem in North Portland. Residents here are friendly and involved in the community.

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Neighborhood Data for Kenton, Portland, OR

Walkability Score  29 Minutes by Car to Downtown Portland 17 min
Population  7,040 Population Density (per sq. mi.)  7,864
Median Age 40 Home Ownership % 67%
Parks (% of Neighborhood)  19% % of Homes within 1/2 Mile of Parks 98%
Average Commute Time  25 min % Commuters by Public Transit 9%
% of Commuters by Bike 3% % of Commuters by Walking 2%
Number of Transit Lines 1 Number of Bus Lines 5

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