Forest Park is a large neighborhood in Northwest Portland north of downtown Portland west of Willamette River. Much of the neighborhood includes hills and rolling pastures with lots of trees and wildlife. The northwest part of Portland is also called West Hills because of the forested hills north and west of downtown Portland and much of the hill is in the Forest Park neighborhood. This neighborhood, as its name says, is also home to Forest Park, the largest park in the City of Portland, which amounts to 5,000 plus acres. Forest Park makes it an easy commute to downtown Portland and also the Silicon Forest in Beaverton and Hillsboro, making the neighborhood a popular choice for Intel engineers.
Forest Park is Portland’s beloved outdoor and natural area where residents enjoy hiking, biking, running and watching wildlife in the forest. There are lots of trails within the park and one of the most popular hikes is the portion of the Leif Erikson trail that begins at the end of NW Thurman Street.
Forest Park neighborhood has a population of 4,237 with its land mass of 18.28 square miles, making it the least densely populated neighborhood in Portland, OR even after taking into consideration of the Forest Park itself, where no one lives. The median household income is $112,572 with 72% of married couple with children. Average single family house is $778,225 (2010 figure) in Forest Park with median rent of $1,401 (2013 figure). Note that since these figures have been obtained, housing market has taken a significant upward adjustment.
If you’re a nature lover who loves hiking at the City’s pristine forested park with an easy access to the city life, Forest Park is definitely a place to consider living. Forest Park is not the cheapest to live in Portland but it comes with great perks and desirability for obvious reasons.
Neighborhood Data for Forest Park, Portland, OR
|Walkability Score||4||Minutes by Car to Downtown Portland||18|
|Population||7,733||Land Mass (sq. mi.)||18.277|
|Median Age||41||Home Ownership %||82%|
|Parks (% of Neighborhood)||73%||% of Homes within 1/2 Mile of Parks||43%|
|Average Commute Time||26 mins||% Commuters by Public Transit||3%|
|% of Commuters by Bike||2%||% of Commuters by Walking||1%|
|Number of Transit Lines||0||Number of Bus Lines||4|