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Portland, OR

Portland is strongly liberal and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides
639,387
Portland Population7
$
52,227
Median Income6
5.5
%
Unemployment Rate17
 

City Score

 

Population

Portland's 35 to 44 year old population grew by 21% since 2010, making it one of the fastest growing cities for that segment in the United States where the average growth rate is 3%

Age

36.9
Median Age7
12.8
%
Population Growth Since 20107

Proportion of Population by Age Group vs. United States average7

 

Race and Ethnicity

Portland residents are mostly white and the city is slowly becoming less diverse as the white community has grown by 2.6% since 2010, while the Hispanic community, 2nd largest in the city, has grown by 24.5%

Race

76
%
Oregon Population, White7
61.1
%
United States population, White7

Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity7

 

Climate

Portland is humid and rainy, but rarely hot or cold. The temperature drops to 32°F or below 38 days per year with almost no days above 90°F, but 153 days where there is at least some rain and an average humidity of 71%

Weather

42
%
Chance of Rain11
50
%
Chance of Sunshine3

Average Temperature41

 

Housing

The average home value in Portland increased by 61% since 2010 which is 19% higher than the national average and 4% higher than the state average

Rent

$
1,980
Monthly Average12
47
%
Renters42

Average Home Value5

 

Taxes

Portland is a very high tax location with no sales tax and property tax 9% lower than the national average, but income tax 109% higher than the national average.

Other

1.01
%
Property Tax21
0.0
%
Sales Tax20
0.0
%
Vehicle Tax21

Effective Income Tax Rate at Various Income Levels (Married, Filing Jointly)43

 

Employment

Portland has a high employment rate of 94% which is 1% higher than the national average. The largest employers are Daimler Trucks North America and Precision Castparts

Income

13.5
%
<$25,0006
18.2
%
$100,000+6

Distribution by Industry17

 

Politics

Portland is strongly liberal and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides

2016 Presidential Election Results45

Representatives

Mayor28 Ted Wheeler
Democratic
House of Representative28 Earl Blumenauer
Democratic
 

Healthcare

The nearest 5-star hospital, Ohsu Hospital And Clinics, is 0.5 miles from the center of Portland, the nearest Veterans Affairs medical center, VA Portland Health Care System - Portland VA Medical Center, is 0.0 miles away, and the nearest top-rated hospital for cancer care, OHSU Hospital-Knight Cancer Institute, is 1.4 miles away

Medicare-Rated Hospitals (<50 Miles)2

Is Marijuana Legal?

Medical29 Yes
Decriminalized29 Yes
 

Safety

In Oregon, 41.4% of adults live in a household with at least one gun, which is a decrease since 2000 when 51.6% of adults lived in households with guns

Gun Laws

Yes
Universal Background Checks30
No
Permit to Purchase Law30

Property Crimes and Violent Crimes per 100,000 Residents

 

Recognition

#64 2020 Best Cities to Live by Niche31
#20 2020 Best Cities to Retire by U.S. News & World Report32
#56 2020 Best Cities for Families by Niche33
#8 2019 Best Cities to Live by U.S. News & World Report34
#84 2019 Best Cities to Retire by WalletHub35
#16 2019 Best Cities for Healthcare by healthgrades36
 

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