Portland Public Transit: Trains, Buses, Streetcars
Living in Portland Without A Car
Finding an Apartment or Rental in Portland
Where in Portland should I live?
Random Facts and Portland Trivia
Portland Frequently Asked Questions
Portland Grocery Stores
Top 5 Things To Do Before Renting a Place in Portland
Goose Hollow and King's Hill
The Pearl District
Beaverton - West Suburbs
Lake Oswego - South of Portland
Orenco Station - Hillsboro
Tanasbourne - Hillsboro/Beaverton
Tualatin Town Center - Southwest of Portland
Welcome to Portland, Oregon, a beautiful city with terrific neighborhoods. Many of Portland's old neighborhoods are lined with sidewalks and tall trees and full of old, classic homes with character. Portland's downtown, unlike other cities' downtowns, is a "destination," interesting and safe, and the city blocks are short, making Portland a "friendly walking" city. While some of Portland's neighborhoods are nicer than others, we are lucky not to have any "slums" per se, compared to other cities. Portland has suburbs just like any other city does, but we have plenty of great core neighborhoods too.
This guide to Portland - by Portland photographer Andrew Hall - offers subjective, real advice about the Portland area from someone who lives there, to help you figure out the differences between the various areas of Portland and where you might want to live in Portland. The goal is not to explore every square mile of the city, but, rather, to highlight the most interesting areas and give you a feel for Portland. You may well find other areas adjacent to the ones mentioned here where you might enjoy living.
Please with any questions you might have about Portland!
For a more detailed map, showing ALL Portland Neighborhoods, please see the PortlandBridges.com Portland Mapper. It's an interactive map showing MAX stations, schools, libraries, etc.
Recommendation: Buy a Thomas Guide Map Book
Consider buying the Thomas Guide Portland Map Book. You'll probably be buying one anyway once you move here - it's a book of individual area maps of parts of town; having one beforehand will help you understand the areas you might be renting or buying a place. The Pacific Northwest Road Atlas may be helpful, too. Even though I have a GPS unit in my car, I still carry Thomas Guides. Sometimes there's simply no substitute for old-fashioned printed paper.
Other Portland Book Recommendations: