Portland, OR

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

4
230/263
Details
Large apartment$1944.69
Medium apartment$1598.28
Rent index [score]0.43
Small apartment$1251.88

Cost of Living

4
215/261
Details
5km taxi ride$10.00
A Cappuccino$4.20
A beer$2.70
A kilogram of Apples$4.50
Bread$2.10
Inflation [score]0.40
Lunch$13.00
Monthly fitness club membership$45.00
Monthly public transport$100.00
Movie ticket$12.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$74.73

Startups

7
35/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups28
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.66
Coworking spaces [score]0.53
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co526
Meetups [score]0.76
Meetups groups200
Meetups members106806
Number of investors360
Number of startup events in the last 12 months972
Number of upcoming meetup events106
Startup climate scene [score]0.71
Startup events84
Startup events105
Startup events [score]0.74
Startups [score]0.82
Total number of startups614

Venture Capital

6
50/228
Details
Funding accelerator namesPortland Incubator Experiment (PIE), Portland Seed Fund, Nike+ Accelerator (Techstars)
Number of funding accelerators3
Venture capital [score]0.61

Travel Connectivity

2
157/260
Details
Airport hub58
Airport hub [score]0.31
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.16

Commute

5
148/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/Portland
Traffic handling [score]0.72

Business Freedom

9
67/259
Details
Business freedom84.70
Business freedom [score]0.86
Freedom from corruption74.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.79
Lack of labor restrictions91.40
Lack of labor restrictions [score]1.00
Time to open a business5.60
Time to open a business [score]0.95

Safety

5
214/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.59
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year12
Guns per 100 residents105
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.68
Lack of guns [score]0.50
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.59

Healthcare

6
166/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.35
Healthcare quality [score]0.82
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

5
115/230
Details
Best university in rankingOregon Health and Science University
Best university ranking275
Country mean scores in PISA math test478.04
Country mean scores in PISA reading test497.58
Country mean scores in PISA science test497.41
PISA math ranking (high school)32
PISA ranking25
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.82
PISA reading (high school)20
PISA science (high school)24
Percent of happy students0.77
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.26
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.17
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.18
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.07
University quality [score]0.12

Environmental Quality

9
28/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.87
Cleanliness [score]0.83
Drinking water quality [score]0.91
Urban greenery [score]0.88

Economy

6
16/258
Details
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.86

Taxation

4
191/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.26
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175

Internet Access

8
19/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)60.16
Internet access (download) [score]0.84
Internet access (upload) [score]0.72
Upload speed (Mbps)20.56

Leisure & Culture

7
91/263
Details
Art galleries104
Art galleries [score]0.88
Cinemas97
Cinemas [score]0.72
Comedy clubs68
Comedy clubs [score]0.85
Concert venues116
Concerts [score]0.78
Historical sites88
Historical sites [score]0.69
Museums76
Museums [score]0.66
Performing art venues132
Performing arts [score]0.69
Sport venues74
Sports [score]0.78
Zoos7
Zoos [score]0.86

Tolerance

7
55/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index93.13
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.96
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsAmbiguous
LGBT discrimination legality✔ Illegal
LGBT employment discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, but requires surgery
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.51

Outdoors

6
28/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.40
Median peak in meters1027.50
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside waterbody1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)13.00
Water access [score]0.88
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Portland are in the most expensive 20 percent of all 261 Teleport cities. Average living expenses are significantly higher compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to Portland will very likely increase your daily costs of living. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$1,038$1,466
$1252
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$45
Movie ticket$12
Broadband internet connection$48
Monthly public transport$100
Lunch$13
-17%
compared to
San Francisco
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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$81,944
Median salary
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Safety

Overall crime rates

Assault
Moderate
41/53
Theft
High
46/51
Robbery
Low
29/46
Motor vehicle theft
Very Low
13/29

Crime rate development in the last 12 months

Change in the last 12 months

  • Assault89%
  • Robbery52%
  • Theft90%

Gun crimes & Ownership

105.16
Guns per 100 people
11.76
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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The overall crime rate puts Portland, OR in position 139 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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    Climate

    Average number of clear days per year

    68

    Climate type

    Mediterranean

    Average daily maximum temperature

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    On living in Portland, OR

    Portland (/ˈpɔːrtlənd/) is the largest city in the U.S. state of Oregon and the seat of Multnomah County. It is located in the Willamette Valley region of the Pacific Northwest, at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. The city covers 145 square miles (380 square kilometers) and had an estimated population of 632,309 in 2015, making it the 26th most populous city in the United States. Approximately 2,389,228 people live in the Portland metropolitan statistical area (MSA), the 23rd most populous MSA in the United States. Its Combined Statistical Area (CSA) ranks 17th with a population of 3,022,178. Roughly 60% of Oregon's population resides within the Portland metropolitan area.

    Named after the city on the coast of Maine, the Oregon settlement began to be populated in the 1830s near the end of the Oregon Trail. Its water access provided convenient transportation of goods, and the timber industry was a major force in the city's early economy. At the turn of the 20th century, the city had developed a reputation as one of the most dangerous port cities in the world, a hub for organized crime and racketeering. After the city's economy experienced an industrial boom during World War II, its hard-edged reputation began to dissipate. Beginning in the 1960s, Portland became noted for its growing liberal political values, and the city has earned a reputation as a bastion of counterculture, which proceeded into the 21st century. According to a 2009 Pew Research Center study, Portland ranks as the eighth most popular American city, based on where people want to live.

    The city operates with a commission-based government guided by a mayor and four commissioners as well as Metro, the only directly elected metropolitan planning organization in the United States. The city government is notable for its land-use planning and investment in public transportation. Portland is frequently recognized as one of the most environmentally conscious cities in the world because of its high walkability, large community of bicyclists, farm-to-table dining, expansive network of public transportation options, and over 10,000 acres (4,000 hectares) of public parks. Its climate is marked by warm, dry summers and cool, rainy winters. This climate is ideal for growing roses, and Portland has been called the "City of Roses" for over a century. "Keep Portland Weird" is an unofficial slogan for the city.

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