Portland, OR

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

4
228/265
Details
Large apartment$2000.00
Medium apartment$1700.00
Rent index [score]0.41
Small apartment$1300.00

Cost of Living

4
193/250
Details
5km taxi ride$8.60
A Cappuccino$4.30
A beer$2.70
A kilogram of Apples$4.20
Bread$2.00
Inflation [score]0.44
Lunch$12.00
Monthly fitness club membership$44.00
Monthly public transport$100.00
Movie ticket$12.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$69.03

Startups

7
36/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups13
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.56
Coworking spaces [score]0.56
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co526
Meetups [score]0.77
Meetups groups200
Meetups members124962
Number of investors360
Number of startup events in the last 12 months1161
Number of upcoming meetup events196
Startup climate scene [score]0.68
Startup events145
Startup events [score]0.78
Startups [score]0.82
Total number of startups574

Venture Capital

6
56/221
Details
Funding accelerator namesPortland Incubator Experiment (PIE), Portland Seed Fund, Nike+ Accelerator (Techstars)
Number of funding accelerators3
Venture capital [score]0.55

Travel Connectivity

2
160/265
Details
Airport hub57
Airport hub [score]0.31
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.16

Commute

5
138/252
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/Portland
Traffic handling [score]0.65

Business Freedom

9
69/263
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
224/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.56
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year12
Guns per 100 residents104
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.68
Lack of guns [score]0.49
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.59

Healthcare

6
179/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.31
Healthcare quality [score]0.83
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

4
137/239
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)30
PISA ranking24
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.72
PISA reading (high school)16
PISA science (high school)19
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

8
40/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.81
Cleanliness [score]0.82
Drinking water quality [score]0.85
Urban greenery [score]0.90

Economy

7
16/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area1.00
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.87

Taxation

4
195/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.24
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175

Internet Access

7
69/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)31.38
Internet access (download) [score]0.61
Internet access (upload) [score]0.71
Upload speed (Mbps)19.48

Leisure & Culture

6
107/264
Details
Art galleries139
Art galleries [score]0.88
Cinemas75
Cinemas [score]0.72
Comedy clubs66
Comedy clubs [score]0.85
Concert venues122
Concerts [score]0.78
Historical sites89
Historical sites [score]0.59
Museums77
Museums [score]0.65
Performing art venues121
Performing arts [score]0.68
Sport venues76
Sports [score]0.78
Zoos11
Zoos [score]0.87

Tolerance

8
97/265
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]0.58

Outdoors

6
32/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.36
Median peak in meters1026.00
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 193rd place of all 250 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)

$1,100$1,600
$1300
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$44
Movie ticket$12
Broadband internet connection$48
Monthly public transport$100
Lunch$12
-22%
compared to
San Francisco
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Job salary calculator

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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$84,741
Median salary
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Taxation

Personal taxation

Effective income tax rate

14%
For annual salary of $40000
20%
For annual salary of $80000

Value added tax (VAT)

0%
Standard tax rate. Different rates might apply for certain product categories.

Compared to other cities

234/265

Corporate taxation

Compared to other cities

113/262
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Safety

Overall crime rates

Assault
Moderate
37/51
Theft
High
45/49
Robbery
Low
23/41
Motor vehicle theft
Very Low
6/24

Crime rate development in the last 7 months

Change in the last 7 months

  • Assault39%
  • Robbery65%
  • Theft126%

Gun crimes & Ownership

104.06
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 150 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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  • Parking
  • Eating Out
  • Clean & Green
  • Nightlife
  • Neighborly Spirit

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    Who lives here

    • Singles
    • Professionals
    • Trendy & Stylish
    • Families with kids
    • Hipsters
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    People in Portland, OR

    Population of Portland, OR

    2,090,100
    241 /km²
    246/264
    Density (people per unit of area)
    5%
    Growth in 2015-2020
    Portland, OR

    Demographics of United States

    Median age
    38
    Elderly people
    15%
    Life expectancy at birth
    80
    GDP per capita (in USD)
    $54,597
    12/262
    Unemployment
    5%
    117/263

    Languages

    English proficiency score
    100
    1/228
    Common spoken languages
    English

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    Work in:

    Software Engineer
    13.94%
    Marketing Manager
    4.87%
    Web Designer
    4.87%
    Founder
    4.42%
    Graphic Designer
    4.20%
    Web Developer
    3.54%
    Project Manager
    3.10%
    Other
    61.06%

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    Climate

    Average number of clear days per year

    68

    Climate type

    Mediterranean

    Average daily maximum temperature

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    Impressions from Portland, OR

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    On living in Portland, OR

    Portland () is the largest city in the U.S. state of Oregon and the seat of Multnomah County. It is a major port 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 639,863 in 2016, making it the 26th most populous city in the United States. Approximately 2,424,955 people live in the Portland metropolitan statistical area (MSA), the 25th most populous MSA in the United States. Its Combined Statistical Area (CSA) ranks 18th with a population of 3,160,488. Roughly 60% of Oregon's population resides within the Portland metropolitan area.

    Named after Portland, 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 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.

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    Overall ranking

    United States
    23rd from a total of 163 countries

    World Order

    26th

    Refugees hosted

    Refugees generated

    Charity giving

    Birth rate

    UN Treaties signed

    International Peace & Security

    66th

    Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

    International violent conflict

    Peacekeeping troops

    Arms exports

    Internet security (2014)

    Planet & Climate

    34th

    Ecological footprint

    Reforestation since 1992

    Hazardous pesticides exports

    CO2 emissions

    Ozone

    Prosperity & Equality

    46th

    Development assistance

    FDI outflows

    Fairtrade market size

    UN volunteers abroad

    Open trading

    Culture

    53rd

    Freedom of movement

    Press freedom

    Creative services exports

    UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

    Creative goods exports

    Science & Technology

    20th

    Nobel prizes

    Patents

    Journal exports

    International publications

    International Students

    Health & Wellbeing

    12th

    Pharmaceutical exports

    Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

    Food aid

    Humanitarian aid donations

    International Health Regulations Compliance

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