Millennials in traditional tech hubs like the Bay Area view Portland,Oregon as great place to find a decent paying job and affordable living.the best neighborhoods for young professionals based on the number of millennial residents, job opportunities, and access to bars, restaurants, and affordable housing include Portland’s Kerns/Laurelhurst district witnessed a 51.8 percent increase in millennial residents in the past five years!
Next up is in the Northwest District (also known as Nob Hill) it is one of the best neighborhoods in Portland for millennials With a median age of 36 mostly single and upscale residents. According to SPACEWISE” The neighborhood features over 15 miles of bike trails, while Walkscore.com has dubbed the area a “Walker’s Paradise” — a place where you can take care of your errands without a car.”
A survey of 2000 millennials revealed the classic mantra “Keep Portland Weird” is alive and well in Buckman. “Considered by many to be a haven for hipsters and other creative-minded individuals, Buckman is still conveniently close to the downtown area, located on the opposite side of the Willamette River.” Living in Portland’s downtown area provides both convenient accessibility to the rest of the city and offers residents an urban feel as most residents rent their homes. One resident comments “Definitely look in the Pearl District. It’s nice, safe, and has great shops and restaurants.
Close to downtown and easy access to the road car. Kind of a swanky area… but lots of young, pretty people” Another cocurred adding ” it’s half new buildings built from 2000 onward and half renovated warehouses that have been converted to lofts. Its within walking distance of downtown and on the streetcar. It is clean, new, and jam packed with new restaurants, bars, heaps of art galleries and is generally considered the “it” spot in town now. They have condos and apartments.
NW 23rd area (also known as “nob hill”): just a few blocks further away from the city than the Pearl and is a little more established and older. Also a very busy, fun, place to live with no shortage of restaurants. Access to bus/streetcar is easy and will take you right into downtown.
Hawthorne: This is on the otherside of the river from downtown portland and has a little bit more laid-back hippie vibe then the Pearl & 23rd which is a touch more yuppie. I happen to like this part of town quite a lot and it is still just a short 30 block bus ride into downtown.
Sellwood: quite a few of my friends just moved here since its a little cheaper. Its on the opposite side of the river from downtown and it used to be the part of town to go “antiquing” in. Now of course, there has been new development there and there is a great neighborhood feel. You’ll still find lots of great restaurants, cool theaters, and fairly easy access to downtown. “