Neighborhoods and Districts

City of Neighborhoods

Portland, like San Francisco or Seattle and thousands of other communities across the country, is a city of neighborhoods.

We like to think of Portland as a small big city. Yes, there are 750,000 plus residents, but its walkability and public transportation shrink the town to a very human level. And its neighborhoods create its character.

As a visitor, you won’t need to memorize the neighborhoods — or for that matter — have time to visit more than one or two.

For the fun of it, Portland has 92 neighborhoods divided into six quadrants. Learn more. You can also find out more about most neighborhoods on our Shopping page.

Neighborhoods of Note

  • Sellwood is known for its antiques.
  • Nob Hill / Alphabet District is ground zero for shopping, spirits distilleries, and beer and wine tasting.
  • The Pearl District is millennial heaven with parks and pubs.
  • The Alberta Arts District is known for just that — art.

District Locations

  • Pearl District: north of Burnside St; between I-405 and Broadway.
  • Nob Hill:  west of 16th; north of Burnside. Also called the Alphabet District.
  • Goose Hollow: west of I-405; south of Burnside St.
  • Chinatown: Broadway / Glisan / 4th / Burnside
  • Downtown: south of Burnside; east of 405; north of Salmon; west of 3rd.
  • University District: south of Salmon St; east and north of I-405; west of 5th St.
  • Waterfront: between 3rd and Willamette River
  • South Waterfront: south of I-5 along Willamette River
  • Forest Park / West Hills / Forest Hills / Skyline / Cornell / Germantown
  • Multnomah Village
  • East Side Districts: Alberta, Lloyd; Belmont; Hawthorne; Division; Mississippi, and Sellwood-Westmoreland