Downtown is a bustling neighborhood of Portland neighboring Southwest and Southwest Hills. If you need to expand your search beyond Downtown, a few suitable alternatives not too far away are Southwest and Southwest Hills.
Cost of Living and Demographics
Downtown is more affordable than other urban areas in Portland, such as Southwest, though it offers a similar city lifestyle. Nevertheless, in annual household spending, Downtown reports an average of $29.2K/year, while Southwest spends an average of $98.1K/year.
Downtown and neighboring Southwest vary by average household size, along with the percentage of households that have children. In Downtown, there are 1.2 people per household and in Southwest there are 2.54 people per household. 2% of households in Downtown have children whereas 23% of households in Southwest have children. Median age is approximately 26 for residents living in both neighborhoods.
Food, Libations and Recreation
Downtown is saturated with the services and amenities most renters desire. SW Broadway and SW 5th Ave., in particular, are two heavily populated streets that provide residents with a number of recreational, food and drink options. With our apartment finder tool settling for that "so-so" spot is not an option. Find what you want in Downtown without moving a muscle, and look forward to your next front door.
Have dinner and drinks out at Koji Osakaya Japanese Rstrnt located on SW Broadway. For post-dinner refreshments, try a nearby watering hole, like Mary's Club. Downtown features a number of dining options, including juice bars, pizza, deli snacks and mobile concessions. Stop in at Bettie Ford Lounge for a quick beer or head to Society Nightclub for a round of cocktails, and experience the neighborhood's local options. On top of that, chain and franchise restaurants like Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar and Melting Pot are to be found in the neighborhood.
Take a look at the Yelp page to find even more places to eat and drink in Downtown.
Jen Tai Chinese Herbal Ctr and T & K Grocery & Deli are a couple places to shop for groceries in the Downtown area. Both of the stores are located on SW 3rd Ave. Help yourself to breakfast on-the-go and swing by a local bakery. St Cupcake is nearby on SW Morrison St. and Bentos Coffee & Cookies, another neighborhood bakery, is located on SW Madison St. The neighborhood is home to the familiar grocery chain store Safeway too.
200 Gift Shop and Tower Gifts are only a few of the many retailers located in Downtown. Or, for those artsy types, Northwest Print Council is on SW 1st Ave. For more brand-conscious shoppers, the neighborhood has major retailers and shopping malls. One major retailer is Brookstone and there's Yamhill Marketplace, a mall located on SW Yamhill St.
Neighborhood School Stats
Schools near the apartments in Downtown are St. Marys Academy, Da Vinci Middle School and St James Child Development Center. It's a good rule of thumb to talk with school districts in the area to get the final word on what schools serve the apartments for rent in the area you are most interested.
The four elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school in the Oregon Department Of Education district provide similar student-teacher ratios to Portland School District 1j. The student population, however, is larger at Portland School District 1j. Portland School District 1j has more blue ribbons and a higher Great Schools score than the Oregon Department Of Education district.