Katie Hempenius
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Portland has a reputation for being a vibrant, unique and quirky city. Given this, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at each individual Portland zip code to determine which types of businesses are most common in those specific neighborhoods.

Overall Portland businesses by zip code

The map below shows the types of businesses that are at least three times more popular in each Portland zip code. The font size indicates how disproportionately common a business type is within a given zip code.

Portland businesses by zip code

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As a comparison, this is how the same area of Portland breaks down by zip codes. We've also highlighted where you'll find downtown, Portland International Airport and Providence Park – home of the Portland Timbers.

Portland zip codes

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Despite Portland's quirky nature, the most common businesses are actually all quite conventional. The most common are professional services like doctors, dentists and lawyers. This is typical for most cities.

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Eating in Portland by zip code

Portland is also known for being a great city for food, and this is reflected in the specialties of different neighborhoods.

  • The Pearl District is home to many of Portland's famous brew pubs
  • North Portland is a good neighborhood to visit if you're looking for vegan food
  • Both Vietnamese and Chinese food can be found in abundance in Southeast Portland
Portland restaurants by zip code
Blank sections on this map signify no business type was overwhelmingly prevalent in that specific zip code.

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The most popular cuisine in Portland is American, followed by pizza, Mexican, New American and delis.

Compared to other cities, Portland has more brew pubs and diners. This should come as no surprise given Portland is known as the beer capital of the world.

Most popular cuisines in Portland

Leisure activities in Portland by zip code

Recreational opportunities tend to be spread out across Portland, rather than clustered in a particular neighborhood. For example, while Portland may be known for both its parks and its music scene – it would be difficult to pinpoint the best neighborhood for either of these things.

Portland leisure by zip code
Blank sections on this map signify no business type was overwhelmingly prevalent in that specific zip code.

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Shopping in Portland by zip code

Different neighborhoods of Portland cater to different types of shopping.

  • The Alberta Arts District has a wide variety of unique women's clothing stores
  • If you're looking to save time by visiting many stores in one place, Cascade Station is a good place to visit
  • If you'd prefer shopping on a smaller scale, Alphabet District is home to many boutiques for one-of-a-kind clothing and gifts
Portland shopping by zip code
Blank sections on this map signify no business type was overwhelmingly prevalent in that specific zip code.

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Methodology

This article uses data from 28,000 business listings to characterize Portland's zip codes as well as identify the areas with unique business, shopping, recreation, and dining features that renters are seeking.

The business types listed on these maps are all at least two to three times more common in that specific zip code. Areas that are blank do not have a specific business type that is overwhelmingly prevalent.

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Katie Hempenius

Katie Hempenius is a software engineer based in New York City. Her work has been featured by publications like the San Francisco Chronicle, Curbed, SiliconBeat and SFGate. In her free time, she enjoys reading and fitness.

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