How Safe Is Portland for Travel?

Portland, United States
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Apart from being the largest city in Oregon, the so-called “City of Roses”, is also the second-largest city in the Pacific Northwest after Seattle.

Portland has its charm: its environment and vibe are not fast-paced; instead, it has a more laid-back, smaller town feel to it.

It also has a reputation as one of the safest major cities in the United States by virtually any measure.

The town itself is truly beautiful: it offers lots of gorgeous trees and greenery in the city and old homes, rolling hills and mountains.

It also offers you a lot of fun things to do, like hiking, biking, walking, fishing, alternative movies, art galleries of every type, etc.

Warnings & Dangers in Portland

Overall Risk


Portland is one of the safest major cities in the United States on virtually any scale and by all criteria. Although caution is advised, you can relax for the most part.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Taxis and other means of transportation are, overall, very safe to use in Portland, and since Portland has exceptionally well-planned bike lanes and greenways, it's also one of the friendliest cities in the United States for cyclists.

Pickpockets Risk


The biggest threat in Portland is a petty crime. You should beware of pickpockets in crowded areas and always stick to your common sense when in public.

Natural Disasters Risk


Portland doesn't suffer from typical natural disasters for America, but it isn't immune to disasters altogether – especially mudslides, earthquakes, and flooding. However, they're not too common.

Mugging Risk


Mugging and kidnapping are rare occurrences in Portland, so it shouldn't be on your list of worries. Still, avoid poorly lit and deserted streets and areas and if you find yourself in such a situation, hand over your belongings immediately and do not resist.

Terrorism Risk


Excluding isolated mass shootings, Portland hasn't been the target of any terrorist attacks recently, but the attacks shouldn't be ruled out. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Scams Risk


There aren't many scams in Portland. Still, be wary of people trying to distract you to steal from you and of people overcharging you for various services. We advise you to be extremely careful when handling money and around ATMs.

Women Travelers Risk


Portland is very safe for female solo travelers. There are no issues that would endanger females but still use your common sense as you would in your city. Following basic precaution measures should make your trip go smoothly.

So... How Safe Is Portland Really?

As already mentioned, Portland has a reputation as one of the safest major cities in the United States by virtually any measure.

Pretty much anyplace around Portland is safe.

The suburbs in Portland, like suburbs everywhere else, do see crime from time to time.

Lents, the Jade District, Rockwood, and the inner city are not great suburbs, crime-wise; the better neighborhoods are Alberta, Mt. Tabor, Hawthorn, and Woodstock.

Other areas have big apartment complexes that are known for crime and generally have bad reputations but those are all over town.

However, statistically, the city is a low crime, across the region; neighborhoods may vary, again, like anywhere.

In general, you won’t hear much about violence in this city, or random attacks, or even robbery.

Right now, Portland is experiencing more car theft and car break-ins than anything else.

Drug addicts and the homeless represent an issue in Portland as they do with almost any major city in the States nowadays.

Whichever community has the least police patrols will often find that there are significant homeless camps in the draws and woods of the area.

Don’t be too overconfident roaming the city during late-night hours, but you will be relatively safe compared to most places in the US.

Useful Information

  • Visas - The US is famous for its harsh policy for acquiring a tourist, let alone a resident visa. The US embassies usually ask for interviews before granting tourist visas, and tourists usually have to pay up to 160 USD to get a visa. If you are not sure about your visa status, contact your local US embassy for further information.
  • Currency - The United States dollar is the official currency in Portland. Credit and debit cards are accepted nearly everywhere, and ATMs are widely available. The prices vary but you can plan on spending about 100 dollars per day.
  • Weather - There are only two seasons in the Portland area - rain and summer. There is abundant rainfall in the fall, winter, and spring. The rain and clouds typically last for about nine months, after which the skies suddenly clear out and it is hot and sunny.
  • Airports - Portland International Airport is the busiest airport serving the area of Portland city. The airport is located some 15 km northeast of downtown
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Portland, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Portland Weather Averages (Temperatures)

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32 Reviews on Portland

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    Don Meyers says:

    ANTIFA Terrorists!

    Have you ever heard of ANTIFA?? Portland is Safe? Are you F%#%n’ kidding me?

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        Sharon Chamberlin says:

        Nobody swore. They disguised it for you hoity eyeball. Now mother some ACTUAL PEOPLE, if you have same. Damn waste of space.

    1. Propaganda? Many years out of date.

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      Anonymous says:

      Not true at all, the amount of homeless people and meth in Portland is really bad. I don’t feel safe downtown in a lot of areas and people are getting shot and killed right now in east Portland.

  2. Terrible

    Old downtown Portland is not safe at. It is shady and risky sometimes during the day or mostly during the night.

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    Anonymous says:

    Not safe

    Portland is pretty unsafe actually. Lots of violent crimes and transit isn’t all that safe either. Lots of homelessness, which isn’t an issue, but most of them are on drugs and unpredictable and have committed their share of the crimes here. Be aware and carry pepper spray.

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    Heather says:

    Worse than San Bernardino

    Portland is definitely not safe. I visited for a three day weekend and was attacked by multiple homeless people on different occasions. Why doesn’t this article mention the random stabbings/murders on public transit by homeless people. The most unsafe city I have ever been to and I’m from San Bernardino county.

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    Sharon Chamberlin says:

    So so wrong ( local take)

    This is utter garbage. Unsafe even for locals!!! Do you call a stroll through Chicago safe as well??

  6. I love Portland and have been there many times, my wife lived there for a couple of years and we are both deeply sadden by what we see in TV. We cancelled a trip and won’t go anywhere near it, why – 60+ days of nightly rioting, disbandment of the police, emptying violent offenders out the jails.

  7. Not Safe in July, 2020

    July 25, 2020

    With declared riots happening in the center of downtown Portland I would not visit there right now. It is such a shame because it is a beautiful city, but things seem to be out of control.

  8. As long as you stay away from the riots, Antifa and the anarchists. Oh, and if you are from California, expect the cold shoulder.

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    Don Wayne says:

    Lol. Was a crap hole when I lived there in the late seventies.

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    Frankie Z says:

    Portland: terrorist capitol of the US

    maybe this article needs an update Portland is overrun with terrorist organizations BLM and AntiFa , the municipal police have been forced out by socialist politicians and the city is a wasteland of drug addicts and homeless . the City is a complete mess and it seems to have become a political hotbed for the election with the democrat sided who control everything in the city denying that there are riots , calling it protests .. it’s a riot and socialist siege make no mistake . Portland is a disaster area

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    Anonymous says:

    Ya,, Portland seems safe!!! hahaha update your site guys!!!!!!

  12. Easy to avoid trouble

    I live in Portland. The protests on national TV are confined to a few blocks. If you want to avoid them, you easily can.

    Skyrocketing housing prices are attributed to transplants, especially Californians. It’s true you may get a cold shoulder if you say you’re from California. If you explain you’re just visiting though, folks will appreciate that.

    Homelessness is an issue like in most large cities. Be respectful. Don’t stare. If you’re friendly, usually people experiencing homelessness will be friendly back. If you ignore them, usually you’ll also be ignored. Have some empathy.

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      Anonymous says:

      Thank you so much for your reasonable response

    2. Thank you! It’s important to get replies from people who actually know what they’re talking about, and not just those repeating propaganda. What blocks should folks visiting Portland avoid?

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    Anonymous says:

    Palestine seems safer than Portland today.

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    Leaving Portland says:

    Worst City Ever !

    Most Dangerous city in the US right now. But even after the riots, looting, intimidation and harassment end the city will return to its previous state of anarchy where homeless people smoke meth and commit crimes. Heroin users shoot up and commit crimes when they need money for another fix.

    The people voted for the government that brought this about so I guess its what the majority want. Don’t be foolish enough to go there

  15. violent crime is skyrocketing daily

    this website is a farce. carry a US flag downtown and then tell us it is a safe city. all while violent crime is acutely on the rise.

  16. Molotov Cocktails are Nice

    Portland is your warm destination, as the residents are always starting peaceful fires around the city. Edge on up next to a warm Molotov Cocktail. Enjoy the view as a government building is burned down to the ground. Invite your other Antifa friends and roast civilians. Great time for all!

  17. My Husband

    In May I flew to Portland too see my husband. I was shocked to see the tent cities next to the freeway. Now Portland is all over the news and it’s not for being safe!

  18. Unsafe Every Presidential Election Year

    Every 4 years (Election Years) from Summer thru Fall downtown Portland is a dangerous place. Especially if you are the least bit normal looking. The city is then taken over by 20 something year olds rioting, using endless causes as an excuse for their sad lives. But if you have pink hair, tattoos, multiple body piercings and a totally black wardrobe you may go unsolicited. Carry bear mace just in case.

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    Anonymous says:

    Why would this site say this is a safe place, some people may believe this and could be hurt or killed. It not responsible to mislead and to put people at risk.

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    Dharma Bum says:

    anywhere but here

    Was there one month back with family, a horrible experience. Everything was closed up. There were tent’s all over downtown when we talked the city, with enough homeless and big guys on the corners to make visiting Bagdad seem safer. Gov’t building were spay painted and trashed, even their deer statue was spray painted. There were angry maxist kids fighting cops. Powell books was closed, everything was closed along the river, most the town boarded up. Only thing you could hit up was Voodoo donuts and Wholefoods. I was shocked to say the least by this Anti-American town, it was a mix of jaded angry hipsters with poor manners who have a love of Marxist theology mixed with potheads. Avoid this town, and if you have a family keep far far away from this place.

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    Anonymous says:

    Downtown PDX is not safe

    We recently traveled to downtown Portland. It was overrun by homeless people. Many stores are boarded up. We saw a homeless man taking a bath in a fountain and another one washing his hair in a drinking fountain. One female was scantily clad with a bra and very short shorts and her friend wasn’t wearing a shirt and his pants were so low we could see his butt. We didn’t stay long needless to say as there’s really nothing good to see right now.

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    Shay Brooks says:

    I was born & raised in Portland – believe me it is NO SAFE CITY. It use to be clean, but hundreds upon hundreds of homeless has changed all that. Now, you can watch people shooting-up drugs on city sidewalks; you can also watch people fornicate, urinate, defecate, scream, vandalize – the list goes on. The mayor is weak and doesn’t have the guts to face all the riots now happening here. The mayor/governor allow anyone to do what ever they want on our city streets. Both these inadequate and weak politicians need to go. Where people use to take pride in this city – that’s now gone and it’s like living in a garbage pit. The above advert isn’t telling the truth. They are just trying to sell you a travel deal. STAY AWAY FROM PORTLAND – it’s like living in Sodom & Gamora…really!

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