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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Feb 6° C
Mar 8° C
Apr 10° C
May 13° C
Jun 16° C
Jul 19° C
Aug 19° C
Sep 16° C
Oct 11° C
Nov 7° C
Dec 4° C
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7 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.

  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??

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