Many things matter about a neighborhood, but the first thing most people notice
is the way a neighborhood looks and its particular character. For example, one
might notice whether the buildings all date from a certain time period or whether
shop signs are in multiple languages. This particular neighborhood in Portland,
the Kings Heights neighborhood, has some outstanding things about the way it
looks and its way of life that are worth highlighting.
Notable & Unique: People
If you come to know the people here, you will recognize that you're
in the company of one of the wealthiest communities in the nation. In
fact, a mere 3.9% of America's neighborhoods are wealthier than the
Kings Heights neighborhood. Real estate here is exceedingly
well-maintained, and similarly, tends to maintain its value over time.
The cars driven are mostly luxury brands like Mercedes, Audi, BMW, and
Lexus. If the public schools aren't up to snuff, the residents of this
neighborhood preferentially send their children to private preparatory
schools. Vacation to Disney? Yes, but equally popular are summers in Europe.
As one would expect in a considerably wealthy neighborhood such as this,
Kings Heights also has one of the lowest ratings of child
poverty in the nation.
In addition, the rate of college educated adults in the Kings Heights neighborhood
is a unique characteristic of the neighborhood. 84.1% of
adults here have received at least a 4-year bachelor's degree, compared to
the average neighborhood in America, which has 22.6% of the adults with a
bachelor's degree. The rate here is higher than NeighborhoodScout found in
99.5% of all U.S. neighborhoods.
Also, think about the people you know personally. How many of them would
purchase box seats to opening night at the symphony? How many of them
regularly attend gallery openings, or are the first to reserve tickets
to opening night at the ballet? If they're like most of us, they don't
do any of these things. But if you're among an exclusive crowd of wealthy
and refined patrons of the arts, then you'll feel right at home in
the Kings Heights neighborhood: a neighborhood in which more
"urban sophisticates" live than 98.7% of neighborhoods
across the U.S. Here, your neighbors are defined as having urbane
tastes in literature, music, live theatre and the arts. They are wealthy,
educated, travel in style, and live a big city lifestyle whether or
not they live in or near a big city.
In addition to being an excellent choice for urban sophisticates, this
neighborhood is also a very good choice for highly educated executives and active retirees.
Notable & Unique: Diversity
Did you know that the Kings Heights neighborhood has more
Scottish and Croatian ancestry people living in it than nearly
any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 8.0% of
this neighborhood's residents have Scottish ancestry and 1.7% have Croatian ancestry.
Kings Heights is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 1.5% of its residents five years old and above primarily
speak Japanese at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher
than 98.0% of the neighborhoods in America.
Notable & Unique: Occupations
Executives, managers and professionals make up 74.7% of the workforce
in the Kings Heights neighborhood which, according to
NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis, is a higher proportion of such
high-level people than is found in 99.1% of the neighborhoods
in America. For this reason, this neighborhood really stands out as unique.
Notable & Unique: Modes of Transportation
In the Kings Heights neighborhood, many people's commute means
walking from the bedroom to the home office. NeighborhoodScout's analysis
found that 17.5% of residents worked from home. This may not
seem like a large number, but Scout's research shows that this is a higher
percentage of people working from home than 99.0% of the
neighborhoods in America. Often people who work from home are engaged in
the creative or technological economy, such as is found in areas around Boston,
and in Silicon Valley. Other times, people may be engaged in other businesses
like trading stocks from home, or running a small beauty salon.
Also, would you like to be able to ride your bike to work? If you are attracted
to the idea of getting a little exercise of the two-wheeled type while
reducing your carbon footprint, bicycling to work might be the answer.
But which neighborhood you live in can make this either impossible, or
alternatively, a great and realistic option. NeighborhoodScout's analysis
revealed that the Kings Heights neighborhood is a fantastic
option for bicycle commuters, as 7.2% of commuters here do ride
their bikes to and from work on a daily basis. This is a higher amount
than we found in 98.7% of the neighborhoods in America.