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Opportunity Mapping

The 2035 Comprehensive Plan and the Portland Plan’s Healthy Connected City provide guidance to expand opportunities for Portlanders to live in complete communities offering a mix of desirable services and opportunities. Affordable housing that is located in a walkable neighborhood near active transportation, employment centers, open spaces, high-quality schools, and various services and amenities enhances the general quality of life for its residents.

The Opportunity Map categorizes Portland neighborhoods into varying levels of opportunity, scored Low to High, with market-rate housing in high-opportunity neighborhoods tending to be expensive compared to more affordable housing in areas that offer fewer opportunities.

 

How to interact with the map:

Scroll or use the toolbar (+) and (-) to zoom. Click to see the opportunity score for an area.

Points Scale

Beige to orange to dark red. 1 to 5 points. 
Learn more about the methodology in the section below the map.

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Portland Opportunity Area Mapping Methodology - 2017

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Category

Weight and Indicator/Variable

Childhood Education
(1/5)

60%    
Achievement Index Rating (Elementary, High Schools)

Scored 1-5 on Academic Achievement by Oregon Department of Education

20%
High School Graduation Rates
<73% = 1, 73.1-80% = 2, 80.1 – 85% = 3, 85.1 – 89% = 4, >89.1% = 5

20%
Proximity to Schools evaluated as Access & Achievement
Access: 1/4 mile = 3 points; 1/2 mile = 2 points; 1 mile= 1 point
Achievement: 1-5 ODE Achievement Score
Access + Achievement: Combinations like, ¼ mile+ 5 achievement score = 8 pts

Employment
(1/5)

55%
Density (by number & size of firms) of higher-wage industries in 1-mile radius
Includes job sectors that pay Multnomah County at least a self-sufficiency wage of $73,563 for one adult with two children family

35%
Density (by number & size of firms) of lower-wage industries in 1-mile radius
Includes job sectors that pay Multnomah County less than self-sufficiency wage of $73,563 for one adult with two children family

10%
Proximity to Adult Education Resources
1/4 mile = 3 points; 1/2 mile = 2 points; 1 mile = 1 point

  • Junior Colleges – 611210
  • Colleges, Universities & Professional Schools – 611310
  • Business & Secretarial Schools – 6114
  • Computer Training – 611420
  • Trade Schools/Cosmetology & Barber Schools – 611511
  • Apprenticeship Training – 611513
  • Other Technical & Trade Schools – 611519
Transportation
(1/5)

70%
Proximity to Transit
1/4 mile= 3 points; 1/2 mile= 2 points; 1 mile= 1point

  • Light Rail Stops & Transit Centers (wt. X 5)
  • Frequent Bus Service & Streetcar Stops (Trimet) (wt. X 4)
  • Regular Bus Service Stops (Trimet) (wt. X 3
  • Weekday/Rush Hour Only Stops (Trimet) (wt. X 2)
  • Bike Lanes (Blvd/Lane/ Low Traffic Streets: PBOT Bike Plan (wt. X 1)

20%
Density of Sidewalks

10%
Density of Curb Cuts

Access to Family Wage Jobs
(1/5)

**2013 Data**

100%
Number of family-wage jobs within 60 mts. (via mass transit)

  • 486,742-646,529 (5 pts.)
  • 410,938-484,008 (4 pts.)
  • 315,446-409,601 (3 pts.)
  • 163,715-306,877 (2 pts.)
  • 162,194 or less (1 pt.)
Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL)
(1/5)

30%
Proximity to Parks/Natural Areas/Senior (District) Centers
1/4 mile = 3 points; 1/2 mile = 2 points; 1 mile = 1 point

50%
Proximity to food sources
1/4 mile = 3 points; 1/2 mile = 2 points; 1 mile = 1 point

  • Large Chain Grocery Stores (wt.X3)
  • Meal Centers (wt. X3)
  • Independent, Ethnic, Produce Stores (wt.X 2)
  • Farmer's Market (Seasonal) (wt. X 1)
  • Community Garden Locations (wt. X 1)

20%
Proximity to Health Care Providers
1/4 mile =3 points; 1/2 mile = 2 points; 1 mile= 1point

  • Multnomah County Health Clinics (wt. X 3)
  • Clinics/Providers accepting Oregon Health Plan
  • Hospitals with Emergency Rooms (wt. X 1)