If your experience of Portland is confined to the refurbished brick buildings of the Pearl or the uber-modern mixed-use apartments on Division -- curse you, yuppies! -- then you might not not have noticed that Portland is undergoing a real housing crisis. In the past year alone, the average one-bedroom apartment rent has increased 8.7% to $1,182, according to the Portland Housing Bureau, and is undoubtedly climbing as you’re reading this. Even more significant is the rise in median home sales prices, which from 2011-2014 have shot up like preteens hitting puberty to $310,000, a change of 31.91%.
That means a lot of folks -- between lamenting about the loss of the “Old Portland” they’ve known so well since moving here from Iowa -- are thinking about jumping ship. But where can you go to experience a Portland-esque way of life without increasingly San Francisco-esque rent? Where can you still get craft food and drink, sustainability awareness, biking vs driving megalomania, and the quintessential strangeness of the people you walk past on SE Belmont, without the skyrocketing costs? Consider Zillowing these.