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Opportunity Mapping

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The Opportunity Map identifies levels of opportunity in Portland neighborhoods. Using a 5-point scale, the map is based on variables that include childhood education, employment, transportation, access to family wage jobs, and access to community amenities that promote heathy, active living.
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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

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

Points Scale

Certain downtown areas and just east of the Willamette River have an opportunity score of 5 points.

Areas are scored from 1 to 5 points. The color ranges from light yellow to orange to dark red for the areas with the highest opportunity score.


Mapping Methodology

Childhood Education

(1/5 of total score)

WeightIndicator or Variable
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 point
73.1 – 80% = 2 points
80.1 – 85% = 3 points
85.1 – 89% = 4 points
      >89.1% = 5 points
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 points

Employment

(1/5 of total score)

WeightIndicator or Variable
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 of total score)

WeightIndicator or Variable
70%

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

  • 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 of total score)
Measured from 2013 data

WeightIndicator or Variable
100%Number of family-wage jobs within 60 minutes (via mass transit)

486,742 – 646,529 = 5 points
410,938 – 484,008 = 4 points
315,446 – 409,601 = 3 points
163,715 – 306,877 = 2 points
      162,194 or less = 1 point

Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL)

(1/5 of total score)

WeightIndicator or Variable
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 = 1 point

  • Multnomah County Health Clinics (wt. X 3)
  • Clinics/Providers accepting Oregon Health Plan (wt. X 2)
  • Hospitals with Emergency Rooms (wt. X 1)

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