Portsmouth, Portland, Oregon

Portsmouth is a neighborhood in the north section of Portland, Oregon, United States. It is bordered by Columbia Boulevard to the north, Lombard Street to the south, Chautauqua Boulevard to the east, and a BNSF Railway cut to the west.

Portsmouth is located in Portland, Oregon
Coordinates: 45°35′12″N 122°43′06″W / 45.5866°N 122.7184°W / 45.5866; -122.7184Coordinates: 45°35′12″N 122°43′06″W / 45.5866°N 122.7184°W / 45.5866; -122.7184
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CountryUnited States
 • AssociationPortsmouth Neighborhood Association
 • CoalitionNorth Portland Neighborhood Services
 • Total1.09 sq mi (2.82 km2)
 • Total9,789
 • Density9,000/sq mi (3,500/km2)
 • No. of households3,627
 • Occupancy rate95% occupied
 • Owner-occupied1,695 households (47%)
 • Renting1,754 households (48%)
 • Avg. household size2.70 persons


In 1883, a group of realtors operating as the "Portsmouth Real Estate Association" platted a subdivision around present-day Portsmouth Avenue and Lombard Street. This association referred to the subdivision as the "City of Portsmouth", although a proper municipality was never established. This land was later acquired by the Electric Land Company, which platted "Portsmouth Villa" in 1889. Portland Names and Neighborhoods notes: "We are not sure what 'Portsmouth' meant to those developers in 1883. The location is near the lower end of the Portland harbor, and perhaps they felt the word was therefore suitable."[2]


Portsmouth is a primarily residential neighborhood. A large portion of the neighborhood is occupied by New Columbia, an 82-acre (33 ha) mixed-income housing development.[3]

Parks in Portsmouth include Columbia Park, McCoy Park, Northgate Park, and University Park. The Peninsula Crossing Trail runs along the neighborhood's western boundary.[3][4] Three public schools are located within Portsmouth: César Chávez School (K–8),[5] Rosa Parks Elementary School (K–5),[6] and Clarendon Early Learning Academy (pre-K).[7][8] The neighborhood is home to the Charles Jordan Community Center.


  1. ^ a b "Portsmouth". PortlandMaps. City of Portland. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  2. ^ Snyder, Eugene E. (1979). Portland Names and Neighborhoods: Their Historic Origins. Portland, Oregon: Binford & Mort. p. 191. ISBN 0-8323-0351-8.
  3. ^ a b "Street Tree Inventory Report: Portsmouth Neighborhood". Portland Parks & Recreation. November 2013. p. 3. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  4. ^ "Peninsula Crossing Trail". TrailLink. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  5. ^ "César Chávez School". Portland Public Schools. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  6. ^ "Rosa Parks Elementary School". Portland Public Schools. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  7. ^ "Head Start / Our Sites". Portland Public Schools. Retrieved July 14, 2019.
  8. ^ Dungca, Nicole (August 26, 2014). "Clarendon Regional Early Learning Center highlights increasing attention to pre-kindergarten classes". OregonLive. Retrieved June 16, 2019.

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