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Renters like Portland - except for the cost

Portland renters are like their city — except for its unaffordability, according to a new survrey by Apartment List, a rental service company.

“Portland renters are generally satisfied with their city overall, with many categories receiving average or above average ratings” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “With rents rising especially in coastal cities, it comes as no surprise that cost of living is a source of dissatisfaction here.”

Key survey findings in Portland include:

• Portland renters gave their city a B overall in satisfaction.

• The highest-rated category for Portland was access to public transit (A).

• Renters seem to be generally satisfied with things like pet friendliness (B), safety (B), and state and local taxes (B).

• The biggest sources for dissatisfaction here is affordability/cost of living (D).

• Millennial renters seem to be especially satisfied with the city, giving it an A- overall.

• Portland renter satisfaction was relatively on par with nearby city Seattle (B+) as well as similarly sized city Las Vegas (B-).

According to the firm, the survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction included Arlington, VA; Lincoln, NE; Pasadena, CA; Boston, MA; and Madison, WI. The lowest rated cities included Newark, NJ; Bronx, NY; Bridgeport, CT; Baltimore, MD; and Salinas, CA.

You can find the survey at www.apartmentlist.com/or/portland#renter-survey