Portland is generally known as a safe and welcoming city for female solo travelers. There are well-lit popular areas with lots of foot traffic and the city's public transportation is often deemed reliable. However, like any other large city, one must be cautious, especially during late hours and in less busy areas. Petty crimes like pickpocketing or bag snatching could happen, so always be mindful of your belongings.
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How safe is Portland?
Safety at nightModerate
Portland, is considered moderately safe at night. While most areas have well-lit streets filled with pedestrians, some parts may be desolate after dark. Thus, it is advised to stay aware of your surroundings and try to stay in populated areas. Keep emergency contacts on speed dial and avoid taking shortcuts through dark alleys. However, reports of crime targeting solo female travelers are relatively less. Public transport remains available and popular among locals, but it's advisable to use taxi/rideshare services after dark. Most residents are friendly and willing to help if necessary.
Public transportation in Portland is generally safe and reliable. This includes buses, light rail known as the MAX, and the streetcar. Transit operators are courteous and helpful, and many locals use the system daily for commuting or leisure. Drivers and security are typically vigilant and there are emergency buttons on board. However, as with any city, it's important to be aware of your surroundings, especially when traveling at night.
In Portland, it's relatively moderate with respect to street harassment. Most areas are highly safe and people are generally respectful. That being said, like in any city, there can be exceptions and it's always important to stay vigilant, especially during late hours. Public transportation is typically safe, the communities are supportive and aware, making it a comfortable experience for solo female travelers. Nevertheless, it's recommended to take normal precautions as you would in any city.
Petty crimes such as pickpocketing, purse snatching, and car break-ins do exist in Portland, especially in crowded touristic places and public transportation. However, with necessary precautions like keeping belongings secured and staying alert in crowded areas, these can be effectively avoided.
Tap waterVery safe
The tap water in Portland is generally very safe to drink. The city's main source of water, Bull Run Watershed, is kept extremely clean and regularly monitored for quality and safety. Furthermore, Portland Water Bureau treats drinking water through filtration and disinfection to remove or kill any potentially harmful contaminants. Additional safeguards are put in place including thorough, constant testing to maintain a high-quality standard.
Is United States safe right now?
When traveling to the United States, both the Canadian and Australian governments recommend that you take normal safety precautions. Ensure you maintain awareness of your personal security at all times, guard your belongings, and stay informed about any possible safety or security risks in the areas you are visiting.
Canada's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions
The public transportation can have a lot of drug addicts on the trains since they don't check tickets, but as long as you don't make eye contact or say anything to them you're fine. I wouldn't walk in the parks at night either since a lot of drug addicts hangout there too.
Posted: February 20, 2024
Is Portland worth visiting?
based on 3 experiences
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Solo travel experience
I made a solo trip to Portland in November last year. I only had 2.5 days, but I tried to make the most of that time. I ate and drank at many cool breweries and restaurants. Breakfasts were the most important. Portland definitely knows how to do a proper breakfast. I attended a great concert at Revolution Hall. I managed to watch people and walk along McCall's waterfront. One morning I went to Multnomah Falls (if you go early, there's hardly anyone there). Seeing a photo of Multnomah Falls put Portland on my travel list. I stayed in Southeast Portland (which I really liked) and walked almost everywhere.
Posted: September 19, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
Family travel experience
Portland is a super cute old New England town. Very walkable with lots of shops and coffee shops. Lobster rolls and fresh oysters here are amazing. Only have visited Portland for day trips and was able to see most of the city. Taking a a driving tour is helpful to get a feel and history of the city. There are also a lot of hills so you will definitely get your stairs in.
Posted: August 24, 2023
Things to do: 3/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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