King, Portland, Oregon


King, Portland, Oregon

Infobox Neighborhood Portland OR
neighborhood_name = King
association_name = King Neighborhood Association
association_website = http://www.kingneighborhood.org
coalition_name = Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
coalition_website = http://www.necoalition.org
area = 1.66
map_url = http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/index.cfm?a=58587&c=35281
portlandmaps_x = 7649268.819
portlandmaps_y = 696666.206
censusyear = 2000
pop_total = 5979
pop_density = 3602
households_total = 2148
occupancy = 92
households_owned = 1119
households_owned_pct = 52
households_rented = 1029
households_rented_pct = 48
household_size = 2.78
footnotes =

King is a neighborhood in the Northeast section of Portland, Oregon. Like many of the surrounding neighborhoods, most residents have minority ancestry. The neighborhood's population is 32.1% White, 42.3% Black or African American, 11.9% Hispanic and 13.7% of other ethnic ancestry.

King is at one end of the Alberta Arts District, a commercial district where locally owned shops, galleries, and cafes have brought new life. Once predominantly black, the neighborhood has rapidly gentrified since the 1990s and attracted more young residents. Previously an area of high crime rates related to gang activity, poverty, and the crack epidemic of the 1980-1990s, King and other inner northeast neighborhoods have attracted buyers who could not afford housing in predominantly white areas.

There has been some displacement of black residents whose rents increased, and some properties have turned over to white owners or renters in the process of an older generation passing on. Some long-time residents were also able to sell their homes to take advantage of increased prices if they wanted to move to smaller quarters. The neighborhood still has one of the highest concentrations of black residents in the city and as such is often still referred to as an African-American neighborhood. The neighborhood is considered along with Boise, Concordia, Eliot, Humboldt, Piedmont, Sabin, Vernon, and Woodlawn to be the center of Portland's African American community. Together, these neighborhoods have a combined population of 44,413 and are roughly 37% African American.

External links

* [http://www.oregonlive.com/special/index.ssf/2008/04/speak_listen_heal.html Speak Listen Heal-Gentrification Listening Circle]
*Mapit-US-cityscale|45.55730|-122.65855


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