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Winter 2006


Housing -- Oregon -- Portland -- Statistics, Demographic surveys -- Oregon -- Portland, House construction -- Oregon -- Portland Metropolitan Area, Discrimination in mortgage loans -- Oregon -- Portland, Home ownership -- Oregon -- Portland


Few things are more central to the “American Dream” than owning your own home. Home ownership provides privacy and security. It binds us to our neighbors and communities, defi nes our consumption habits, and allows us to express our individuality. In the last few years, however, our homes have become “cash cow” investments that, for some people, substitute for retirement plans and college savings. The saga of American homeownership plays out across a complex landscape throughout the US and the Portland metropolitan region. It’s fi lled with many issues: housing supply, neighborhood amenities, population demographics, transportation networks, personal income levels, zoning and property regulations, taxes, and affordability measures (cost versus income). The maps shown here provide a brief summary, using the most recently available estimates for U.S. census tracts (2004 data) of people and homes in the metroscape.


Originally appeared in the Winter 2006 edition of Metroscape, published by the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies, Portland State University.

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