The Vernon neighborhood is located in Northeast Portland, roughly between NE Ainsworth and NE Wygant Streets with boundaries at NE 9th and NE 23rd Avenues. As of 2016, the population was 2,614.
According to a neighborhood publication, the land where Vernon now sits was purchased by three businessmen in 1870 for $250. They dedicated Vernon as part of the city of Portland in 1903. Two years later, the land was sold to Moore Investment Company for $120,000—a far cry from the $250 originally paid just a few decades earlier!
Vernon is truly a historic neighborhood—some homes in the neighborhood are nearly 100 years old. The average home was built in 1937.
Like many surrounding neighborhoods, Vernon boasts a strong sense of community with an involved neighborhood association. Opportunities abound for community involvement, including volunteering, an annual neighborhood cleanup day, and more.
Vernon encompasses a portion of the Alberta Arts District, one of the most popular spots in Portland for dining, shopping, and more. Vernon residents enjoy easy access to Salt and Straw Ice Cream—for an ice cream lover, this proximity might be invaluable because of the long line that usually accompanies the trip to Salt and Straw! For regular dining, Aviary is a popular choice, and Boxer Ramen offers a gourmet twist on a classic favorite. Alberta also hosts an annual “Alberta Street Fair,” which includes vendors and community activities to bring people together from several neighborhoods.
Alberta Park is also located in the Vernon neighborhood. It offers plenty of green space for a picnic or an outdoors stroll. In addition, there is a play structure with sensory play elements and rubberized surface, a basketball court, a space for dogs to run freely without a leash, picnic tables, softball field, tennis courts, merry-go-round, and more.
Zip Code: 97211
Most errands can be accomplished on foot
Many nearby public transportation options
Biking is convenient for most trips