Zillow Grows Up

I’ve been critical of Zillow in the past but as snapshot of Portland this is pretty (if it is accurate is a different question). Click on the image to enlarge.

I don’t know what to make of the “who we are” section. Especially since the very next line states that a large portion of the population works for nonprofits.

Power Singles – High-income urban singles. Highly educated professionals, many with advanced degrees. They draw a handsome salary and have reasonable living expenses while living a hip, upscale life in an urban center.
Corporate Climbers – High-income, high-expense urban singles. Urban singles with an up-and-coming income, but with higher-than-average living costs. Most have college educations and are employed in mid-management professions.
Stable Nuclears – Higher-income urban family. Middle-age couples with children, pulling in combined household incomes nearing six figures. Most own their own homes. Some have a college education and work in a variety of occupations, including management-level positions.

4 Comments on “Zillow Grows Up

  1. Sounds more like San Francisco to me. Here is a comparision from Sperling’s Best Places. I assume this is the same Sperling who chimed in earlier?

    Portland, OR Income and Salaries
    The income per capita is $26,855, which includes all adults and children. The median household income is $46,858.

    San Francisco, CA Income and Salaries
    The income per capita is $40,650, which includes all adults and children. The median household income is $66,655.

    Neither income per capita nor median household income in PDX fit the zillow profile (i.e. High Income, High Income, High Income). Unless of course $46,858 is considered high-income.

    It just doesn’t fit with the emperical data available…

  2. Power Singles and Corporate Climbers?! And this is supposed to be good? … When they put it like that it doesn’t sound like a very nice place. More like an episode of Survivor. But I suppose this is what we’re becoming.

  3. Just for kicks and giggles I went back to Zillow and randomly picked a location: Casper, Wyoming folk are:
    Humble Class – Lower-income couples.
    Stretched Budgets – Lower-scale urban couples with children.
    Upwardly Mobile – Suburban couples living in mobile homes.
    Decatur, Georgia:
    Rat Racers – Dual-income suburban families.
    Easy Street – High-income suburban couples without children.
    Pinching Pennies – Lower-scale suburban singles.
    I don’t think Zillow is in partnership with visitor associations 🙂

  4. Two of the three descriptions summing up Portland’s inhabitants are “high-income,” the 3rd being “higher-income.”

    According to the below information on #wiki/Portland,_Oregon I see a different picture being painted than that by Zillow.com

    “The median income for a household in the city is $40,146, and the median income for a family is $50,271. Males have a reported median income of $35,279 versus $29,344 reported for females. The per capita income for the city is $22,643. 13.1% of the population and 8.5% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 15.7% of those under the age of 18 and 10.4% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line. Oregon has a 9% income tax which tends to suppress accurate reporting.”

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