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Boise
Neighborhood
Historic Mississippi business district street sign topper in the Boise Neighborhood
Historic Mississippi business district street sign topper in the Boise Neighborhood
Country United States
State Oregon
City Portland
Area
 • Total 0.43 sq mi (1.12 km2)
Population (2000)
 • Total 3,119
 • Density 7,210/sq mi (2,785/km2)
Housing
 • No. of households 1168
 • Occupancy rate 90% occupied
 • Owner-occupied 525 households (45%)
 • Renting 643 households (55%)
 • Avg. household size 2.67 persons

Boise is a neighborhood in the North and Northeast sections of Portland, Oregon. It is approximately bounded by Interstate 5 on the west, N Skidmore St. on the north, NE Rodney Ave. on the east, and N Kerby St. and NE Fremont St. on the south. The southern portion of N Mississippi Ave. forms the commercial core of the area. The neighborhood was named in honor of Reuben P. Boise, a Portland School Board member during the 1850s.

In the mid-20th century, Boise residents included a high percentage of African Americans, relative to other Portland neighborhoods. This changed rapidly in the 2000s. The 2000 Census recorded 48% of the population identifying as Black or African American, either alone or mixed with another race. By the time of the 2010 Census, this number had fallen to 26.6%, largely supplanted by Whites. This demographic change has accompanied rapid development and gentrification in the neighborhood.

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