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Did you know that Oregon is home to the world's smallest park in Portland, the University of Oregon Ducks in Eugene, Bart Simpson's home in Springfield, and some pretty cool family friendly places to call home.
That's right, The Beaver State knows how to keep families safe, educated, happy, healthy, and entertained. And lucky for you, HomeSnacks has found all of those qualities and rolled them into the top ten best places for families in Oregon for 2022. How did we determine Oregon's most family friendly places? We consulted the US Census on places in this Pacific Northwest state with more than 10,000 residents. We looked at several factors: crime, education, family friendly activities, and the percent of households that currently have children. We ended up with 39 family friendly Oregon places that any family would be lucky to call home.
Besides being a great state for families, Oregon is also one of the fastest growing states. Are we surprised? Absolutely not. Oregon currently has 1.3 million families, and that number is expected to increase over the next ten years; and that folks, is because the state has a ton of awesome "Oregon" stuff to do. Like, biking the world class trails in Bend, visiting one of the state's 120 farmers' markets, or spending the day at the Medford Railroad Park. And it wouldn't be right if we didn't mention all of the great companies that keep Oregon families safe and comfortable, and the state affordable. Just think, if you live in Oregon, you and/or your kids could work for Nike in Beaverton or the biggest cheese factory in Tillamook.
More importantly, if you want to hear more about where your cheddar will go the furthest for your family in Oregon, keep reading.
Oregon has a ton of family friendly places for every budget. There are places like Salem for the outdoorsy family, and places like HIllsboro for families just starting out. But, the number one most family friendly place in Oregon is, Monmouth.
To learn more about our methodology and to see why Oregon's top ten best places to raise a family are truly the best of the best, take a look below. And if you don't see your favorite there, head to the bottom.
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- Best Cities To Raise A Family In America
- Best States To Raise A Family In America
The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Oregon For 2022
Methodology: How do you determine which place is best for families in Oregon anyways?
To give you the places in Oregon which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what's family-friendly and what isn't.
So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.
How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Beaver State
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Oregon, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:
- Crime (Both violent and property)
- Quality of local schools
- Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
- % of households with children
- Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)
We then gave each city a Family Score.
The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Oregon, that meant a total of 39 cities. You can download the data here.
Summary: The Best Places To Raise A Family In Oregon
If you're looking for a breakdown of cities in Oregon ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.
Here's a look at the best cities for singles Oregon according to the data:
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Where Are The Best Places For Families In Oregon?
|4||West Linn, OR||26,764|
|5||La Grande, OR||13,380|
|6||Lake Oswego, OR||39,476|
|7||Forest Grove, OR||24,847|