The 10 Best Portland Suburbs To Live For 2021


We analyzed over 37 places around Portland to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best Portland suburbs.

Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Portland are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

Here are the 10 best suburbs to live around Portland for 2021:

  1. Sherwood
  2. Lake Oswego
  3. Happy Valley
  4. Ridgefield
  5. West Linn
  6. Camas
  7. North Plains
  8. Oregon
  9. La Center
  10. Tualatin

What's the best suburb of Portland? Sherwood ranks as the best suburb of Portland for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Sherwood, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Portland 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.

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The 10 Best Portland Suburbs To Live For 2021

Sherwood, OR

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 19,625
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $103,512
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
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Sherwood is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Portland area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Sherwood."

Everyone here is rich; families average $103,512 a year, which is the 5th highest in the Portland region. And only 1.77% are out of work. Homes average more than $405,900 each.

Lake Oswego, OR

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 39,127
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $108,927
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
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Lake Oswego is the second best 'burb we looked at near Portland for 2021.

It ranks 4th for incomes in the area and only 2.61% of residents lack insurance, good for 6th best.

Happy Valley, OR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 20,971
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $125,676
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.1%
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Here in Happy Valley, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Portland metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Happy Valley.

Ridgefield, WA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,767
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $96,836
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
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Ridgefield ranks as the 4th best suburb of Portland for 2021.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Ridgefield and the schools are some of the best around.

West Linn, OR

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 26,656
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $111,042
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 5.1%
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Coming in as the fifth best is West Linn.

West Linn gets kudos for having the 3rd most expensive homes in the Portland area, where houses sell for an average of $493,900. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Camas, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 23,200
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $111,584
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
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Camas is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 3.26% which is 7th best in the area.

According to online reports, Camas is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Portland area, meaning you need to get in soon.

North Plains, OR

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,942
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $93,547
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to North Plains.

North Plains schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 17.2 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

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