These Are The 10 Best Suburbs In Oregon For 2018

We used science and data to determine the best suburbs in Oregon for you to live.

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Are you sick of being a city slicker?

Do you long for life in suburban Oregon? Where you can drive your overly-large vehicle to the store for groceries, and schlep the kids around to practices and appointments without worrying about a parking space?

We do too.

Public transportation is…icky at times. When you have to call an Uber to get to urgent care on a Friday night, that gets old after a while.

So, the question is, if you wanted to move out to the suburbs of Salem, where would you go? And how would you decide on the ranking factors to help you pick which Oregon suburb was best?

No worries. We got it all figured out here.

These are the 10 best suburbs in the Beaver State:

  1. Lake Oswego (Photos)
  2. Sherwood (Photos)
  3. Tualatin (Photos)
  4. West Linn (Photos)
  5. Canby (Photos)
  6. Tigard (Photos)
  7. Milwaukie (Photos)
  8. Happy Valley (Photos)
  9. Beaverton (Photos)
  10. Sandy (Photos)

Lake Oswego is the place to be when it comes to being a soccer mom in suburban Oregon.

So if you’re thinking of packing up your mini van and making a move to a quiet place to live in Oregon, we’ve got you covered.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology. Or, check out the best places to live in Oregon and the best places to raise a family in Oregon.

How do you determine which suburb is the best in Oregon anyways?

To give you the best suburbs in Oregon, 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 a “best city” and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the suburb 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 town between 6,000 and 200,000 residents, and within 30 miles of a city that’s over 200,000 people (In other words, suburbs).

We paid particular attention to:

  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Population Density (Higher is Better)
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Commute Time
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We ranked each suburb in Oregon across a number of criteria from one to 24, with one being the best.

We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the town posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Suburb To Live In Oregon”.

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and awesome places to live in Oregon

Read on to see why Lake Oswego is the ‘burb with the most, while St. Helens is probably not the best place to live in Oregon.

1. Lake Oswego

Lake Oswego, Or

Population: 38,065
Median Income: $89,979
Median Home Price: $508,500
Lake Oswego is located 8 miles south of Portland.

2. Sherwood

Sherwood, Or

Source: Public domain

Population: 18,965
Median Income: $86,111
Median Home Price: $313,000
Sherwood is located 15 miles west of Portland.

3. Tualatin

Tualatin, Or

Population: 27,024
Median Income: $71,896
Median Home Price: $337,100
Tualatin is located 12 miles south of Portland.

4. West Linn

West Linn, Or

Population: 26,242
Median Income: $89,806
Median Home Price: $397,500
West Linn is located 11 miles south of Portland.

5. Canby

Canby, Or

Source: Public domain

Population: 17,218
Median Income: $62,035
Median Home Price: $256,900
Canby is located 18 miles south of Portland.

6. Tigard

Tigard, Or

Source: Public domain

Population: 50,787
Median Income: $65,505
Median Home Price: $320,100
Tigard is located 9 miles west of Portland.

7. Milwaukie

Milwaukie, Or

Population: 20,643
Median Income: $55,880
Median Home Price: $245,000
Milwaukie is located 6 miles south of Portland.

8. Happy Valley

Happy Valley, Or

Population: 17,474
Median Income: $106,197
Median Home Price: $425,300
Happy Valley is located 9 miles east of Portland.

9. Beaverton

Beaverton, Or

Source: Public domain

Population: 94,865
Median Income: $59,620
Median Home Price: $303,500
Beaverton is located 8 miles west of Portland.

10. Sandy

Sandy, Or

Population: 10,369
Median Income: $61,687
Median Home Price: $219,600
Sandy is located 20 miles east of Portland.

There You Have It – The Best Suburbs In Oregon

Here’s a look at the worst suburbs in Oregon according to the data:

  1. St. Helens
  2. Woodburn
  3. Gresham

For more Oregon reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Suburbs In Oregon

City Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Lake Oswego 1 38,065 $89,979 $508,500
Sherwood 2 18,965 $86,111 $313,000
Tualatin 3 27,024 $71,896 $337,100
West Linn 4 26,242 $89,806 $397,500
Canby 5 17,218 $62,035 $256,900
Tigard 6 50,787 $65,505 $320,100
Milwaukie 7 20,643 $55,880 $245,000
Happy Valley 8 17,474 $106,197 $425,300
Beaverton 9 94,865 $59,620 $303,500
Sandy 10 10,369 $61,687 $219,600
Hillsboro 11 100,462 $70,180 $255,700
Gladstone 12 11,850 $57,169 $232,300
Wilsonville 13 21,814 $63,097 $349,800
Damascus 14 10,842 $82,830 $360,300
Scappoose 15 6,901 $63,175 $222,400
Newberg 16 22,749 $53,075 $228,000
Cornelius 17 12,241 $58,420 $193,300
Forest Grove 18 23,214 $49,857 $232,400
Troutdale 19 16,535 $62,992 $233,600
Fairview 20 9,215 $54,802 $211,600
Molalla 21 8,867 $55,082 $207,200
Gresham 22 110,042 $49,866 $224,000
Woodburn 23 24,765 $44,228 $157,900
St. Helens 24 13,169 $45,727 $179,300

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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