King City has been identified as one of
seven town centers in the southwest Portland region, and is part of the Metro 2040
Growth Concept to have investments
made by area jurisdictions to create a
vibrant and successful town center, and a
more walkable commercial district. King
City is small, but plays an important role
in the area because of its location along
the 99W corridor.
With around 2,000 residents, North Plains
is a small town that is projected to grow to
around 4,000 residents by 2020. North
Plains incorporated in 1963. Its residents
have encouraged the city’s slow growth to
maintain the small town character. North
Plains is 15 miles west of downtown Portland, along the northern edge of Highway
26, which makes for a short drive to the
Oregon Coast, just over an hour away.
Many residents of North Plains are
employed by large close-by companies like
Intel, Genentech, and Nike. New homes
are available in North Plains from the high
$200s, and the city is served by the Hillsboro School District.
North Plains is ideal for people seeking
a quiet rural lifestyle and also want the
convenience of close proximity to larger
cities such as Hillsboro, Beaverton, and
Portland. Homes in North Plains are
affordable and located close to schools,
parks and other services. The community
provides Concerts in the Park, a summer
concert series at Jessie Mays Community
Park. Several u-pick farms in the area
offer quick access to fresh berries, apples,
Tucked between suburban Portland and
Oregon’s acclaimed wine country, Sher-
wood has fantastic schools, affordable
homes, and strong job opportunities.
The first people to live in Sherwood were
the Tualatin Indians. The first wagon train
arrived in Oregon in 1843, and by 1853,
Sherwood was being settled by farmers.
They built their houses from the logs felled
from the forest, which once covered the
area. They grew nearly everything they
needed. Twice a year they took the three
day journey into Portland for staples like
salt, sugar and syrup.
Sherwood was established in the late 1800’s
and for many years was a farming and
manufacturing community. In 1911, Sherwood’s city limits were one square mile,
and a population of 350.
Today, Sherwood’s population is over
19,000 and the city limits have expanded to
four and a half square miles. Over the last
two decades Sherwood has been one of the
fastest growing communities in the state.
With a population of 3,093, in 1990 and
population of 11,791 in 2000, Sherwood
continued to grow at a 2.56% annual clip
over the past decade.
Despite this record growth, the city has
managed to maintain a first rate quality
of life for its residents through a unique
park and recreation system, a great school
system, and a revived central business
district — Old Town.
Sherwood is a community of relatively
young, stable, up and coming families.
Average household size is 2. 91 persons per
household compared to 2. 66 in Washington
County and 2. 52 statewide. Owner occupied homes makes up 75.1% of Sherwood
housing units compared to 60% in Washington County, and 61.4% statewide. The
median age in Sherwood is 32. 1 compared
to 34. 5 in Washington County, and 38. 2
With the growth comes thriving business
and modern amenities — all amongst the
small town charm and friendliness that
defines Sherwood. Sherwood boasts a
thriving farmers market, a 15,000 square
foot Center for the Arts (which houses a
gallery, classes, and performances) and
many festivals throughout the year.
With a diverse economy, strong schools and
outstanding parks and recreation access,
Tigard is one of the most livable cities in
Oregon. Since it was incorporated in 1961,
the city has grown to become a desirable and
affordable community in the Portland metro
area. Tigard boasts nearly 3,000 businesses and