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, peaches, hazelnuts, and pears. Just
east of North Plains is the small, unincorporated community of Helvetia, known for its
Swiss heritage, half marathon and annual
culture festival. There are numerous cycling
and hiking opportunities around North
Plains, including L.L. “Stub” Stewart State
Park and the Banks-Vernonia trail.
Tucked between suburban Portland and
Oregon’s acclaimed wine country, Sherwood
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 18,900
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. 80 persons per household
compared to 2. 64 in Washington County and
2. 51 statewide. Over 20% of Sherwood residents are under 10 years old compared to less
than 14% for Washington County and 13%
statewide. Owner occupied homes makes up
78% of Sherwood housing units compared to
60% in Washington County, and 64% statewide. The median age in Sherwood is 32. 1
compared to 34. 5 in Washington County, and
38. 2 statewide.
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
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 more than 50,000 residents. Residents
have access to 12 miles of trails spread
throughout the City and more than 510 acres
of parks and open spaces, used by everyone
from sports teams to active seniors to families.
Tigard is home to two popular farmers
markets that provide fresh, local produce from
May through October.
Residents have a range of public transportation choices to nearby Portland, Beaverton
and Hillsboro. Nearby amenities include the
popular Bridgeport Village and Washington