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 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
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
Residents have a range of public transportation choices to nearby Portland, Beaverton
and Hillsboro. Nearby amenities include the
popular Bridgeport Village and Washington
Square shopping centers and full-service
medical facilities minutes from Tigard.
The Cascade Mountains, Oregon’s famed
beaches and the Columbia Gorge are all
easily accessible as day trips.
Tigard’s historic and walkable downtown
offers unique shopping, eating and drinking
establishments, superior transit connections
and access to the Fanno Creek Trail. The
area is undergoing a transformation into a
local destination. The city, in partnership
with downtown and business stakeholders,
has leveraged private and public resources
to revitalize its downtown with public art,
LED street lights and multiple trail connections, creating a walkable destination for
residents and visitors alike.
The City’s “open door” policy encourages
citizens to attend weekly city council meetings and observe the four-member council
and the mayor make important decisions.
Local government and school leaders, citizen
groups, businesses and individuals work hard
to build upon Tigard’s significant community
attributes. The city promotes citizen participation through Neighborhood Networks
that represent the community’s 14 geographic
areas. The networks encourage citizens to
become part of the decision-making process.
In November 2014, the City Council adopted
a new Strategic Plan, which envisions Tigard
becoming the most walkable community in
the Pacific Northwest where people of all
ages and abilities enjoy health and interconnected lives. The plan will steer the city’s
planning and development for the next 20
years, as Tigard continues to plan for changes
in the metro Portland area.
Tualatin is located 12 miles south of Portland, at the intersection of thriving business
and charming community. Downtown
Tualatin is not only the center for local
commerce and businesses; it also functions
as the central meeting place and the community living room. It is known locally as the
The central aspect of the Tualatin
Commons is a lake and public plaza.
Surrounding the public gathering space is
a mix of high-quality residential dwellings,
retail, and professional service employment