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 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 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 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