These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Oregon For 2019


We analyzed 76 places in Oregon to determine where the 1% live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in Oregon.

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Sherwood, Happy Valley, West Linn: These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in Oregon. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Beaver State.

Sherwood in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $95,309 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 3.8%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in Oregon share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2013-2017 American Community Survey for the 76 places in Oregon with more than 5,000 people.

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in Oregon.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Oregon:

How We Determined The Richest Places In Oregon For 2019

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Oregon
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2013-2017 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 76 places with more than 5,000 people in Oregon, we ranked each place from 1 to 76 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Sherwood, crowned the “Richest City In Oregon For 2019”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 76 places.

Sherwood, OR

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 19,107
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $95,309
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
More on Sherwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sherwood is a city in Washington County, Oregon, United States. Located in the southeast corner of the county, it is a residential community in the Tualatin Valley, southwest of Portland. As of the 2010 census, Sherwood had a population of 18,194 residents. The city’s population for 2014 was estimated to be 18,978 by the U.S. Census. Sherwood was first incorporated in 1893 as a town. Originally named Smockville after its founder, James Christopher Smock, the town was given its current name by local businessman Robert Alexander in 1891, who likely named it after his hometown of Sherwood, Michigan.

Happy Valley, OR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 18,477
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $115,718
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Happy Valley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Happy Valley is a city in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. The population was 13,903 at the 2010 census.

West Linn, OR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 26,307
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $100,188
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
More on West Linn: Real Estate | Data | Photos

West Linn is a city in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. Now a southern suburb within the Portland metropolitan area, West Linn has a history of early development, prompted by the opportunity to harvest energy from nearby Willamette Falls. It was named after U.S. Senator Lewis F. Linn of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, who had advocated the American occupation of Oregon as a counterclaim to the British. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 25,109.

Lake Oswego, OR

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 38,212
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $93,993
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 5.6%
More on Lake Oswego: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lake Oswego /swio/ is a city in the State of Oregon, primarily in Clackamas County with small portions extending into neighboring Multnomah and Washington counties. Located about 8 miles (13 km) south of Portland and surrounding the 405-acre (1.64 km2) Oswego Lake, the town was founded in 1847 and incorporated as Oswego in 1910. The city was the hub of Oregon’s brief iron industry in the late 19th century and is today an affluent suburb of Portland. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 36,619, a 3.8% increase over the 2000 population of 35,278.

Sandy, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,581
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Median Income: $64,057
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 11.8%
More on Sandy: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hillsboro, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 102,396
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 5)
Median Income: $75,599
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 10.8%
More on Hillsboro: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hillsboro (/hlzbro/) is the fifth-largest city in the State of Oregon and is the county seat of Washington County. Lying in the Tualatin Valley on the west side of the Portland metropolitan area, the city hosts many high-technology companies, such as Intel, that comprise what has become known as the Silicon Forest. At the 2010 Census, the city’s population was 91,611.

Canby, OR

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 17,337
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $66,220
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 10.9%
More on Canby: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Canby is a city in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. The population was 15,829 at the 2010 census. It is along Oregon Route 99E, 2 miles (3 km) northeast of Barlow. In May 2016 Canby was featured on ABC’s series 20/20 (U.S. TV series), when the local “Canby Psychic” was part of an investigation of swindling a local rancher of $15 million.

Tigard, OR

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 51,355
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $70,120
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 10.4%
More on Tigard: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tigard /tard/ is a city in Washington County, Oregon, United States. The population was 48,035 at the 2010 census. As of 2007, Tigard was the state’s 12th largest city. Incorporated in 1961, the city is located south of Beaverton and north of Tualatin, and is part of the Portland metropolitan area. Interstate 5 and Oregon Route 217 are the main freeways in the city, with Oregon Route 99W and Oregon Route 210 serving as other major highways. Public transit service is provided by TriMet, via several bus routes and the WES Commuter Rail line.

Review Of Tigard by HomeSnacks User

My hometown I grew up in has changed some. But still a small town feel. Most of the time.

The high school football games. Great way for families and community to come together on a Friday night.

Fairview, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,261
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 12)
Median Income: $58,032
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 10.0%
More on Fairview: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fairview is a city in Multnomah County, Oregon, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 8,920.

Oregon City, OR

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 35,483
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Median Income: $68,813
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
Poverty Rate: 9.5%
More on Oregon City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Oregon City is the county seat of Clackamas County, Oregon, United States, located on the Willamette River near the southern limits of the Portland metropolitan area. Established in 1829 by the Hudson’s Bay Company, in 1844 it became the first U.S. city west of the Rocky Mountains to be incorporated. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 31,859.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Oregon For 2019

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Oregon, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Oregon.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Oregon, according to data:

Poorest: Ontario
2nd Poorest: Madras
3rd Poorest: Prineville

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How Is The Area In ?

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Oregon

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Sherwood 2.0 $95,309
2 Happy Valley 2.67 $115,718
3 West Linn 4.5 $100,188
4 Lake Oswego 5.0 $93,993
5 Sandy 11.33 $64,057
6 Hillsboro 11.67 $75,599
7 Canby 12.0 $66,220
8 Tigard 12.0 $70,120
9 Fairview 13.67 $58,032
10 Oregon City 14.0 $68,813
11 Tualatin 14.5 $72,580
12 Creswell 14.83 $58,115
13 Bend 15.33 $60,563
14 Damascus 15.5 $88,750
15 Wilsonville 15.83 $67,694
16 Scappoose 18.33 $71,780
17 Milwaukie 19.33 $58,911
18 Warrenton 19.5 $51,264
19 Beaverton 23.5 $64,619
20 Cornelius 24.17 $60,766
21 Silverton 25.0 $60,603
22 Keizer 28.17 $60,722
23 Eagle Point 28.5 $60,806
24 Gladstone 29.67 $57,346
25 Molalla 30.5 $57,542
26 Portland 30.83 $61,532
27 Troutdale 31.0 $66,224
28 Hood River 31.33 $48,257
29 Newberg 32.5 $56,910
30 The Dalles 32.67 $47,254
31 Forest Grove 34.33 $54,503
32 Junction City 34.83 $49,293
33 Ashland 36.0 $50,517
34 Brookings 36.33 $42,794
35 Salem 37.33 $51,666
36 Astoria 37.83 $44,747
37 North Bend 40.33 $47,574
38 Dallas 41.67 $54,534
39 Central Point 41.83 $48,409
40 St. Helens 42.0 $45,789
41 Albany 42.17 $54,275
42 Redmond 42.33 $50,646
43 Hermiston 42.5 $50,694
44 Mcminnville 43.0 $50,299
45 Sutherlin 43.5 $37,080
46 Newport 44.5 $39,870
47 Sheridan 44.83 $47,372
48 Stayton 46.33 $49,571
49 Lincoln City 46.33 $37,898
50 Gresham 47.17 $50,675
51 Woodburn 48.67 $47,042
52 Independence 49.0 $48,283
53 Baker City 49.17 $42,006
54 Medford 49.5 $45,361
55 Pendleton 50.83 $47,851
56 Seaside 51.17 $38,680
57 Eugene 51.33 $47,489
58 Roseburg 52.67 $42,507
59 Tillamook 53.33 $33,393
60 Corvallis 55.67 $46,285
61 Monmouth 57.0 $36,748
62 La Grande 57.33 $40,750
63 Winston 57.5 $36,978
64 Lebanon 58.0 $40,195
65 Springfield 60.0 $41,700
66 Grants Pass 60.5 $38,544
67 Coos Bay 60.67 $43,173
68 Florence 61.83 $33,821
69 Cottage Grove 63.0 $40,436
70 Talent 64.33 $31,484
71 Umatilla 66.0 $38,796
72 Klamath Falls 67.33 $38,847
73 Sweet Home 70.33 $36,411
74 Prineville 71.33 $33,195
75 Madras 71.67 $35,485
76 Ontario 72.83 $31,182

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