These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Oregon For 2018


We analyzed over 98 places in Oregon to determine where the 1% live.

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Sherwood, West Linn, Happy Valley: 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 $86,111 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 4.7%.

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 2012-2016 American Community Survey for the 77 places in Oregon with more than 5,000 people.

At the end of the day, here’s the set of the 10 richest places in Oregon for 2018:

  1. Sherwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. West Linn (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Happy Valley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Lake Oswego (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Oregon City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Tualatin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Canby (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Tigard (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Sandy (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Wilsonville (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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 2018

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 2012-2016 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 77 places with more than 5,000 people in Oregon, we ranked each place from 1 to 77 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 Place In Oregon For 2018”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 77 places.

Sherwood, OR

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 18,965.0
Median Income: $86,111.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
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.

West Linn, OR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 26,242.0
Median Income: $89,806.0
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
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.

Happy Valley, OR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 17,474.0
Median Income: $106,197.0
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
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.

Lake Oswego, OR

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 38,065.0
Median Income: $89,979.0
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%
Poverty Rate: 7.2%
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.

Oregon City, OR

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 35,057.0
Median Income: $65,548.0
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Poverty Rate: 11.0%
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.

Tualatin, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 27,024.0
Median Income: $71,896.0
Unemployment Rate: 6.2%
Poverty Rate: 10.9%
More on Tualatin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tualatin /tultn/ is a city located primarily in Washington County in the State of Oregon. A small portion of the city is also located in neighboring Clackamas County. It is a southwestern suburb in the Portland Metropolitan Area that is located south of Tigard. The population was 26,054 at the 2010 census.

Canby, OR

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 17,218.0
Median Income: $62,035.0
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 11.3%
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

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 50,787.0
Median Income: $65,505.0
Unemployment Rate: 6.1%
Poverty Rate: 12.1%
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.

Sandy, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,369.0
Median Income: $61,687.0
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%
Poverty Rate: 8.5%
More on Sandy: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wilsonville, OR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 21,814.0
Median Income: $63,097.0
Unemployment Rate: 6.8%
Poverty Rate: 10.0%
More on Wilsonville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wilsonville is a city primarily in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. A portion of the northern section of the city is in Washington County. It was founded as Boones Landing because of the Boones Ferry which crossed the Willamette River at the location; the community became Wilsonville in 1880. The city was incorporated in 1969 with a population of approximately 1,000. The population was 13,991 at the 2000 census, and grew to 19,509 as of 2010. Slightly more than 90% of residents at the 2000 census were white, with Hispanics comprising the largest minority group.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Oregon For 2018

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: Sweet Home
2nd Poorest: Winston
3rd Poorest: Prineville

For more Oregon reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Oregon

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Sherwood 2.67 $86,111
2 West Linn 4.67 $89,806
3 Happy Valley 6.17 $106,197
4 Lake Oswego 6.83 $89,979
5 Oregon City 8.67 $65,548
6 Tualatin 9.67 $71,896
7 Canby 10.33 $62,035
8 Tigard 12.5 $65,505
9 Sandy 13.17 $61,687
10 Wilsonville 13.5 $63,097
11 Hillsboro 14.67 $70,180
12 Damascus 15.0 $82,830
13 Bend 17.17 $55,625
14 Warrenton 18.0 $51,056
15 Molalla 19.17 $55,082
16 Milwaukie 21.17 $55,880
17 Creswell 22.0 $55,728
18 Silverton 22.17 $59,904
19 Beaverton 24.67 $59,620
20 The Dalles 25.0 $45,856
21 Fairview 26.5 $54,802
22 Scappoose 26.5 $63,175
23 Portland 27.33 $58,423
24 Gladstone 27.5 $57,169
25 Hood River 28.0 $47,967
26 Keizer 29.67 $56,832
27 Newberg 30.33 $53,075
28 Brookings 30.83 $40,316
29 Forest Grove 31.0 $49,857
30 Cornelius 31.33 $58,420
31 North Bend 33.0 $46,974
32 Central Point 33.83 $48,813
33 Eagle Point 34.17 $59,205
34 Astoria 35.33 $43,919
35 Troutdale 36.33 $62,992
36 Ashland 37.0 $47,314
37 Hermiston 37.83 $49,008
38 Salem 38.5 $49,126
39 St. Helens 39.67 $45,727
40 Newport 40.33 $38,531
41 Dallas 41.17 $51,349
42 Albany 41.17 $50,135
43 Gresham 42.17 $49,866
44 Junction City 42.33 $45,774
45 Lincoln City 43.83 $38,630
46 Medford 44.83 $44,130
47 Pendleton 45.5 $46,913
48 La Grande 47.0 $40,511
49 Mcminnville 48.0 $47,460
50 Eugene 48.83 $44,859
51 Baker City 49.0 $40,119
52 Redmond 50.17 $44,121
53 Corvallis 51.67 $43,922
54 Roseburg 51.67 $41,158
55 Lebanon 54.0 $37,201
56 Sheridan 55.0 $40,882
57 Woodburn 55.17 $44,228
58 Monmouth 55.5 $35,295
59 Sutherlin 56.33 $36,054
60 Tillamook 57.33 $30,518
61 Stayton 57.33 $42,178
62 Grants Pass 57.83 $36,016
63 Springfield 58.5 $39,670
64 Coos Bay 58.67 $39,750
65 Florence 58.83 $32,842
66 Seaside 59.0 $36,373
67 Talent 60.0 $35,664
68 Independence 60.33 $42,746
69 Umatilla 60.5 $41,771
70 Cottage Grove 60.67 $38,994
71 Milton-Freewater 61.33 $40,495
72 Klamath Falls 68.5 $36,977
73 Madras 71.33 $34,811
74 Ontario 71.33 $27,262
75 Prineville 71.67 $31,669
76 Winston 71.67 $31,889
77 Sweet Home 72.67 $34,115

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