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Best Places To Live In Oregon 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score82
  • Sherwood, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,965
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  • West Slope, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,650
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  • Cedar Mill, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,993
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  • Bend, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 84,416
  • I lived in Bend for 2 years and I doubt I'll ever find as incredible a place as Bend Oregon! Its population and size was PERFECT! Big enough to have great restaurants, parks, shopping, festivals,
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  • Rockcreek, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,384
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  • Raleigh Hills, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,046
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  • Oak Hills, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,678
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  • Bethany, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,819
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  • Corvallis, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 55,766
  • This place is awful. Expect to pay high prices for rent. There are no jobs unless you are part of the university, hewlett-packard, or the hospital. I'm still trying to understand why people love the
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  • Beaverton, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 94,865
  • I have lived in the Pacific Northwest all my life and have had frequent trips to Beaverton, Oregon, since I'm only 20 minutes away. Let me tell you, you won't get bored in Beaverton, as there's always
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  • West Haven-Sylvan, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,131
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  • Tualatin, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,024
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  • Silverton, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,585
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  • Sandy, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,369
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  • Ashland, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,002
  • I lived in Ashland for three years and every day marveled at the incredible beauty. Generously green and lush, this is a highly walkable town with an almost picture perfect community. For it's small
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  • Wilsonville, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,814
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  • Tigard, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 50,787
  • The community of Tigard, OR is a remarkable and underrated place. I relocated to Tigard, OR in my late 20's and took a teaching position there, leaving in 2010 after a two-year stay. With a population of
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  • West Linn, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 26,242
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  • Hillsboro, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 100,462
  • Having lived only a short distance from Hillsboro, Oregon, my entire life I can truly say it's the best of two worlds. About 15 miles east are the attractions and restaurants of the state's biggest city,
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  • Oregon City, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 35,057
  • Oregon City is the southern baby sister of West Linn and Lake Oswego, located North West across the Willamette river from her. This historically rich community brands its self as "The end of the Oregon
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  • Lake Oswego, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 38,065
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  • McMinnville, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 33,724
  • I just moved from McMinnville due to the increase in homeless people and crime. The city does not know what to do and there are large loopholes in local laws which allow RVs, buses, cars to park for days
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  • Garden Home-Whitford, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,291
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  • Canby, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,218
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  • Albany, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 51,919
  • I lived in Albany, Oregon for almost six months back in 2005. I relocated to California from Albany only because my husband had a military transfer that we could not refuse. While living in Albany I
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  • Keizer, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 37,497
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  • Hood River, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,476
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  • Newberg, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,749
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  • Milwaukie, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,643
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  • La Grande, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,079
  • I like how people are nice and they care about people i like how they are never rude and you can always make a friend there but scene I moved to california in 2015 it is hard to make friend but in church
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  • Happy Valley, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,474
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  • Dallas, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,175
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  • Jennings Lodge, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,727
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  • Cedar Hills, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,135
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  • Scappoose, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,901
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  • Hermiston, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,150
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  • St. Helens, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,169
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  • Junction City, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,735
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  • Eugene, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 161,649
  • I grew up in Eugene and moved back after getting a couple degrees elsewhere and serving in the military. Crime was pretty bad when I was growing up (one of my former classmates is on death row and
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  • Forest Grove, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,214
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  • Gladstone, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,850
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  • Baker City, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,757
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  • Central Point, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,793
  • My family loves Central Point, OR. Very nice, small town feel. Nice parks & neighborhoods, great for families. The downside? The Rogue Valley is like a bowl and it gets fogged in in winter and in the
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  • North Bend, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,635
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  • Oak Grove, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,848
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  • Aloha, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 54,908
  • I lived in Aloha, Oregon for quite a few years. I recently returned to Aloha to find parts that I remembered with a great fondness had turned into the biggest nightmare. They had become filthy and
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  • Oatfield, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,592
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  • Mount Hood Village, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,231
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  • Tillamook, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,063
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  • Bull Mountain, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,684

Oregon: The Beaver State

Oregon residents have it all. They've got rugged ocean beaches on the north coast, miles and miles of dunes in the middle and balmy beaches in the southwestern portion of the state. They've got world-class urban amenities and small town charm so quaint you'll think they've found a magic way to set the calendar back 50 years. Oregon has remote desert outposts where wild horses still roam free, pristine mountain lakes surrounded by evergreens, lush temperate rain forests, fertile farmland, vibrant culinary, music, and arts scenes, and some of the best cool-season wine country in the Western Hemisphere.

Thanks to unique legislation that was enacted in the early 1970s by forward-thinking state and community leaders called the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB), Oregon doesn't have a great deal of urban sprawl. For that reason, it's possible to drive for 10 minutes outside of any of its cities or towns and reach a rural environment rather than the endless tract homes and strip malls found in some other states. Green space is also abundant in urban areas. Portland's Forest Park, for instance, is among the largest urban forests in the country.

Because Oregon's economic climate favors independent businesses over franchises and chains, residents also experience top drawer shopping and dining. Coffee and microbrew enthusiasts will discover that they're never far away from a chance to slake their thirst with the beverage of their choice. If you're a fresh produce aficionado, you'll find farm stands and farmers' markets

The secret is out about Portland being among the best places to live in Oregon, and rents and home prices reflect that trend. Rentals are tough to come by in The City of Roses, and prices are climbing higher all the time. Home sales are following suit in Portland proper, but new residents still find good deals in outlying areas. The good news is that the entire Portland metro is well-served by mass transit, so even if you work downtown yet live in a suburb, you won't face an overwhelming commute.

Rent and home sales prices decline significantly in most parts of Oregon once you get out of the Portland metro. Certain parts of the state, however, such as Bend and Ashland, have been deemed as some of the best places to live in Oregon, and their rental and home prices reflect this honor. However, Oregon still has many undiscovered areas that offer an excellent quality of life.

Oregon is a large, diverse state that offers something for everyone. Although famous for its rain, Oregon's weather changes dramatically once you reach the east side of the Cascade Mountain Range. You'll find substantially more blue skies here, but you'll also find more snow during the winter. The area west of the Cascades gets occasional snow, plenty of rain, and is primarily sunny and warm from around the first week of July through the first week in October. All of Oregon enjoys a spectacular autumn.

With so many great places to live in Oregon, it can be difficult to narrow down the playing field. That's where we come in. We're here to provide you with the kind of inside information you need in order to find the best places to live in Oregon. Use our system to customize your search for the best cities and neighborhoods in Oregon by specifying your individual needs and preferences according to what's most important to you and your family.