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Best Places To Live In Oregon 2020

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score86
  • West Haven-Sylvan, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,131
86
  • West Linn, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 26,242
  • Moving to West Linn, OR was one of the best decisions of my life! It's a great city with a lot of family oriented activities that happen all year long. There are parks a plenty with wildlife and nature…[read more]
86
  • 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…[read more]
85
  • Lake Oswego, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 38,065
  • I just loved living in Lake Oswego, Oregon. This city is located on the border of the Willamette River, just eight miles south of Portland, Oregon. In the early 19th century this charming city was a…[read more]
85
  • Raleigh Hills, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,046
85
  • Cedar Mill, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,993
  • I experienced a fantastic time while living in Cedar Mill Oregon. The city is located in Washington County. Cedar Mill is close to the Portland Oregon Metropolitan area. The town is a great little…[read more]
84
  • Garden Home-Whitford, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,291
84
  • Oak Hills, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,678
  • Impressive is an understatement to describe the experience I have had living in Oak Hills, OR. I love living in this place as it provides an environment and infrastructure for growth. The access to local…[read more]
83
  • Sherwood, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,965
  • Living in Sherwood has been nothing short of amazing. In my opinion it is the perfect place to raise a family, and eventually retire. From the quiet, safe neighborhoods, to the fantastic school systems…[read more]
83
  • Rockcreek, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,384
82
  • Silverton, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,585
81
  • Bethany, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,819
  • Bethany is a fast-growing city that is becoming an appealing city to raise a family. There's lots of great attractions that are unique to the area, so you can organize a visit with family and friends…[read more]
81
  • Tualatin, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,024
  • Tualatin is a beautiful little city just outside Oregon. I have been living in Tualatin for years now and I simply love it. The city is beautiful and well maintained and it has a high standard of living.…[read more]
81
  • Wilsonville, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,814
  • My family and I have been living in Wilsonville 3 years and have enjoyed our stay in this progressive and event-filled suburb of Portland Oregon. Wilsonville has great educational districts and all of…[read more]
80
  • 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…[read more]
79
  • Milwaukie, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,643
  • I love living in Milwaukie, OR. It's conveniently located in between several thoroughfares so you can get anywhere you want easily. As a mom, I'm so glad that the schools are amazing, and that the…[read more]
79
  • Keizer, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 37,497
  • I've been living in Keizer for almost a year now and really like it so far. I've grown up on the west coast and Keizer immediately felt like home to me. One thing I like a lot about the city is that it…[read more]
78
  • Happy Valley, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,474
  • I seriously thought it was some sort of joke when the wife mentions that we would be living in Happy Valley, Oregon. I mean seriously, no place with "happy" in its name could actually be a happy place,…[read more]
78
  • 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,…[read more]
78
  • 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…[read more]
77
  • West Slope, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,650
76
  • Gladstone, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,850
  • Living in Gladstone has been quite an experience, with all the natural beauty that can be found in Oregon state there is always something new to experience. Gladstone is a small town not far from…[read more]
76
  • 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…[read more]
76
  • Bend, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 84,416
  • I moved here in 2009, the unemployment was high but I found a job. Rentals were everywhere and you could get a 2 bedroom apartment for around 585-600. Ten years later, part time 15 hour a week jobs are…[read more]
76
  • 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…[read more]
76
  • 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…[read more]
76
  • Bull Mountain, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,684
75
  • Dallas, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,175
  • My family has been living in Dallas, OR since I was a baby. I am grown and married with a family of my own now, and I still live in this beautiful community. We love it here. This is one of the best…[read more]
75
  • Astoria, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,595
74
  • Prineville, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,419
74
  • Jennings Lodge, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,727
74
  • Scappoose, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,901
74
  • Forest Grove, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,214
  • Want to correct other review. The Enchanted Forest is in Salem, not Forest Grove. The Pacific College helps to bring in cultural events. The Grand Lodge brings in Music. Yes, the town is pretty quiet…[read more]
73
  • Molalla, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,867
72
  • Cedar Hills, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,135
72
  • Pendleton, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,861
  • It is much cheaper to live in Pendleton, OR than the other cities in the state of Oregon. The cost of living and crime rates are below the national average. I find that living in Pendleton, OR has…[read more]
72
  • Sandy, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,369
  • I am living in Sandy, Oregon home and I love this community. Known as the “Gateway to Mount Hood,” this area is absolutely beautiful. This community is located between Mt. Hood and Multnomah Falls, so if…[read more]
71
  • St. Helens, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,169
  • I call St. Helens, Oregon my home and have for 16 years now. This is a small-town and if you are looking for a slow-paced lifestyle, then this is the place for you. The local crime rate is low and…[read more]
71
  • Junction City, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,735
71
  • Corvallis, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 55,766
  • Getting a job here is impossible... you need to read, write english, pass a background check, have a valid OR drivers license and a degree. If you are thinking of coming here to get a free house,…[read more]
71
  • Redmond, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,998
  • I've been living in Redmond for several years now but it didn't take me long to appreciate the natural beauty of the area. It's a short drive from a number of sprawling national forests which can make…[read more]
71
  • Newberg, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,749
  • Hello, dear people who choose to move here in newberg oregon. As you know we got all the amenities and dream places to go, but unfortunately getting hired on for a job here is tough. Hope you're rich in…[read more]
71
  • Eagle Point, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,790
71
  • Newport, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,139
  • Awesome place to live and visit whether sucks most of the time but it is really beautiful when nice community comes together when needed for each other awesome sun…[read more]
71
  • Salem, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 161,975
  • Please make sure you have a job lined up. I'm meeting a lot of people who are having to move back to other states or are really struggling because most places don't pay past $10--12 (even bank tellers,…[read more]
70
  • Canby, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,218
  • One of the major problems is infrastructure such as the water smells and it tastes like bleach I would not drink the water buy bottled water. The roads are awful. They keep trying to build expensive…[read more]
70
  • Hermiston, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,150
  • I remember when I was first discussing with my grandmother my move to Hermiston. She clearly though the whole time I was talking about my grandfather named Herman for some reason. After talking with…[read more]
70
  • Troutdale, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,535
  • Troutdale is a place where one does not have to go far to be surrounded by nature! Living in Troutdale is comparable to living in a forest at times, and I personally find it to be therapeutic. Coming…[read more]
70
  • Oak Grove, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,848
  • Oak Grove would be a much better place to live if someone would take an interest in improving two things: the terrible schools and the high crime rate. Living in Oak Grove is becoming more and more…[read more]
70
  • Baker City, OR
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,757
  • There is a REALITY about every town that the high and mighty vacationer/B&B owner wont tell you, so if you plan to actually live here and not just spend the weekend while skiing and then go back to your…[read more]

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.