An aerial shot of Beaverton, Oregon. 

In case you haven't heard, the suburbs around here are booming, in a big way. (And we're not just talking about the beer there.) Everywhere save for Wood Village saw median price jumps between 2019 and 2020. Growth has been especially pronounced in roomy, outer-ring commuter neighborhoods including Sherwood, Estacada, and Washougal, Washington. Those with deep pockets seem to flock to Lake Oswego and West Linn, two of our highest-priced suburban markets; those on more shoestring budgets should look at Wood Village, Fairview, and St. Helens.

CITY* (Demographic info for starred cities is for 2020; others are five-year estimates) Median 2020 home sale price ($) Average Sale Price ($)  Average cost per square foot ($) Days on market (avg.) Homes sold in 2020 (#) Total Condo Sales Share of 2020 sales that were condos (%) 1-year median price change 2019–20 (%) 5-year median price change 2015–20 (%) Average year built of homes sold Number of Short Sales Number of Bank Owned % Distressed Sales Average square footage of homes sold Median Rent Population Population density people per sq mile) Median age Median household income ($) Homeownership (%) People below federal poverty level (%) Unemployed (16 years and older) (%) Households with children under 18 (%) Married (except separated) (%) Divorced (%) Widowed (%) Separated (%) Never Married (%) Population with bachelor degree as highest level of education (25 and older) (%) Population with graduate degree (25 and older) (%) English as only language (%) People who speak other language(s) (%) Population in same house last year (%) Population in different county in same state last year (%) Population in different state last year (%) Population moved from abroad last year (%) Total newcomers (%) Parks and natural areas (Acres) Minutes by car to downtown (est.) Minutes to downtown at rush hour (est.) Number of transit lines (bus/MAX/streetcar/tram) Walk Score Commute by public transit (%) Commute by walking (%) Commute by other non-car means (including cycling) (%)
Beaverton* 427,725 439,581 239 29 1,447 332 23 7 47 1988 2 4 0.41 1,839 1,406 99,040 4,952 36 73,260 46.6 11.3 3.4 26.7 44.7 10 2.8 0.5 35.1 29.8 15.7 77.4 22.6 83.8 6.7 4.2 0.2 11 1,140 14 35 24 50 8.7 3.3 3.6
Camas 530,000 568,621 222 72 758 26 3 9 40 1971 2 2 0.53 2,565 1,236 23,200 1,547 40 111,584 77.7 3.5 2.2 45.1 63.9 9.2 2.6 1.2 23.1 29.2 23.5 88.8 11.2 87.5 0.2 4.8 0.2 5.2 1,500 30 45 1 18 3 1.5 1.4
Canby 439,825 391,844 212 32 277 2 1 10 58 1987 0 3 1.08 1,851 1,055 17,695 4,424 38 73,038 67.9 8.7 2.5 37.3 56.5 12.1 5.2 1.3 24.9 17.7 8.8 82.8 17.2 85.2 3.2 1 0.8 5 94 30 60 3 74 1.4 3.5 3
Cornelius 394,290 386,013 227 50 202 0 0 8 78 1981 1 0 0.5 1,699 1,102 12,638 6,319 32 67,207 78.5 6.7 2.3 46.1 46.7 9.1 4.7 1.8 37.6 11.4 4.3 47.9 52.1 85.2 0.5 2.7 0 3.2 40 35 45 2 62 4.2 2.6 0.6
Estacada 396,125 386,677 204 40 215 0 0 13 55 1999 0 0 0 1,895 1,217 3,426 1,713 34 71,088 73.1 7 2.3 33 58.5 8.7 7.6 3 22.2 12.3 6.5 96.8 3.2 83.7 2 0.5 0 2.5 20 45 70 2 60 0 2 1.1
Fairview 357,000 348,453 199 31 111 1 1 9 53 1993 0 1 0.9 1,748 1,232 9,363 2,341 39 68,259 58.4 6.9 3.7 24.6 53.2 14.1 4.9 4 23.9 13.6 7 78.7 21.3 86.6 2 4.9 0 6.9 350 22 45 2 54 4.5 1.7 0.6
Forest Grove 392,500 403,895 212 42 448 12 3 3 53 1984 0 1 0.22 1,909 1,081 24,457 4,076 34 64,172 59.4 10.6 3.3 35 47.3 10.4 5.6 1.7 35 18.4 10 80.8 19.2 81.8 2.7 3.4 0.5 6.6 357 40 60 2 42 2.6 5.2 3.3
Gladstone 415,000 411,164 214 21 159 1 1 11 48 1965 0 2 1.26 1,923 1,334 12,170 6,085 39 64,045 58.4 12.2 4 34 43 16.9 7.7 0.8 31.6 20.1 4.8 89.2 10.8 80.1 9.8 2 0.2 12 140 22 45 6 56 2.6 0.4 3.3
Gresham* 381,300 371,487 198 32 1,498 113 8 8 52 1963 3 13 1.07 1,875 1,289 109,379 4,557 36 53,892 52.8 16.5 6.2 46.3 45.2 10.6 3.9 1 30.7 16 8.6 69.7 30.3 80.4 5.9 2 0.5 8.4 1,140 24 50 13 45 6.3 1.4 1.3
Happy Valley 534,550 562,047 204 53 745 9 1 1 32 2000 0 4 0.54 2,759 1,598 20,971 2,097 39 125,676 84.2 3.1 1.7 38.9 62 7.3 2.9 1.2 26.5 33.7 21 78.1 21.9 87.4 3.3 3 0.4 6.7 530 20 40 2 18 3.2 0.9 1.5
Hillsboro* 415,000 414,365 233 28 1,617 185 11 6 54 1995 3 5 0.49 1,777 1,500 109,120 6,724 34 86,038 51.8 9.5 3.7 34.4 53.7 6.8 3.2 0.4 26.1 21.8 19.1 63.5 36.5 80.6 8.4 6.1 1.2 15.8 1,500 24 45 12 44 7.2 3.3 1.7
Lake Oswego 707,500 847,122 319 45 924 182 20 13 39 1979 0 2 0.22 2,659 1,614 39,127 3,557 47 108,927 73.6 3.9 2.5 30 61.2 10.6 5.3 0.9 22 41.3 30.1 86.2 13.8 85.8 4.9 2.9 1.3 9.1 460 18 35 4 37 3.1 1.6 1.7
Maywood Park 485,000 497,989 212 27 19 0 0 0 47 1940 0 0 0 2,354 1,550 995 5,853 41 99,750 86.9 9.3 2.8 59.9 59.9 10.7 3.6 0 25.7 26.6 17.4 94.9 5.1 93.9 1.6 1.8 0 3.4 9 14 40 0 60 12 0 6.9
McMinnville 374,000 378,441 201 39 587 0 0 10 61 1979 0 0 0 1,879 987 34,010 3,092 36 54,254 61.9 14.3 2.2 30.1 45.7 14.9 7.6 1.7 30.2 15.8 10.2 81.6 18.4 82.6 3.8 2.7 0.5 7 293 55 80 8 40 0.9 8.2 3.1
Milwaukie 422,000 424,640 230 24 298 19 6 10 57 1963 0 3 1.01 1,843 1,173 21,009 4,202 41 61,902 58.8 11.2 2.8 23.5 43.6 16 5.9 1.2 33.3 23.1 13.1 92.2 7.8 83.6 7.5 4.3 0.2 12 110 12 25 11 51 7.4 2 3.5
Newberg 423,750 386,360 220 32 438 17 4 13 67 1983 2 3 1.14 1,756 1,125 23,396 3,899 34 64,202 65 15.8 2.6 34.4 47.1 11.2 3.9 1.1 36.6 21.7 9.8 87.7 12.3 81.9 7.6 2.9 0.3 10.8 622 35 55 3 45 0.5 7.2 3
Oregon City 474,700 448,892 220 36 646 4 1 9 60 1988 1 4 0.77 2,040 1,275 36,492 3,649 38 76,149 66.2 7.6 3.6 35.6 51.7 13.8 4.6 1.7 28.2 19.3 7 93.6 6.4 81.5 4.8 1.6 0.1 6.5 395 28 45 10 37 2 2.2 1.8
Portland* 464,350 510,313 266 34 10,180 1,662 16 7 41 1959 16 65 0.8 1,918 1,312 653,467 4,506 37 76,231 53.8 13.7 3.8 24.2 39.7 10.8 3.1 1.1 36.2 31.4 21.4 76.9 23.1 81.7 7.1 6.1 0.6 13.8 12,882 90 67 12.7 5.9 6.6
Sauvie Island 804,909 737,444 336 38 10 0 0 100 13 1969 0 1 10 2,197 1,422 2,567 81 53 95,000 84.2 8.1 3.1 22.3 53.7 12.6 3.5 1.2 28.9 31.4 13 95.8 4.2 87.5 9 3.5 0 12.5 11,543 35 40 1 6 10.9 8 9.2
Scappoose 388,500 378,105 199 28 195 1 1 9 48 1993 0 2 1.03 1,896 1,250 7,270 2,423 36 80,171 68.8 8.8 1.6 34.2 51.7 12.7 6.6 2.4 26.6 17.7 8.9 94.5 5.5 81.8 7.6 1.4 0 9 21 19 45 2 77 1.2 1.5 0.4
Sherwood 515,000 490,215 235 20 364 30 8 18 61 1993 0 2 0.55 2,086 1,485 19,625 4,906 37 103,512 77.3 2.9 1.3 45 61 9 3.8 0.8 25.4 32.4 17.6 89.7 10.3 84.2 4.3 3 0.2 7.5 240 31 40 4 38 1 2.8 0.6
St.Helens 322,000 308,920 190 38 274 2 1 9 57 1969 1 9 3.65 1,623 901 13,559 2,260 38 51,199 61.2 16.8 3.8 36.6 41.6 17.3 6.8 1.7 32.6 11 4.8 96.1 3.9 82.2 4.8 3.7 0 8.5 134 21 50 10 76 0.5 3.4 2.4
Tigard 481,000 487,212 230 29 1,041 95 9 9 46 1983 1 6 0.67 2,117 1,243 53,312 4,101 37 79,809 61.5 8.9 2.6 31.1 51.7 11.1 4.8 1.4 31 28.5 15.7 80.3 19.7 85.4 3.6 2.7 0.5 6.8 550 25 45 4 41 6.2 1.8 1.1
Troutdale 380,000 374,589 211 22 240 9 4 8 55 1990 0 2 0.83 1,774 1,195 16,466 2,744 35 76,598 66.3 9.8 3.2 37.9 50.6 11.1 2.9 1.1 34.3 17.4 5.5 80.8 19.2 86.5 0.9 1.6 0.7 3.2 1,200 45 50 5 58 4.6 2 2.3
Tualatin 489,950 477,813 227 21 379 44 12 5 41 1989 2 0 0.53 2,105 1,335 27,527 3,441 38 85,772 56.2 10.2 2.6 32.4 53.6 11.5 2.9 1.4 30.7 29.1 16.2 82.7 17.3 86 5.6 3.3 0.2 9.1 360 20 35 15 27 3.7 2.3 0.8
Vancouver* 379,000 387,617 223 28 2,571 296 12 8 63 1982 2 10 0.47 1,736 1,343 184,452 3,689 37 66,679 48.4 12.7 4.7 29.3 42.5 11.7 5.5 2.3 27.8 21.3 10.3 74.8 25.2 77.9 8.4 6.8 1.2 16.4 1,600 14 45 4 40 3.7 1.9 3.2
Washougal 446,950 449,233 197 38 327 4 1 12 49 1996 0 1 0.31 2,276 1,171 15,769 2,628 40 91,100 76.2 7.4 2.4 36.4 58.9 11.7 4.3 1.3 23.9 22.1 10 94 6 84.6 0.7 3.8 0.3 4.8 300 18 40 11 53 1.1 2.4 0.4
West Linn 599,000 604,197 226 37 577 75 13 8 41 1987 0 8 1.39 2,670 1,588 26,656 3,332 42 111,042 81.6 5.1 3.2 37.4 62.2 10.7 3.4 0.5 23.2 37.5 24 86.4 13.6 88.9 4.2 2.3 0.6 7.1 602 15 40 30 34 3.1 1.2 0.7
Wilsonville 479,900 486,211 231 32 486 44 9 4 30 1997 0 1 0.21 2,103 1,360 24,073 3,009 36 72,312 45.4 9.7 2.5 28.7 49.9 14.9 4.9 1.5 28.8 29.4 16.4 86.7 13.3 78.1 8.7 4.7 0.8 14.2 198 27 55 1 28 2.1 1.5 2.9
Wood Village 299,900 310,929 194 32 50 21 42 -20 66 1980 1 0 2 1,602 4,057 4,057 31 56,905 45.6 16.9 2.1 58.5 36.3 12.5 3.8 2.2 45.2 8.2 3.6 43.6 56.4 86.6 4.1 1.8 0 5.9 21 18 40 2 47 7.3 3 2.7

Methodology

Real Estate

2020 data from the Regional Multiple Listing Service with analysis by the Center for Spatial Analysis and Research at Portland State University’s Department of Geography. Figures were rounded for legibility. In neighborhoods with very few home sales, such as Sunderland and Healy Heights, the year-to-year change can appear exaggerated.

People

Data from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, released December 2020. The ACS data are estimates only and accuracy varies by attribute.

Rent Costs

Calculated from all renter-occupied units, estimated median rent is not adjusted for unit size or number of occupants. Figure includes estimated monthly utility costs.

Median Income

The Census defines household as including “all the persons who occupy a housing unit as their usual place of residence.” Thus living situations in this estimate range from individuals to large households.

Parks

Data from Metro and/or individual cities.

Transit

Transit information was sourced from TriMet as well as other services, including CC Rider, C-TRAN, Canby Area Transit, Sandy Area Metro, and South Metro Area Regional Transit.

Minutes by Car to Downtown

Prepandemic Google Maps estimate, based on non-rush-hour conditions, from a neighborhood/suburb central point to Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square. Rush-hour travel time was estimated for a 9 a.m. weekday arrival.

Walk Score

2021 data from WalkScore.com, now a part of real estate agency Redfin. This score reflects, on a scale of 1 to 100, a neighborhood’s pedestrian-friendliness based on distances to amenities such as grocery stores and other routine destinations. For some cities and neighborhoods with a commercial central point or a large nonresidential area (such as Forest Park), the score was taken from a point in a central residential portion.

Unavailable Data is noted with a dash (—).

Real estate and US Census data analysis by David Banis, Paige Burnett, and Gabriel Egli of PSU’s Center for Spatial Analysis and Research

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