Where Are the Best Cities in Oregon For Raising A Family?

Are you planning on moving to Oregon in the coming year to raise a family? If so, you may be wondering which part of Oregon you should relocate to especially if you want to raise a family.

In this article, we will provide you with a breakdown of several areas in Oregon that we consider to be excellent for raising a family.

Central Oregon

What can we say about Central Oregon other than that we love it?

From Sisters, or all the way to Bend, and beyond, Central Oregon is a great price to raise a family because the area still has affordable housing, a low cost of living, great school districts and plenty of things to do in the area.

City Spotlight:

Redmond – The city is located in Deschutes CountyOregon, United States. Incorporated on July 6, 1910, the city is on the eastern side of Oregon’s Cascade Range, in the High Desert in Central Oregon. From Redmond, there is access to recreational opportunities, including mountain bikingfishinghikingcampingrock climbingwhite-water raftingskiing, and golf. Redmond is a full-service municipality and one of the fastest-growing industrial and residential communities in Oregon. Redmond had a population of 30,011 in 2017, and the population continues to grow at a rate of about 6.7 percent each year.

The city encompasses 15.5 square miles (40 km2) and is on a plateau, at an elevation of 3,077 feet (938 m). Redmond is 15 miles (24 km) north of Bend—the county seat of Deschutes County—144 miles (232 km) from Portland, 129 miles (208 km) from Salem—the capital of Oregon—and 126 miles (203 km) from Eugene.

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Oregon Coast

The Oregon Coast is another excellent area to live and rase a family. Yes, the areas coastal communities may be spread out but the coast offers a diverse population who value the endless beauty that the area has to offer.

City Spotlight:

Brookings – The total population of the Brookings area is over 13,000, which includes Harbor (a census-designated place), and others. There have been numerous proposals to annex the nearby unincorporated areas into Brookings; while most attempts failed over the years, one large area north of town owned by the U.S. Borax Corp. has succeeded. This development has the potential to add approximately 1,000 homes over the next 20 years, although developers expect many of them to be occupied only seasonally. The unincorporated community to the south of the Chetco River, while included in the Brookings Urban Growth Boundary, has resisted annexation into the City of Brookings. There development has occurred without annexation, as Harbor is independently served by independent fire, water and sewer districts. The City of Brookings offers the only 24/7 police service in Curry County.

The current marketing “brand” for the community, through the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce, is “The Pulse of America’s Wild Rivers Coast”. America’s Wild Rivers Coast is a regional marketing brand for Curry County, Oregon, and Del Norte County, California.

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Portland Oregon Area

The PDX area is by far one of the most popular areas to live in Oregon because everything is in close proximity to Portland that you can literally live in Portland but be in the mountains, high desert or coast within hours.

City Spotlight:

Portland – This well-known Oregon city is the largest and most populous city in the U.S. state of Oregon and the seat of Multnomah County. It is a major port in the Willamette Valley region of the Pacific Northwest, at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. As of 2018, Portland had an estimated population of 653,115, making it the 25th most populated city in the United States, and the second-most populous in the Pacific Northwest after Seattle. Approximately 2.4 million people live in the Portland metropolitan statistical area (MSA), making it the 25th most populous in the United States. Its combined statistical area (CSA) ranks 19th-largest with a population of around 3.2 million. Approximately 60% of Oregon’s population resides within the Portland metropolitan area.

Named after Portland, Maine, the Oregon settlement began to be populated in the 1830s near the end of the Oregon Trail. Its water access provided convenient transportation of goods, and the timber industry was a major force in the city’s early economy. At the turn of the 20th century, the city had a reputation as one of the most dangerous port cities in the world, a hub for organized crime and racketeering. After the city’s economy experienced an industrial boom during World War II, its hard-edged reputation began to dissipate. Beginning in the 1960s, Portland became noted for its growing progressive political values, earning it a reputation as a bastion of counterculture.

The city operates with a commission-based government guided by a mayor and four commissioners as well as Metro, the only directly elected metropolitan planning organization in the United States. The city government is notable for its land-use planning and investment in public transportation. Portland is frequently recognized as one of the world’s most environmentally conscious cities because of its high walkability, a large community of bicyclists, farm-to-table dining, expansive network of public transportation options, and over 10,000 acres (4,000 hectares) of public parks. As a result, Portland consistently ranks highly in quality of life in the United States.[15] Its climate is marked by warm, dry summers and cool, rainy winters. This climate is ideal for growing roses, and Portland has been called the “City of Roses” for over a century.

Source – Wikipedia