Guide to the City of Beaverton, Oregon

Beaverton is the fifth largest city in Oregon with a population of 89,803 (2010 US Census) and a land area of 18.73 square miles. Beaverton is located in Washington County which is one of the fastest developing areas in Oregon with a population of 529,710 in 2010 (the populationt was 445,342 in 2000). That represents an increase of 16% from 2000. Washington County grew 42.94% from 1990 to 2000.Two events in the 90s turned this sleepy suburb into a sprawling city:

  • The development of a electronics industry – mainly chip plants.
  • The building of the MAX light rail line through Beaverton.

In Beaverton, one-fourth of residents grew up without English and one-fifth are foreign-born. Beaverton defies everything we’ve been taught about suburbs and cities. It is more diverse, more dynamic and more densely populated (4,795 people per square mile vs. 4,375 people per square mile) than Portland, yet it doesn’t look at all like a city.

Here is what The Oregonian had to say about Beaverton in an article:

Our presumptions about Beaverton — that it is white, affluent and tranquil — began after World War II, when a sudden influx of working-class and mixed-race populations into Portland led the city’s real estate concerns to extol the virtues of a brand-new opportunity: “Southwest Suburbia,” as The Oregonian called it in one of many circulars announcing this promised land.

Beaverton, the Portland papers told us in the late 1950s, would provide a new refuge for those who could afford to move: ” ‘Over the hill,’ into the Tualatin Valley was attractive even a century ago to pioneers retreating from the bustle of a growing waterfront city. There was room for fields and orchards, where wood was readily available, and the sunsets over the coast range beautiful.”

In the mythology of the suburbs, a second wave of pioneers — the new suburbanites — moved farther west to escape the rabble and find redemptive quiet on Beaverton’s untenanted lands.

Downtown Beaverton

The area just west of Highway 217 along Canyon Road and the Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway was the heart of old downtown. Finding the original downtown is almost impossible because for blocks (more accurately miles) around the area, one-story retail outlets have sprung up. Car dealerships combined with numerous mini-malls has erased any sign of historic Beaverton. The Cedar Hills Mall (just north of old downtown) and the area around old downtown have melted together so it is almost impossible to tell where one starts and the other begins.

But for all the complaints about the landscape of the area, it attracts shoppers. Within a mile one can buy a new automobile, scout out the latest in electronics equipment, shop for the week’s supply of food, complete one’s wardrobe, and have lunch at any fast food outfit. Of course you can also attend a movie and sip a latte.

History of Beaverton

The Tualatin Valley and Beaverton area was originally the home of native people who referred to themselves as “Atfalati”. Westerners later mispronounced the name as Tualatin. The tribe was a hunter-gatherer group which relied more on plants than animals for their food. In the spring of 1847, the first land claim (comprising 640 acres of beaverdam) located in what is now Beaverton was taken up by Lawrence Hall. Lawrence and his brother built a grist mill near present-day Walker Road.

Spurred on by a railroad into town built in 1868, the small farming community west of Portland began to grow. By 1893 the City of Beaverton was formally incorporated with a population of 400.

Beaverton May Grow to 300,000 Within Ten Years

beaverton_mapIn December 2004, the City of Beaverton announced that they would annex the unincorporated neighborhoods of Cedar Hills, West Slope, Raleigh Hills and Garden Home over the next 10 years. It also would add the Nike and Tektronix campuses and Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. After a first round of annexations, the city would add the Bethany and Cedar Mill areas and much of Aloha.

Working under state law, Washington County is in the process of transferring its urban neighborhoods and the services they require to the control of cities. City and county leaders set no timeline for these final annexations that would fill out the city.

Using the current populations of those areas, Beaverton would add about 200,000 residents. The first round of annexations focuses mostly on areas already surrounded by the city. State law allows those annexations without landowner approval. The second round may require more input for landowners who currently are outside city limits and farther from current boundaries. Beaverton’s ultimate boundary would extend at least to Northwest Springville Road and the Multnomah County line to the north, the city of Portland to the east and the city of Tigard to the south. The boundary would follow the Beaverton School District line to the west.

One obstacle will be the opposition of Nike. In a prepared statement, Nike officials said that they have taken legal steps to block the city from incorporating its headquarters. It is expected that several other groups will begin mounting opposition to the annexation plans.

For properties the city has recently annexed, property taxes increase to $2.72 for each $1,000 of assessed value. That means a $544-a-year increase for the owner of a house with an assessed value of $200,000.

Portland Monthly Magazine Neighborhood Guide

PortlandMonthlyMagThe Portland Monthly magazine features neighborhoods in their April issue every year. It has a ton of information about neighborhoods to include their pick of the best neighborhoods for the year.

To help those in the housing market, the magazine combines all the data from 120 neighborhoods and communities in the Portland metro area. Include in the story are housing prices, school ratings, demographics, crime statistics, parks, commuting information, and services. For the past three years, Portland Monthly has been cautiously optimistic about Portland’s metro area slow-simmering real estate market. But 2013 saw a surge of good news. Home buying is up—way up. Almost half of the neighborhoods have returned to the median home prices they enjoyed five years ago. In many places, crime is down. Indeed, a whopping 73 percent of people who took the magazine’s reader survey think it’s a good time to buy—and to sell—a home.

To visit the magazine’s website 2014 stories and numbers visit their Real Estate section — click on “Neighborhoods” to view the numbers for the Portland 90 plus neighborhoods and click on “Suburbs” for the numbers on 26 communities in the metro area.

Beaverton Civic Plan

Over the past several years, more than 5,000 residents crafted the Beaverton Community Vision which emphasizes greater connectivity, economic opportunity, and environmental sustainability. The Beaverton Community Vision reflects goals and ideas shaped by the people of Beaverton, and without testing and prioritizing these ideas and developing a coordinated plan, the vision’s boldest ideas will remain concepts and “might-have-beens.”

The Civic Plan is the City’s commitment to making many of the aspirations of the Community Vision a reality and will unite the City behind an effort to achieve vision goals and priorities. Now is the time to assemble the resources, tools, and partnerships to bring that vision into action. This work will require many hands and won’t be done overnight. While the Community Vision set the roots, the Civic Plan will provide a framework to bear the fruits of your community vision

Beaverton is the Home of Nike

Nike’s 750-acre campus is located in the heart of Beaverton where sports celebrities come and go frequently. Nike’s world headquarters are surrounded by the city of Beaverton, but are within unincorporated Washington County.This makes for relatively cheap property taxes. The Nike campus has a full soccer field along with other facilities to include a gym and running track.

In the mid 90s, the city attempted to forcibly annex Nike’s headquarters, which led to a lawsuit by Nike, and lobbying by the company that ultimately ended in with a bill passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2005. Under that bill’s terms, Beaverton is specifically barred from forcibly annexing the land that Nike and Columbia Sportswear occupy in Washington County for 35 years.

Beaverton is also the home of Tektronics, a high tech firm and one of Oregon’s largest employers.

Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District

Beyond the asphalt auto lots of Canyon Road, miles of trails zigzag through forest groves and quiet parks. You won’t need a car here. Sixty miles of trails link Beaverton schools, recreation centers, playgrounds, restaurants and shops to nature. Hidden behind suburban strip malls, the paths curve around neighborhood streets, wetlands and dense blackberry thickets.

The Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District encompassing Beaverton serves approximately 200,000 residents in Washington County. It provides 200 parks spread over 1,300 acres with 30 miles of hiking trails and a 25-mile bike path network. Two “must see” trail destinations include the 219-acre Tualatin Hills Nature Park and historic Jenkins Estate on Cooper Mountain.

The features of the district include three recreation centers, a sport complex, a regional nature park, eight swim centers, a tennis center, two historic sites, a senior center, skate park, roller hockey park, and two lakes. The district sponsors recreational and competitive league sports and special-interest classes.

Beaverton Neighborhoods

It’s difficult to get your “arms around” Beaverton because it really is numerous villages within a city. Currently, the City of Beaverton 11 recognized Neighborhood Association Committees (NACs). Participation in a NAC is open to anyone who lives, works, owns a business, or represents an institution or non-profit organization within the boundaries of the NAC.

For maps (PDF format) of the neighborhoods, visit Beaverton Neighborhood. Following are the neighborhoods Web pages:

Community Demographics and Websites

1Beaverton Home Prices

  • Number of Homes Sold in Beaverton—►  1,114 homes sold in 2013 and 15% were distressed sales. 1,089 homes were sold in 2012 and 33% were distressed sales. In 2011 the number of homes sold was 823 and 12% were distressed sales. In 2010 there were 801 homes sold and 27% of these were  distressed property sales.
  • Median Price for Homes Sold in Beaverton—►  $255,000 in 2013, $219,000 in 2012, $215,000 in 2011, $230,000 in 2010, $245,000 in 2009, $266,000 in 2008, and $245,000 in 2007.
  • 1-Year Median Sales Price Change in Beaverton—►  In 2013 the sales price change was 16%, in 2012 the sales price change was 2%, in 2011 the sales price change was -5%, and in 2010 the change was -8%.
  • 5-Year Median Sales Price Change in Beaverton—►  2009  to 2013 the sales price change was -4%. 2008 to 2012 the sales price change was -18%. 2007 to 2011 the sales price change was -25%. 2006 to 2010 the change was -16 %.
  • Portland Metro Area Median Home Price—►  $265,000 in 2013, $235,000 in 2012, $221,000 in 2011, $239,900 in 2010, $247,000 in 2009, $278,000 in 2008, and $290,000 in 2007.
  • Portland Metro Area Average Home Price—►  $310,600 in 2013, $275,000 in 2012, $263,300 in 2011, $282,100 in 2010, $289,900 in 2009, $330,300 in 2008, and $342,000 in 2007.

Homes for Sale in the City of Beaverton

More About Beaverton

  • Location  Eight miles west of downtown Portland. You approach Beaverton from the east on the Sunset Highway (US-26). It is the first suburb you reach driving west out of downtown Portland.
  • Origin of Name  Beaverton received its name because of the existence nearby of a large body of beaverdam land. Soil of this character was sought for by pioneer settlers because of its productivity.
  • Neighborhood Associations  The City has 11 neighborhood associations.
  • Topography  Mainly flat areas plus some gently rolling hills.
  • 2Drive Time to Downtown  About 20 minutes from the center of Beaverton.
  • max_hawthornPublic Transportation  Beaverton has two transit lines and 13 bus routes. Westside MAX (light rail) was built through mostly undeveloped areas in Beaverton and Hillsboro. Even before the line opened, many new residential and retail projects sprang up along the line, especially in the mid-Washington County section. TriMet operates numerous routes in and out of Beaverton. Transit Score provides a 0-100 rating indicating how well an address is served by public transportation. Ratings range from “Rider’s Paradises” to areas with limited or no nearby public transportation.
  • 3Census 2010 Demographics  Population – 89,803. Area size – 18.73 square miles. Population density: 4,795.1 per square mile. Number of households – 39,500. Median household income of $55,786 (metro area median household was $49,260). Diversity – 27% non-Caucasian. Median value of owner-occupied housing units – $304,300. Percent of residents over 25 years of age holding a bachelor’s degree or higher 42.4%. See City Data for more information about Beaverton.
  • Crime Stats  In 2013 there were 1,593 Part I crimes (arson, aggravated assault, burglary, homicide, larceny, rape, robbery, theft from auto, and vehicle theft) and 104 violent crimes. Violent crimes are aggravated assault, robbery, homicide, and rape. Other crimes such as simple assault, forgery, fraud, stolen property, vandalism, weapon laws, prostitution, curfew, DUII, gambling, etc. are classified as Part II-A and Part II-B crimes by the  Uniform Crime ReportsThe latest crime stats (by neighborhood) are available at the Beaverton Police Department website.
  • Sex Offenders  Click here for the State of Oregon Sex Offender Inquiry System. After agreeing to the “Conditions of Use Statement” you will be redirected to a “Enter Search Criteria” page. Insert a zip code in the “Zip” field and click on the “Query” button.
  • 4Shopping and Services  Number of supermarkets: 13. Number of health clubs: 18. Public libraries: The City of Beaverton has one library located at 12375 SW 5th Street. You’ll drive to shop and eat out you can find an outlet or mall a few blocks from any home in Beaverton.
  • Housing Types and Styles   Today most residents live in new developments in a variety of housing types to include condos and townhomes. For example, 28.5% of the housing units (total of 32,507) have ten or more units in the building.
  • Renters vs. Home Owners  2010 Census: owner occupied 51.4% and total number of housing units 39,500. The median value of owner-occupied homes was $304,300.
  • Who Lives in Beaverton  The demographics of Beaverton covers such a range that one can safely say that just about every kind of human lives in Beaverton. A surprising statistic is that 18.4 percent of the residents are “foreign born” according to City Data. The 2010 Census reported that 42.4% of the residents 25 and older hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. Beaverton has numerous engineers that work at Intel as well as a large population of agricultural workers that work in the vineyards, fruit orchards, and nurseries in the county.
  • They Probably Drive  You can find at least one of everything made. You have Volvo neighborhoods as well as “pickups and gun racks” areas.
  • Biking  Beaverton has 99 miles of bike lanes. Bicycle Trip Planner will map a route for you and just provide a starting point address and your destination address.
  • Schools  Many of the schools rate among the best in the state. Westview High School had nine National Merit Scholars and there were three more in other Beaverton high schools in Oregon’s 27 newly minted scholars in 2013. Click here to visit the Beaverton Schools website.
  • 5School Report Card Grades  Click here for report card details on Beaverton schools. Select “Beaverton SD 48J” to view individual schools within the district.


1Real Estate Values  Data on real estate values provided by RMLStm. Distressed properties refer to the percentage of total homes sold that were short sales and bank-owned properties.
2Drive Time to Downtown  Estimated commuting time obtained from Yahoo Maps and Google Maps. Drive time was calculated from a central intersection in each neighborhood to Pioneer Courthouse Square during the morning peak commute time.
3Demographics Data  Numbers were obtained from Census 2010 and
4Shopping and Services  Numbers were determined from local directory listings and county/municipal library systems.
5School Report Card Grades  The format was changed from simple letter grades to detailed reports starting  in 2013.

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