Oregon City

Small city along the Willamette River, near the southern boundaries of the Portland metro area.

Welcome to Oregon City

Enjoy a quiet community, historic neighborhoods, and beauty of the Willamette and Clackamas Rivers.
Oregon City is a small city along the Willamette River, near the southern boundaries of the Portland metro area. Established in 1829 at the end of ‘The Oregon Trail’ this community is one of the oldest cities in the state, with plenty of historical places, unique retail shops, restaurants, stores, and local attractions. Residents also enjoy breathtaking views overlooking the Willamette Falls and easy access to the 99-E highway and I-205 that lead to Portland. Residents have various home options and access to some of the best schools for their children.

What to Love

  • Quiet country feel
  • Variety of historical and cultural attractions
  • Home to shopping and entertainment areas
  • Recreational opportunities
  • Vast rural lands
  • White water rafting access

Local Lifestyle

Living in Oregon City offers the perks of a small-city living with the conveniences of a larger city. In addition, the city is famous for its riverfront views of the Willamette River, recreational water activities, and excellent shopping, making it one of the best places to live and raise a family.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Oregon City features excellent modernized dining, shopping, and entertainment venues (despite being a former lumber town full of historic buildings and parks). Oregon City Grill on Main Street is one of the best eateries in the city, with a modern yet chic vibe, and serves a variety of American food such as steak and fondue. You will also enjoy eight beers on tap, a great wine collection, and a casual outing with friends and family.
When looking for Vietnamese fare, check out Pho Thi, which specializes in soup and noodle dishes. Another perfect spot for an excellent breakfast, lunch, and dinner is Weinhard Grill. One of the best American restaurants in Oregon City, Weinhard Grill serves comfort food and pasta, including wine and beer, in a narrow, brick-lined setting.
Oregon City offers unique and top-rated shopping destinations. Oregon City Shopping Center is the city’s retail epicenter. Here you can enjoy great Mexican and Peruvian food in a great location and shop in many of the mall’s retail shops.
Since Oregon City allows you to explore various outdoor activities, visit Fisherman’s Marine & Outdoor to access apparel and accessories for fishing, camping, and hunting. 
The Oregon City shopping district also comprises Coastal Farm & Ranch, which supplies livestock feed, tools, stoves, boots and workwear, and fences. It is highly recommended for those who live in rural settings and often work outdoors.

Things to Do

Oregon City residents and visitors enjoy exploring the city’s history, lounging in its parks, and fishing on the Willamette River. For a memorable outdoor adventure, head to Clackamette Park to escape the city atmosphere and enjoy fantastic sceneries and family-fun activities. Jon Storm Park is another ideal location to enjoy breathtaking views of wildlife and the Willamette River. You can fish or walk around the park and enjoy the relaxing sound of nature.
You can attend top-notch festivals in Oregon City, a place known for its live music festival and delectable food. Fall Harvest Festival & Plant Sale is a great event that helps support the Home Orchard Education Center. Meanwhile, Clackamas Community College Annual Concert Band Contest is also an ideal festival to attend and enjoy various performances from participants.
When exploring the history of the community, step into the McLoughlin House on Center Street, an abode representing the lifestyle and heritage of the town’s early settlement days. Extend your visit to the outdoor Oregon City Municipal Elevator and enjoy spectacular views from the 130-foot tall observation deck. 


Residents of Oregon City are served by the Oregon City School District. Students may attend:

Overview for Oregon City, OR

44,820 people live in Oregon City, where the median age is 37.8 and the average individual income is $36,613.34. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

37.8 years

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Around Oregon City, OR

There's plenty to do around Oregon City, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Clinton Market, Stella's Kitchen, and Jen’s Pastries.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining · $ 11.32 miles 13 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 14.16 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 10.15 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 16.67 miles 16 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 6.34 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 13.27 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Oregon City, OR

Oregon City has 16,121 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Oregon City do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 44,820 people call Oregon City home. The population density is 1,453.18 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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49.88 / 50.12%

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  • Less Than 9th Grade
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Schools in Oregon City, OR

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The following schools are within or nearby Oregon City. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Gaffney Lane Elementary School
K - 5th
North Clackamas Christian School
PreK - 12th
No rating available
St John The Apostle Catholic School
PreK - 8th
No rating available
John McLoughlin Elementary School
K - 5th
The Marylhurst School
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Holcomb Elementary School
K - 5th
Gardiner Middle School
6th - 8th
Oregon City Senior High School
9th - 12th
Oregon City Service Learning Academy
9th - 12th
Alliance Charter Academy
K - 12th
Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences
6th - 12th
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