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Living in McMinnville Oregon - EVERYTHING You Need to Know

Are you Living in or Considering Moving to McMinnville, Oregon?

If you're searching for a wonderful town to live in, you should consider moving to McMinnville, Oregon. A small-town feel and proximity to all the amenities of a big city living in McMinnville gives you the best of all worlds. You'll find excellent schools, a variety of dining and shopping options, and plenty of things to do living in McMinnville. Plus, the city is located in the beautiful Willamette Valley, so you'll have access to great outdoor activities and an abundance of wineries at your fingertips. Whether looking for a place to raise a family or just a nice place to call home, you should consider moving to and living in McMinnville, Oregon.


If you're considering moving to McMinnville, you've come to the right place. Read further to learn what living in McMinnville has for you!

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What's Living in McMinnville Oregon Like?

Living in McMinnville, Oregon, you are in the heart of the Willamette Valley, a region known for its wine. Home to over 700 wineries, the Willamette Valley is responsible for 2/3 of Oregon's wine production, and McMinnville is a big part of that. Living in McMinnville, you also have one of the state's best Downtowns offering sixteen walkable blocks of activities, including restaurants with farm-to-table options, shopping, art, historic buildings, tree-lined streets, and more. If moving to and living in McMinnville, you'll definitely want to check out downtown.
Continue reading to learn why relocating to McMinnville might be right for you!

Vineyard in Willamette Valley Oregon

A Brief History of McMinnville Oregon

Consider moving to McMinnville if you want to be a part of a friendly suburban community. Located 34 miles from Portland, McMinnville is the largest city in Yamhill County,  with a population of just under 36,000 and a growth rate of 0.97% annually. The median age of those living in McMinnville is 38. However, you will also find plenty of families and retirees residing in McMinnville. 
History lovers considering moving to McMinnville will fall in love with Third street and the surrounding area, whose historic buildings were built between 1890 and 1912. The city has also made an effort in recent years to maintain the historic feel of Third street by designating it as a Historic District.
Before Third street became Oregon's favorite main street, it was home to a gristmill erected by William T. Newby, a traveler of the Oregon Trail seeking farmland and proximity to the friends he traveled with. Newby claimed the land believing it would be a good site for a town. The original town was platted on a portion of his land in 1856 and was incorporated as a town in 1876. Newby named the new city McMinnville after his hometown in Tennessee. In the following years, McMinnville grew from a small village to the largest city in Yamhill County. 

Today, McMinnville is a thriving town with a population of almost 35,000 residents. The strong economy in the area, an abundance of activities, and a close-knit community make living in McMinnville special.

Housing in McMinnville Oregon

The cost of living in McMinnville is higher than the national average but lower than the state of Oregon's standard. The median home value is just under $500,000. 
The cost of living in McMinnville will be worth it when you experience all the natural beauty and community events this city offers. The town of McMinnville has a variety of housing options available. There are apartments, duplexes, single-family homes, and townhomes available for rent or purchase. The city also has several senior living communities and 55+ retirement communities.

House in McMinnville Oregon

Best Neighborhoods in McMinnville Oregon

Living in McMinnville, you'll find some great neighborhoods.  Here are just a handful of the best places to live in McMinnville:

  • St. Joseph.

  • Downtown McMinnville / Northeast Gateway.

  • McMinnville Northwest.

  • McMinnville West.

  • Tice Park.

  • McMinnville Southwest.

  • Linfield University McMinnville Campus

McMinnville Oregon House, Neighborhood

If you want more information on what living in McMinnville, Oregon, is like or want information on homes in McMinnville reach out to a member of our Moving to McMinnville Team. They would love to help you with your move to McMinnville.  

Public Schools in McMinnville

So if you're thinking of moving to McMinnville, Oregon, the schools will likely play a part in your decision if you've got kids of school age. The schools in McMinnville are part of the McMinnville School District and are highly rated, with a graduation rate of 92%, compared to 80% state-wide. If you want to move to McMinnville with children, you can rest assured that they will receive a quality education. Linfield College is also located in McMinnville and offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs.

If you're moving to McMinnville, Oregon and have school aged kids, be sure to check out the boundaries of the McMinnville School District to find out which schools your kids would go to.

For more information on the McMinnville Schools, rankings and boundaries, check out the McMinnville School District and Great Schools links in the Moving to and Living in McMinnville Links section below.

Top Businesses & Employers in McMinnville Oregon

The top industries in McMinnville are healthcare, education, and manufacturing. If you are looking for a job in McMinnville, you have a reasonable prospect of finding something.

Some of the largest businesses and employers for those living in McMinnville include:

  • Linfield College

  • Evergreen Aviation

  • Yamhill Community Care Organization

  • Willamette Valley Vineyards.

The city is also home to an abundance of small businesses and boutiques

No matter your background, if relocating to McMinnville, Oregon, there are plenty of job opportunities! 

Top Destinations & Attractions in McMinnville

Living in McMinnville is perfect if you are looking for a friendly suburban community with a thriving downtown! With a growing job market and quality schools, McMinnville is a great place to call home. There's also a ton to do.  No wonder so many people want to move to McMinnville.

A few of the biggest attractions for those visiting or living in McMinnville:

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum

Home of the "Spruce Goose", Howard Hughes plane built out of wood during World War II, the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is a must see for anyone visiting or who lives in McMinnville. Besides the Spruce Goose the museum houses over 150 aircraft, spacecraft and exhibits that tell the story of flight and space exploration.

Fighter Jets
Picture of a Vineyard

The Wineries

McMinnville is at the heart of Oregon's famous wine valley with over 220 wineries and vineyards in and around McMinnville. The area, famous for its Pion Noir and is a wine lovers paradise.  Some of the more popular wineries and vineyards in McMinnville include: Willamette Valley Vineyards Tasting Room, Maysara Winery, Coeur de Terre Vineyard, Youngberg Hill and Eryie Vineyards.

Wings & Waves Water Park

Adjacent to the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, the Wings & Waves Water Park is a must if you are visiting or live in McMinnville and have kids or even if you don't. An indoor, all-season waterpark that includes ten waterslides, ranging from slides for little ones to slides for daredevils and a fun wave pool. You even get to slide out of a real 747 aircraft sitting on the roof. It is fun for the whole family!

Historic Downtown McMinnville

Third Street in McMinnville, otherwise known as "Oregon's Favorite Main Street," is the heart of McMinnville. With tree-lined streets, boutiques, cool coffeehouses, bars, wine tasting rooms, and some amazing restaurants, downtown McMinnville is one of the best downtown areas in the state. With a variety of events and community celebrations throughout the year, such as the weekly farmers market, UFO festival, Dragin Gut Festival, and Turkey Rama, you'll surely want to check out downtown if you're visiting or living in McMinnville, Oregon.

UFO Festival in McMinnville Oregon

Pros and Cons of Living in McMinnville Oregon

Living in McMinnville Pros

  1. The small town feel: Living in McMinnville is great for anyone wanting that small-town feel. Small towns generally offer a slower pace of living as well as a sense of serenity and community. Without the big city hustle and bustle, you’ll have more peace and quiet than a big city has to offer. Plus, there’s generally less traffic! 

  2. The great outdoors: If you are a nature lover, another great thing about relocating to McMinnville is being able to enjoy the outdoors! With the vast amount of wineries and parks, there’s something to do for everyone! 

  3. The friendly people: The people already living in McMinnville are incredibly friendly and supportive. Another benefit of the small town atmosphere is knowing your neighbors. Here people enjoy spending time with each other. 

  4. The Wine: It's been referenced to several times so I won't go too into it but if you live in McMinnville and love a good wine you aren't likely going to be able to find a better place to live.

Living in McMinnville Cons

  1. The lack of nightlife: A con of small town living is the lack of nightlife. While there are plenty of things to do here, you won’t find many too much to do after hours.  

  2. The limited shopping options: Another drawback to small town living is that you won’t find all the big shopping options as you would in a city. However, downtown does have shops and boutiques, and there is a plaza with sixteen stores that range from JC Penny to Famous Footwear. Notably, there is a Walmart for those who live in McMinnville. 

  3. The rainy weather: It’s no secret that Oregon gets its fair share of rain. Living in McMinnville you can expect on average 43 inches of rain a year. However, the rain is part of the reason Oregon is as beautiful and livable as it is today!

  4. Ultra competitive housing market: It's no secret that the housing market today is tough and competitive. You'll find moving to McMinnville and finding a home is no different. If you are looking to move to McMinnville and buy you need to work with a good mortgage broker to get pre-approved, as well as a good realtor. For Mortgage Info reach out to me. I grew up in Oregon and know it well.  I'm available 24/7 to answer any questions you have about McMinnville and help you get pre-approved for a mortgage. I also have a number of amazing realtors I work with if you need an introduction, and together we can make living in McMinnville a reality for you.

FAQs About Living in McMinnville Oregon

What is McMinnville known for? 

McMinnville is known for being in the heart of wine country with over 220 wineries that offer tasting and tours!


What cities are nearby McMinnville?

Some bigger cities near McMinnville include Portland, Salem, and Eugene. These cities offer various activities and attractions perfect for a day trip or a weekend getaway. Portland is especially popular as it is home to several museums, art galleries, and parks. Smaller cities close by include Newberg, Sherwood, and Keizer. For a list and links for other Willamette Valley cities.


What is the weather like in McMinnville?

The weather in McMinnville is moderate, with all four seasons being represented. The average high temperature in McMinnville during the summer is about 85 degrees, and the average low in winter is 34 degrees. You can expect about 43 inches of rain annually and 3 inches of snow, if living in McMinnville, Oregon.


Does McMinnville have good schools?

McMinnville has excellent schools. The public schools in McMinnville are rated as above average. McMinnville schools rank higher in math and reading proficiency scores than the Oregon public school average. The kids living in McMinnville get a good education.

I want to relocate to McMinnville.  How do I make it happen?

You've come to the right spot if you want to move to McMinnville.  This website has a ton of information to help you and there are links below with other sources of info you'd need. You still have more questions? Try our Facebook Group > Moving to Oregon  where we have broad group of locals as well as people who have just moved to McMinnville and other areas to help. If you’re looking to buy a home in the McMinnville area, getting pre-approved for a mortgage should be your first step. For Mortgage Info, reach out to me. I would love to tell you more about what living in McMinnville is like as well as help with your mortgage.

For FAQs about moving to Oregon or living in Oregon, check out my blog, 31 FAQs About Living in Oregon. For more information about living in Oregon, check out the homepage of LIVING IN OREGON.

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The Moving to McMinnville Team

Are you thinking of moving to McMinnville or anywhere else in the area?  Let our team of trusted professionals help you with your move and getting settled in the city of McMinnville, Oregon.  Their knowledge and connections to the town of McMinnville, the surrounding area, and Oregon as a whole will help make the transition easy and stress-free for you.  Reach out to them today to make moving to and living in McMinnville a reality.

LeAnne Cray


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Todd Davidson

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Links for Moving to and Living in McMinnville Oregon

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