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Living in Oregon City Oregon - EVERYTHING You Need to Know

What is Living in Oregon City Oregon Like?

Situated 13 miles south of Portland, Oregon City sits in the shadow of our beer-loving, weirdo-ridden metropolis. Yet Oregon City played a vital role in the establishment of Oregon and, ultimately, Portland's existence as we know it. Oregon City was the final destination for pioneers traveling the Oregon Trail, was home to Oregon's first state capital, and was the first incorporated city west of the Rockies.


Today, Oregon City has become a cultural hub. For those visiting or living in Oregon City Oregon, there's great restaurants, craft brewers, museums, and much more. If you're more into outdoor recreation, boating, fishing, and the local skate park are all very popular for those living in Oregon City, Oregon.  


Some of the more popular destinations to check out if you're visiting or live in Oregon City include:


  • Willamette Falls

  • End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

  • Oregon City Farmers Market

  • Clackamette Park

  • Museum of the Oregon Territory

  • McLoughlin House

  • Oregon City Arch Bridge

  • Stevens-Crawford Museum

  • Oregon City Swimming Pool

  • Stone Creek Golf Course

If considering moving to Oregon City, Oregon, reach out to a member of our Moving to Oregon City Team, below and we'll help make living in Oregon City, Oregon, happen for you!

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The Moving to Oregon City Oregon Team

Let our team of trusted professionals help you buy or/and sell a home in Oregon City, Oregon. Elizabeth Davidson has sold real estate in Oregon City, Oregon, for over 12 years. Her knowledge of Oregon City and the surrounding areas will be of great value as you navigate this challenging real estate market. Todd Davidson is an experienced mortgage broker and can help you get the best financing option for your home purchase. Not quite ready yet? Todd can help you put together a plan to get you there. Whether you're thinking a few months or a year or more if you want to buy a home, reach out to Todd and he can help. Together our Moving to Oregon City team can help you make moving to or within Oregon City, Oregon, a reality!

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Elizabeth Davidson Oregon Realtor

Elizabeth Davidson


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Todd Davidson

Mortgage Broker

What is the Cost of Living in Oregon City Oregon?

Thinking of moving to Oregon City, Oregon? If so, the cost of living would likely be an important factor in helping you decide if Oregon City is the right spot for you. I calculated the REAL cost of living in Oregon City, Oregon, by factoring in today's costs for housing (rent and own), utilities, food, transportation, healthcare, and other necessities to live. To live in Oregon City, Oregon, and rent, you would need to make $47,000 a year. To live in Oregon City, Oregon, and buy a home, you would need to make $70,000 a year. To see how I calculated, check out my blog post, "The REAL Cost of Living on the Oregon Coast." I show how I calculated these $'s under the Cost/Summary Explanation section. The calculations for the cost of living in Oregon City, Oregon, were done the same way. I will soon release my blog post, "The Real Cost of Living in the Portland Metro Area." To sign up to be notified when my newest blogs are released, CLICK HERE.

FAQs About Living in Oregon City Oregon

What is Oregon City Known for?

Oregon City is known for its outdoor recreation, with the Willamette River running through town. Boating, fishing, and other watersports are popular with those living in Oregon City, Oregon. The city also has a variety of historical and cultural attractions, as well as museums that showcase the Pioneer spirit. 

What cities are nearby Oregon City?

The cities of Tigard, Tualatin, Lake Oswego, West LinnGladstone, Clackamas, Milwaukie, Happy Valley, and Portland are all located within a short drive of Oregon City. Living in Oregon City, Oregon puts you in close proximity to so many great cities and about 20 minutes from downtown Portland.

What is the weather like in Oregon City?

If you plan to move to Oregon City, Oregon and hope it doesn't rain much, you're out of luck. Oregon City averages about 43 inches of rain a year, which plays an important part in keeping the town looking as beautiful and green as it is. The summer months are fantastic. It doesn't rain much and doesn't usually get too hot. The average high temperature throughout the year is 86 degrees. The average low temperature is 37 degrees. You can expect little snowfall during the year.


Does Oregon City have good public schools?

The Oregon City school district is rated above average. For the most recent year, 91% of seniors graduated on time, compared to 80% state-wide. For the most recent year, ranked the Oregon City school district as #29 out of 160 in the state of Oregon. If you are looking at moving to Oregon City, Oregon, you can sleep easy knowing that the schools are very good.

Is living in Oregon City Oregon safe? ranks Oregon City as the 19th safest city in Oregon. With violent and property crime rates lower than the state and national averages, you'll find living in Oregon City, Oregon, very safe.

What is there to do living in Oregon City, Oregon?

Living in Oregon City, Oregon, you'll find plenty to do. The Willamette River runs through town, so boating, fishing, and watersports are popular pastimes for those living in Oregon City, Oregon. Living in Oregon City also puts you one hour and twenty minutes from Mt. Hood and one hour and forty minutes from the Oregon Coast. So if living in Oregon City, Oregon, you'll have plenty to do and see!

I am thinking of relocating to Oregon City.  How do I make it happen?

You've come to the right spot if you're looking to move to Oregon City, Oregon.  There’s a lot of information on this website to help including some helpful links below. If you want to ask questions, try our Facebook Group > Moving to Oregon  where we have broad group of locals to answer any question you might have. If you’re looking to buy a home in the Oregon City 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 Oregon City is like as well as help with your mortgage if you decide to purchase a home. If you just want to to research home prices and homes for sale in Oregon City, Oregon, CLICK HERE. No info or login needed to see all the homes for sale in Oregon City, Oregon, currently. 

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.

Video's on What it's Like Living in Oregon City Oregon

Elizabeth Davidson - Realtor - About Me Video

Elizabeth Davidson - Realtor - About Me

Elizabeth Davidson - Selling Your House

Elizabeth Davidson - Realtor -  Listing your home

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