Living in Oregon City

Oregon’s Hometown

Oregon City is often called “Oregon’s Hometown.” We have a unique look and feel that sets our city apart. What other medium sized city can boast of the largest waterfall by volume in the United States? It’s true. Great views of Willamette Falls on the Willamette River are just a short walk – or a short paddle – from downtown.

Oregon City residents enjoy great access to the outdoors as well as urban amenities at home and close proximity to the City of Portland. Oregon City is home to more than 100 restaurants, coffee shops and bars, a fabulous year-round Farmers Market, historic neighborhoods, an award-winning library system, public pool and much more.

Population Growth

Oregon City’s population grew by 39% between 2000 and 2020, reflecting an average annual growth rate of 1.7%. The City’s population is predicted to continue to grow at this rate or higher, as other proximate areas face higher housing costs than Oregon City.


% Growth

Oregon City25,75435,88539%
Clackamas County338,391462,51526%
Portland region1,444,2191,876,15530%
Source: Portland State University, Population Research Center, US Census Bureau

Age in Oregon City

Most residents in Oregon City are between the ages of 20 to 59 years old. In 2018, Oregon City had a lower share (19%) of residents over 60 years of age than Clackamas County and Oregon, but a similar share of residents over 60 years of age as the Portland region.

Population Distribution by Age, Oregon City, Clackamas County, Portland Region, Oregon, 2014-2018. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014-2018 ACS, Table B01001.

An Educated Workforce

The Oregon City School District served 7,300 students during the 2020-21 school year. Our K-12 school system includes 7 elementary schools, two middle schools, and three distinct high school choices. Oregon City High School is a leader in college preparation while the Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences prepares students for careers in manufacturing, engineering and construction and other fields. The Oregon City Service-Learning Academy combines a high school education with meaningful work and community service experiences.

Clackamas Community College offers multiple educational tracts, from environmental sciences to business and the arts. The college’s 165-acre campus sits at the center of Oregon City.


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