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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Forest Grove is a suburb of Portland with a population of 23,923. Forest Grove is in Washington County. Living in Forest Grove offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Forest Grove there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Forest Grove and residents tend to have moderate political views.
About Forest Grove...
Population
23,923

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$280,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$952
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
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Forest Grove Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    155.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    39.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    12
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    227.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,460.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    171.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    14%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%

Working in Forest Grove

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$59,902
National
$55,322
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Forest Grove is a quiet, calm, and lovely college town. Home of Pacific University, GO BOXERS! The location is perfect, your surrounded by everything you need. Adventure is just a few miles in any direction.
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I have lived here all of my life and have really enjoyed the small town feel of it, however it also is big enough to not suffocate in. When the sun starts shining again and the Wednesday market booths pop up, theres a lively buzz through the town that makes you want to stop and smell the roses. Downtown Forest Grove is also full of cute little boutiques, craft shops, and plenty of eateries, as well as Diversity Cafe which hosts some spectacular live bands every week. It's a safe little town that does have some slight conservative (party) undertones, so be prepared to see some cringeworthy "OreGUNian" bumper stickers around town. But you'll also spot plenty of "Climate Action Now" posters in yards, vegan and gluten free options at restaurants, and an immense recycling station at the Wednesday Market. It's a town thats trying to stay on top of things, without forgetting where they have come from.
Born and raised in FG and cant imagine leaving the area when I move out! Wonderful place to start a family, and a cute college town. So much character and community.