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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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  9. Cost of Living
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Lake Oswego is a suburb of Portland with a population of 38,212. Lake Oswego is in Clackamas County and is one of the best places to live in Oregon. Living in Lake Oswego offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Lake Oswego there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many retirees live in Lake Oswego and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Lake Oswego are highly rated.
About Lake Oswego...
Population
38,212

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$559,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,425
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    31%
  • Own
    69%
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Lake Oswego Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    17.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    17.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    2.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    165.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    910.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    73.8
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    8%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    18%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    28%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    41%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    22%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    8%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%

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Lake Oswego Reviews

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I love the quiet, relaxed atmosphere here and the feeling of safety. People are friendly, lots of parks, clean streets and the best farmers market! I love that we have everything here yet still close to Portland if we want to go into town. Lots of new restaurants in recent months so I am excited about that!
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It is a very safe town with great schools. But, it lacks diversity and is mostly upperclass families. There are because of this a lot of stereotypes that follow Lake Oswego around. It is often referred to as a bubble and just full of 'rich people'. This however is not entirely true. There are many people that fall into upperclass category but there are also many middle and lower-class families as well. The schools in lake oswego are some of the best in the state and really prepare students for college. The classes are much harder that the surrounding schools which sometimes reflects poorly on gpa, but the students are better prepared and there is a larger variety of advanced and AP classes that are offered than any other school.
Lake Oswego is such a fun place to be! There are great places to walk around, have a picnic, and even some nice clothing shops! There is also great food there, with Bamboo Sushi about to open there too, and a Salt and Straw that EVERYONE wants to go get every day. Everyone there is very kind and friendly, and it's always a great place to hang out.