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B
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
Oregon City is a suburb of Portland with a population of 36,040. Oregon City is in Clackamas County. Living in Oregon City offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Oregon City there are a lot of bars, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Oregon City and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Oregon City are above average.
About Oregon City...
Population
36,040

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$329,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,157
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%
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Oregon City 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
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    292.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    35.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    35.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    205.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,817.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    327.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    39%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

Working in Oregon City

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$71,856
National
$55,322
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Oregon City Reviews

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I have lived in Oregon City since I was 8 and I love everything about the city. The best part is that the police do a good job of keeping the homeless people out, so we do not have tents everywhere making an eye sore for people who visit. I also love how clean the city is kept. My favorite part is that the city is all about family! Every year on Halloween they shut down all of main street and block off the street, all the shops close down and workers dress up so that families can take their kids trick-or-treating in a safe environment.
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Oregon City is more of a small city/town unto itself rather than a suburb, with it's own downtown, neighborhoods, suburbs and lots or rural outlying areas. About 20 years ago it was kind of a run down, undesirable(and inexpensive) place to live. Currently, it's growing in a way that anyone here couldn't possibly not notice, probably driven by newcomers moving to the area, not being able to afford Portland and looking further out. New construction, roads, and big city traffic are here now. There are areas that are run down and/or trashy, but nowhere that I would consider to be at all dangerous(at the time of writing) and O.C. along with Clackamas County in gereral doesn't have the out of control homeless problem that Portland does(again at time of writing) most likely because Clackamas County is somewhat less liberal that Multnomah county and simply doesn't tolerate it.
I've lived my whole life in Oregon City. It's a pretty quiet city with a lot of rural areas. Downtown Oregon City is underrated, however. It's a gem that not many outside of Oregon City know about! It's becoming a very trendy environment with lots of innovative restaurants.