Portland is a city that thrives on its unique blend of natural beauty, vibrant culture, and innovative spirit. Founded in 1845 and named after Portland, Maine, the town has grown from a small settlement to a bustling metropolis, earning its nickname “The City of Roses” from its many rose gardens and annual Rose Festival. Portland’s progressive and forward-thinking ethos is reflected in its commitment to sustainability, thriving arts scene, and reputation as a foodie paradise. In addition to the many facets of Portland, the city is surrounded by many exciting neighborhoods such as Tigard, Beaverton, Lake Oswego, Tualatin, Sherwood and Hillsboro on Portland’s West side. Follow this link to our Portland Guide for a more in-depth look at what makes Portland such a wonderful place to call home.
Located seven miles west of downtown Portland, Beaverton is the sixth largest city in Oregon and in 2017 was ranked as the 12th best place to live in the United States of America by Money magazine. Beaverton is in Washington County and has a population of 97, 514. It is part of the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District which boasts more than 90 parks, 60 miles of trails, and more than 1500 acres of natural area. Beaverton is home to the world headquarters of Nike and Columbia Sportswear.
The Beaverton School District is home to a number of option schools including the International School of Beaverton, Arts and Communications Magnet Academy, and Rachel Carson Environmental Middle School.
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One of Portland’s more affluent suburbs, Lake Oswego is located 8 miles south of downtown Portland within Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties. The town of Lake Oswego surrounds the 405 acre Oswego Lake.
Lake Oswego is known for its tight-knit community feel with a quaint downtown and a variety of local events. You can find movies in the park and summer concert series during the summer. During winter, you can attend the holiday tree lighting ceremony. And for fans of the tv series, Cupcake Wars, you can enjoy some gluten-free cupcakes from Kyra’s Bake Shop.
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Tigard is a city in Washington County, Oregon, United States. The population was 54,539 at the 2020 census. As of 2007, Tigard was the state’s 12th largest city. Incorporated in 1961, the city is located south of Beaverton and north of Tualatin, and is part of the Portland metropolitan area.
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In Sherwood, you’ll find a community that values connection, nature, and quality of life. It’s not just a place to live; it’s a place to call home. Sherwood is a city located in Washington County, Oregon, United States. It is situated in the county’s southeast corner and is a residential community in the Tualatin Valley, southwest of Portland. As of 2020, Sherwood had a population of 20,450 residents.
Tualatin, Oregon, a city nestled in the Pacific Northwest, is a place of
rich history and vibrant culture. The city’s name, often spelled
Twality or Twallatty in its earliest versions may have come into
English secondhand via Natives from another tribe.
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