Introduction to Cornelius, Oregon

Cornelius, Oregon, in Washington county, is 3 miles W of Hillsboro, Oregon and 18 miles W of Portland, Oregon. There are an estimated 9,652 people in the city.

Cornelius History

Before adopting its present name, the city was known as the Town of Free Orchards. It was named after Colonel Thomas R. Cornelius, the son of Benjamin Cornelius. The first post office in the area was established on December 18, 1871. It was incorporated in 1893 as the City of Cornelius.

Cornelius and nearby Attractions

  • American Advertising Museum
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
  • Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
  • Bald Peak State Park
  • Tryon Creek State Natural Area
  • Portland Children's Museum

Things To Do In Cornelius

Cornelius provides amenities for several different types of recreational opportunities. The Free Orchard City Park, Harleman Park, Ryland City Park, Satus City Park and Ryland City Park are all located in the city. A visit to the American Advertising Museum, the Portland Art Museum or the Oregon History Center may prove interesting to those interested in the history of the area. The Willamette Stone State Heritage Site and the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site can also be visited from Cornelius as well.

Cornelius Transportation

Portland International Airport is nearby.

Cornelius Higher Education

George Fox University, Portland State University and the University of Portland are the local centers of higher education.


Total Population 12,068
Male Share of the Population 50.7%
Female Share of the Population 49.3%
Senior Citizens 8.6%
Employed Population 16+ 5,427
Age of the Population 30


% of people married 52.7%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.9%
Median Earnings25+ $26,650
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,701
Median Earnings With High School Degree $19,959


Median Family Income $56,870
% Above Poverty Level 86.9%
% Below Poverty Level 13.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation 5%


People Living Alone 12.3%
Median Gross Rent $897
Median House Value $179,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 56.9%
US/American 0%
English 6.3%
Irish 6.9%

Cornelius Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles W of Hillsboro, Oregon (center to center)
Nearest Large City 18 miles W of Portland, Oregon
County Washington
Standard Zip Codes 97113
Phone Area Codes 503
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 45.52
Longitude -123.058

Cornelius Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 46 F
Apr Temp 39 to 62 F
Jul Temp 54 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 66 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches
Distance 18.2 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 46 F
Apr Temp 44 to 61 F
Jul Temp 57 to 79 F
Oct Temp 48 to 63 F
Annual Precip 43.1 inches
Distance 22.2 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 47 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 53 to 80 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 42.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Banks 1,699 $81,477
Beaverton 92,593 $73,129
Forest Grove 22,070 $58,213
Gaston 703 $58,583
Hillsboro 95,765 $73,338
North Plains 1,868 $78,542

Cornelius Public Libraries

Cornelius Public Library
1355 N. BARLOW ST.
Cornelius, Oregon
(503) 357-4093
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