Introduction to Forest Grove, Oregon

Forest Grove, Oregon, in Washington county, is 5 miles W of Hillsboro, Oregon and 21 miles W of Portland, Oregon. As of the year 2000 census, 17,708 people lived in Forest Grove.

Forest Grove History

Forest Grove was first settled in by European decedents in the 1840s. Prior to that, it was inhabited by the Kalapuya Native Americans. The first post office of the area was established on February 1, 1850 and Abigail Smith became the first postmaster. The city adopted its present name on December 31, 1858. Forest Grove was platted in 1850 and incorporated in 1872.

Forest Grove and nearby Attractions

  • Forest Hills Golf Course
  • Bald Peak State Park
  • Portland Art Museum
  • Willamette Stone State Heritage Site
  • Clark County Historical Museum
  • Champoeg State Park

Things To Do In Forest Grove

Forest Grove offers a wide variety of opportunities for recreation. One can visit the World Forestry Center, the Portland Children's Museum and the Clark County Historical Museum. Local parks include the Hazel Sills Park, Joseph Gale Park, Forest Glen Park, Talisman City Park, Stites City Park, Knox Ridge City Park, Reuter City Park and Bard Park. Those interested in the area's history should visit the Willamette Stone State Heritage Site. The Forest Hills Golf Course, Sunset Grove Golf Course, Killarney West Golf Club and the Quail Valley Golf Course offer facilities to local golfers.

Forest Grove Transportation

Portland International is the nearest major airport.

Forest Grove Higher Education

Pacific University is the local institution of higher education. Others in the neighborhood include George Fox University, Portland State University and the University of Portland.


Total Population 22,823
Male Share of the Population 47.7%
Female Share of the Population 52.3%
Senior Citizens 13.4%
Employed Population 16+ 9,319
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 47.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24%
Median Earnings25+ $33,395
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,456
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,000


Median Family Income $57,648
% Above Poverty Level 83.1%
% Below Poverty Level 16.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 5.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.4%
% Using Public Transportation 4.4%


People Living Alone 24%
Median Gross Rent $799
Median House Value $224,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 34.4%
US/American 0.2%
English 10.6%
Irish 8.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Forest Grove Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles W of Hillsboro, Oregon (center to center)
Nearest Large City 21 miles W of Portland, Oregon
County Washington
Standard Zip Codes 97116
Phone Area Codes 503
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 45.52
Longitude -123.109

Forest Grove Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.5 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 20.7 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 23.9 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Forest Grove, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Glenwood (97116)

Verboort (97116)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Banks 1,580 $83,304
Cornelius 12,186 $55,757
Gaston 616 $58,182
Hillsboro 97,751 $74,138
North Plains 1,945 $80,125
Yamhill 1,132 $70,521

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Forest Grove Public Libraries

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(503) 992-3247
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Student/teacher ratio: 20.4

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