Introduction to Oregon City, Oregon

Oregon City, Oregon, in Clackamas county, is 12 miles S of Portland, Oregon. The city has a population of 25,754.

Oregon City History

Dr. John McLoughlin of the Hudson Bay Company established the city in 1829. Oregon City was the first city to be incorporated to the west of the Mississippi. In the 1840s and the 1850s, the city was the ideal place for those desiring to file land claims following their travel on the Oregon Trail. The city’s Oregon Spectator was the first newspaper to be published west of the Rocky Mountains.

Oregon City and nearby Attractions

  • Hazelwood City Park
  • Museum of the Oregon Territory
  • The Haggart Astronomical Observatory
  • Atkinson Park

Things To Do In Oregon City

The Haggart Astronomical Observatory is open to the public for viewing planets, stars and other space objects. Atkinson Park, Old Canemah City Park, Rivercrest Park and Abernethy Creek City Park are all in the area as well, while the Museum of the Oregon Territory is a popular local historical spot. The End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is another historical site to visit. The city hosts the Clackamas Live and the Oregon Eel Fest every year.

Oregon City Transportation

The nearest air transportation facility is the Portland International Airport.

Oregon City Higher Education

Clackamas Community College is in the city. Other nearby colleges and universities include Lewis and Clark College, Portland State University, George Fox University and Clark College.


Total Population 34,480
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 11.8%
Employed Population 16+ 15,921
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 51.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.5%
Median Earnings25+ $39,441
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,506
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,599


Median Family Income $70,143
% Above Poverty Level 88.4%
% Below Poverty Level 11.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 6.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.2%
% Using Public Transportation 3.6%


People Living Alone 23%
Median Gross Rent $974
Median House Value $254,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.6%
US/American 0%
English 12.6%
Irish 12.7%

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

Oregon City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 12 miles S of Portland, Oregon
County Clackamas
Standard Zip Codes 97045
Phone Area Codes 503
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 45.357
Longitude -122.605

Oregon City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.6 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 48 F
Apr Temp 43 to 63 F
Jul Temp 56 to 83 F
Oct Temp 46 to 66 F
Annual Precip 46 inches
Distance 8.7 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
Distance 15.4 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 46 F
Apr Temp 41 to 60 F
Jul Temp 53 to 78 F
Oct Temp 44 to 61 F
Annual Precip 59.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Redland (97045)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Durham 1,459 $90,227
Gladstone 11,741 $66,108
Johnson City 573 $40,500
Lake Oswego 37,628 $125,159
Milwaukie 20,566 $65,610
West Linn 25,963 $101,181

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

Oregon City Public Libraries

Oregon City Public Library
Oregon City, Oregon
(503) 657-8269
Library Web Site

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Oregon City Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(503) 656-1631
Emergency Service: Yes

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Oregon City High Schools

Serves 2,247 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.6

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