Introduction to Sandy, Oregon

Sandy, Oregon, in Clackamas county, is 10 miles SE of Gresham, Oregon and 21 miles SE of Portland, Oregon. The city has a population of 5,385.

Sandy History

Sandy was named after the neighboring Sandy River. Francis Revenue and his family were the first settlers in the city, arriving in 1853. This family opened a trading post on Barlow Road, which was used by various pioneers when traveling to the Willamette Valley. The first post office in Sandy was established in 1873. The city was incorporated in 1913.

Sandy and nearby Attractions

  • Meinig Memorial Park
  • Sandy Historical Museum
  • Oregon Zoo
  • Milo McIver State Park

Things To Do In Sandy

While in Sandy, one can visit the Sandy Historical Museum, which provides insight into the history of the area. One can also enjoy a walk alone the Sandy River. The Milo McIver State Park and the Meinig Memorial Park are both located in Sandy as well. The city celebrates the Sandy Oktoberfest and the Sandy Mountain Festival every year.

Sandy Transportation

The nearest major airport is Portland International.

Sandy Higher Education

For higher education, one can attend the Portland Community College, Portland State University, Lewis and Clark College or Clackamas Community College.


Total Population 9,945
Male Share of the Population 47.7%
Female Share of the Population 52.3%
Senior Citizens 12.1%
Employed Population 16+ 4,669
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 59.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.7%
Median Earnings25+ $35,190
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $34,844
Median Earnings With High School Degree $34,987


Median Family Income $63,237
% Above Poverty Level 90.4%
% Below Poverty Level 9.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.5%
% Using Public Transportation 2.4%


People Living Alone 25.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,128
Median House Value $206,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 26.6%
US/American 0%
English 10%
Irish 16.2%

Sandy Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles SE of Gresham, Oregon (center to center)
Nearest Large City 21 miles SE of Portland, Oregon
County Clackamas
Standard Zip Codes 97055
Phone Area Codes 503
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 45.397
Longitude -122.26

Sandy Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6.5 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 46 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 53 to 80 F
Oct Temp 45 to 65 F
Annual Precip 80 inches
Distance 9.5 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
Distance 20.9 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 46 F
Apr Temp 42 to 61 F
Jul Temp 57 to 79 F
Oct Temp 45 to 63 F
Annual Precip 37 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Estacada 2,860 $50,972
Fairview 9,094 $57,094
Gresham 108,250 $54,506
Happy Valley 15,693 $109,461
Troutdale 16,339 $70,506
Wood Village 3,946 $41,607

Sandy Public Libraries

Sandy Public Library
Sandy, Oregon
(503) 668-5537

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Student/teacher ratio: 24.9

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