Introduction to West Linn, Oregon

West Linn, Oregon, in Clackamas county, is 11 miles S of Portland, Oregon. The city is home to some 22,261 residents.

West Linn History

West Linn was first settled in 1839 by Major Robert Moore, who fought in the War of 1812. Prior to that, Native Americans inhabited the area. It was platted in early 1843 and was then known as Robin's Nest. On December 22, 1845, the city was renamed Linn City, after Senator Dr. Lewis Fields Linn. It was incorporated as West Linn in 1913. In 1916, the city merged with the town of Willamette.

West Linn and nearby Attractions

  • Mary S. Young State Recreation Area
  • Willamette Falls Viewpoint
  • Portland Art Museum
  • Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
  • World Forestry Center

Things To Do In West Linn

West Linn has many parks, including the Sahallie-Illahee Park, the Mary S Young Park, Burns Island Park, Cedar Island Park, Hammerle Park and Maddax Woods. Visitors can also go to the Willamette Falls Viewpoint. The city offers easy access to the Molalla River State Park, the Tryon Creek State Natural Area and the Mary S. Young State Recreation Area as well. Visitors can also pay a visit to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Portland Children's Museum, the Harlow House Museum, the Willamette Stone State Heritage Site or the McLoughlin House National Historic Site. In addition, West Linn hosts the Arts Festival every September.

West Linn Transportation

Portland International Airport is located close by.

West Linn Higher Education

Lewis and Clark College, Portland State University and Clackamas Community College are located nearby.


Total Population 25,710
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 14.2%
Employed Population 16+ 12,437
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 61.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 54.1%
Median Earnings25+ $46,176
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,739
Median Earnings With High School Degree $39,063


Median Family Income $102,175
% Above Poverty Level 94.5%
% Below Poverty Level 5.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 10.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation 1.6%


People Living Alone 21.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,244
Median House Value $377,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.2%
US/American 0.6%
English 14.1%
Irish 11.2%

West Linn Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 11 miles S of Portland, Oregon
County Clackamas
Standard Zip Codes 97068
Phone Area Codes 503
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 45.365
Longitude -122.611

West Linn Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.2 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 8.8 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 15.1 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Lake Grove (97034)

Oswego (97034)

Wankers Corners (97068)

Willamette (97068)

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 1,327 $89,643
Gladstone 11,668 $65,453
Johnson City 573 $42,500
Lake Oswego 37,310 $120,466
Milwaukie 20,449 $67,943
Oregon City 33,834 $68,358

West Linn Public Libraries

West Linn Public Library
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