Wilsonville, Oregon

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Wilsonville, Oregon

Introduction to Wilsonville, Oregon

Wilsonville, Oregon, in Clackamas county, is 12 miles S of Beaverton, Oregon and 15 miles S of Portland, Oregon. The city contains a population of approximately 13,991.

Wilsonville History

Wilsonville was settled in 1846 by Alphonso Boone. He established the Boones Ferry across the Willamette River in 1847. At that time, the area was known as Boones Landing. On June 3, 1880, the city was renamed Wilsonville after Charles Wilson, the first postmaster of the area. The city was incorporated in 1969. The Living Enrichment Center was established in Wilsonville in 1992 and was headquartered in the city until 2004.

Wilsonville and nearby Attractions

  • Molalla River State Park
  • Charbonneau Golf Course
  • Portland Art Museum
  • Willamette Stone State Heritage Site
  • Evergreen Aviation Museum
  • Champoeg State Park

Things To Do In Wilsonville

Wilsonville is home to many parks and playgrounds, including the Boones Ferry City Park, the Town Center City Park, Montebello City Park and River Fox City Park. The Charbonneau Golf Course provides facilities for local golfers. One can also plan a day trip to the Champoeg State Park or the Molalla River State Park while in Wilsonville. The Portland Children's Museum, the American Advertising Museum, the Gresham History Museum and the Rail Depot Museum are all nearby as well. The city celebrates the Fall Food Fest every September.

Wilsonville Transportation

Portland International is the nearest major airport.

Wilsonville Higher Education

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

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High Points

Wilsonville strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Oregon):

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 1% trophy Wilsonville Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 2% trophy Wilsonville Well-Paid Single Men
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Wilsonville Median Family Income
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 7% Wilsonville College Educated Adults
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 8% Wilsonville Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 10% Wilsonville People in Middle Class or Better
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Wilsonville Low Violent Crime
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 15% Wilsonville Public Transportation Use
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 16% Wilsonville Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Wilsonville, Oregon

Comparing Wilsonville to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Oregon (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Men 9 10
Well-Paid Single Women 9 10
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 7
Male Share of the Population 7 5
Racial Diversity 6 9
Senior Citizens 6 6
Female Share of the Population 4 7
Age of the Population 4 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 5 4
Average Household Size 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 10
Median Family Income 8 10
People Above Poverty 7 10
People in Middle Class or Better 7 10

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 8 7
Public Transportation Use 8 9
Working at Home 7 4
Short Commute Times 5 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 7
People Living Alone 6 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 1
Affordability of Rents 3 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 9 8
Low Property Crime 4 5

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Wilsonville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles S of Beaverton, Oregon (center to center)
Nearest Large City 15 miles S of Portland, Oregon
County Clackamas
Standard Zip Codes 97070
Phone Area Codes 503
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 45.311
Longitude -122.772

Wilsonville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 2.2 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
Distance 9.8 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 46 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 54 to 79 F
Oct Temp 43 to 64 F
Annual Precip 39.9 inches
Distance 14.9 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
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Wilsonville Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 13,991 100%
Male 6,796 48.6%
Female 7,195 51.4%
Under 18 3,436 24.6%
18+ 10,555 75.4%
65+ 2,020 14.4%
Median Age 35
Average Family Size 2.89
White 12,655 90.5%
African-American 92 0.7%
Asian 311 2.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 98 0.7%
Other 441 3.2%
Mixed Race 371 2.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 971 6.9%

Estimated Wilsonville Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 16,075
Growth 2,084
Growth % 14.9%

Wilsonville Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 17.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.2%
English 11.9%
Irish 9.2%
US/American 8.6%
Italian 4.8%
Norwegian 4.3%
French (except Basque) 3.3%
Scottish 2.8%
Scotch-Irish 2.6%
European 2.1%
Swedish 1.9%
Polish 1.9%
Dutch 1.9%
Danish 1.2%
British 0.8%
Welsh 0.7%
Swiss 0.7%
Czech 0.6%
French Canadian 0.6%
Portuguese 0.5%
Russian 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Canadian 0.4%
Scandinavian 0.4%
Finnish 0.3%
Iranian 0.3%
Lebanese 0.3%
Greek 0.3%
Hungarian 0.2%
Arab/Arabic 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Northern European 0.2%
Jamaican 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Afghan 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Charbonneau (97070)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Wilsonville 13,991 $65,172
Aurora 655 $65,556
Barlow 140 $46,250
Canby 12,790 $49,690
Durham 1,382 $64,531
Sherwood 11,791 $67,277
Tualatin 22,791 $68,165

Wilsonville Public Libraries

Wilsonville Public Library
Wilsonville, Oregon
(503) 682-2744
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Starbucks in Wilsonville

(As of 2005)
Boones Ferry & Wilsonville
30299 SW Boones Ferry Rd
SW Elligsen & I-5
25600 SW Argyle
8269 SW Wilsonville Rd
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Wilsonville High Schools (2004)

Serves 894 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.4

Wilsonville Colleges

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