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Overview

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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population23,214
Male Share of the Population49.4%
Female Share of the Population50.6%
Senior Citizens13.1%
Employed Population 16+9,875
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married47.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher23.2%
Median Earnings25+$34,080
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,171
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,908

Wealth

Median Family Income$57,922
% Above Poverty Level84.6%
% Below Poverty Level15.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home7.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work6%
% Using Public Transportation3.1%

Housing

People Living Alone23.2%
Median Gross Rent$842
Median House Value$232,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)33.7%
German17.5%
English10%
Irish9.4%
Italian3.9%
Norwegian3.9%
Dutch3.6%
Swedish3%
Scottish2.5%
French Except Basque2.1%
Welsh1.8%
Polish1.5%
Danishn1.1%
Swiss0.6%
Russian0.5%
Belgian0.5%
Canadian0.5%
Romanian0.5%
Portuguese0.5%
Greek0.4%
Finnish0.4%
Czech0.4%
Hungarian0.3%
Lithuanian0.3%
Austrian0.2%
Nigerian0.2%
African0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Arab0.2%
Lebanese0.1%
Croatian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
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Forest Grove Almanac

CategoryValue
County Washington County
Standard Zip Codes97116
Phone Area Codes503
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude45.55
Approximate Longitude-123.15

Forest Grove Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationFOREST GROVE
Distance0.5 miles
Jan Temp32 to 46 F
Apr Temp39 to 62 F
Jul Temp54 to 83 F
Oct Temp41 to 66 F
Annual Precip45.8 inches
StationPORTLAND KGW TV
Distance20.7 miles
Jan Temp37 to 46 F
Apr Temp44 to 61 F
Jul Temp57 to 79 F
Oct Temp48 to 63 F
Annual Precip43.1 inches
StationN WILLAMETTE EXP STN
Distance23.9 miles
Jan Temp33 to 47 F
Apr Temp40 to 61 F
Jul Temp53 to 80 F
Oct Temp42 to 64 F
Annual Precip42.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Banks1,688$86,364
Cornelius12,241$59,508
Gaston558$52,143
Hillsboro100,462$75,553
North Plains2,072$82,292
Yamhill1,174$75,368

Forest Grove Public Libraries

Forest Grove City Library
2114 PACIFIC AVE
Forest Grove, Oregon
(503) 992-3247

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Forest Grove Hospitals

Tuality Forest Grove Hospital-er
1809 Maple St
(503) 359-6180

Forest Grove Public Schools

Dilley Elementary School
4115 Sw Dilley Rd
ZIP: 97116
(503) 359-2493
Primary
Total Enrollment 272
Fern Hill Elementary School
4445 Heather St
ZIP: 97116
(503) 359-2550
Primary
Total Enrollment 360
Forest Grove Community School
1914 Pacific Avenue
ZIP: 97116
(503) 359-4600
Primary
Total Enrollment 197
Forest Grove High School
1401 Nichols Ln
ZIP: 97116
(503) 359-2432
High
Total Enrollment 1892
Harvey Clarke Elementary School
2516 N B St
ZIP: 97116
(503) 359-2478
Primary
Total Enrollment 489
Joseph Gale Elementary School
3130 18th Ave
ZIP: 97116
(503) 359-2482
Primary
Total Enrollment 349
Neil Armstrong Middle School
1777 Mt View Ln
ZIP: 97116
(503) 359-2465
Middle
Total Enrollment 844
Tom Mccall Upper Elementary
1341 Pacific Ave
ZIP: 97116
(503) 359-2506
Middle
Total Enrollment 841

Forest Grove Private Schools

Visitation School
4189 Nw Visitation Rd
ZIP: 97116
Elementary
Total Enrollment 103
Westside Christian School
1531 Pacific Ave
ZIP: 97116
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 32
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