Introduction to Lake Oswego, Oregon

Lake Oswego, Oregon, in Clackamas county, is 7 miles S of Portland, Oregon.

Lake Oswego History

Oswego and Lake Grove merged in 1959 to form Lake Oswego. The earliest inhabitants in the area were the Clackamas Indians. The town of Oswego was founded by Albert Alonzo Durham in 1847 and was incorporated in 1910. The first railroad arrived in the city in 1886.

Lake Oswego and nearby Attractions

  • Gresham History Museum
  • Portland Art Museum
  • Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
  • Milo McIver State Park
  • Bald Peak State Park
  • Tryon Creek State Natural Area

Things To Do In Lake Oswego

Lake Oswego offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. The area has numerous parks like Waluga Park West, Canal Acres Nature Park, River Run City Park and Freepons City Park. The Rail Depot Museum, the Harlow House Museum and the Barn Museum are all accessible from lake Oswego as well. Fishing and boating facilities are available at Rainbow End Lake and Lake Oswego. The Willamette Stone State Heritage Site and the McLoughlin House National Historic Site can also be visited from Lake Oswego.

Lake Oswego Transportation

Portland International Airport is nearby.

Lake Oswego Higher Education

Higher studies can be pursued at Lewis and Clark College, the University of Portland and Portland State University.


Total Population 37,628
Male Share of the Population 46.4%
Female Share of the Population 53.6%
Senior Citizens 18.1%
Employed Population 16+ 17,630
Age of the Population 45


% of people married 58.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 65.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $125,159
% Above Poverty Level 92.7%
% Below Poverty Level 7.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 11.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.4%
% Using Public Transportation 4.3%


People Living Alone 31.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,299
Median House Value $484,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.1%
US/American 0.1%
English 15.3%
Irish 13.4%

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

Lake Oswego Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 7 miles S of Portland, Oregon
County Clackamas
Standard Zip Codes 97034, 97035
Phone Area Codes 503
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 45.42
Longitude -122.669

Lake Oswego Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 5.9 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 6.7 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
Distance 10.3 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Lake Grove (97034, 97035)

Mountain Park (97035)

Oswego (97034)

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
Milwaukie 20,566 $65,610
Tigard 50,276 $82,639
West Linn 25,963 $101,181

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

Lake Oswego Public Libraries

Lake Oswego Public Library
Lake Oswego, Oregon
(503) 636-7628
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Student/teacher ratio: 21.2

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Student/teacher ratio: 21.2

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