Introduction to West Linn, Oregon

West Linn, Oregon, in Clackamas county, is 11 miles S of Portland, Oregon.

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 25,963
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 14.5%
Employed Population 16+ 12,457
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 61.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 55.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $101,181
% Above Poverty Level 95.2%
% Below Poverty Level 4.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 9.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 2.2%


People Living Alone 20%
Median Gross Rent $1,291
Median House Value $388,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.2%
US/American 0.2%
English 14.1%
Irish 12%

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

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 1,459 $90,227
Gladstone 11,741 $66,108
Johnson City 573 $40,500
Lake Oswego 37,628 $125,159
Milwaukie 20,566 $65,610
Oregon City 34,480 $70,143

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

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Serves 1,550 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.3

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