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Over 200 businesses call Downtown Oregon City home.

 

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About Oregon City

Downtown Oregon City is the civic and cultural heart of historic Oregon City. Opening a business in downtown Oregon City is not just joining a vibrant marketplace but a long-standing community. Just 13 miles south of Portland, it is a quaint small town with big city amenities. Established in 1829 by John McLoughlin and incorporated in 1844, Oregon City is the first incorporated city in the western United States and is the official end of the Oregon Trail. It has a proud industrial heritage and is home to generations of hardworking, independent Oregonians.

Carved out by the ice age and Missoula floods over 15,000 years ago, downtown Oregon City is nestled between a 100-foot bluff and the Willamette River and seated at the base of mighty Willamette Falls. It is the birthplace of industry in the American west and was once known for its lumber, paper, flour, and woolen mills. It is fast transforming into a vibrant business district on the cusp of something great. Now, as this special place reinvents itself, you have the opportunity to write the new chapter of Oregon’s Hometown™.

Fast Facts

  • National historic sites and the official end of the Oregon Trail
  • Over 30 restaurants and pubs
  • Over 40 retailers
  • First floor vacancy: 9%
  • 13 miles to downtown Portland and 60 miles from Mt. Hood
  • TriMet transportation center in downtown
  • Access to major highways
  • Home of the Willamette Falls Legacy Project
  • Population of Oregon City: 36,000 and rising!
  • Population within 20 minutes: 474,526

Interested in opening a business or developing property in Downtown Oregon City? Email us or give us a call!


At the End of the Oregon Trail.

On the mighty Willamette River.

 
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Reasons to do Business in Downtown Oregon City

 Portland Metro's Small Town Experience

Portland Metro's Small Town Experience

 Accessible to Transit and Regional Highways

Accessible to Transit and Regional Highways

 Downtown Oregon City Association

Downtown Oregon City Association

 Rendering of proposed Willamette Falls Overlook. Image courtesy Willamette Falls Legacy Project.

Rendering of proposed Willamette Falls Overlook. Image courtesy Willamette Falls Legacy Project.

Demographics & Data

Downtown Oregon City Association conducts and compiles data and research regularly.

Household Profiles

Within a 20-minute drive of downtown Oregon City is a diverse cross section of rural, suburban, and urban communities. Nearby affluent West Linn and Happy Valley are joined by southeast Portland neighborhoods. Close in, Oregon City’s middle ground demographic in its historic neighborhoods is quickly being joined by young families and professionals from the greater Portland area.

Within a 5-minute drive of downtown the following are the top household types. (Collected in 2016 from ESRI.)

FRONT PORCHES - 28%

Friends and family are important to this demographic group. Employment tends to be more blue-collar.

BRIGHT YOUNG PROFESSIONALS- 24%

More educated, urban, and employed in white-collar jobs. Primarily rent housing over owning.

OLD AND NEWCOMERS - 22%

Primarily single or couples without children, they are technology oriented and are just beginning their careers or are retiring.

SAVVY SUBURBANITES - 11%

The most affluent of our demographic types with a median household income of $104,000.

PARKS AND REC - 9%

Young families and homeowners in established neighborhoods.

Annual Community Research

DOCA conducts annual community market research focusing on behavior of consumers in the Downtown District. The next survey will be released in August 2018.

Residents & Income

TRADE AREA RESIDENTS

  • 474,526 individuals within 20 minutes
  • 186,928 households within 20 minutes

HOUSEHOLD INCOME

  • $6,365 Median HH Income Oregon City
  • $78,668 Average HH Income Oregon City
  • $59,849 Median HH Income 20 min
  • $60,502 Average HH Disposable Income 20-min drive radius

AREA HOUSEHOLDS BY AGE OF HOUSEHOLDER

  • 25 to 34 years - 14 percent
  • 35 to 44 years - 18 percent
  • 45 to 54 years - 20 percent
  • 55 to 64 years - 20 percent

Pedestrian and Vehicle Counts

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67,212 pedestrians per month

Either take the Municipal Elevator or walk up the grand staircase every month. 

Since August 2017, five advanced sensors have been collecting hourly data on pedestrian and vehicle direction of travel and count. Custom reports are available. To learn more and to download standard reports, click the link below.

Interested in learning more about any of this data or to discuss your investment opportunity? Contact Liz Hannum at liz@downtownoregoncity.org or (503) 802-1640 x102.

Available Property

All available property may not be listed. To list a property or inquire about opportunities not listed, contact Liz Hannum at liz@downtownoregoncity.org or (503) 802-1640 x102.

"Oregon City just might be one of the prettiest little cities within a stone’s throw of Portland."

Road Trip: Oregon City (travelportland.com, April 2016)

 
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