Join our vibrant  business community.

Over 200 businesses call Downtown Oregon City home.

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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 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

 
 
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Portland Metro's Small Town Experience

Residents and visitors cite Oregon City’s small town charm as one of their favorite characteristics. Oregon City is investing heavily into enhancing its most favored attributes including quaint streetscape and civic events. 

 
 Pictured:  DOCA staff  getting ready for 2017's Trick or Treat on Main Street

Pictured: DOCA staff getting ready for 2017's Trick or Treat on Main Street

Downtown Oregon City Association & Partners

DOCA is an award-winning nationally accredited Main Street organization and is leading the revitalization of downtown Oregon City. It collaborates with industry as well as key nonprofits and agencies including Oregon City Economic Development Department, Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory (Clackamas County Tourism & Cultural Affairs), Rediscover the Falls & Willamette Falls Legacy Project, Oregon City Chamber of Commerce, Metro, Oregon Heritage, Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition, and others. This coalition of trail blazers all play a part in making Downtown Oregon City an attractive place to invest and visit.

 
 Downtown district, shown in red.

Downtown district, shown in red.

ACCESSIBILITY TO TRANSIT AND REGIONAL HIGHWAYS

Interstate 205 and highways 99E & 43 pass through or are immediately adjacent to downtown, providing regional vehicular connectivity. Both Amtrak and Tri-Met have stations within the district connecting downtown Oregon City to downtown Portland and outlying communities as well as southern Oregon and Seattle. Bicycle and walking trails connect Oregon City to surrounding towns. 

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

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

Willamette Falls Legacy Project and Other Planned development 

Downtown Oregon City is home to the much anticipated Willamette Falls Riverwalk and future redevelopment of the former Blue Heron Paper Mill. 244 luxury housing units are currently under construction on the north end of Main Street adjacent to Clackamette Cove. Another 36 units are planned to begin construction at the corner of 10th and Main Street as early as Summer 2018. A Hampton Inn & Suites destined for a site next to the Amtrak Station is currently undergoing land-use approval.

2018 will be the first year Downtown Oregon City has seen the construction of new buildings in decades.


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

 

"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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Available Property

All available property may not be listed. To list a property or inquire about opportunities not listed, contact Allison Brown at allison@downtownoregoncity.org or (503) 802-1640 x103.

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.)

SAVVY SUBURBANITES - 19%

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

OLD AND NEWCOMERS - 18%

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

FRONT PORCHES - 17%

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

PARKS AND REC - 15%

Young families and homeowners in established neighborhoods.

SOCCER MOMS - 13%

More affluent and established families with a median household income of $84,000.

Annual Community Research

DOCA conducts annual community market research focusing on behavior of . The next survey will be released in March 2018.

Residents & Income

TRADE AREA RESIDENTS

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

HOUSEHOLD INCOME

  • $60,256 Median HH Income Oregon City
  • $71,515 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 Allison Brown at allison@downtownoregoncity.org or (503) 802-1640 x103.