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The Best Places to Live in Oregon: An In-Depth Guide

If you’re looking for a place to live in Oregon, you might feel overwhelmed by the amount of options. While the best real estate decisions are made with the help of a real estate agent, we’ve put together a list of the best places to live in Oregon to give you a head start.
If you’re looking for a place to live in Oregon, you might feel overwhelmed by the amount of options. While the best real estate decisions are made with the help of a real estate agent, we’ve put together a list of the best places to live in Oregon to give you a head start.

Choosing a place to live is no small task. It's important to find a location where your quality of life, access to work opportunities, and the affordability of the area are in relative balance.

The place you call home should sustain you, inspire you, and serve as a place where you feel safe. Access to enjoyable activities, relative safety, a sense of community, and diversity are just a few of the factors that may be important to you.

If you’re moving to Oregon, finding a specific city to call home might seem overwhelming. Fortunately, we've researched cities in Oregon based on metrics that people find important and developed a list of the five best places to live.

Remember to always consult with a local real estate agent once you know where you're moving so you can obtain expert guidance throughout the home buying process.

Northwest Heights

Northwest Heights is a neighborhood in the city of Portland, Oregon. With a population of just 3,808, this neighborhood has a small town vibe, even though it's nestled in a much larger city.

If you like urban neighborhoods with high safety ratings and a close-knit feeling, Northwest Heights is a promising option for you.

According to April data from Zillow, the median home value in this neighborhood is $745,600, a value that decreased by 2.2% in the last 12 months and is projected to decrease another 1.5% in the next 12 months.

While it's not a considerable decrease, it's enough to create a buyer's market.

According to Niche, violent and property crimes in the area are at or near zero. The median household income is $158,988, and 34% of residents are families with children.

Northwest Heights is situated near multiple top-rated schools, and residents enjoy the safety and family-friendly nature of the area, and its proximity to reliable public transportation and multiple parks.

Sexton Mountain

Sexton Mountain is a neighborhood in Beaverton, Oregon with a population of 13,788. This urban neighborhood has a low crime rate, is diverse, and 36% of residents are families with children.

The neighborhood is close to 20 top rated schools ranging from charter schools to public and private schools.

The median home value in Sexton Mountain, according to April data from Zillow, is $450,800. Home values increased by 1.5% in the last 12 months and are expected to decrease by 0.2% in the next 12 months.

Residents say they enjoy the sense of community and relative safety of the area, and the proximity to downtown Beaverton’s exemplary culinary scene.

Bend

Bend, Oregon is a town of 87,167 that's popular among families and retirees. It's a safe, small community with a suburban atmosphere that’s sure to win over anyone who loves the great outdoors.

Crime rates in Bend fall far below the national average, and residents report feeling safe and part of a close-knit community that cares about each other.

Housing is affordable here, with April data from Zillow marking the median home value in the area at $440,400. Values here are expected to increase 3.7% in the next 12 months after an increase of 8.1% in the last 12 months. About 12.6% of listings have a price cut associated with them, which is promising news for home buyers in the area.

Corvallis

If you’re looking for a suburban town that's close to nature but still provides access to city comforts, Corvallis is a great place to start your search.

About 56,224 people call Corvallis home, and residents praise the town for its safety, sustainability, and an abundance of opportunities to venture into the great outdoors without venturing far from home.

There are many top-rated schools nearby, making it a great choice for families with children. The median home value in Corvallis is $371,200, a value that rose 7.4% in the last 12 months and is expected to rise another 2.8% in the next 12 months according to April 2019 data from Zillow.

Eugene

One of the larger cities on this list, Eugene has a population of 163,135 residents, most of whom love the area for its natural beauty, diversity, and abundance of friendly neighbors.

The median home value in Eugene according to April data from Zillow is $313,200. Home values rose by 7.1% in the last 12 months and are expected to increase another 3.8% in the next 12 months.

Eugene is consistently rated as one of the best places to live in Oregon, and one of the best small towns in the U.S. It's a great choice for those who appreciate nature, community, and sustainability, and is widely embraced by families, young professionals, and retirees alike.

Next Steps

Whenever you're deciding about the purchase of a home, it's always best to work with an experienced local real estate agent for guidance and support.

Clever Partner Agents are full service, flat fee real estate agents who are verified top performers in their local markets. They can provide you with expert guidance and help you find the best location and home for you.

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Reuven Shechter

Reuven Shechter is the Outreach Coordinator at Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects you with top real estate agents to help save on commission. He spreads the word about Clever, disseminating studies to journalists and developing relationships with media outlets. Reuven is passionate about investing in real estate and creating lasting success for families. His writing has been featured in Max Real Estate Exposure, Leverage Marketing, and more.

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