As one of the major economic centers of the Portland metro area, Beaverton is home to numerous corporations including Nike, Reser’s Fine Foods, Tektronix and the IBM Linux Technology Center. Home to just under 100,000 people, Beaverton was named by Money Magazine as one of the best places to live among smaller cities in the country.
Beaverton is just seven miles from downtown Portland, and it is known for its spacious lots and single-family homes. More recently new development projects are sprouting up around Portland’s MAX Light Rail system. This redevelopment effort includes new commercial shopping centers, professional buildings, mixed-use buildings and multi-family condos to lure in professionals and young families who need to commute into downtown Portland.
Beaverton has the third largest school district in Oregon, and more than half of the student population is of color. It is one of the most international and diverse communities in the region, with more than 100 primary languages spoken at students’ homes, including a large Latino and Asian population representing half of Oregon’s student population.
A very family-focused city, Beaverton has more than 100 parks throughout the city, which includes a vast amount of green area. Hiking trails, sports fields and bicycle paths traverse through the city.
Golf enthusiasts enjoy the nearby Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club, Progress Downs Municipal Golf Course and Pumpkin Ridge. For those who seek a quick escape to the beach, the Oregon coast is a little over an hour away from Beaverton. And for wine connoisseurs, nearby local wineries include Cooper Mountain Vineyards and Ponzi Vineyards, as the region is known for its Pinot Noir grape production.
In addition, Beaverton maintains natural habitats, including the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, the Jackson Bottom Wetlands, the Fernhill Wetlands and the Tualatin Hills Nature Park. These natural parks and hiking paths offer visitors opportunities to view waterfowl, a variety of birds and enjoy other types of wildlife.
Beaverton’s cultural diversity is very prominent, especially with the immersion of Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Hispanic grocery stores, shopping centers, restaurants and professional businesses.
The city’s naming was inspired by a nearby large body of water, created by beaver dams. The Atfalati Indians were the original inhabitants, until settlers arrived during the 19th century. In 1893 Beaverton was incorporated, and during the early portion of the 1920s, a movie studio known as Premium Picture Productions was located in Beaverton. Since, a series of small and large businesses and industries have come into the region and have remained in the city for decades.
In 2016, the average mediam home price in Beaverton: $295,000