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Forest Grove

Forest Grove, Oregon

  •   State: 
    Washington County
    Forest Grove
      County FIPS: 
    45°31′11″N 123°6′38″W
      Area total: 
    6.03 sq mi (15.61 km²)
      Area land: 
    5.89 sq mi (15.26 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.14 sq mi (0.35 km²)
    210 ft (60 m)
    1872; Incorporated 1872
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
    Pacific Standard Time (PST) UTC-8:00; Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) UTC-7:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Forest Grove, Washington County, Oregon, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    4,451.71 residents per square mile of area (1,718.78/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Income taxes: 

The population was 21,083 at the 2010 census, an increase of 19.1% over the 2000 figure (17,708) The name Forest Grove was selected on January 10, 1851, at a meeting of the trustees of Tualatin Academy (later known as Pacific University). The name referred to a grove of oak trees that still stand on what is now the campus of the university. Pacific University has been the most distinctive aspect of the town throughout its history. Old College Hall on campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places along with nine other structures in the city. Forest Grove is located on the western edge of the Portland metropolitan area and the Willamette Valley. The Oregon Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion-218th Field Artillery Regiment is headquartered in Forest Grove. The city was platted in 1850, the first in Washington County, and was incorporated in 1872. In 1880, the now Chemawa Indian School opened in the town to forcibly assimilate Native American children, but moved to Salem in 1884. In November 1908, the Oregon Electric Railway (OE) began serving the city, and in January 1914, competitor Southern Pacific (SP) followed suit, opening its own line, separate from OE's. Both railroads provided freight and passenger service, being known as the Red Electric. The Red Electric passenger service to Forest Grove ended in 1929 and Oregon Electric's ceased in 1932. One of the largest Giant Sequoia trees of Oregon can be found in the state of Oregon.


Forest Grove is the primary city name, but also Glenwood are acceptable city names or spellings, Verboort on the other hand no longer accepted or obsolete and are no longer used as a designation. The official name is Forest Grove, Oregon. The name Forest Grove was selected on January 10, 1851, at a meeting of the trustees of Tualatin Academy. The name referred to a grove of oak trees that still stand on what is now the campus of the university. In 1860, the population reached 430, but declined to 396 in 1870. In 1880, the now Chemawa Indian School opened in the city to forcibly assimilate Native American children, but moved to Salem in 1884. The city started the Fire Department in 1894. The population reached nearly 1,300 in 1900. The Oregon Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion-218th Field Artillery Regiment is headquartered in Forest Grove. In February 2016, a high-pitched, hissing noise called the Forest Grove Sound was heard by several residents of the town. There are 12 properties individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places and two historic districts: the 18-block Clark Historic District with homes dating as far back as 1854 (and several dozen pre-1900) and the Painter's Woods Historic District. The town is home to Pacific University, which was founded in 1851. It is also home to the Oregon & California Railroad, which opened its depot in 1908. The Red Electric passenger service to Forest Grove ended in 1929 and Oregon Electric's ceased in 1932. The City of Forest Grove is located in the eastern part of theascade region of Oregon, near the towns of Salem and Corvallis. It was the first city in the county to be incorporated.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.88 square miles (15.23 km²) Forest Grove is located on the western edge of the Portland metropolitan area and the Willamette Valley. One of the largest Giant Sequoia trees of the state of Oregon can be found in Forest Grove. This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F (22.0 °C) According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Forest Grove has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps. The city is home to the Oregon State Museum, which has a collection of more than 2,000 pieces of art, including the Oregon National Museum of Natural History and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. It is also the home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which runs through the end of the year in the town of Forest Grove, Oregon. The town has a population of about 2,500. It has an area of about 5.74 square miles, or 14.87 km², with 0.14 square miles of land and 0.36 km² of water. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the city's population at 2,788. The area has an average monthly temperature of 72.6°F (24.7°C) and an average annual rainfall of 1,856.7 square miles (3,836.7 km²).


As of the census of 2010, there were 21,083 people, 7,385 households, and 4,871 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 78.8% White, 0.8%, African American, 1.1% Native American, 2.6% Asian and 0.3% Pacific Islander, 12.5% from other races, and 3.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 23.1%. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.31. The median income for a household in theCity was $40,135, and the median income. for a family was $47,733. About 10.4% of families and 14.3%. of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.2% of those under age 18 and 11.4%. of those age 65 or over. The city is located on the U.S.-Mexico border. The U.N. has a consulate there. It has a population of 17,708, and a population density of 3,673.0 inhabitants per square mile (1,418.2/km²) The city's population is expected to grow to 21,000 by the end of the year. The population is predicted to reach 20,000 in the next few years. It is one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, with a population growth rate of 7.7% in the past decade.


The principal landmark of Forest Grove is Pacific University, a private school of higher education. Forest Grove, as well as Cornelius, Gales Creek, and Dilley, are all part of the Forest Grove School District. Pacific University is located in Forest Grove's historic downtown area. Its significant buildings include Old College Hall and Marsh Hall. The university is located on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles. The campus is home to the California Institute of Technology and the California State University, San Diego. It is also the home of the Pacific Institute of Education, which was founded in 1881. The University of California is located in the historic downtown Forest Grove area of Forest Grove, California. It was founded by the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1883. The University of California, founded in 1881, is the oldest private university in the United States. It has a campus of more than 1,000 faculty and university facilities. It is also home to a number of other colleges and universities, including California State Universities and the California State Institute of Technology, including the California Institute of Engineering and Technology, and the College of Southern Institutions of Technology, which was founded in 1954. The Forest Grove district is home to several high schools, including Forest Grove High School and Forest Grove College.

Public transportation

Forest Grove is within the TriMet district. TriMet's bus line 57-TV Highway/Forest Grove operates seven days a week. Yamhill County Transit Area (YCTA) bus line 33-Hillsboro/MAX also stops in Forest Grove weekdays. A free, non-profit bus service called "GroveLink" goes through the suburban areas of the city. The city is home to the Forest Grove High School football team, which won the state championship in 2010. The school's football team also won the Oregon State Championship in 2011. The football team finished second in the state in the 2010 Oregon State Football Championship game. The team lost to Oregon State University in the final game of the season, which was played in Portland. The game was the first time the team had ever played in the city, and the first since the city was founded in 1903. The victory was followed by a state championship for the football team in the following year's Oregon State Championships. The final game was won by Oregon State College of Science and Arts, which also played a role in the creation of the Portland Trailblazers. The win was the city's first in the Oregon Trailblazer Series, which began in the late 1950s and has since won three state championships. The town also won a state title in the 1971 Oregon State Fair, which took place in Beaverton, Beaverton and the town's suburb of Hillsboro. It was also the first city in the Portland region to win the state's "TriMet Award" for the best bus service.

Sister cities

Forest Grove's sister city is Nyzen, Japan. Forest Grove has a sister city with Nyzen in Japan called Nyzen-Nyzen. The town also has sister cities with Tokyo, Osaka, and Yokosuka. It is also sister to several other U.S. cities, including San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, and New York City. It also has an international sister city, with sister cities in Germany, France, Italy, and Switzerland. It has sister city relations with several other countries, such as Nambia, Mexico, and South Korea, as well as with the U.N. and Australia. The city is also a member of the Japan-U.S.-U.K. Sister City Association. It was founded in 1872 and is the town's first sister city in 1883. It's also a sister town with the city of Nyzen. It had sister city relationships with Tokyo and Nambu, Japan, from 1881 to 1885. In 1885, Forest Grove was sister city to Nambou, Japan; it is now sister city of Tokyo-Nagasaki, Japan and Tokyo-Sarasota, South Korea. It will also have sister city status with Tokyo-Yokosuka, Japan in the future. It may also be sister to Tokyo-Tokyo-Nambu in the 2030s, and may become sister to Nagasaki-Nigeria in the 2070s.

Film location

In the 1990s, filming for the television show, Nowhere Man, took place in Forest Grove. In 2015, an episode of The Librarians was filmed at Pacific University and two other sites. The city's historic Forest Theater hosted a free public screening of the episode at the same time it aired on TV. The episode was aired on the same night as the city's free movie screening of The Hobbit, which was also filmed in the city. The film was released on Blu-ray and DVD in October 2015.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Forest Grove, Washington County, Oregon = 36.5. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 52. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 99. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Forest Grove = 3 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 1,977 individuals with a median age of 33.2 age the population grows by 16.94% in Forest Grove, Washington County, Oregon population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 4,451.71 residents per square mile of area (1,718.78/km²). There are average 2.69 people per household in the 7,303 households with an average household income of $48,251 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 9.40% of the available work force and has dropped -5.76% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 19.08%. The number of physicians in Forest Grove per 100,000 population = 237.8.


The annual rainfall in Forest Grove = 45 inches and the annual snowfall = 9.7 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 154. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 141. 82 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 32 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 63, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Forest Grove, Washington County, Oregon which are owned by the occupant = 52.82%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 28 years with median home cost = $214,140 and home appreciation of -11.64%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $10.92 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $5,168 per student. There are 20 students for each teacher in the school, 510 students for each Librarian and 371 students for each Counselor. 5.96% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 12.62% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 8.43% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Forest Grove's population in Washington County, Oregon of 1,096 residents in 1900 has increased 1,8-fold to 1,977 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.63% female residents and 48.37% male residents live in Forest Grove, Washington County, Oregon.

    As of 2020 in Forest Grove, Washington County, Oregon are married and the remaining 42.43% are single population.

  • 26.5 minutes is the average time that residents in Forest Grove require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    69.94% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 12.84% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 3.85% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 3.89% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Forest Grove, Washington County, Oregon, 52.82% are owner-occupied homes, another 42.26% are rented apartments, and the remaining 4.93% are vacant.

  • The 24.89% of the population in Forest Grove, Washington County, Oregon who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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