Beaverton City Trivia

June 9, 2016 11:48 pm Published by 4 Comments

By Beaverton Historical Society

  • Up to 20,000 visitors visit our Farmer’s Market each week!
  • Average rainfall: 36.3 inches per year (about 6 inches less than Baltimore).
  • City size: 18.7 square miles
  • Coordinates: N 45º 29.14 W 122º 47.84 (latitude / longitude)
  • Elevation above sea level:
  • Low: 131.7 feet above sea level (at the Progress Ridge Rock Quarry)
  • Average: 189 feet above sea level
  • High: 698.2 feet above sea level (just north of
    Highway 26 and Camelot Center)
  • Form of government: Strong mayor (mayor / council)
  • Location: Seven miles west of Portland, Oregon
  • Population density: 4,821 residents per square mile
  • Property tax statement: $4.24 per $1,000 assessed value for operations and debt service (figure based on 2012-2013 tax year)
  • Voted 2013 Safest City in Oregon (by CQ Press)
  • Received 2012 Mayors’ Climate Protection Award (by U.S. Conference of Mayors)
  • Received “Smarter City” Energy Leader Designation (by Natural Resources Defense Council)
  • Voted 100 Best Places to Live in America (by Money magazine)
  • Voted Best places to Raise Kids (by BusinessWeek magazine)
  • Voted Top 25 Suburbs for Retirement (by
  • Voted 100 Best Walking Cities in America (by Prevention magazine)
  • Received 2008 Recycler of the Year (from the Association of Oregon Recyclers)
  • Received Tree City USA Designation (by the Arbor Day Foundation)
  • Received Bicycle Friendly Community, Bronze Award (by the League of American Bicyclists)
  • Received Green Power Community Designation (by Environmental Protection Agency)
  • Received Public Involvement Project of the Year, Beaverton Community
  • Vision program (by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter)
  • How big is Beaverton? 18.6 square Miles
  • Beaverton’s average elevation is 186 feet above sea level.
  • Beaverton’s general cost of living index is 110.9 which is over twice as low as
  • New York (212.1) and lower than San Francisco (177.0), San Diego (141.0) and Seattle (118.6).
  • Beaverton is rated the safest city in the pacific northwest and in the top 50 nationwide.
  • The Beaverton School District is the 3rd largest in Oregon.
  • Percentage of female population (2010): 51.4%
  • Percentage of Foreign born persons (2011): 21.8%
  • Number of veterans: 5724
  • Number of housing units (2010): 39500
  • Homeownership rate (2011): 49.7%
  • Number of households: 36,458
  • Median household income: $55,115
  • Persons below poverty level (2011): 12.1%
  • Total number of businesses (2007: 9381)
  • Persons per square mile (2010): 4,795
  • Hottest month: July (average temp of 81 with a record high of 106 in 2006)
  • Coldest month: Feb (average temp of 35 with a record low of 0 in 1983)
  • December is the wettest month of the year.
  • At an average of 36 inches of rain per year, Beaverton ranks lower than both Baltimore and Miami.
  • Beaverton’s longest daylight stretch during the summer is almost 16 Hours! (5:21am to 9:02pm)
  • In 1990, Beaverton received over 9 inches of snow over a two day period.
  • Beaverton has over 200 parks with 30 miles of hiking trails and a 25 mile bike path network.


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This post was written by Michael Wong


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  • jon frew says:

    I just moved into the Westbrooke neighborhood and am curious about how this planned community came to be in 1968.
    I have not been able to find any information about it.

    • Michael Wong says:

      Hello Jon, the area to the west of downtown has a very long history stretching back to the founding of the city back in 1868. It wasn’t incorporated until 1900 when the city had around 500 persons. Mostly farmland in the beginning, there was a housing boom in the 1920s that was followed by large developers who created communities like Westbrooke. For specifics about Westbrooke itself, I would direct my questions to the developers. Good luck and let me know if you have other questions. — Michael

  • trivago says:

    The City of Beaverton s collection of more than 300 historic photographs is now available through the City s Web site.

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