Best Places to Live

Beaverton, OR

Population: 99,442
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Located just seven miles west of Portland, Beaverton is one of the best places to live and work — and it’s easy to see why. More than 97,000 residents call Beaverton home, taking advantage of its beautiful neighborhoods, family-friendly amenities and active lifestyle. You’ll find plenty of space to roam here, as Beaverton is home to more than 1,000 acres of parks (there’s a park within a half-mile of every home!) and 30 miles of hiking trails. You’ll find job opportunities in fields like software and information services, food processing, scientific and medical instruments and electrical equipment.

Top Industries and Employers: Nike, Tektronix and IBM are some prominent employers here in Beaverton.

Best Coffee Shop: Lionheart Coffee Co., a warm and friendly coffee company with a handful of locations around Beaverton.

Best Local Beer/Brewery: Ex Novo Brewing Company. In addition to brewing up some delicious beers, they also make incredible Detroit-style pizzas.

Must-Have Meal: Do baked goods and pastries count as a meal? We hope so, because everything on the menu at Oyatsupan Bakers, a Japanese-inspired bakery in Beaverton, is amazingly delicious.

Best Co-Working Space: Millikan by SkyPoint Work, which is conveniently located next to Nike headquarters.

Best Meetup Spot (When Meeting Up Is a Thing Again): Lascala Food Hall, which has tons of food and drink options for everyone in your group. 

Creative Hub: Beaverton Arts Mix (aka BAM!). This annual art show and sale features works from more than 90 Oregon artists.

Favorite Weekend Activity: Watching the seasons change at Tualatin Hills Nature Park, a 224-acre preserve where you can spot birds, rough-skinned newts, wildflowers and other types of flora and fauna while exploring the 4.5 miles of trails.

Free Way to Have Fun: Going on a group run around Beaverton organized by Portland Running Company or the Oregon Road Runners Club.

Local Dream Job: Member of the Advanced Innovation team at Nike HQ, where you’ll help find and develop the latest athletic technologies.

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- Sarah Kuta

"Beaverton is an active, friendly and welcoming community with more for people to explore and enjoy than ever before. We have a thriving restaurant scene, our downtown has vibrant amenities, and we are one of the most diverse cities in Oregon. Each and every Beaverton neighborhood is a place to experience."

Denny Doyle
Mayor of Beaverton

Beaverton, OR Ranking Data

Civic
65
Demographics
59
Economy
57
Education
46
Health
48
Housing
39
Infrastructure
54