Beaverton Community Profile

P.O. Box 4755, 4755 S.W. Griffith Drive, Beaverton, OR 97076-4755
Phone 503-526-2222 • Fax 503-526-2479
Web Page • E-Mail:

City Location

County(ies): Washington    Incorporated in 1893
Location: North Willamette Valley, near Portland-metro
Nearest Major Highway and Distance: I-5–8 miles
Nearest Major City and Distance: Portland–7.95 miles
Estimated Drive time: 11 minutes
Distance to Portland: 7.95 miles
Source: Oregon Department of Transportation, State of Oregon Map; Oregon Blue Book

Recreational Amenities

Beaverton boasts more than 100 parks, excellent schools, a strong economy and plenty of family activities. Proximity to downtown Portland, Mount Hood and the Oregon Coast make Beaverton a prime location from which to explore everything Oregon has to offer.

Planning a vacation or a tour through an area of Oregon? Visit the Oregon Tourism Commission's web site at for more information.

Source: City Administration, local chamber of commerce, local convention and visitor bureau


Elevation: 189'
Measurement Location: Portland

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Hottest Month: August Coldest Month: January
Driest Month: July Wettest Month: December
Precipitation—Average annual: 37.390"
Humidity (Hour 10, local time):
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Source: Oregon Climate Service


1990 2000
City of Beaverton 76,129 83,095
Washington County 311,554 445,342

Washington County has 727 sq miles and 689 persons/sq mile

Source: US Census; population per square mile figures based on 2006 PSU population estimates and Oregon Bluebook county square mileage

Community Age Groups

1980 1990 2000
Under 5 years 0 0 5,497

5-19 years 0 0 15,409

20-44 years 0 0 32,905

45-64 years 0 0 15,484

65+ years 0 0 6,834

Median Age 0 0 32.6

Source: US Census, 0 or N/A indicates data is not available. Median value is the middle value, not an average.


Total Housing Units 1980 1990 2000 Median Value of
Housing, 2000
City of Beaverton 32,507 $186,100
Washington County 89,348 124,716 178,913 $184,800

City of Beaverton 2000 Housing Breakout:
Vacancy Rate: 5.16%

Owner Occupied: 14,714
Median Owner Cost (mortgaged): $1,387
Renter Occupied: 16,107
Median Gross Rent: $649

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Source: US Census. Median value is the middle value, not an average.

Industry and Manufacturing

Principal Industries of the County(ies):
Washington County—Agriculture, business services, manufacturing (rubber & plastic; industrial machine & equipment, instruments, electronics)
Source: Oregon Employment Department, Covered Employment and Payroll Reports, 1998

Agricultural Products of the Area (Top 3 largest gross farm sales):
Washington County—Specialty products, grass and legume seeds, small fruits and berries
Source: Oregon State University, Extension Economic Information Office

Total Number of Manufacturing Companies in the County:
Washington County 838
Source: Oregon Employment Department, Covered Employment and Payroll Reports, 1998

Total Number of Manufacturing Companies in the City: 112
Source: City Administration

5 Largest Employers, Public and Private as of June, 2003

Employer—Product/Service Number of
Beaverton School District—Public schools 3,512

Stream International—Computer Consultants 948

Nike—Athletic footwear and apparel 715

Fred Meyer—Retail merchandise 540

City of Beaverton—Municipality 457

Source: City Administration

Oregon Employment Labor Market Information

For additional information visit the Oregon Employment Department, Labor Market Analysis database.


Public and Private Schools K–12

Public School District:
Beaverton School District 48J
16550 SW Merlo Rd
Beaverton, OR 97006-5152
Phone: 503-591-8000
Fax: 503-591-4415
Web site:

Staff and Enrollments:
District Certified Staff: reported October 2000—1,897
Total District Enrollment: reported October 2001—34,699

Other Schools in the School District (Private, Parochial)
To see if there are private and/or parochial schools in this district please visit
Source: Oregon Department of Education

Oregon Community Colleges and Public Universities

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Financial Information

Financial Institutions

Commercial Banks: 9
Savings and Loans: 3
Credit Unions: 3
Source: City Administration


Sales Tax—Oregon has no general sales tax.

Property Tax
Who pays? Owners of real and business personal property, according to the assessed value of taxable residential, commercial, farm, industrial, utility and timber property.

County assessors combine permanent operating tax rates (set in fiscal year 1997-98) with other levy rates to determine consolidated tax rates. These rates are applied to the assessed value of each property to determine the tax extended. A constitutional limitation is applied to the tax extended to arrive at the tax imposed for the property. For fiscal year 2009-10, the average tax rate was $9.50 per $1,000 of real market value. Maximum assessed value is limited to a 3% annual growth rate, unless certain changes affect the property. The assessed value of new construction is set at the average rate of similar properties in the area.

Additional and specific county information is available by contacting the Washington County assessor's office at 503-648-8741.

Business Taxes

Property—see above

Income—Corporations doing or authorized to do business in Oregon pay excise tax. Corporations not doing or authorized to do business, but having income from an Oregon source, pay income tax.

  • Corporate tax rate is 6.6% of first $10 million of taxable income and 7.6% of any amount of taxable income in excess of $10 million
  • Minimum excise tax for S corporations is $150
  • Minimum excise tax for C corporation is $150 for Oregon sales below $500,000 with a graduated increase up to $100,000 for Oregon sales of $100 or more.

For more information contact the Oregon Department of Revenue, 955 Center St., NE, Salem, OR 97301, 503-378-4988,

Unemployment Insurance—Employers pay this. For 2010, new employers are assigned a fixed rate of 3.1% of taxable wage base. Tax rates for existing employers are based on employers' experience and range from 1.8% to 5.4% of taxable wage base. Taxes are paid quarterly and are due by the end of the month following the quarter. In 2010, the tax is paid on the first $32,100 of wages paid to each employee. The rate schedule in effect depends on the balance in the Trust Fund as of August 31 each year and the amount of revenue needed to maintain the balance at a level adequate to pay benefits. For more information contact the Oregon Employment Department, 875 Union St., NE, Salem, OR 97301, 503-947-1488,

Utilities, Railroad, Weight-mile—Who pays? For-hire and private motor carriers operating into, within and through the state. The weight-mile tax is one of two components of transportation taxes in Oregon; the other is gas, use and jet fuel taxes. In general, vehicles are subject to one tax or the other, not both. Oregon bases its weight-mile tax on the number of miles traveled in Oregon and the weight of the vehicle. Per-mile rates depend on declared combined weight of vehicle. This tax is levied on all trucks weighing more than 26,000 pounds. Trucks subject to the weight-mile tax are exempted from Oregon's diesel fuel tax.

Several classes of trucks have the option of being taxed on an annual, flat-fee basis. Trucks operating under flat-fees can make monthly payments based on the average mileage for trucks of that type operating under the flat fee.

For more information contact the Oregon Department of Transportation, Motor Carrier Transport Branch, 550 Capitol St., NE, Salem, OR 97301-2530, 503-378-6699,


Motor Vehicle Licensing, Driver Licensing, Fuels—Who pays? Owners and operators of motor vehicles. Oil companies importing fuels. Truckers using Oregon highways. Fees—Registration fees, driver license fees and renewals. Contact the Oregon Driver & Motor Vehicle Services Division 503-945-5000,

Hunting and Fishing Licenses—contact Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, PO Box 59, Portland, OR 97207, general information 503-872-5268, licenses/tags/permits 503-872-5275,

Amusement Device Tax—An excise tax is imposed upon every person who operates an amusement device in Oregon. An amusement device is a video lottery game terminal. More information from the Oregon Lottery Commission, 500 Airport Rd SE, Salem, 97301,

Emergency Communications (9-1-1) Tax—Telephone companies providing local exchange access services in Oregon Collect this tax from their customers. The tax, which is $0.75 per line per month, is reported and paid quarterly. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue,

Hazardous Substance Fee—Paid by possessors of nonpetroleum hazardous substance. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue,

Petroleum Load Fee—Paid by petroleum suppliers and importers to Oregon. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue,

Timber Severance Tax—Paid by timber owners on harvested timber's value. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue,

Forest Products Harvest Tax—Paid on timber cut from any land in Oregon. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue,

Dry Cleaning Tax—Paid by operators of dry cleaning facilities. A tax also is imposed on the sale or transfer of dry cleaning solvents within Oregon. More information from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality,

Alcoholic Beverages—Manufacturers and/or import wholesalers of malt beverages and wines pay a privilege tax. Manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers of distilled spirits, malt beverages and wines pay license fees. Employees who serve alcoholic beverages pay for service permits. For more information contact the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, PO Box 22297, Portland, OR 97222, 503-872-5000 or 1-800-452-6522 (in Oregon),

Tobacco Products—Cigarette and tobacco products distributors are required to purchase tax stamps for cigarettes or pay a percentage of the wholesale price on other tobacco products. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue,

Transit Payroll Tax—paid by employers in the Tri-Met (Portland area) and Lane Transit District (Eugene) for mass transit systems. Administered by the Department of Revenue,

State Transient Lodging Tax—Public and private lodging providers who provide temporary overnight lodging must pay 1% state lodging tax. The tax in in addition to and not in place of any local transient lodging tax. Every lodging provider in Oregon collects the tax from the customer at the time the fee for lodging is paid. Contact the Oregon Department of Revenue for more information,

Many local governments in Oregon collect other taxes, such as hotel-motel taxes. Contact the city or county in which you are interested for more complete information about taxes in that area.

Source: Oregon Department of Revenue, "A Summary of Taxes," January 2010; County information—County Assessor's Office


Oregon's Business Incentives.

Community Services and Resources

Public Safety/Emergency Services

Fire Station(s) serving community: Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, 22 stations
Number of paid and volunteer firefighters: 384
Rating by Insurance Services Organization (ISO): 2*
Comments: Fire Station(s) serving community—22 total with 7 fire stations having a first response area in the city limits of Beaverton.
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, 2003

Police Department: Beaverton Police Department
Number of paid and reserve officers: 139

Comments: The Beaverton Police Department is a progressive, proactive police agency, committed to a community oriented policing and problem solving philosophy. In partnership with citizens, the agency strives to identify the root causes of crime, disorder, and fear of crime for the purposes of making long-term improvements in the safety and quality of life within the community. Dedicated to providing the highest quality service, the department's structure, strategies and programs, are continually reevaluated at the direction of the Administration to manage change as it is related to community growth, crime trends, and the evolving role of police in society. This has included working in partnership with other government agencies to identify strategies in which to maximize the service offered the public and protect citizens from threats arising locally and internationally. Strategies involve participating in county-based interagency teams for the purpose of sharing resources and intelligence, maximizing police resources, regionally and working in conjunction with federal government agencies on matters of security. Additional information is available from the city of Beaverton Web site at

Source: Beaverton Police Department, 2003

Nearest Hospital and distance: St. Vincent's Hospital, 2 miles to Portland
Regional Hospital and distance: St. Vincent's Hospital, 2 miles to Portland
Emergency services to community: Ambulance Service; Life Flight heliport at St. Vincent's hospital
General Clinic(s): 3
Source: City Administration

Communications Resources

Local Newspapers: Beaverton Valley Times (weekly)
Regional Newspapers: The Oregonian (daily); The Business Journal (weekly); The Portland Tribune (twice weekly)

Radio Stations: 28 stations available in the Portland-Metro area

TV Stations: 7 stations in the Portland-Metro area

Available Cable Television: Comcast (formerly AT&T Broadband Cable)

Telephone Service Provider(s): Depending on location, phone services are provided by Verizon Northwest, Qwest or AT&T

Local Internet Service Provider(s): Yes
Number of Internet Service Providers: approx. 11
Source: City Administration

Library System
1 Public Library; Member of the Washington Cooperative Library System
Source: City Administration

Planning Service/Regulatory

Regulatory System Year Acknowledged Year Last
Year of Periodic Review Comments
Comprehensive Plan 1981 2002 1995
Zoning Ordinance
Year Acknowledged: 1981; Year of Periodic Review: 2d Periodic Review began in 1995 on some selected parts of the ordinance.
Building Permit System
CRW Associates Permit System Implemented: May, 1999
Subdivision Ordinance
Year Acknowledged: 1981; Year Last Revised: 2002 (included in Development Code Update Project that was approved by City Council in August 2002 and became effective in September 2002). Year of Periodic Review: 1981 (no periodic review action taken on it since acknowledgement).
Strategic Plan
Economic Development Strategic Plan

Territory Covered by Zoning

Municipality Yes
County No
Source: City Administration

Industrial Lands

Does the Community seek industrial development? Yes
Community's available land and buildings—
Source: Business Oregon

Special Districts and Associations (ports, water, sewer, etc.)

Name of Special District and the Oregon Revised Statute it was created under:
Beaverton School District #48; Raleigh Water District; Tualatin Valley Water District; West Slope Water District; Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue; Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation; Tualatin Valley Irrigation District; Washington County S.W.C.D.; Clean Water Services; Barney Reservoir Joint Commission; Hillsboro-Forest Grove Joint Water Commission; Metropolitan Area Communications Commission; Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency 911; Portland Community College; Metro; Tri-Met; Port of Portland; Wolf Creek Water District; Metzger Water District; Portland School District.

Special Districts Association of Oregon—727 Center St., NE Salem, OR 97301, 503-371-8667 or 800-285-5461
Source: City Administration

Community Infrastructure

Water Supply

Operator: Joint Water Commission

District: Hillsboro/Forest Grove/Beaverton/Tualatin Valley Water District

Source: Surface Water; Tualatin River

Supply: Treated; Capacity (MGD)—18.00; Pressure (PSI)—50-100

Current Water Utilization on Meter Size (MGD): 8.9 average daily demand

Water Costs per thousand gallons: Base rate per/thousand = $2.35/1,000 gallons

Water Costs for Total Consumption of Residential: Based on 7,000 gallons = $20

Age of Water System: 1920

Water System Comment(s): Date represents oldest portion of system with original pipes in service

Compliance Issues: None

Water debt repayment included as part of tax assessment? No

Date of Current Master Plan: 1991, Revised master plan to be adopted in 2003.

Plans for Upgrading or Expanding: The city of Beaverton has an aggressive water main replacement program. Expansion of all elements of the water system (supply, transmission, storage and distribution) are planned for the future to meet future water demand, which is expected to rise from the current 8.9 to 11 MGD average daily demand in 2020 and from 16 MGD to 22 MGD for peak day demand for the same time frame.
Source: City Administration

Wastewater Treatment System

Operator: Clean Water Services
Age of Wastewater Collection System: 1950
District: Clean Water Services

System Design Capacity (MGD): the Rock Creek Facility covers Hillsboro and part of Beaverton: 39 MGD (average dry flow); the Durham Facility covers Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood, King City, Durham and part of Beaverton: 22.6 MGD (average dry flow)

System Utilization (MGD): 0 MGD

Collection System Fees: See Comments

Hook-up or Connection Fee: $35 residential, $45 commercial

Access Fee or System Development Fee: Single family dwelling $2,300

Comment(s) on Wastewater System: $16.07/mo single dwelling, $1.11 per unit (based on winter average usage)

Compliance Issues:

Date of Last Facility Plan: 2001

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion: Planned expansions of sanitary sewers are presented in the Clean Water Services 2000 Sanitary Sewer Master Plan and the city of Beaverton 2003 Sanitary Sewer Master Plan.

Storm Drain: Yes

Storm Water Discharge Fee:

Fees or issues related to storm drains: $5.50 per equivalent dwelling unit per month. Equivalent dwelling unit = 2,640 square feet.
Source: City Administration



Is there access to broadband infrastructure? Yes, fiber optic
Is there route diversity? Yes

Type Access Monthly Fee Other Fee
T1 Yes varies depending on distance and other services call for quotes
DSL Yes Varies depending on speed call for quotes
Cable Yes

For Oregon Telecommunications information and resources, visit

Natural Gas

Provider: Northwest Natural Gas

Lines and Feed: A range of sizes exists. Please contact Northwest Natural Gas at 503-226-4211 for more information.

Rate Structure: Residential rates and cost history. Industrial and commercial rates vary. Visit NW Natural or call 503-226-4211 for more information.

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion:


Provider: Portland General Electric

Lines and Feed: All jurisdictions in Washington and Multnomah counties, with the exception of Maywood Park and Forest Grove, use Portland General Electric for electrical service. Power is transmitted to the Portland area through 230kV transmission lines, where the voltage is stepped down to 115kV (and in some cases 57kV) for power transmission to distribution substations throughout the region. At each distribution substation, the voltage is further stepped down to 13kV for distribution through neighborhoods to homes and businesses. Customers can elect to choose the voltage at which they receive electric power service. Most homes and smaller businesses choose 120V480V. Larger businesses can receive power at either 13kV or 115kV, and use their own transformers and other equipment to step down the voltage to meet their specific requirements. For businesses with power-sensitive and high-reliability needs, special site-specific arrangements may be made, such as alternative service and backup generators.

Rate Structure
Residential rate (Schedule 7): $10 Basic Charge plus 5.918 cents per kWh for the first 250 kWh and 7.029 cents for all additional kWh above 250 kWh plus 3% public purpose charge and 38 cents per bill for low income bill payment assistance.

Small nonresidential rate (Schedule 32 or less than 30 kW): Basic Charge $10 for single phase and $16 for three phase. 7.547 cents per kWh for the first 5,000 kWh and 5.461 cents per kWh for all additional kWh above 5,000 kWh. This includes 0.038 cents per kWh for the low income bill payment assistance program before the 3% public purpose charge.

Large nonresidential and industrial rate: visit or call PGE Customer Service 1-800-542-8818.

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion:

Solid Waste Management

Provider: Served by eleven private solid waste haulers

Permit Status:

Utility Expansion Plans:

Utilities Sources: City Administration; PGE information supplied by PGE. Note: Utility rates are updated periodically. Actual rates may change more often than that. For the most current rate for any carrier please consult the Department of Energy Web site at



Highways: Beaverton is served by U.S. Highway 26 (Sunset Highway), Oregon 217, Oregon 8 (Tualatin Valley or Tualatin-Valley Highway), Oregon 10 (Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway; also Farmington Road) and Interstate 5

Transportation Access Fee: $0


Community Air Service: No

If no local service, list closest Air Facility: Portland International Airport, 10 miles

Air Passenger Service: No

Airport Freight Service: No

Air Service Comments:


Rail Service: Yes, Portland & Western (P & W)

If no local service, list closest Rail Service: Closest passenger rail service: Amtrak, Portland, OR (PDX), 800 N.W. 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209. Total Distance: 8 Miles; Estimated Time: 11 minutes

Freight Service: Yes

Passenger Service: No


Marine: No

Public Transportation

Transportation issues which might confront development, such as non-attainment air shed, etc.: Contact Metro at and/or Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) at

Public Transportation Comment: Light Rail Transit/Westside MAX—Blue Line. For more information on Tri-Met's services, call (503) 238-RIDE or visit

Services Available in the Community

Bus Service

Services Available in the Community: Yes, Tri-Met

Scheduled Bus Service Available: Yes

Buses Per Day:

Local Charter Services: Yes

Distance to Nearest Bus Service: Local

Trucking Service

Scheduled Freight Carrier Services: Yes

Overnight Express Parcel Service Available: Yes

Overnight Express Mail Service Available: Yes

Transportation Comments:

Other Transportation Resources

For more information relating to transportation topics please visit the Department of Transportation Web sites.
Bicycle and Pedestrian information
Public Transportation, bus and rail
Source: City Administration, local chamber of commerce (proprietary information)