Fairview Community Profile

PO Box 337, 1300 NE Village Street, Fairview, OR 97024
Phone 503-665-7929 • Fax 503-666-0888
Web Page http://www.ci.fairview.or.us/ • E-Mail: husonc@ci.fairview.or.us

City Location

County(ies): Multnomah    Incorporated in 1908
Location: North Willamette Valley, 3 miles south of Oregon/Washington border
Nearest Major Highway and Distance: I-84 | local
Nearest Major City and Distance:
Gresham | 4 miles, Estimated Drive Time: 2 minutes
Distance to Portland: 11 miles

Source: Oregon Department of Transportation, State of Oregon Map; Oregon Blue Book

Recreational Amenities

11 city parks, Blue Lake, Chinook Landing, Mt. Hood National Forest, Multnomah Falls.

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

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


Elevation: 114'      Measurement Location: Portland WFSO

Monthly Ave. Low: 34°F           Monthly Ave. High: 80°F
Hottest Month: August                  Coldest Month: January
Driest Month: July                    Wettest Month: December
Average annual precipitation: 36.320"

Humidity (Hour 10, local time):
Average July afternoon humidity: 62%
Average January afternoon humidity: 82%

Source: Oregon Climate Service

Information in the Community Profiles was derived from many sources, including local, state and federal sources. The Oregon Business Development Department cannot accept responsibility for errors or omissions. Questions and comments may be directed to the department by telephone 503-986-0123, by fax 503-581-5115 or by email biz.info@state.or.us.

Profile Topics

Community Age Groups
Industries and Products
Demographic Data
5 Largest Employers
Economic Development Orgs
Financial Institutions
Business Taxes
Public Safety
Community Communications
Water Supply
Wastewater Treatment System
Natural Gas & Electrical

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City of Fairview2,391 7,561 9,425 9,585
Multnomah County 583,887 660,486 692,825 701,545
Sources: 1990, 2000 US Census; 2205, 2006 Center for Population Research and Census, Portland State University. 0 indicates data is unavailable.

Multnomah County 465 sq miles   1,509 persons/sq mile Sources: figures based on 2006 PSU population estimates;
Oregon Bluebook county square mileage

Community Age Groups

Under 5 years0 155 190 684

5-19 years0 0 484 1,635

20-44 years0 0 963 3,208

45-64 years0 0 448 1,478

65+ years0 196 306 556

Median Age0 0 33 30.1

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


Total Housing Units1970198019902000Median Value of
Housing, 2000
City of Fairview455 769 922 3,156 $141,800
Multnomah County 190,829 231,870 255,751 288,561 $157,900

City of Fairview 2000 Housing Breakout:Also visit Housing and
Community Services Web Site:
Vacancy Rate:9.19%
Median Owner Cost

Owner Occupied:1,686

Renter Occupied:1,145
Median Gross Rent:$695

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

Economic Development and Employment

Principal Industries of the County(ies):
Multnomah County—

Source: Oregon Employment Department, Covered Employment and Payroll Reports, 1998

Agricultural Products of the Area (Top 3 largest gross farm sales):
Multnomah County—Specialty products, vegetable crops, small fruits and berries

Source: Oregon State University, Extension Economic Information Office

Total Number of Manufacturing Companies in the County:
Multnomah County 1,386

Source: Oregon Employment Department, Covered Employment and Payroll Reports, 1998

Total Number of Manufacturing Companies in the City: 0
Source: City Administration

Economic Indicators

Multnomah CountyOregon


Labor Force376,271377,0761,802,9381,793,7731,840,133
Total Employment1,715,4531,679,9141,701,390
Unemployment Rate6.3%8.5%4.9%6.3%7.5%
Non-Farm Payroll Employment01,606,8001,596,1001,572,500
Total Covered Employment444,397428,9191,607,9441,596,9431,573,083
Total Covered Payroll
($ thousands county/
$ millions state)
Ave. Annual Payroll Per Employee$37,668$38,239$32,776$33,202$33,684
Number of Business Units24,38324,806108,432111,353113,097
Total Personal Income ($ millions)$225,958$228,546$94,999$98,500$101,358
Annual Per Capita Personal Income$$33,840$27,649$28,40028,792
Assessed Value of Property ($ millions)$0$63,415$198,911$210,435$219,878
Residential Construction
  Building Permits
  Value ($ thousands)





Travel Expenditures ($ millions)$0$169,300$6,133$6,128$6,208
Travel-Related Employment018,94089,80091,10090,200

 Preliminary Data
Sources: Oregon Employment Department; Center for Population Research & Census, PSU; U.S. Census Bureau; Bureau of Economic Analysis; Oregon Tourism Commission; Oregon Department of Revenue; Oregon Economic and Community Development Department.

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

Employer—Product/ServiceNumber of
Reynolds School District—Education 865

NACCO—Materials Handling Equipment 300

Townsend Farms—Fruit Growing/Processing 800

Eagle Heart Pallet—Pallet Manufacturing 15

Depot Signs—Sign Manufacturing 8

Source: City Administration

Oregon Employment Labor Market Information

This link takes you to the Oregon Employment Department, Labor Market Analysis database. County information can be obtained here. http://olmis.emp.state.or.us/—Click on Regional Information.

Local and Regional Economic Development Organizations

City of Fairview—http://www.ci.fairview.or.us/ 503-665-7929

Community & Economic Development, City of Gresham—http://www.ci.gresham.or.us/departments/cedd/ 503-618-2821

Metropolitan Service District—http://www.metro-region.org/ 503-797-1502

Port of Portland—http://www.portofportlandor.com/ 503-231-5000

East Metro Economic Alliance—http://www.ci.gresham.or.us/ 503-674-3222

Portland Development Commission Regional Partners—http://www.pdc.us/PROGRAMS/ECON_DEV.html 503-823-3342

Columbia Corridor Association 503-281-6850

Economic & Community Development Department Regional Development Officer—http://econ.oregon.gov/ 503-229-5115

Source: City Administration, local chamber of commerce, Oregon Economic and Community Development Department


Public and Private Schools K–12

Public School District:
Reynolds School District 7
1204 NE 201st Ave
Fairview, OR 97024-9642
Phone: 503-661-7200
Fax: 503-667-6932
Web site: http://www.reynolds.k12.or.us/
E-mail: reynolds@reynolds.k12.or.us

Staff and Enrollments:
District Certified Staff: reported October 2000—563
Total District Enrollment: reported October 2001—9,898

Other Schools in the School District (Private, Parochial)
To see if there are private and/or parochial schools in this district please visit http://www.ode.state.or.us/pubs/directory/

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Oregon Community Colleges and Public Universities

Oregon map with higher ed institutions identified

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For a list of public and private educational institutions in Oregon visit http://www.oregon4biz.com/ed.htm.


Oregon Economic and Community Development Department Workforce Advocate 503–986–0207, or visit http://www.oregon4biz.com/workforce.htm. Locate local workforce assistance at http://www.worksourceoregon.org/.

Financial Information

Financial Institutions

Commercial Banks: 1   Savings and Loans: 1   Credit Unions: 0

Source: City Administration


Sales Tax Oregon has no general sales tax.

Property Tax
Property—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 use permanent rates set for all taxing districts in fiscal year 1997–98, when taxes were significantly reduced with a statewide average 17 percent cut in tax levies. Certain types of levies are outside this reduction. The tax rates cannot exceed $15 per $1,000 of real market value. For 1997–98, all property was valued by county assessors at 90 percent of the July 1, 1995, levels. For subsequent years, assessed values are limited to a 3 percent annual growth rate. Construction since July 1, 1995, is valued at the average rate of similar properties in the area. Business personal property requires annual filing. One–third payment is due by November 15. If fully paid by November 15, a 3 percent discount is allowed. Special exemptions, tax relief programs and deferrals are available. For more information contact the Multnomah County assessor’s office at 503–248–3326.

Tax rates are representative of the largest tax code in the city. The rates are expressed as tax liability per $1,000 of assessed property value.

Multnomah County
Average Compressed Tax Rate 1997-98$18.79
Average Compressed Tax Rate 1998-99$18.82
Average 1999 Housing Value$110,282
Ave Res Property Tax Paid on Ave House 1997-98$2,023.86
Ave Res Property Tax Paid on Ave House 1998-99$2,075.51
Average School rate 1998-99 . . . . . . . . $6.50

Average Non-School Rate 1998-99. . . . $9.45

Average City Rate 1998-99 . . . . . . . . . $3.49

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. For more information contact the Oregon Department of Revenue, 955 Center St., NE, Salem, OR 97301, 503–378–4988, http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

Unemployment Insurance—Employers pay this. For 2002, new employers are assigned a fixed rate of 3 percent of taxable wage base. Tax rates for existing employers are based on employers' experience and range from 1 percent to 5.4 percent of taxable wage base. Taxes are paid quarterly and are due by the end of the month following the quarter. In 2002, the tax is paid on the first $25,000 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, web http://www.employment.oregon.gov/.

Utilities, Railroad, Weight-mile—Who pays? All railroads and investor-owned utilities operating with the state pay an annual fee. For-hire and private motor carriers operating into, within and through the state pay weight-mile taxes. Rates—limit of .25 percent of gross operating revenues of investor-owned utilities; .25 percent charged on 2002 revenues. Limit of .35 percent on gross operating revenues of railroads; .267 percent charged in 2002 revenues. Applications, plate fees and per-mile rates dependent on declared combined weight of vehicle. For more information contact the Oregon Public Utility Commission, 550 Capitol St., NE, Suite 215, Salem, OR 97301–2551, 503–378–6611, web http://www.oregon.gov/PUC/; Oregon Department of Transportation, Rail Section, 555 13th St., NE, Salem, OR 97310–1333, 503–986–4125, web http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/RAIL/; Oregon Department of Transportation, Motor Carrier Transport Branch, 550 Capitol St., NE, Salem, OR 97301–3871, 503–378–6699, web http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/MCT/.

Oregon's Business Incentives.

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, web http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/

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, web http://www.dfw.state.or.us/.

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, web http://www.oregonlottery.org/.

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, web http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

Hazardous Substance Fee—Paid by possessors of nonpetroleum hazardous substance. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

Petroleum Load Fee—Paid by petroleum suppliers and importers to Oregon. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

Timber Severance Tax—Paid by timber owners on harvested timber’s value. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

Forest Products Harvest Tax—Paid on timber cut from any land in Oregon. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

Dry Cleaning Tax—Paid by operators of dry cleaning facilities. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

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), web http://www.oregon.gov/OLCC/.

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, web http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

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, web http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

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 2002; County information–County Assessor’s Office

Community Services and Resources

Public Safety/Emergency Services

Fire Station(s) serving community:
Number of paid and volunteer firefighters: 82
Rating by Insurance Services Organization (ISO):
Comments: 2000 data; City contracts services from city of Gresham.
Source: Oregon State Fire Marshal, Oregon Fire Service Resource Directory 2000

Police Department: Fairview Police Department
Number of paid and reserve officers: 15

Nearest Hospital and distance: Mt. Hood Medical Center, 4 miles in Gresham
Regional Hospital and distance: Mt. Hood Medical Center, 4 miles in Gresham
Emergency services to community: Ambulance Service
General Clinic(s): 0

Source: City Administration

Communications Resources

Local Newspapers: The Gresham Outlook

Regional Newspapers: The Oregonian (Portland)

Radio Stations: City receives 28 Portland-metro area stations

TV Stations: City receives 7 Portland-metro area stations

Available Cable Television: Comcast

Telephone Service Provider(s): AT&T, Verizon

Local Internet Service Provider(s): No
Number of Internet Service Providers: Data unavailable at this time.
Source: City Administration

Library System
2 public libraries

Source: City Administration

Planning Service/Regulatory

Regulatory SystemYear AcknowledgedYear Last
Year of Periodic ReviewComments
Comprehensive Plan1980 1999 2005 Reviewed every five years.
Zoning Ordinance

Building Permit System

Subdivision Ordinance

Strategic Plan

Territory Covered by Zoning
Municipality Yes     County No
Source: City Administration

Industrial Lands
Does the Community seek industrial development? Yes
Access Statewide industrial lands database—http://www.oregonprospector.com/
Source: Economic and Community Development Department

Special Districts and Associations (ports, water, sewer, etc.)
Name of Special District and the Oregon Revised Statute it was created under:
Alto Park Water District, ORS; Burlington Water District; Columbia Drainage District #1; Corbett Water District; Lady Creek Water District; Lusted Water District; Metropolitan Service District; Multnomah County Drainage District; Multnomah County R.F.P.D. #10; Multnomah County R.F.P.D. #14; Multnomah County R.F.P.D. #20; Multnomah E.S.D.; Palatine Hill Water District; Peninsula Drainage District #1; Peninsula Drainage District #2; Pleasant Home Water District; Port of Portland; Powell Valley Road Water District; Ramsey-Walmar Road District; Riverdale R.F.P.D.; Rockwood Water PUD; Sandy Drainage District; Sauvie Island Drainage Improvement District Company; Sauvie Island Volunteer Fire District #30; Skyline Crest Road District; Tri-County Metro Transit District; Valley View Water District; Washington County E.S.D.; West Multnomah S.W.C.D.

Special Districts Association of Oregon—727 Center St., NE Salem, OR 97301, 503–371–8667 or 800–285–5461 http://www.sdao.com/
Source: City Administration


Water Supply

Operator: City of Fairview or Rockwood Public Utility District (A portioin of West Fairview is served by RWPUD)
Source: Ground Water Surface Water; Groundwater from City/Surface from Rockwood
Supply: Capacity (MGD)–4.3; Pressure (PSI)–40.00-60.00

Current Water Utilization on Meter Size (MGD): 0.80 MGD
Water Costs per thousand gallons: Base rate per/thousand = based on meter size and volume per cubic feet of water (variable per 100/cu ft $1.43/cu. ft.or 748 gallons)
Water Costs for Total Consumption of Residential: Based on 7,000 gallons; Base = 18.45 + (7,000G X 1.43/u X 1u/748G) = $31.83

Age of Water System: 1977

Water System Comment(s): System Development charges based on size. Hook up fees: installation fee based on meter size. Other fees/permits: $125 stand pipe connection fee.

Compliance Issues: None

Water debt repayment included as part of tax assessment? No

Date of Current Master Plan: 2002

Plans for Upgrading or Expanding: Capital improvement plan dated May 2000; Reservoir #3 (3 million gallons) to be constructed 2003/04.
Source: City Administration

Wastewater Treatment System

Operator: City of Gresham          Age of Wastewater Collection System: 1960
District: City of Fairview

System Design Capacity (MGD): 1.6 MGD     System Utilization (MGD): 0.80 MGD
Collection System Fees: $23.42/(residential) unit    Hook-up or Connection Fee: range $295 to cost
Access Fee or System Development Fee: $1,926 single family and mobile home park unit; $1,349 multiple family

Comment(s) on Wastewater System: Other costs: connection fee application and inspection $20-$25

Compliance Issues: None

Date of Last Facility Plan: 1997

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion: Refer to City of Gresham

Storm Drain: Yes    Storm Water Discharge Fee:
Fees or issues related to storm drains: $.1267/sq impervious sq. ft.; Monthly, non-residential fee, $2.65/1000 ft.impervious surface.
Source: City Administration


Is there access to broadband
Yes or No

If yes, check all that apply:
Microwave  Fiberoptic  Satellite

Is there route diversity? Data unavailable at this time.
AccessMonthly FeeOther Fee
T1 Data unavailable
DSL Data unavailable
Cable Data unavailable

For Oregon Telecommunications information and resources, visit http://www.oregon4biz.com/inn.htm.

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 rate is $.87016 per therm. Industrial and commercial rates vary. Please contact Northwest Natural Gas at 503-226-4211 for more information.

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion: None at this time.

Electrical—Provider: Portland General Electric (PGE)
Lines and Feed: 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 120V/480V. 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 http://www.portlandgeneral.com/ or call PGE Customer Service 1-800-542-8818.

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion: None at this time.

Solid Waste Management: Twelve Mile Disposal

Permit Status:

Utility Expansion Plans:

Utilities Source: City Administration; PGE information supplied by PGE. Note: We update utility rates periodically. Actual rates may change more often than that. For the most current rate for any carrier please consult the Public Utilities Commission web site at http://www.puc.state.or.us/commsion/default.htm Click on the Statistics 200x label (x being the most recent year).


Highways I-84 E/W route, local access   Transportation Access Fee: $0

Community Air Service No
If no local service, list closest Air Facility
Air Passenger Service: No
Airport Freight Service: No
Portland International Airport, 15 miles
Air Service Comments:

Rail Service: Yes Union Pacific
Freight Service: Yes    Passenger Service: No
If no local service, list closest Rail Service: Portland

Marine Yes
Description: Chinook Landing Boat Ramp on Columbia River
Docks, Port Facilities:
Plans for Upgrade/Expansion:

Transportation issues which might confront development, such as non-attainment air shed, etc.: Public transportation–Tri-met

Public Transportation Comment:

Bus Service Available in the Community: Yes Tri-Met
Scheduled Bus Service Available: Yes    Buses Per Day: 19
Local Charter Services: No 
Distance to Nearest Bus Service: Local

Trucking Service
Scheduled Freight Carrier Services: No  
Overnight Express Parcel Service Available: No 
Overnight Express Mail Service Available: No
Transportation Comments:

For more information relating to transportation topics please visit the Department of Transportation web site. Airports (maps and general information) http://www.tripcheck.com/About/airport.htm; Bicycle and Pedestrian Route information http://www.tripcheck.com/About/bicycle.htm; Public Transportation, bus and rail http://www.tripcheck.com/About/busrail.htm.

Source: City Administration, local chamber of commerce (proprietary information)