Fairview Oregon | Multnomah County | Greater Portland Metro Area
Fairview is a small city in Multnomah County, about 15 minutes from Portland, Oregon, with a population of only 8,920 residents. It was named after a local Methodist school long ago. The area was inhabited by Native Americans of the Chinookan Indian tribe that lived in a village near the Columbia River. In 1806, the Lewis and Clark Expedition visited the area, and in the 1840’s white settlers began producing grain and livestock in what became the eastern area of Multnomah County. Railroad tracks were built in the area by the 1890’s.
As the population grew, several residents began referring to the town as Fairview because of the wonderful views it has of the near the Columbia River Gorge, and Mount Hood. There used to be a community named Fairview on the Oregon Coast, so this community’s first post office was named Cleona until the coastal post office closed. It was then renamed Fairview. The city was incorporated in 1908 and in the mid 1980’s the city attempted to merge with an eastern territory in Multnomah County. The plan was to create a new city with 120,000 residents, which would have ranked as the second most populous city in Oregon, behind Portland. But in September 1985, the Oregon Supreme Court stated that this would be considered invalid because state law required at least two cities to even attempt any consolidation, but only Fairview had initiated to do so.
Attractions and Things to Do
There are several parks in the city, including Ainsworth State Park, Rooster Rock State Park and Milo McIver State Park. People interested in the area’s history should visit the Portland Art, Science and Industry Museums as well as Gresham’s History Museum, in nearby Gresham.
Economy and Demographics
As of the census of 2010, there were 8,920 people, 3,544 households, and 2,274 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 73.1% White, 4.6% African American, 1.1% Native American, 5.5% Asian, 1.0% Pacific Islander, 9.7% from other races, and 5.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race made up 16.4% of the population. The median Household Income is $55,100 and the per capita Income: $27,372.