Happy Valley Oregon | Clackamas County | Greater Portland Metro Area

Happy Valley, 25 minutes southeast of downtown PortlandHappy Valley is a rapidly growing city with suburban lifestyle and a mild climate, close to urban amenities, that enjoys high quality housing options and with excellent public schools. There is easy access to local colleges and universities. The city has a population of 16,480 residents and located southeast of Portland. It was incorporated in 1965.


In 1851 Mr and Mrs. Deardorff settled on a donation land claim right next to Scouters’ Mountain and became the first residents to settle in Happy Valley. Originally it was called Christilla Valley, named after Christian and Matilda Deardorff. They arrived in 1851 and had around 640 acres of land on the floor of the valley. The official incorporation of the city was in 1965 and it remained a small community until the late 1990’s, when it began to develop and be considered as one of the fastest-growing cities in Oregon.

Local Government and Economy

The city has a mayor, Lori DeRemer, along with four other city council members. There exists a traffic and public safety committee, and a planning and a Park Advisory/Urban Forestry Commission for its residents. The City of Happy Valley is home to Oregon’s largest health care industry such as Anchor’s Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center, Providence Clackamas Medical Plaza, and there are more than two dozen medical related businesses around town. Retail service developments have been completed which includes the Happy Valley Town Center by New Seasons Market, a premium grocery store. The median household income is $103,633.

City Attractions

Mount Scott, an extinct volcano and part of the Boring Lava Field, is the highest point in Happy Valley, along with Scouters Mountain. They are considered to be major attractions south of the city, including Outlet Stores in both Woodburn and Wilsonville. Furthermore there is downtown PortlandMt. Hood and the Mount Hood National Forest, the Clackamas River, the Cascade Mountains and the Columbia River Gorge that provide great hiking, biking, golf, boating, fishing and winter sports.

Climate and Demographics

As of the census of 2010, there were 13,903 people, 4,408 households, and 3,724 families residing in the city. The ethnic or racial makeup of the city was 76.2% White, 1.1% African American, 0.5% Native American, 17.4% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 0.9% from other ethnicities, and 4.0% Hispanic or Latino.