Tigard Oregon | Washington County | Greater Portland Metropolitan Area
Tigard is a city located in the Greater Portland Metropolitan Area which was incorporated in 1961. It is a clean, affordable, and livable city just minutes in the southwest direction from Portland, 10 minutes west of Forest Grove in Washington County. The Tigard Civic Center hosts the major city offices as well as the local police department. The City of Tigard is known for its proud history of commitment to preserving and maintaining its urban forest. Tigard was originally settled by several families among them was the Tigard family who arrived by wagon, headed by Wilson Tigard. They settled near Tigard´s current neighborhood called Bull Mountain, and soon opened a general store. Their son´s Victorian home is currently an historic site in the city, and closely located is the Pioneer Cemetery which is in the hands and care of the Tigard Rotarians. The community was very family oriented but it was not until 1910, with the arrival of the Oregon Electric Railway that the Main Street suffered significant development, distinguishing the town from being a small farming community into its incorporation as a growing significant city in 1961.
City Attractions and Recreation
Tigard is home to two major shopping centers with a several local small shops, stores, restaurants and pubs. Local events include the annual Hot Air Balloon Festival at Tigard´s Cook Park, where you´ll find picnic & play areas with trails along the Tualatin River.
Recently, a pedestrian and bike bridge was built over the Tualatin River leading to a park on the Tualatin side so residents and visitors can kayak or canoe. People come from all over the metro area head over to enjoy Tigard’s Broadway Rose Theatre. Tigard offers Ball Room Dancing, and a movie theater which specializes in Bollywood movies.
Population and Economy
As of 2010, the city had about 48,035 residents, and 12,470 families, of those 79.6% were White, 1.8% African American, 0.7% Native American, 7.2% Asian, 0.9% Pacific Islander, 12.7% Hispanics s, and 4.0% from two or more races and 12.7% of Hispanic or Latino of any race. Several companies are based in Tigard, such as Consumer Cellular, Gerber Legendary Blades, LaCie, and Stash Tea Company. The city is also known for its large malls.