West Linn Oregon | Clackamas County | Greater Portland Metro Area

West Linn, Oregon, is a city approximately 15 miles south of Portland, on the Willamette & Tualatin rivers. The community was named after Senator Lewis F. Linn of Missouri, who supported the American occupation of Oregon. The first settlers occupied the what is now known as West Linn in the early 1840s when Robert Moore built a cabin from local Indians on a high slope overlooking the Willamette Falls. By 1846, Moore built four flour and lumber mills, and operated a ferry to Gladstone and Oregon City. In 1845, he renamed the small town to “Linn City” in honor of his friend, Dr. Lewis F. Linn, a U.S. Senator from Missouri and the creator of the “Donation Land Claim” Bill. Moore would be come the towns first postmaster in 1850, after which he also purchased the newspaper of 1852 called the The Spectator. By then, his accomplishments included a sawmill, warehouse, and a basin for boats to load and unload. His death happened in 1857, same year that the sawmill and steamer shipped was burnt by a fire incident. A year after, the Willamette Transportation Locks Co. started providing passage over the Willamette Falls, helping revive the city. In 1913, the City of West Linn was incorporated, showing developments that avoided annexing it to Oregon City. The city founders decided to honor the pioneer town that Moore had established. Today the city has a population of 25,109.

City Facts and Information

Bridge connecting West Linn and Oregon CityWest Linn is commonly referred to as the ideal place to live, work and play by its residents. Below are some interesting facts about the city: West Linn has a high standard of living and an educated population with amenities like the Historic Willamette downtown, its “Music in the Park” concert series, the annual Street Dance, and the waterfront activities, making it the perfect location for work and home. The 2010 Census recorded the City of West Linn as having a population of 25,109 people, including 9,523 households. The City is part of the Portland/Vancouver metro area located approximately 15 miles south of Portland in Clackamas County, which citizens are considered among the most educated and well off in the entire state. 98.2% percent of West Linn residents that are 25 years or older have graduated from high school and 56.2% of residents 25 years or older hold a bachelor’s degree. The median household income of West Linn is $92,342, which is 185% of the median household income in the state of Oregon. West Linn is known as the “City of hills, trees and rivers,” houses The Nature Conservancy’s Camassia Natural Area, as well as Willamette Falls, which is the largest waterfall in the American Pacific Northwest by volume.

CNN and Money Magazine voted West Linn in 2005, 2009, 2011 and 2015 as one of the Best Places to Live. An impressive 90 percent of all of West Linn and Wilsonville graduates pursue a two and four-year college degrees. West Linn operates in the form of a council appointed as the local government manager. The city has an average high temperature of 65°F and an average low temperature of 45.3°F. with the wettest period ranging from November until March.

Economy and Population

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in West Linn was $34,671, compared with and unemployment rate of 5.30%, and job growth of 1.59%. The tax rate is 0.00%, Income tax is 9.00%, and the income per capita is $41,319, including all adults and children, and a median household income of $86,611. The city’s population grew steadily, but has leveled. In 1860 it listed 225 residents, and grew to 1,628 in 1950, and up to 7,000 residents by 1970. the current city population is around 25,992.