Wilsonville Oregon | Clackamas County | Greater Portland Metropolitan Area
Wilsonville, Oregon, in Clackamas County, is located about 15 miles south of Portland, Oregon. The city has a population of approximately 13,991 residents and was settled in 1846 by Alphonso Boone, grandson of the military serviceman, merchant and farmer Daniel Boone. He was responsible for establishing the Boones Ferry across the Willamette River in 1847, an area known as Boones Landing. It was in 1880, that the city was renamed as Wilsonville after Charles Wilson, who was the first postmaster of the city. The city incorporation was only in 1969. The city, was once the hub of agricultural activity, and the freeway became the focal points for commercial development and growth. Today, its location has made itself one of Oregon’s major shipping and warehousing centers. Despite the rapid growth, the surrounding area is populated by farms and crop lands and forests that have been part of its rural community for more than 150 years.
Wilsonville, as part of the Willamette Valley, lies within the marine west coast climate zone. Summers in Wilsonville are warm, but temperatures throughout the year are mostly moderated by the Pacific Ocean. The city receives a lot of precipitation during the mild to cool winter months, with the wettest period extending from November through March. July and August are the hottest months with an average temperature of 81 °F (27 °C), while December, the coolest month, with an average low temperature of 34 °F (1 °C).
Wilsonville and Nearby Attractions
The Boones Ferry is a popular attraction. This is where Mr. Boone, operated the ferry that crossed the Willamette River carrying thousands of people, horses and even automobiles. A small park exists exactly where the ferry once crossed. The history of the city on the colony families, can be found in the Old Aurora Colony Museum exhibits, which also has artifacts that have been passed over generations. There are several events with craft demonstrations and hands-on activities for both adults and children. Other attractions included are: Molalla River State Park near Canby, the Charbonneau Golf Course, the Evergreen Aviation Museum, the Willamette Stone State Heritage Site and the Champoeg State Park. Wilsonville is home to several parks, including the Boones Ferry City Park, the River Fox Park, and the Town Center City Park.
The city of had a population of 21,609 in the July 1, 2015 census. It ranks high for population density when compared to the other cities and towns Oregon. As for the racial makeup it has about 79.4% White, 12.1% Hispanic, 1.4% Black, 3.8% Asian, and 3.3% of other races with an income per capita of $30,187, which is above the Oregon average of $26,561.
Wilsonville is a transportation hub with its ferry operation, being one of the first in Willamette, and a bridge for trade and commerce between the city of Portland and the Willamette Valley. The town was a port with huge steamers, farm crops and passengers being transported up and down the river as far as the city of Corvallis. The city with fertile soil in its surroundings made is possible for farming and agriculture to become its major industry. Family residents and farmers spread over the landscape. In modern days, Wilsonville has several businesses filled with manufacturing and distribution facilities. An interesting fact is that the city has always had more jobs than residents with major local and national companies, with their headquarters such as software maker Mentor Graphics, thermal and infrared imaging systems manufacturer FLIR Systems, Xerox, which is the the city’s largest employer and a Coca-Cola operates a bottling plant in the city.