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Living in Vancouver Washington - EVERYTHING You Need to Know

View of Mt Hood and Columbia River from Wintler Park in Vancouver Washington

What is Living in Vancouver Washington Like?

Oregon's sixth largest city, Beaverton, sits in the heart of the Portland Metro Area. As home to Oregon's largest company, Nike, and down the road from Oregon's largest employer, Intel, the local economy in Beaverton, Oregon, is thriving. Combine that with the natural beauty of the area and an abundance of things to do living in Beaverton, Oregon, and it's no wonder why Beaverton, Oregon, is a popular place to move to. If you're looking to move to a city with good job prospects, beautiful surroundings, and a never-ending supply of things to do, Beaverton would be a fantastic choice. Keep reading to learn about Beaverton neighborhoods, the cost of living, schools, things to do, pros and cons, and much more. I think you'll see that Beaverton, Oregon, is a very good place to live!

The Moving to Vancouver Washington Team

Let our team of trusted professionals help you buy or/and sell a home in Vancouver, Washington. Elizabeth Davidson is a real estate concierge and would love to help you navigate buying or selling your home in Vancouver, Washington. She has sold real estate in the Northwest for over 12 years and has developed real estate connections throughout the Northwest. With her experience and relationships, she can help you assemble a winning team to buy or sell a home in Vancouver, Washington. To learn more about Elizabeth, CLICK HERE to check out her About Me video. To start receiving emails with homes that match your criteria in Vancouver, CLICK HERE and sign up for Listing Alert. With a little info on what, where, and how much, you'll get newly listed homes matching your criteria sent to your inbox as they hit the market. This can give you a big leg up in your home search.

The first step in the home-buying process is getting pre-approved for a mortgage. Todd Davidson is an experienced mortgage broker and can help you get the best financing option for your home purchase. Not quite ready yet? Todd can help you put together a plan to get you there. Whether you're thinking a few months or a year or more if you want to buy a home in Vancouver, reach out to Todd and he can help. CLICK HERE to email Todd and set up a call to get the process started. Together our Moving to Vancouver, Washington team can help you make moving to or within Vancouver, Washington, a reality!

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Pros and Cons of Living in Vancouver Washington

Living in Vancouver Washington Pros

  1. The Schools: Beaverton schools are consistently ranked top 10 in the state of Oregon. Many people looking to move to Beaverton do so because of the great schools. In the most recent school year, 88% of seniors in Beaverton public schools graduated. Well above the 80% state-wide average.

  2. Jobs:  There are several large employers and high-paying jobs in the Beaverton area. With Nike and Intel located close by, there is plenty of employment opportunity for those looking to move to Beaverton.

  3. Recreation:  There are so many recreational opportunities in and around Beaverton. Anyone living in Beaverton is bound to keep busy and have fun. There are over 100 parks spread over 1,000 acres.  There is 30 miles of hiking trails and 25 miles of bike paths located in the city.

  4. Proximity to the Mountains and Coast: Living in Beaverton, Oregon, and the surrounding areas, you're close to Mt Hood and the Oregon Coast. So you'll have fantastic skiing, camping, hiking, and beautiful ocean and beaches at your fingertips. 

  5. Proximity to Portland:  Situated 14 minutes from Portland, those living in Beaverton Oregon have the amenities of a big city at their fingertips with the more laid-back, community-friendly lifestyle of a mid-sized city. Plus living in Beaverton and looking to commute to Portland for work?  The MAX Light Rail stops right in the heart of Beaverton and can drop you off just about anywhere in downtown Portland. 

Living in Vancouver Washington Cons

  1. Rain/Weather: Beaverton is a beautiful city with abundant green space, trees, plants, and flowers spread throughout the city. The beautiful scenery you're surrounded by if you live in Beaverton comes with a price. Beaverton gets some sort of precipitation 155 days a year, averaging a total of 41 inches of rain. The rainfall and grey skies make the 141 days of sunshine very special for those living in the area. The weather is one of the more significant adjustments for those moving to Beaverton, Oregon. 

  2. Traffic: Beaverton has gotten much bigger over the years and its certainly led to more traffic.  Whether you're driving on highway 217, highway 26 or some of the larger roads within the city, Murray Blvd or Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, don't expect to get in your car and be at your destination immediately. If you're relocating to Beaverton from Los Angeles or other large metro area, this may not seem like a big deal. 

  3. Lack of a Night Life: At around 9 pm, Beaverton calls it a day. Local businesses close down, and everyone goes to bed. There is minimal nightlife living in Beaverton, except for a small number of local bars and pool joints. If you live in Beaverton, Oregon, and want to party, you'll need to get on the light rail and head into Portland, where you will have a ton of options to keep the party going. If you're living in Beaverton, make sure and grab a bite to eat before midnight. Very few of the fabulous food options in Beaverton are open 24 hours. 

  4. Lack of Available Housing: Available housing is in short supply and it's very competitive if you are looking to move to Beaverton and buy a home or rent. If you want to buy a house, you need to be prepared and work with a good mortgage broker to get pre-approved, as well as a good realtor. Reach out to the Moving to Beaverton, Oregon Team for help. I grew up in the Portland Metro area and know it well and Elizabeth has lived here for 20+ years. We available 24/7 to answer any questions you have about Beaverton and help you move to Beaverton, Oregon, and buy a home. We would be honored to help you make living in Beaverton, Oregon, a reality.

FAQs About Living in Vancouver Washington

What is Beaverton known for?

Beaverton is known for its beautiful setting, great location, abundant housing options from apartments to high-end homes, and tons of recreational opportunities. The city is also home or in close proximity to many businesses and large employers, including the largest employers in the state of Oregon, Nike.

What cities are nearby Beaverton?

The cities of Tigard, Tualatin, Lake Oswego, Hillsboro, and Portland are all located within a short drive of Beaverton. One of the reasons so many people love Beaverton is that it is conveniently located just 15 or so minutes from downtown Portland, Oregon. To check out other Portland Metro Cities.

What is the weather like in Beaverton?

Beaverton enjoys a temperate climate throughout the year, with snowfall averaging 2.0 inches in the winter and summer highs reaching around 81 degrees Fahrenheit. The area receives an average of 41 inches of rain per year, which helps to keep the grass green and the flowers blooming.


Does Beaverton Oregon have good public schools?

The Beaverton school district is consistently a top-rated school district in Oregon. For the most recent year, 88.4% of seniors graduated on time, compared to 80% state-wide. 68% of seniors enroll in college within one year of graduation. For the most recent year, ranked the Beaverton school district as #6 in the state of Oregon. If you are looking at moving to Beaverton, you can sleep easy knowing that the schools are very good.

Is Beaverton Oregon safe?

As someone who's lived in Beaverton, Oregon, before, I'd say you'd be very safe living in the city. Statistics back me up. Property crimes, including vehicle theft, burglary, and theft there, are 1,985 crimes per 100,000 residents. In the state, there are 2,731 per 100,000. Violent crimes, there are 217 per 100,000 in Beaverton versus 284 per 100,000 in Oregon. So compared to Oregon as a whole, living in Beaverton is safer.

What is there to do living in Beaverton, Oregon?

Living in Beaverton, Oregon, you'll find plenty to do. There's an abundance of Beaverton neighborhood parks, trails, bike paths, and playgrounds to choose from. The farmer's market is one of the best in the state. There are fabulous restaurants, wineries, and breweries to choose from. Plus living in Beaverton, Oregon, you're 15 minutes from downtown Portland and an hour and a half from Mt. Hood and the Oregon Coast. There's plenty to do living in Beaverton, Oregon!

I want to relocate to Beaverton.  How do I make it happen?

You've come to the right spot if you're looking to move to Beaverton.  There’s a lot of information on this website to help including some helpful links below. If you want to ask questions, try our Facebook Group > Moving to Oregon  where we have broad group of locals to answer any question you might have. If you’re looking to buy a home in the Beaverton area, getting pre-approved for a mortgage should be your first step. For Mortgage Info, reach out to me. I would love to tell you more about what living in Beaverton is like as well as help with your mortgage if you decide to purchase a home. If you just want to to research home prices and homes for sale in Beaverton, Oregon, CLICK HERE. No info or login needed to see all the homes for sale in Beaverton, Oregon, currently. 

For FAQs about moving to Oregon or living in Oregon, check out my blog, 31 FAQs About Living in Oregon. For more information about living in Oregon, check out the homepage of LIVING IN OREGON.

Video's About Moving and Living in Vancouver Washington

Elizabeth Davidson - Realtor - About Me Video

Elizabeth Davidson - Realtor - About Me

Elizabeth Davidson - Selling Your House

Elizabeth Davidson - Realtor -  Listing your home

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