Why are young couples flocking to Troutdale?
A new list names Troutdale number two on a list of the best Portland suburbs for young couples.
Motovo, a real estate company, ranked the top six suburbs based on census data and different livability scores. First place went to Sherwood, then Troutdale, Happy Valley, Hillsboro, Newberg and West Linn.
The ranking itself wasnt a surprise for Troutdale Mayor Doug Daoust. According to Daoust, Troutdale combines affordability and location.
Were on the outer-fringes, Daoust said. I think people like to be on the edge of the Columbia Gorge Scenic Area.
Troutdale, also known as the Gateway to the George, offers parks such as Glenn Otto and Lewis and Clark, trails, bike paths, and the Sandy River soon will be home to a new bike path and bike hub.
What is a surprise for Daoust is the suburbs that Troutdale outranked. Other than Happy Valley, the other top suburbs are all west of the Willamette River.
According to the census, Troutdale, with more 16,000 residents, has the seventh highest median income in the state of Oregon. Troutdales median income is $62,326; the median income for the state of Oregon is $50,229.
It shows that all of those stigmas that East County gets placed upon it arent really true, said Troutdale City Councilor Eric Anderson. We are educated. We do make money.
Anderson moved to Troutdale in June 1996. When he came to Troutdale at age 28, Anderson and his then wife were searching for good schools and safe neighborhoods for their daughter. Nineteen years later, hes still there.
Anderson credits Troutdales growth to the increase in cultural opportunities like the First Friday Art Walk and new restaurants downtown coupled with Troutdales safety and small town feel.
Virtually everywhere I go, whether Im on city council or not, chances are that Im going to run into someone I know, Anderson said. In our cul-de-sac, our neighbors say hi to each other, we interact, everyone is friendly.
Larry Morgan is the youngest member of Troutdales city council. As a real estate agent, Morgan frequently sees young couples moving to Troutdale. According to census data from 2009 to 2013, Troutdale has a 66 percent home ownership rate, slightly higher than the states 62 percent.
A good home in this market as it relates to things you need like three bedrooms, two baths, a nice big backyard is about $215,000, Morgan said. You cant do that anywhere else where it relates to Portland versus here.
Morgan moved to Troutdale as a child in 1998. He left to attend college in Illinois, but came back to Troutdale to be closer to family. When it comes time to start one of his own, the 24 year old cant imagine anywhere else to do it.
Ive been other places, traveled around and have no desire to leave, Morgan said.
Theres no strong evidence that anyone else is leaving. Troutdales population grew 3.3 percent from 2009 to 20013, according to census data.JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT