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West Linn ranked among best cities for young families

Study by consumer advocacy website slots West Linn at seventh in state


A study conducted by the consumer advocacy website Nerdwallet found what many in West Linn already know: The city is one of the best in Oregon for raising a young family.

West Linn ranked seventh on Nerdwallet's top 10 list, just ahead of Sherwood (10th). Neighboring Lake Oswego did not make the list.

The study, according to Nerdwallet's Mike Anderson, was based on three components: quality of public schools, affordability and economic growth.

West Linn ranked particularly high in median household income ($92,342) and education quality (a 9 out of 10 rating from the nonprofit GreatSchools).

"That means students in public schools do extremely well on standardized tests," Anderson said.

West Linn's GreatSchools ranking tied with Sublimity and Enterprise for tops on Nerdwallet's list. And when it came to household income, West Linn's $92,342 was the highest by a long shot. Sherwood was the next highest, at $79,209.

"In West Linn, families on average make the most compared to others on the list," Anderson said. "I looked at Portland, and in Portland the homes are cheaper but in West Linn people make so much more that your dollar goes further. Which is why West Linn made the list and Portland did not."

The study found that income in West Linn grew by 28.2 percent between 1999 and 2011, and the median home value in 2011 was $406,700.

Sublimity, which is outside of Salem, and Sutherlin (near Roseburg) ranked as the two best cities in Oregon for young families. Enterprise, Gold Beach and Bandon rounded out the top five.

NerdWallet.com is a personal finance and credit card comparison website launched in March 2010. For more information, visit nerdwallet.com. To view the study, visit nerdwallet.com/blog/2013/best-cities-oregon-young-families.

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