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Tigard, Sherwood named best places to live


(Image is Clickable Link) Movoto Real Estate blog has named Tigard and Sherwood some of the best places to live in the state of Oregon. Just when you thought Sherwood couldn’t receive any more love as a “best place” to live, Movoto Real Estate has listed the city as No. 2 in a statewide ranking. And Tigard isn’t far behind.

Movoto, an online real estate brokerage firm based in San Mateo, Calif., runs a blog that lists itself as “the lighter side of real estate,” ranked the 50 most populous cities in the state based on things such as amenities, cost of living, crime rate, median household income and distance to closest 5-star-rated hiking trails or ski resorts.

The lower the score, the better its ranking.

Bend, with its high homes values and access to hiking and skiing, claimed the top prize, but Sherwood came in second, and Tigard sixth.

Sherwood came within .03 points behind Bend, largely because of its distance from local outdoor amenities such as hiking and skiing.

Here’s what the site had to say about Sherwood:

“Just southwest of Portland lies the little gem that is Sherwood. Sherwood may be a few miles further away from the closest five-star hiking trails and ski resorts, but it more than makes up for it with its other features.”

Movoto also touts the fact that Sherwood is one of Oregon’s safest cities with a crime rate 67 percent lower than the state average as well as having average household incomes of $83,000.

“And their kids are smart! High school graduation rates in Sherwood are 15 percent higher than the Oregon average,” the blog reads.

Tigard’s sixth place finish is due to its high income rate. The blog lists Tigard as “Home of Cook Park and land of the well paid.

“The median household income here is a healthy $62,000 — 34 percent higher than the state’s average,” the blog reads.

Movoto lists amenities such as the city’s park system, farmers markets, Live Laugh Love glass blowing shop and Tigard Bowl as local hotspots.

Tualatin was just shy of making the top 10, coming in at 11.

Beaverton came in third.

This isn’t the first time that outsiders have considered this area a great place to live.

In August, CNN/Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live” issue placed Sherwood in a No. 5 ranking in its annual issue of most livable spots in the United States.

A month later, Nerdwallet.com, a personal finance and credit card comparison website, ranked Sherwood No. 10 as a top Oregon city for young families. Sherwood made the list based on public school ratings, median home value, and ongoing cost of home ownership, median income and economic growth.