Beaverton is home to the world headquarters of Nike, Inc. Well, technically Nike’s headquarters are surrounded by the city of Beaverton, but are within unincorporated Washington County.
Reser's Fine Foods, processor and distributor of fresh prepared foods, has housed its headquarters in Beaverton since 1960. The company grew from a potato salad business started by Mildred and Earl Reser in 1950. It looks like Beaverton figured out how to get rich off potato salad before the Kickstarter campaign did.
Hyland Woods is a 30-acre forest located in Beaverton. The soft-surface trails offer a great space for walks or runs under the Douglas-fir branches. In 2013 volunteers and contractors installed 12,000 native trees and shrubs throughout the park.
Beaverton ranks third out of Oregon’s 20 biggest cities for its parks per capita. It has over 100 parks for a total of 1,000 acres. The city says a park is located within a half mile of every home, and the city features 30 miles of hiking trails and a 25-mile network of bike paths.
Even though Beaverton is the sixth biggest city in Oregon its natural spaces and community keep the hectic city feel at bay. It has the third lowest crime rate of Oregon’s big cities. Beaverton is seven miles west of Portland, in the Tualatin River Valley, and its 18.6 square miles are home to about 90,000 residents.
Keeping with the small town feel, Beaverton residents keep an eye out for each other’s cats, dogs and even chickens. And they are incredibly polite about it.
During the summer downtown Beaverton features five 4x4-foot stages showcasing the talents of master-level dancers. The 10 dances are ethnic and contemporary in style, and the event is free to the public. The event is centered around the local farmer’s market.
Beaverton has the 5 th longest commute of Oregon’s 20 biggest cities at an average of 24 minutes. Its Walk Score shows it is a mostly car dependent city with the most walkable Beaverton neighborhoods being Central Beaverton, Vose and Neighbors Southwest.
Beaverton celebrates its community each year with a parade including floats and a marching band. This year they teamed up with the Oregon Humane Society to add dogs in costumes as the leaders of the parade.
Twenty percent of Beaverton’s homes on the market are affordable for a family earning the median income of $56,123. The city also has the 11th lowest cost of living of Oregon’s 20 biggest cities.
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