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Beaverton is a city in Washington Countymarker, Oregonmarker, United Statesmarker, seven miles (11 km) west of Portlandmarker in the Tualatin River Valley.
, its population is estimated to be 86,205, almost 14% more than the 2000 census figure of 76,129. This makes it the second-largest city in the county and Oregonmarker's sixth-largest city.


According to Oregon Geographic Names, Beaverton got its name because of the settlement's proximity to a large body of water resulting from beaver dams.

The area of Tualatin Valley which became Beaverton was originally the home of a Native American tribe known as the Atfalati which settlers mispronounced as Tualatin. The Atfalati population dwindled in the latter part of the 18th century, and the prosperous tribe was no longer dominant in the area by the 19th century when settlers arrived.

19th century

The natives had a village called Chakeipi, meaning Place of the Beaver, and early settlers referred to it as "Beaverdam". Early settlers include the Hall Family from Kentuckymarker, the Denneys who lived on their claim near present-day Scholls Ferry Road and Hall Blvd, and Orin S. Allen, from western New Yorkmarker. Lawrence Hall purchased 640 acres (2.6 km²) in Beaverdam in 1847 and built a grist mill with his brother near present-day Walker Road. His was the first land claim in the area. He was soon followed by Thomas Denney in 1848, who came to the area and built its first sawmill. In 1860, a toll plank road from Portland to Beaverton was completed over a trail called Canyon Roadmarker.

After the U.S. Civil War, numerous other settlers, including Joshua Welch, George Betts, Charles Angel, W.P. Watson, and John Henry, laid out what is now known as Beaverton hoping they could bring a railroad to an area once described as "mostly swamps & marshes connected by beaver dams to create what looked like a huge lake." In 1872, Beaverton's first post office opened in a general store operated by Betts, who also served as the first postmaster of the community. Betts Street, where the current post office now stands, is named in honor of him. In 1893, Beaverton, which by that time had a population of 400, was officially incorporated. Alonzo Cady, a local businessman, served as the first mayor.

Many major thoroughfares in Beaverton are named for these early settlers.

20th century

Beaverton was an early home to automobile dealerships. A Ford Motor Company dealership was established there in 1915; it was purchased by Guy Carr in 1923 and over the years Carr expanded it into several locations throughout Beaverton.

In the early 1920s, Beaverton was home to Premium Picture Productions, a movie studio which produced about fifteen films. This site was later converted into an airfield known as Watts Airportmarker and thereafter as Bernard's Airportmarker.

The town's first library opened in 1925. Originally on the second floor of the Cady building, it has moved repeatedly; in 2000 it was moved to its current location on Hall Boulevard and 5th.

In the 1980s a light rail system was proposed to connect Beaverton to downtown Portland, as part of Metro's plans for the region's transportation. In 1992, voters approved funding for Westside MAX; the project began construction in 1994 and was completed in 1998, with stations located at Millikan Way MAX station Merlo Road and Southwest 158th Avenuemarker, Beaverton Creekmarker, Beaverton Centralmarker, and the Beaverton Transit Centermarker.

21st century

Mayor Dennis Doyle
In December 2004, the city and Washington County announced an "interim plan" which will lead to Beaverton becoming the second-largest city in Oregon, second only to Portland. The "interim" plan actually covers a period of more than ten years; from the county's perspective, the plan supports its strategy of having cities and special districts provide urban services.

Nikemarker led a legal and lobbying effort to resist the annexation. The lobbying effort succeeded quickly, with the Oregon Legislative Assembly enacting Senate Bill 887, which prohibits Beaverton from annexing Nike without Nike's consent. The bill also applied to property owned by Electro Scientific Industries, Columbia Sportswearmarker, and Tektronix, and in August 2008 the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals ruled that the bill also barred the city from annexing property belonging to Leupold & Stevens. (See below, under Economy.) Nike's legal efforts to resist annexation cost Beaverton taxpayers over $360,000 .

In 2006, the Murrayhill Little League baseball team qualified for the 2006 Little League World Series, the first Oregon team in 48 years to go that far. Murrayhill advanced to the semifinals before losing; the third-place game was rained out and not rescheduled. In addition, a Junior Softball team from Beaverton went to 2006 World Series in Kirkland, Washingtonmarker, ending in sixth place.


Reser's Fine Foods, processor and distributor of fresh prepared foods, has headquartered in Beaverton since 1960. Leupold & Stevens, maker of rifle scopes and other specialty optics, has been located on property adjacent to the City of Beaverton since 1968. The Beaverton City Council annexed that property in May 2005, and Leupold & Stevens challenged that annexation. The company eventually won the legal fight in 2009 with the city, thus the company was de-annexed from the city. Beaverton is home to the world headquarters of Nike, Inc.marker Its headquarters are located on an unincorporated area inside, but excluded from, Beaverton city limits. Cedar Hills Crossingmarker is a shopping mall within the city of Beaverton.

Phoenix Technologies operates its Northwestern Regional Office in Beaverton.

As part of the Silicon Forest, Beaverton is the home to numerous technology organizations and companies.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.3 sq mi (42.3 km²), none of which is covered with water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 76,129 people, 30,821 households, and 18,646 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,664.5/sq mi (1,801.1/km²). There were 32,500 housing units at an average density of 1,991.3/sq mi(768.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 78.31% White, 9.65% Asian, 1.74% Black or African American, 0.67% Native American, 0.36% Pacific Islander, 5.53% from other races, and 3.74% from two or more races. 11.12% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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There were 30,821 households out of which 32.3% had children younger than age 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.5% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 35.2% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 9.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 97.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $47,863, and the median income for a family was $60,289. Males had a median income of $41,683 versus $31,204 for females. The per capita income for the city was $25,419. About 5.0% of families and 7.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.5% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over.

2005-2007 American Community Survey Estimates (Race):

  • 76.1% - White (69.0% non-Hispanic White)
  • 13.8% - Hispanic or Latino (of any race)
  • 12.6% - Asian
  • 8.9% - Some other race
  • 3.1% - Black or African American
  • 2.5% - American Indian or Alaska Native
  • 0.4% - Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander


The public schools of Beaverton are part of the Beaverton School District. Private schools in the area includeGerman American School,Holy Trinity School,Jesuit High Schoolmarker,Saint Cecilia Grade School,Southwest Christian School,Valley Catholic Schoolmarker,Valley Catholic Middle School, andWoodHaven School.

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Sister cities


  1. Portland to Beaverton Light Rail System Environmental Impact Statement, Earth Metrics Inc., prepared for Metro (1985)
  2. County Board Approves Interim Plan with Beaverton, a December 2004 article from the Washington County website
  3. Statement By Nike Regarding The Recent Annexation Actions By The City Of Beaverton
  4. Oregon State Bill 887 as enrolled from the Oregon Legislative Assembly website
  5. Mayor blasts Nike: 'I'm tired of the bullying', a July 2006 article from the Beaverton Valley Times
  6. " Worldwide Corporate Offices." Phoenix Technologies. Retrieved on May 6, 2009.
  7. developerWorks : Open source tutorials and projects

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