Living in Forest Grove

The Pacific Northwest lifestyle is legendary and we are fortunate to enjoy some of the best of it. We have protected our original historic charm and small town friendliness. If you want a lifestyle without the pressures of big city living, our slower pace, nationally ranked schools, low crime, affordable housing, historic downtown, sporting and cultural organizations, abundant parks, excellent shopping and surrounding scenic beauty, then Forest Grove may be your ideal city.

We take pride in civic involvement and our events, streetscapes and beauty reflect this. Since the earliest days of our settlement, we have valued and preserved our trees and greenery, which has earned us the Tree City USA distinction for twenty consecutive years.

§ Accessibility.When you are ready for “a big city experience”, Downtown Portland with its busy cultural calendar, major sporting events and nightlife is just thirty minutes away via excellent State Highways and just one traffic light.

§ Affordable housing.Homes are predominantly single-family. The medium house value is $160,000 and new homes are priced between $140,000 and $500,000.

§ Community pride.Our strong sense of community pride is on show throughout the year when Historic Downtown comes alive with colorful and entertaining events that celebrate our heritage, passions and fun loving nature.

§ Enviable lifestyle.The Pacific Northwest lifestyle is legendary and we are fortunate to have some of the best of it. Besides our low crime rate and the village feel of our historic downtown, you’ll find a variety of wineries, concerts, events, forests, lakes and scenic golf courses provide the backdrop for an idyllic lifestyle.

§ Low cost energy.We offer some of the lowest costs for electricity in the Portland metro area without sacrificing reliability. Power is sourced from 100% renewables.

§ Schools and Education.There are ten local schools that are catering to the area’s 5,800 school-age children. These schools have “exceptional” ratings. Pacific University, adjacent to Historic Downtown, was established 150 years ago and is highly regarded for its liberal arts and professional health programs.

§ Shopping.The interesting specialty shops in Historic Downtown and the nearby malls provide a wide range of shopping opportunities for everything from groceries and furniture to appliances and sporting goods.

§ Sports.The city has 357 acres of parkland and open space, including facilities for soccer and baseball, a BMX course, skateboard park, tennis courts, an aquatic center and bowling alley.

If there is information you need that you can't find online, please call City Hall at 503.992.3200 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Related Links
City History
Clubs and Organizations
Commemorative Flag
Community Garden
Farmers Market
Fire Department
Health Care
Household Hazardous Waste
Mail / Package Services
Media & Communications
Meeting & Event Facilities
Police Department
Parks, Trails and Recreation
RV Disposal Station
Senior & Community Center
Wildlife Nuisances

Other Helpful Links
Forest Grove Chamber of Commerce
Pacific University
State of Oregon
Washington County