Stafford, Oregon

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Baptist church in Stafford
Baptist church in Stafford
Stafford is located in Oregon
Location within the state of Oregon
Coordinates: 45°21′27″N 122°43′17″W / 45.35750°N 122.72139°W / 45.35750; -122.72139Coordinates: 45°21′27″N 122°43′17″W / 45.35750°N 122.72139°W / 45.35750; -122.72139
Country United States
State Oregon
County Clackamas
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,577
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 97062
Area code(s) 503 and 971

Stafford is an unincorporated community, classified as a hamlet, of approximately 2,200 residents in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. The community consists of approximately 3,900 acres (16 km2), located in a rough triangle south of Lake Oswego, east of Tualatin, and west of West Linn. Students in the area attend the schools of the West Linn-Wilsonville School District.


Stafford was named by George A. Steel, a prominent Portland pioneer, after his hometown of Stafford, Ohio, in the 1860s.[1] The Stafford School opened in the community in 1892, and the following year the Eastside Electric Railway owned by Steel reached the area.[1] In 1895, the Wanker family moves to the area and buys land where they build a store and tavern, an area later to become Wankers Corner.[1]

Parts of the area were proposed to be added to the Portland area's urban growth boundary in 1995.[1] Eventually 830 acres (3.4 km2) were added, but later removed after a court fight that ended in 2001 at the Oregon Court of Appeals.[1] In November, 2006, the residents of Stafford voted 344-30 to form a hamlet, the second Oregon community to do so (after Beavercreek).[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e Tims, Dana (August 24, 2006). "Graphics: Stafford timeline". The Oregonian. p. 13. 
  2. ^ Tims, Dana (2006-11-22). "Once divided, Stafford unites as a hamlet". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2006-12-11. 

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