Happy Valley, Oregon

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Happy Valley, Oregon
Happy Valley, on the southeast flank of Mount Scott
Happy Valley, on the southeast flank of Mount Scott
Location in Oregon
Location in Oregon
Coordinates: 45°26′45″N 122°32′1″W / 45.44583°N 122.53361°W / 45.44583; -122.53361Coordinates: 45°26′45″N 122°32′1″W / 45.44583°N 122.53361°W / 45.44583; -122.53361
CountryUnited States
StateOregon
CountyClackamas
Incorporated1965
Government
 • MayorTom Ellis
Area
 • Total11.57 sq mi (29.98 km2)
 • Land11.53 sq mi (29.86 km2)
 • Water0.05 sq mi (0.12 km2)
Elevation
497 ft (151.5 m)
Population
 • Total13,903
 • Estimate 
(2019)[3]
22,553
 • Density1,956.20/sq mi (755.30/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (Pacific)
ZIP code
97086
Area code(s)503 and 971
FIPS code41-32050
GNIS feature ID1136354[4]
Websitewww.happyvalleyor.gov

Happy Valley is an affluent suburban city in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area. Happy Valley is near the northwest edge of Clackamas County, Oregon, United States approximately 10 miles to the southeast of downtown Portland, Oregon. The population was 13,903 at the 2010 census.[2]

History[edit]

Happy Valley was originally settled by Christian and Matilda Deardorff after receiving 640 acres from The Donation Land Claim Act of 1850 in Clackamas County between cinder cone volcano later name Mt. Scott and a knoll later named Scouters' Mountain. The settled region become known as Dearorff Valley, Deardorff Settlement and most popularly Christilla Valley (name formed by combining "Chris" from Christian and "Tilla" from Matilda).[5][6]

The city was officially incorporated in 1965 and remained a small community until the late 1990s, when it became one of the fastest-growing cities in Oregon.[citation needed]

Local government[edit]

The City of Happy Valley is governed by the Happy Valley City Council which comprises a mayor (currently Tom Ellis), city council president (currently Brett Sherman), and three other city council members (currently Markley Drake, David Golobay, and David Emami). Mayor and Council members are elected to four year terms that are staggered to ensure at least two members are experienced at all times.[7] There is also a planning commission, as well as a Park Advisory/Urban Forestry Commission and Citizen Traffic and Public Safety Committee.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.32 square miles (21.55 km2), of which, 8.28 square miles (21.45 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.[8] It is a member of the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area, bordering Portland, Clackamas, Damascus, Pleasant Valley, and Sunnyside.

Mount Scott, an extinct volcano that is part of the Boring Lava Field, is the highest point in Happy Valley at 1,050 feet (320 m).[citation needed] Scouters Mountain is also a prominent feature.

Climate[edit]

Happy Valley is one of the rainiest cities in the Portland metro area with a recorded annual rainfall average of 48 inches.[9]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
19701,392
19801,4997.7%
19901,5191.3%
20004,519197.5%
201013,903207.7%
2019 (est.)22,553[3]62.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

2010 census[edit]

The rapid growth of Happy Valley led to the construction of many new housing developments

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 13,903 people, 4,408 households, and 3,724 families living in the city. The population density was 1,679.1 inhabitants per square mile (648.3/km2). There were 4,708 housing units at an average density of 568.6 per square mile (219.5/km2). The ethnic makeup of the city was 76.2% White, 1.1% African American, 0.5% Native American, 17.4% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 0.9% from other ethnicities, and 3.8% from two or more ethnicities. Hispanic or Latino of any ethnicity were 4.0% of the population.

There were 4,408 households, of which 48.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.4% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 15.5% were non-families. 11.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.15 and the average family size was 3.40.

The median age in the city was 37 years. 30.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27% were from 25 to 44; 27.9% were from 45 to 64; and 8.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.7% male and 50.3% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,519 people, 1,431 households, and 1,302 families living in the city. The population density was 1,674.2 people per square mile (646.2/km2). There were 1,500 housing units at an average density of 555.7 per square mile (214.5/km2). The ethnic makeup of the city was 87.39% White, 8.85% Asian, 0.77% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 0.44% from other ethnicities, and 2.10% from two or more ethnicities. Hispanic or Latino of any ethnicity were 1.88% of the population.

There were 1,431 households, out of which 49.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 83.4% were married couples living together, 4.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 9.0% were non-families. 6.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 2.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.16 and the average family size was 3.28.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 31.4% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 6.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $93,131, and the median income for a family was $95,922. Males had a median income of $68,125 versus $43,667 for females. The per capita income for the city was $36,665. About 0.6% of families and 1.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.2% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

Cost of living[edit]

Today, Happy Valley is one of the most expensive cities in the Portland metro with a median house price of $518,100.[11]

Education[edit]

Happy Valley is part of the North Clackamas School District. Clackamas High School, Beatrice Morrow Cannady Elementary, Happy Valley Middle School, Mount Scott Elementary, Oregon Trail Elementary, Rock Creek Middle School, Scouters Mountain Elementary, Spring Mountain Elementary and Verne A. Duncan Elementary serve the student population.[12]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-21.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ Hurlburt, Mark. "The Deardorffs: The First Settlers in Happy Valley" (PDF). City of Happy Valley. Retrieved 07/01/2020. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  6. ^ Grade 5, Happy Valley School (May 1969). "History of Happy Valley". Happy Valley on the Web. gustaf.com. Retrieved 2009-11-08.
  7. ^ "City Council". City of Happy Valley. 2019-07-19. Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-21.
  9. ^ "Climate in Happy Valley, Oregon". Best Places.
  10. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved June 7, 2013.
  11. ^ "Housing in Zip 97086 (Happy Valley, OR)".
  12. ^ "Schools - North Clackamas School District". www.nclack.k12.or.us.
  13. ^ Jacobson, Rebecca (December 2017) [online date November 20, 2017]. "This Oregon-Raised Teen Could Be Broadway's Next Big Star". Portland Monthly. Retrieved 2018-05-05.

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