These Are The 10 Happiest Places In Oregon

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Oregon have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which Oregon places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Bethany, the happiest place in Oregon.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Beaver State”:

  1. Bethany
  2. Cedar Mill
  3. West Haven-Sylvan
  4. Rockcreek
  5. Sherwood
  6. Happy Valley
  7. West Linn
  8. Bull Mountain
  9. Lake Oswego
  10. Oatfield
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There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Beaver State

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 95 places in Oregon with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 95 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In Oregon”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in Oregon ranked. Our apologies to Damascus which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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1. Bethany

Bethany, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,658 People Who Own Their Home: 75.2%
Married Adults: 68.3%

2. Cedar Mill


Population: 15,482 People Who Own Their Home: 72.5%
Married Adults: 58.4%

3. West Haven-Sylvan

West Haven-Sylvan, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,861 People Who Own Their Home: 57.8%
Married Adults: 53.3%

4. Rockcreek

Rockcreek, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,261 People Who Own Their Home: 62.9%
Married Adults: 59.7%

5. Sherwood

Sherwood, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,687People Who Own Their Home: 73.2%
Married Adults: 65.0%

6. Happy Valley

Happy Valley, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,693People Who Own Their Home: 80.4%
Married Adults: 67.2%

7. West Linn

West Linn, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,710People Who Own Their Home: 73.1%
Married Adults: 61.8%

8. Bull Mountain


Population: 8,977 People Who Own Their Home: 80.2%
Married Adults: 64.1%

9. Lake Oswego

Lake Oswego, Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,310People Who Own Their Home: 62.8%
Married Adults: 59.6%

10. Oatfield


Population: 13,618 People Who Own Their Home: 74.2%
Married Adults: 53.4%

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In Oregon

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
Bethany 1 21,658 75.2% 68.3%
Cedar Mill 2 15,482 72.5% 58.4%
West Haven-Sylvan 3 7,861 57.8% 53.3%
Rockcreek 4 9,261 62.9% 59.7%
Sherwood 5 18,687 73.2% 65.0%
Happy Valley 6 15,693 80.4% 67.2%
West Linn 7 25,710 73.1% 61.8%
Bull Mountain 8 8,977 80.2% 64.1%
Lake Oswego 9 37,310 62.8% 59.6%
Oatfield 10 13,618 74.2% 53.4%
Damascus 11 10,711 85.2% 62.6%
Raleigh Hills 12 6,197 53.6% 52.6%
Oak Hills 13 11,946 55.8% 56.6%
Sandy 14 9,945 57.1% 59.7%
Cedar Hills 15 8,757 60.9% 45.8%
Central Point 16 17,443 57.5% 55.2%
Deschutes River Woods 17 5,358 69.7% 68.1%
West Slope 18 7,240 51.4% 55.8%
The Dalles 19 15,068 56.4% 51.0%
Altamont 20 19,278 65.6% 47.9%
Canby 21 16,821 65.3% 55.6%
Tigard 22 49,633 57.8% 52.4%
Baker City 23 9,774 53.4% 49.9%
Garden Home-Whitford 24 6,019 61.3% 47.9%
Florence 25 8,498 51.4% 54.0%
Pendleton 26 16,830 51.6% 46.2%
Molalla 27 8,247 68.9% 50.9%
Scappoose 28 6,778 68.2% 51.8%
Keizer 29 36,875 58.3% 51.6%
Tualatin 30 26,604 53.5% 53.0%
Bend 31 79,698 52.2% 50.6%
Aloha 32 52,902 61.8% 52.3%
Green 33 7,954 74.6% 55.4%
Oregon City 34 33,834 62.3% 50.6%
Silverton 35 9,342 59.3% 52.2%
Hermiston 36 17,031 53.4% 49.6%
Newport 37 10,045 42.2% 49.5%
Warrenton 38 5,089 48.9% 48.7%
Troutdale 39 16,339 61.3% 52.1%
North Bend 40 9,591 53.1% 48.9%
Fairview 41 9,094 49.5% 49.2%
Winston 42 5,356 55.9% 55.5%
Sutherlin 43 7,776 58.6% 56.0%
Oak Grove 44 17,202 55.3% 45.3%
Brookings 45 6,350 44.1% 46.7%
Hillsboro 46 95,765 50.0% 51.4%
Gladstone 47 11,668 53.2% 45.5%
Milwaukie 48 20,449 55.3% 43.2%
Dallas 49 14,788 59.2% 53.1%
Newberg 50 22,451 56.8% 45.3%
Forest Grove 51 22,070 55.8% 47.9%
Hood River 52 7,311 41.8% 42.9%
Wilsonville 53 20,335 44.6% 49.9%
Albany 54 51,210 54.9% 48.1%
Eagle Point 55 8,599 55.1% 51.0%
Cornelius 56 12,068 72.6% 52.7%
Talent 57 6,164 56.5% 41.6%
Astoria 58 9,503 43.0% 46.4%
Lebanon 59 15,761 51.3% 46.2%
Beaverton 60 92,593 45.1% 48.1%
Sweet Home 61 9,042 56.7% 51.0%
La Grande 62 13,090 47.1% 42.8%
McMinnville 63 32,839 51.6% 49.8%
Stayton 64 7,719 49.1% 50.0%
Roseburg North 65 6,140 61.7% 42.3%
Junction City 66 5,566 54.8% 50.0%
Roseburg 67 21,858 49.9% 45.1%
Ashland 68 20,412 49.7% 39.3%
Corvallis 69 54,735 39.6% 34.5%
Coos Bay 70 16,022 48.1% 43.8%
Salem 71 157,967 50.4% 45.7%
Lincoln City 72 7,977 29.5% 46.9%
Seaside 73 6,481 29.7% 44.6%
Grants Pass 74 34,916 45.8% 43.8%
Medford 75 76,648 47.1% 46.4%
Eugene 76 158,131 46.1% 38.6%
Portland 77 602,568 49.7% 40.8%
Redmond 78 27,002 49.8% 50.4%
Hayesville 79 18,611 46.6% 48.7%
Four Corners 80 17,202 53.3% 49.8%
Cottage Grove 81 9,772 52.1% 43.5%
White City 82 8,355 64.8% 44.8%
Jennings Lodge 83 7,416 52.9% 41.9%
Prineville 84 9,184 49.5% 44.1%
Independence 85 8,654 52.8% 46.8%
Springfield 86 59,882 49.5% 41.7%
Monmouth 87 9,769 45.7% 32.5%
Gresham 88 108,250 49.8% 45.0%
Klamath Falls 89 21,165 41.2% 43.4%
Umatilla 90 6,998 47.3% 29.7%
Woodburn 91 24,282 51.7% 48.7%
Ontario 92 11,148 47.2% 42.6%
Sheridan 93 6,081 52.7% 38.9%
Madras 94 6,419 37.6% 36.5%
Milton-Freewater 95 7,094 47.2% 40.6%