These Are The 10 Smartest Cities In Oregon

We used data and science to determine the brainiacs around Oregon.

John McLeanby John McLeanRankings - 2 years ago

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One of the many qualities that people look for in a potential location or company is the intelligence of those around them. This factor can play a huge role in one’s experience at a particular company and can make or break an employee’s time there.

So finding a city with an intelligent population makes sense for both companies and employees. That’s where Zippia comes in; to help you identify those places in Oregon that might have skipped a grade…or two.

You may be wondering how does one determine how intelligent a town really is?

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out what criteria about a place would identify it is a smart cookie.

We set upon the percentage of adults (over 25) with at least a high school degree and the percentage of high school dropouts (aged 16-20) for the 76 largest cities in Oregon with data. We then crunched the numbers and were left with this set of the brightest cities in the Beaver State:

  1. Lake Oswego
  2. Creswell
  3. Bend
  4. Sherwood
  5. North Bend
  6. Corvallis
  7. West Linn
  8. Happy Valley
  9. Ashland
  10. Florence

Read on to see why these places got into a four-year college or skip to the end to see a full chart of all the places in our analysis.

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How we determined the smartest places in the Beaver State

Before we could dive into the potential IQs of various places in Oregon, we needed to know which places to look at in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 5,000 people and data available for every criteria.

This left us with 76 places in Oregon.

We then looked at the following criteria to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to smarts:

Our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought this criteria was representative of the current state of smarts with the potential for a place to improve the education levels of the next generation. And it’s not like we are setting the education bar incredibly high — 80% of students graduate from high school nowadays.

In order to determine the smartest, we ranked all the cities for each criteria from one to 76 with one being the “smartest” in any category.

We took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the highest overall score being given the diploma for “Smartest City In Oregon”.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

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1. Lake Oswego

Smartest Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,310
Adults Without High School Diploma: 2.2%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.5%

Graduating as valedictorian and taking the diploma for the smartest city in Oregon is the city of Lake Oswego.

With a population of over 37,000 people and a low high school dropout rate of only .5% Lake Oswego is our hope for a bright future in the Beaver State.

2. Creswell

Smartest Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,065
Adults Without High School Diploma: 6.3%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Coming in at #2 is the little town of Creswell. This tiny town is doing big things with an almost non-existent high school dropout rate.

The kids here are getting a world class education to be sure.

3. Bend

Smartest Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 79,698
Adults Without High School Diploma: 5.7%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.8%

The metro area of Bend, Oregon has been spending a lot of time in the library lately. With almost 80,000 residents Bend overcame the odds and kept their kids in school in order to rank #3 even with the largest population on the list.

4. Sherwood

Smartest Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,687
Adults Without High School Diploma: 3.5%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 1.3%

Sherwood is a sure fit for #4. With only 3.5% of the adult population lacking a high school diploma and a population just shy of 19,000 men and women it’s a bright bulb in the towns and cities of Oregon.

5. North Bend

Smartest Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,591
Adults Without High School Diploma: 6.2%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.5%

Next is North Bend at #5 just a few minutes away from it’s slightly more gifted sibling #3 Bend, Oregon. A much smaller portion of the Bend area, this small town of less than 10,000 is doing big things.

With a dropout rate of only .5% North Bend is a great place to send your kids to school.

6. Corvallis

Smartest Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 54,735
Adults Without High School Diploma: 4.3%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 1.1%

Another giant genius in the Beaver State is Corvallis coming in at #6 on our list of smartest cities. With over 50,000 residents, and only 1.1% of them leaving high school unfinished, this town has a bright future ahead of it.

7. West Linn

Smartest Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,710
Adults Without High School Diploma: 1.8%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 1.9%

Getting on down the list is the city of West Linn. Ranking at #7 for it’s ultra low number of adults without a high school diploma West Linn has a lot of potential.

We know the kids here are getting their money’s worth in school.

8. Happy Valley

Smartest Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,693
Adults Without High School Diploma: 3.7%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 1.5%

We think it’s called Happy Valley for a reason. I mean being ranked among the smartest cities in a state is definitely something to celebrate.

After the over 15,000 residents are done celebrating they’ll probably head home and brush up on some relativity theory and modern art for fun.

9. Ashland

Smartest Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,412
Adults Without High School Diploma: 2.8%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 1.9%

Ashland squeaks by at the #9 spot of the smartest cities in Oregon. With less than 2% of its high schoolers leaving early this town is on the road to success.

10. Florence

Smartest Oregon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,498
Adults Without High School Diploma: 8.1%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Rounding out the list of the smartest cities is the town of Florence. Though not in Italy this small town is still pretty awesome. With around 8,500 residents Florence is hitting the books most nights.

And that’s how you graduate in style

That is our definitive ranking of the 10 Smartest Cities in Oregon. Here at Zippia we want to bring important information to our readers. Now you can make a more informed decision on your next visit to the Beaver state. Be sure to visit these towns to see their intelligence first hand and experience it for yourself. And next time you’re looking for career advice head to zippia.com to have all of your quesitons answered.

Detailed List Of Smartest Cities In Oregon

City Rank Population Adults Without High School Diploma Teenage High School Drop Outs
Lake Oswego 1 37,310 2.2% 0.5%
Creswell 2 5,065 6.3% 0.0%
Bend 3 79,698 5.7% 0.8%
Sherwood 4 18,687 3.5% 1.3%
North Bend 5 9,591 6.2% 0.5%
Corvallis 6 54,735 4.3% 1.1%
West Linn 7 25,710 1.8% 1.9%
Happy Valley 8 15,693 3.7% 1.5%
Ashland 9 20,412 2.8% 1.9%
Florence 10 8,498 8.1% 0.0%
Eagle Point 11 8,599 9.0% 0.0%
Newport 12 10,045 9.4% 0.0%
Eugene 13 158,131 6.7% 2.9%
Silverton 14 9,342 9.0% 1.5%
Tualatin 15 26,604 8.5% 2.0%
Molalla 16 8,247 11.4% 0.0%
La Grande 17 13,090 8.2% 2.9%
Oregon City 18 33,834 7.9% 4.3%
Troutdale 19 16,339 8.3% 3.9%
Seaside 20 6,481 12.5% 0.0%
Warrenton 21 5,089 9.3% 2.7%
Scappoose 22 6,778 7.6% 5.8%
Tigard 23 49,633 8.1% 5.3%
Pendleton 24 16,830 8.8% 4.1%
Albany 25 51,210 10.6% 2.3%
St. Helens 26 13,017 11.9% 1.0%
Beaverton 27 92,593 9.0% 3.8%
Brookings 28 6,350 8.3% 5.3%
Monmouth 29 9,769 8.7% 5.0%
Sweet Home 30 9,042 10.9% 3.1%
Damascus 31 10,711 8.4% 5.4%
Wilsonville 32 20,335 8.0% 6.6%
Sandy 33 9,945 5.9% 8.6%
Portland 34 602,568 9.1% 4.6%
Milwaukie 35 20,449 6.2% 8.5%
Hood River 36 7,311 14.7% 0.0%
Newberg 37 22,451 13.6% 1.4%
Gladstone 38 11,668 10.9% 4.8%
Fairview 39 9,094 13.8% 1.1%
Lebanon 40 15,761 9.1% 6.0%
Cottage Grove 41 9,772 15.1% 0.9%
Sheridan 42 6,081 17.2% 0.0%
Prineville 43 9,184 16.8% 0.4%
The Dalles 44 15,068 15.0% 1.1%
Astoria 45 9,503 7.4% 13.9%
Stayton 46 7,719 17.5% 0.5%
Forest Grove 47 22,070 15.7% 1.0%
Talent 48 6,164 8.0% 15.8%
Keizer 49 36,875 11.1% 6.3%
Coos Bay 50 16,022 11.8% 5.5%
McMinnville 51 32,839 15.3% 1.9%
Cornelius 52 12,068 32.7% 0.0%
Dallas 53 14,788 9.0% 9.1%
Central Point 54 17,443 14.0% 3.3%
Milton-Freewater 55 7,094 38.3% 0.0%
Grants Pass 56 34,916 11.0% 7.7%
Hillsboro 57 95,765 13.2% 5.3%
Roseburg 58 21,858 9.5% 9.4%
Baker City 59 9,774 10.9% 15.3%
Redmond 60 27,002 11.2% 9.8%
Salem 61 157,967 13.6% 6.5%
Klamath Falls 62 21,165 14.0% 6.2%
Ontario 63 11,148 25.4% 2.9%
Umatilla 64 6,998 23.0% 3.8%
Winston 65 5,356 12.3% 9.3%
Medford 66 76,648 12.5% 8.7%
Springfield 67 59,882 13.1% 9.0%
Gresham 68 108,250 16.3% 5.9%
Canby 69 16,821 11.5% 17.1%
Junction City 70 5,566 14.8% 7.3%
Sutherlin 71 7,776 14.5% 8.4%
Lincoln City 72 7,977 14.2% 16.0%
Independence 73 8,654 21.3% 16.2%
Hermiston 74 17,031 19.6% 16.5%
Woodburn 75 24,282 33.9% 10.1%
Madras 76 6,419 23.1% 21.6%

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