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West Linn is the ideal place to live, work and play. Find interesting facts about West Linn below, including information about: amenities, population, location, demographics, natural areas, City achievements, schools, form of local government and weather.
 

  • West Linn boasts a high standard of living and an educated population. With amenities like the revitalized Historic Willamette downtown area, the Music in the Park concert series, the annual Street Dance, and waterfront activities, West Linn is the perfect location for your business and your home. Ask us how we can help!
  • The 2010 Census recorded the City of West Linn as having a population of 25,109 people, including 9,523 households and 7,081 families. The city itself is composed of 7.39 square miles of lush and fertile Willamette Valley land.
  • The City of West Linn is part of the Portland/Vancouver metro area and is located approximately 15 miles south of Portland in Clackamas County. Easy access to Interstate 205 and Highway 43 provides convenient and quick travel options. Find a map of West Linn here.
  • West Linn's citizens are among the most educated and well-off in the state. The percentage of West Linn residents 25 years or older who have graduated from high school is 98.2%. The percentage of residents 25 years or older holding a bachelor's degree or higher is 56.2%.
  • The median household income of West Linn residents is $92,342, which is 185% of the median household income in the state as a whole. 78% of homes in West Linn are owner-occupied and the median value of owner-occupied housing units is $406,700. The median age of city residents is 41.5 years. Find more information on the Quick Facts Census 2012 Report.
  • Bordered by the Willamette and Tualatin Rivers, West Linn is known the "city of hills, trees and rivers". The city is home to The Nature Conservancy's Camassia Natural Area as well as Willamette Falls, the largest waterfall in the American Pacific Northwest by volume.
  • The City of West Linn was honored in 2005, 2009 and 2011 as one of the 'Best Places to Live' by CNN and Money Magazine. In 2012 West Linn was named a Tree City USA Community for the 19th year. This national honor is awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation to communities that are committed to urban forestry.
  • The West Linn-Wilsonville School District (WLWSD) covers 42 square miles in the south metropolitan area of Portland, Oregon, including the cities of West Linn and Wilsonville, and a rural area of Clackamas County. The district is a K-12 public school system with approximately 8,400 students and is composed of seven primary schools, three middle schools, three high schools and one charter school.
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores in the WLWSD are among the highest in Oregon, and Oregon consistently ranks first or second in SAT scores nationwide for states in which fifty percent or more of the graduating seniors take the test. Approximately 90 percent of all West Linn-Wilsonville graduates go on to two- and four-year colleges.
  • West Linn operates under the Council-Manager system of local government. This arrangement combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a council or other governing body, with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government manager. For more information visit our Council-Manager Form of Government page, the City Manager page, or the City Council page.
  • West Linn has an average high temperature of 65°F and an average low temperature of 45.3°F. The city receives about 44 inches of precipitation annually, with the wettest months being November through March. Find an updated weather forecast for West Linn here.