Forest Grove, OR
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Forest Grove is a medium-sized city located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 23,897 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Forest Grove is the 24th largest community in Oregon.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Forest Grove is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Forest Grove is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Forest Grove who work in office and administrative support (13.78%), management occupations (9.86%), and sales jobs (8.30%).

Also of interest is that Forest Grove has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Forest Grove is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Forest Grove area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The education level of Forest Grove citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 24.03% of adults in Forest Grove have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Forest Grove in 2010 was $21,749, which is middle income relative to Oregon and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $86,996 for a family of four. However, Forest Grove contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Forest Grove is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Forest Grove home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Forest Grove residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Forest Grove also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 23.07% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Forest Grove include English, Irish, Dutch, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Forest Grove is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.