Happy Valley, OR
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Happy Valley profile


Living in Happy Valley


Happy Valley is a somewhat small city located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 21,694 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Happy Valley is the 38th largest community in Oregon. Happy Valley has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Happy Valley, where the median household income is $124,968.00.

Happy Valley home prices are not only among the most expensive in Oregon, but Happy Valley real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Happy Valley is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.23% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Happy Valley is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Happy Valley who work in management occupations (16.97%), healthcare (11.55%), and sales jobs (11.18%).

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

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.23% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Because of many things, Happy Valley is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Happy Valley really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Happy Valley perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

In Happy Valley, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.76 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

If knowledge is power, Happy Valley is a pretty powerful place. 54.61% of the adults in Happy Valley have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Happy Valley in 2010 was $51,333, which is wealthy relative to Oregon and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $205,332 for a family of four.

Happy Valley is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Happy Valley home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Happy Valley residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Happy Valley include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Norwegian.

Happy Valley also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 15.93%.

The most common language spoken in Happy Valley is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Vietnamese.