Lake Oswego, OR
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Living in Lake Oswego


Lake Oswego is a medium-sized city located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 39,196 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Lake Oswego is the 13th largest community in Oregon.

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

Lake Oswego is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 92.85% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Lake Oswego is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Lake Oswego who work in management occupations (17.60%), sales jobs (13.97%), and office and administrative support (10.27%).

Of important note, Lake Oswego is also a city of artists. Lake Oswego has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Lake Oswego’s character.

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

A relatively large number of people in Lake Oswego telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 14.42% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

Lake Oswego is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Lake Oswego’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Lake Oswego use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Lake Oswego‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Lake Oswego. 68.42% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Lake Oswego in 2010 was $62,428, which is wealthy relative to Oregon and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $249,712 for a family of four.

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

The most common language spoken in Lake Oswego is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.