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 38,945 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 93.29% 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 (18.27%), sales jobs (15.59%), and healthcare (9.82%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 13.13% 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Lake Oswego 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 Lake Oswego area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Lake Oswego. 66.95% 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 $59,953, which is wealthy relative to Oregon and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $239,812 for a family of four. However, Lake Oswego contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 English, Irish, Scottish, and Italian.

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