West Linn, OR
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West Linn is a medium-sized city located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 26,859 people and five constituent neighborhoods, West Linn is the 20th largest community in Oregon.

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

West Linn is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.62% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, West Linn is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in West Linn who work in management occupations (16.26%), sales jobs (16.00%), and office and administrative support (10.62%).

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

Also of interest is that West Linn 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: 9.29% 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, West Linn is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making West Linn a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, West Linn has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, West Linn’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in West Linn use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of West Linn‘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 West Linn. 55.63% 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 West Linn in 2010 was $46,063, which is wealthy relative to Oregon and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $184,252 for a family of four.

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

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