Located along the Willamette River and its namesake lake, the city of Lake Oswego has a beautiful downtown area featuring riverfront parks, boutique shopping and specialty dining including a European-style farmers market open from May – October. Lake Oswego also offers visitors an active arts scene: Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the outdoor “Gallery Without Walls,” or attend the annual Festival of the Arts in June.
When you live in Lake Oswego, you have some of the nation’s most scenic trails right on your doorstep. Not only that, but you have a ton of parks too; Twenty four parks, to be precise. And Lake Oswego isn’t a huge place, so that really talks to the sheer amount of greenery you’re going to find here.
One of our favorite parks is George Rogers Park because it leads to white sandy beaches and little creeks that run along that part of the Willamette River. You’ve also got some incredible swimming available at George Rogers. The east end of Lake Oswego is literally at the tip of Tryon State Park , which is one of the largest trail parks in the Portland metro. You’re also just a short drive to downtown Portland, so you have the best of both worlds right in Lake Oswego.
Lake Oswego is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 92.13% 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 (19.77%), healthcare (11.49%), and sales jobs (11.43%).
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 16.30% 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.
Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Lake Oswego, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Lake Oswego is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 72.99% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Lake Oswego in 2018 was $70,276, which is wealthy relative to Oregon and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $281,104 for a family of four.
Lake Oswego is a very 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, European, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Lake Oswego is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.