Situated mostly in Clackamas County — with a tiny spillover into Multnomah County — Milwaukie is essentially a dense suburb of Portland OR. It benefits from the proximity of a major city with all the perks as well as the pace and space of an outlying town. That’s a win-win in many people’s books!
Being in the Pacific Northwest and along the Willamette River, Milwaukie enjoys gorgeous surroundings. It’s within easy range of mountains, forests, and the coast.
When you’re not pondering the staggering natural beauty of the area, you’ll have no trouble staying busy or entertained. There are ample recreational, educational, economic, and cultural opportunities in PDX or closer to home. In fact, Milwaukie’s noted for having a good supply of bars, cafes, restaurants, and parks. (And decent public schools, too.)
Fun Facts: Milwaukie’s the birthplace of Bing cherries and Dark Horse Comics! It’s also home to Bob’s Red Mill.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Milwaukie is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Milwaukie is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Milwaukie who work in office and administrative support (12.34%), management occupations (10.56%), and sales jobs (9.23%).
Also of interest is that Milwaukie has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 10.59% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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, Milwaukie 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 Milwaukie area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
The citizens of Milwaukie are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 37.92% of adults in Milwaukie have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Milwaukie in 2018 was $38,020, which is wealthy relative to Oregon, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $152,080 for a family of four. However, Milwaukie contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Milwaukie is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Milwaukie home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Milwaukie residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Milwaukie include German, Irish, English, European, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Milwaukie is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Russian.