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CLACKAMAS COUNTY

Clackamas County's varied geography encourages outdoor living. Clackamas County residents enjoy biking, kayaking, scenic valley wineries, and epic mountain hikes. It is also home to the original Oregon Trail.

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About Clackamas County

Clackamas cities host art festivals, historic sites, museums, and cultural centers, as well as public art and murals. Portland is the largest of the 14 incorporated entities in Clackamas County and Portland real estate consistently sees growth in property values.

Clackamas County is home to communities that suit all lifestyles. It's a popular choice for retirees, young families, and single professionals. Clackamas County has 14 incorporated communities.

Oregon City is the county seat of Clackamas County. It was incorporated as a city in 1844. This made it the first city west of the Rocky Mountains. This area was the hub for water transport on the Willamette River. It had been home to Indians, hunters, and trappers for many years.

In 1842, Oregon City saw its first major overland migration. Samuel Barlow, three years later, established an immigrant route from The Dalles around the south side Mt. Hood, and into Oregon City. During the 1840s, thousands of immigrants were brought to Oregon City and Clackamas by the Barlow Road. Oregon City was the dominant urban center of Clackamas County and dominated social and political life in Oregon. This was changed in 1852 when the territorial capital moved to Salem. Clackamas lost access to the Columbia River in 1854 with the creation of Multnomah Country.

In 1937, the Clackamas County Courthouse was built in Oregon City. It houses the state court-related offices. The majority of county offices are located in the Public Services Building and the Development Services Building. Both buildings are in the Hilltop neighborhood of Oregon City.

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The Price of Homes in Clackamas County

The median home sale price in Clackamas County has increased steadily from a low $223,350 in January 2012 up to $502,000 in November 2020. This is a 125% increase. The median home sale price in Clackamas County has increased by $62,175 over the past year or 14.1%.

Leading real estate and rental marketplace experts project that Clackamas county's seasonally adjusted home prices will rise by 7% in the twelve months ending September 2021, even with the uneven returns of home sellers and buyers caused by the coronavirus. What's driving the rise in home prices? The current housing market is driven by two factors: a lack of housing inventory and very low-interest rates. The double-digit increase in housing prices each year is a sign of a shortage of inventory and high demand.

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Home Sales in Clackamas County

Clackamas County's average monthly housing sales increased by 6.6% from 562 in 2019, to 599 in 2020 and November. The average monthly sales in Washington and Multnomah counties saw an additional 5.1% and 9.4% respectively. According to Realtor.com, the number of housing sales in the Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro MSA is projected to increase by 8.1% in 2021.

Clackamas, Oregon's third most populous county, is named after the Clackamas Indians who once lived in the region. Clackamas County encompasses part of the Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metropolitan Area. Clackamas County is located in northwest Oregon's Willamette Valley. It was originally called the Clackamas District, one of four Oregon districts. In 1843, it was renamed to Clackamas County. Oregon City is the county seat.

 

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