If you’re looking for a place to live near Portland but not directly within the city limits, Gladstone, Oregon, located in Clackamas County, could be a good choice for you. Located just twelve miles southeast of Portland and situated where the Clackamas and Willamette rivers converge, Gladstone, Oregon provides all the safety and security of the suburbs with the convenience of living near a large city.

    This primarily middle class town, which abuts Oregon City, is home to homes with large lots, tucked away from the street. With diverse homes from midcentury, brick lined ranches to newer mini mansions, Gladstone provides housing for every demographic and family size.Large maple trees, well-manicured arborvitae and rose bushes decorate the sidewalks, creating a feeling of serenity.  Plentiful schools, churches, restaurants, parks, and jobs make Gladstone a wonderful place to raise a family.

    Gladstone, Oregonis an old-fashioned, small town. Here, youget the friendliness of a small town, with the convenience of a big city within easy driving distance. Everyone knows everyone, it seems. There is safety in that. There is comfort in that.

    In the 2010 census, the population sat at 11,491 over approximately four square miles. The population density was 4,790.4 occupants per square mile. There is plentiful housing with 4,779 housing units (according to that same census) at an average density of 1,991.3 per square mile. This leaves plenty of space to call your own.  It’ a place where you can buy some property with some land, where you can open your front door without bumping into your neighbor’s house. The city is a little bit one note ethnically with 89% of the population registering as Caucasian. However, that doesn’t mean that diversity is not present and celebrated. With numerous art galleries, ma and pa shops and restaurants catering to many cultures. It’s a microcosm of Portland as a whole.

    Since its founding by Judge Harvey Cross in 1889, Gladstone (named for British statesman William Ewart Gladstone) has held numerous important cultural and social events, playing host to both the inaugural Clackamas County Fair and the Oregon State Fairs before both were relocated to more expansive locations. Both Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan and presidential hopeful (and eventual president) Theodore Roosevelt have given public speeches in Gladstone.

    If you’re interested in small town living in a safe and inviting community, Gladstone, Oregon might be an excellent choice for you. It’s full of affordable housing, good jobs, charming parks and historical significance It might just be the perfect place for you.

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