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Happy Valley, Oregon
Happy Valley, on the southeast flank of Mount Scott
Location in Oregon
|• Total||11.57 sq mi (29.98 km2)|
|• Land||11.53 sq mi (29.86 km2)|
|• Water||0.05 sq mi (0.12 km2)|
|Elevation||497 ft (151.5 m)|
| • Estimate
|• Density||1,956.20/sq mi (755.30/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-8 (Pacific)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-7 (Pacific)|
|Area code(s)||503 and 971|
|GNIS feature ID||1136354|
Happy Valley is a suburban city in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area. Happy Valley is near the northwest edge of Clackamas County, Oregon, United States approximately 10 miles to the southeast of downtown Portland, Oregon. The population was 13,903 at the 2010 census.
Happy Valley was originally called Christilla Valley, named after the first residents, Christian and Matilda Deardorff. They arrived in 1851 and claimed 640 acres (2.6 km2) on the floor of the valley.
The city was officially incorporated in 1965 and remained a small community until the late 1990s, when it was one of the fastest-growing cities in Oregon.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.32 square miles (21.55 km2), of which, 8.28 square miles (21.45 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water. It is a member of the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area, bordering Portland, Clackamas, Damascus, Pleasant Valley, and Sunnyside.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 13,903 people, 4,408 households, and 3,724 families living in the city. The population density was 1,679.1 inhabitants per square mile (648.3/km2). There were 4,708 housing units at an average density of 568.6 per square mile (219.5/km2). The ethnic makeup of the city was 76.2% White, 1.1% African American, 0.5% Native American, 17.4% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 0.9% from other ethnicities, and 3.8% from two or more ethnicities. Hispanic or Latino of any ethnicity were 4.0% of the population.
There were 4,408 households, of which 48.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.4% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 15.5% were non-families. 11.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.15 and the average family size was 3.40.
The median age in the city was 37 years. 30.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27% were from 25 to 44; 27.9% were from 45 to 64; and 8.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.7% male and 50.3% female.
Cost of living
Today, Happy Valley is one of the most expensive cities in the Portland metro with a median house price of $518,100.
Happy Valley is part of the North Clackamas School District. Clackamas High School, Beatrice Morrow Cannady Elementary, Happy Valley Middle School, Mount Scott Elementary, Oregon Trail Elementary, Rock Creek Middle School, Scouters Mountain Elementary, Spring Mountain Elementary and Verne A. Duncan Elementary serve the student population.
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