Happy Valley, Oregon

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Happy Valley is a city in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. The population was 4,519 at the 2000 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.[3]

The city was officially incorporated in 1965. It remained a small community until the late 1990s, when urbanization of the surrounding area became inevitable[original research?]. Happy Valley became one of the fastest-growing cities in Oregon. Portland State University's Population Research Center estimated the population to be 7,275 on July 1, 2005, a 61% increase over the 2000 Census.[4] Due to phenomenal growth, the USPS issued Happy Valley its own Zip code, 97086, effective July 1, 2006.[citation needed]

Local government

The city has a mayor, Rob Wheeler, along with four other city council members. There is also a planning commission, as well as a Park Advisory/Urban Forestry Commission and Citizen Traffic and Public Safety Committee.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.0 km²), all of it land. It is a member of the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area, bordering Portland, Clackamas, Damascus, Pleasant Valley, and Sunnyside.

Mount Scott, an extinct volcano that is part of the Boring Lava Field, is the highest point in Happy Valley at 1,050 feet (320 m). Scouters Mountain is also a prominent feature.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,519 people, 1,431 households, and 1,302 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,674.2 people per square mile (646.2/km²). There were 1,500 housing units at an average density of 555.7/sq mi (214.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.39% White, 8.85% Asian, 0.77% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 0.44% from other races, and 2.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.88% of the population.

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