Rivergrove, Oregon

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Rivergrove is a city in Clackamas, Oregon, United States. A small portion of the city extends into Washington County. Its name comes from a combination of the Tualatin River (which forms its southern border), and Lake Grove, a community that is now part of Lake Oswego. The population was 324 at the 2000 census.



Rivergrove came into existence January 27, 1971, after a vote of 57 to 48 in favor of incorporation. The residents were afraid of being ultimately incorporated into either Lake Oswego to the northwest, or Tualatin to the southwest. More importantly, local residents wanted more control over land zoning, which until incorporation, had been centrally controlled by Clackamas County. Many residents in the late sixties had become alarmed by the conversion of a single family residence into a commercial swim club and eventually a weight training facility. The controversial athletic club remained the only commercial business within Rivergrove until its demolition in 2005 to make way for a residential subdivision. Four years later the subdivision has not been finished.[citation needed]

Other than some subtle signage on three streets entering Rivergrove, there is no clear demarcation separating Rivergrove from either adjacent community: one has to know that it exists to even be aware that one is driving through the city. Many residents of Rivergrove have lived in the city since its inception. Over the last two years it has become a desirable location because of its woods like atmosphere and large residential lots. Most homes were built between the late fifties and early seventies although there are some that were built as early as 1910.


Rivergrove is located at 45°23′7″N 122°44′2″W / 45.38528°N 122.73389°W / 45.38528; -122.73389 (45.385199, -122.733977).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²). None of the area is covered with water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 324 people, 117 households, and 87 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,807.9 people per square mile (695.0/km²). There were 122 housing units at an average density of 680.7/sq mi (261.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.83% White, 2.47% Asian, 1.54% from other races, and 2.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.78% of the population.

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