Tualatin, Oregon

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Tualatin (pronounced /tuːˈɔːlətɨn/) is a city located primarily in Washington County in the U.S. state of Oregon. A small portion of the city is also located in neighboring Clackamas County. It is a southwestern suburb in the Portland Metropolitan Area that is located south of Tigard. The population was 22,791 at the 2000 census. The 2006 estimate is 25,650 residents.[3]



The name of the city is taken from the Tualatin River, which flows along most of the city's northern boundary. According to Oregon Geographic Names, a post office with the spelling "Tualitin" was established November 5, 1869, and the spelling changed to "Tualatin" in 1915.

In the 1850s, the settlement was first called Galbreath after its founder Samuel Galbreath. In 1853, Galbreath built the first bridge over the Tualatin river, and the town became known as Bridgeport. In the 1880s, John Sweek platted a town around the new railroad depot, and named the town Tualatin. It was incorporated as the City of Tualatin in 1913.[4]

In 1962, a fossilized mastodon was excavated in what is now the Fred Meyer parking lot.[5]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 22,791 people, 8,651 households, and 5,804 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,928.5 people per square mile (1,131.1/km²). There were 9,218 housing units at an average density of 1,184.4/sq mi (457.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 86.89% White, 0.79% African American, 0.69% Native American, 3.62% Asian, 0.37% Pacific Islander, 4.84% from other races, and 2.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.85% of the population.

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