Tualatin, Oregon

Tualatin (/tuˈɔːlətɪn/) is a city located primarily in Washington County in the 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 26,054 at the 2010 census.

Tualatin, Oregon
Tualatin Commons at night
Tualatin Commons at night
Official seal of Tualatin, Oregon
Anthem: "Tualatin Overture" by Arthur Breur[1]
Location in Oregon
Location in Oregon
Coordinates: 45°22′29″N 122°46′12″W / 45.37472°N 122.77000°W / 45.37472; -122.77000
CountryUnited States
CountiesWashington, Clackamas
 • MayorFrank Bubenik
 • Total8.19 sq mi (21.20 km2)
 • Land8.19 sq mi (21.20 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
123 ft (37.5 m)
 • Total26,054
 • Estimate 
 • Density3,371.85/sq mi (1,301.88/km2)
Time zoneUTC−8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−7 (Pacific)
ZIP code
Area code(s)503/971
FIPS code41-74950
GNIS feature ID1128254[5]


The name of the city is taken from the Tualatin River, which flows along most of the city's northern boundary. It is probably a Native American word meaning "lazy" or "sluggish" but possibly meaning "treeless plain" for the plain near the river or "forked" for its many tributaries.[6] 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.[7]

In 1962, a fossilized mastodon was excavated in what is now the Fred Meyer parking lot. It is now on display in the lobby of Tualatin Public Library.[8]


Census Pop.
Est. 201827,602[4]5.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
2018 Estimate[10]

2010 censusEdit

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 26,054 people, 10,000 households, and 6,762 families living in the city. The population density was 3,169.6 inhabitants per square mile (1,223.8/km2). There were 10,528 housing units at an average density of 1,280.8 per square mile (494.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 80.4% White, 1.2% African American, 0.7% Native American, 3.5% Asian, 1.0% Pacific Islander, 8.9% from other races, and 4.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.3% of the population.

There were 10,000 households of which 37.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.6% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.4% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.12.

The median age in the city was 34.6 years. 26.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 31% were from 25 to 44; 26.8% were from 45 to 64; and 7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.1% male and 50.9% female.

2000 censusEdit

As of the census of 2000, there were 22,791 people, 8,651 households, and 5,804 families living 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 per square mile (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.

There were 8,651 households out of which 39.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.9% were non-families. 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the city, the population was spread out with 28.2% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 35.6% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 5.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $55,762, and the median income for a family was $68,165. Males had a median income of $47,004 versus $32,210 for females. The per capita income for the city was $26,694. About 3.0% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.9% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.23 square miles (21.32 km2), of which 8.22 square miles (21.29 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.[11]


Bridgeport Village
Tualatin Commons
Tualatin Station WES stop

Tualatin is home to a majority of Bridgeport Village ("Bridgeport"), an upscale shopping area that opened in early 2005.[12] (The northern part of Bridgeport Village is in Tigard.) Built at the site of a former quarry, Bridgeport was designed to be reminiscent of an open-air European-style shopping experience. It features an 18-screen movie theater, several national and regional chain restaurants, and many chain retail stores.

Tualatin is also home to Nyberg Woods, a neighborhood and lifestyle center located at the conjunction of Interstate 5 and Nyberg road. The center contains stores such as Best Buy, Old Navy, Golfsmith, and Ulta. Nyberg Woods also features restaurants such as Famous Dave's, Panera Bread, Chipotle, Starbucks, and Five Guys.[13]

Tualatin also harbors Nyberg Rivers, which opened in Fall 2014 and is the third major retail project to be developed by CenterCal Properties in Tualatin. Following the construction of Bridgeport Village and Nyberg Woods, Nyberg Rivers contains approximately 300,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, fitness, and entertainment space. Nyberg Rivers is located just off of Interstate 5 and is home to Cabela's, New Seasons Market, LA Fitness, and restaurants including Pieology, Red Robin, Sharky's, and Veri Bowl.[14]

There are many factories on the south side of town, including a large Lam Research plant that makes electrochemical deposition tools for manufacturing semiconductors.[15]

Knife manufacturers CRKT and KAI USA, which owns Kershaw and Zero Tolerance Knives, as well as Shun Cutlery[16] are located in Tualatin.[17] Additionally, Al Mar Knives is headquartered in Tualatin, although manufacturing is done in Japan

Oregon Scientific, a manufacturer of consumer electronics products, is headquartered in Tualatin.

From the 1960s through the 1980s, Tualatin was the home of Sunn Musical Equipment Company, a manufacturer of musical and sound reinforcement equipment.

Tualatin has been used as a filming location for Hollywood movies, including Thumbsucker, which was filmed at Tualatin High School.

Infrastructure and servicesEdit

Tualatin is within the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet),[18] the Portland metropolitan area's primary transit agency. TriMet service includes WES Commuter Rail, at Tualatin Station, and bus lines 36, 37, 38, 76, 96, and 97. Additionally, Wilsonville-based South Metro Area Regional Transit's route 2X has a stop in Tualatin, at TriMet's Tualatin Park & Ride lot.[19]

Fire protection and emergency medical services are provided through Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue.[20] Legacy Meridian Park Hospital is located in Tualatin.


The city of Tualatin falls incompletely under the jurisdiction of the Tigard-Tualatin School District. This district contains 10 elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools. Of these schools, five are actually located within Tualatin city limits: Bridgeport Elementary School, Byrom Elementary School, Tualatin Elementary School, Hazelbrook Middle School, and Tualatin High School.

Public schoolsEdit

High schoolsEdit

Middle schoolsEdit

  • Hazelbrook Middle School

Elementary schoolsEdit

  • Bridgeport Elementary
  • Byrom Elementary
  • Tualatin Elementary

A small section of the city is part of the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. Those students usually go to the same elementary, middle, and high schools: Stafford Primary, Athey Creek Middle School, and Wilsonville High School, respectively.

Private schoolsEdit

The Portland Japanese School, a weekend Japanese educational program for Japanese citizens and Japanese Americans, holds its classes at Hazelbrook Middle School at Tualatin.[21] The school began holding its classes there after the school opened in 1992.[22] The school office is in Beaverton.[21]

The city also includes Arbor School of Arts and Sciences, an independent K-8 school, and the Christian Horizon High School.


Notable peopleEdit


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  2. ^ "2018 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Feb 12, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-21.
  4. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003). Oregon Geographic Names (Seventh ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 971. ISBN 0-87595-277-1.
  7. ^ http://www.ci.tualatin.or.us/community/history.cfm
  8. ^ Mastodon
  9. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved September 25, 2013.
  10. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  11. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-21.
  12. ^ Bridgeport Village
  13. ^ "Nyberg Woods :: Tualatin :: Oregon". Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  14. ^ "Nyberg Rivers, CenterCal Properties". Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  15. ^ http://www.shareholder.com/novellus/ReleaseDetail.cfm?ReleaseID=80249
  16. ^ "About | KAI USA ltd". kaiusaltd.com. Retrieved 2019-12-13.
  17. ^ "Bloomberg - Are you a robot?". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2019-12-13.
  18. ^ Redden, Jim (June 24, 2015). "TriMet moves to raise payroll tax to expand regional service". Portland Tribune. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  19. ^ "2X – Barbur". South Metro Area Regional Transit. Retrieved 2018-04-08.
  20. ^ "About TVF&R". Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue. Retrieved 2018-04-08.
  21. ^ a b "学校所在地・連絡先" (Archive). Portland Japanese School. Retrieved on April 9, 2015. "商工会事務局(月~金) 教育委員会事務局(火~金) Park Plaza West, Suite 600 10700 S.W. Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy Beaverton, Oregon 97005" and "日本人学校(土) Hazelbrook Middle School 11300 S.W. Hazelbrook Rd. Tualatin, Oregon 97062"
  22. ^ Florip, Eric. "Every weekend, Tualatin's Hazelbrook Middle School becomes Portland Japanese School, where it's all math and language" (Archive) The Oregonian. June 2, 2011. Retrieved on April 9, 2015.
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Coordinates: 45°22′29″N 122°46′12″W / 45.374808°N 122.770067°W / 45.374808; -122.770067