County Offices
501 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland 503-823-4000

Chamber of Commerce
P.O.Box 90186
Portland 503-788-8589

The smallest of Oregon’s counties geographically, Multnomah County nevertheless claims approximately 20 percent of the state’s population. This contrast is a result of the lion’s share of the city of Portland falling into the county’s borders, along with several bustling suburbs and Gresham. Although half the county’s residents call Portland their home, this area offers picturesque rural stretches from the picturesque farms on Sauvie Island to the Columbia River Gorge and the scenic slopes of Mt. Hood.

The county encompasses some delightful small towns and unincorporated population centers that rely on highly urbanized centers like Portland and Gresham for amenities. Area youth receive a quality education in public school districts or in a wide selection of private schools and learning centers. Gresham is home to Mt. Hood Community College, a shining example of the power of partnership between high-tech industry and public schools. The college is recognized for progressive initiatives from Tech Prep to job shadowing.

Highly respected medical centers, hospitals, and research centers anchor the healthcare resources. In the Gresham area, Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center is the focal point of specialty services. The Legacy Healthcare System operates several major hospitals and a children’s hospital in the Portland area.

Commuters will appreciate the Metropolitan Area Express light rail service that connects Gresham to Hillsboro via Portland. Greater Portland cities also enjoy a variety of fixed-route schedules with Tri-Met bus service. Portland International Airport provides air travel to domestic and global destinations.

From the cosmopolitan neighborhoods of Portland to small towns, the county offers diverse environments. Stretching eastward from the heart of Portland, the region forms a gateway to spectacular recreation areas like the Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood. Relax with an evening of fine dining, enjoy Broadway hits or the opera, explore a fascinating museum, play a round of golf at a signature course, or hike along a pine-clad forest path.

The world-class amenities and attractions in Portland contrast with homespun appeal of Troutdale’s quaint shopping district filled with unique boutiques and antiques. Homes in this area are equally diverse, ranging from vintage bungalows to modern subdivisions and magnificent country estates. Whatever lifestyle you desire, Multnomah County can transform your vision into reality.


Dunthorpe is an unincorporated suburb of Portland.  It is located just south of the Portland city limits and north of the Multnomah County line on the west side of the Willamette River. In January 1916, the Ladd Estate Company purchased 215 acres from the Oregon Iron & Steel Company for $1. The company drafted specific provisions for the Dunthorpe development, dictating that only residential buildings could be built there and the minimum cost of one of these Portland homes was to be $3,000.

Dunthorpe is known for its elegant properties and central location. This is a close-knit, residential community located 10 minutes south of downtown Portland near Lewis & Clark College and the city of Lake Oswego. Usually considered as the most prestigious address in the Portland area, it is very secluded, yet close to all the amenities that the city has to offer. Dunthorpe is 100 percent single family residential with private mansions and large, oversized lots, some with their own boathouses and docks. Most of the area is zoned for a minimum of 20,000 square foot lots, but many of the homes and estates sit on much larger lots, often an acre or more. The eastern side is bordered by the Willamette River and is home to many waterfront homes. The Dunthorpe neighborhood also offers convenient access to amenities and services such as restaurants, cafes and shops in its surrounding communities, including John’s Landing, Burlingame, Sellwood and Lake Oswego. To the south, Dunthorpe connects with Tryon Creek State Park – Oregon’s only state park within a major metropolitan area – which offers 652 acres of natural park land and 40 miles of hiking, biking, walking and equestrian trails. As with its neighboring communities to the south – Lake Oswego and West Linn – Dunthorpe is ideal for the water sport enthusiast. Easy access to the river allows for endless recreational activities year round.

With its great central location, residents are just minutes from all that Portland’s downtown and Lake Oswego have to offer. It is an ideal location for commuting to the city and surrounding areas. Dunthorpe is an outstanding place to call home, offering an enviable lifestyle that is often only dreamt of.

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A community that harmonizes a reverence for yesterday with a progressive outlook, Fairview was incorporated in 1908. City planners and residents have shared the vision to create and maintain a high quality of life, which is evident today in vast acres of preserved land. In fact, Fairview claims more acres of open space, wetlands, trails, and lush parks than any community in the Portland Metropolitan area. The city has reserved land for economic development and enjoys first-rate, efficient transportation services with convenient links. Residential choices in Fairview cover a wide spectrum of styles, price ranges, and home sizes to appeal to every taste and budget. Traditional subdivisions along tree-shaded streets mix with handsome country manors, equestrian properties, and elegant estates.

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One of the largest communities in the state as well as one of the fastest growing, the city of Gresham harmonizes the bright neon lights of Portland to the west with tranquil countryside to the east. Decades of rapid population growth and a commitment to an outstanding quality of life have resulted in a pleasing mix of commercial amenities, vital industries, recreational opportunities, and first-rate services. Beautiful well-kept neighborhoods shaded by mature greenery blend with contemporary subdivisions. City planners recently created several attractive neighborhood districts along the MAX light rail line for real commuting convenience. Regional facilities like Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center and Mt. Hood Community College add to the quality of life.

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From its genesis as a sleepy village, the community of Troutdale has matured into a pedestrian-friendly city with a charming old-world downtown district. The revitalized commercial center is home to an eclectic mix of antiques, art galleries, jewelry, gift and specialty shops as well as the largest selection of bronze sculptures in the entire Northwest. Growing in popularity as a suburb of Portland, Troutdale continues to welcome new businesses and services while it preserves traditional wineries. Restoration of the historic highway Columbia River Highway and the creation of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area are other drivers of the obvious renaissance in this long-established city. Troutdale Airport is popular for flight training, scenic tours, and recreational flying.

Wood Village
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Incorporated in 1952, Wood Village was originally planned and constructed to offer housing to the employees of the Reynolds metal plant. The small city has continued to grow and develop, offering a wide range of housing options. In spite of its modest size, the community shows evidence of civic pride and cooperation between residents and planners. The local park has expanded to include trails, playground equipment, and new sports fields. Local attractions include the Mutnomah Greyhound Park, providing entertainment from May through October. Near the racetrack is a new town center with a growing commercial base, located across the street from one of the world’s largest microelectronics firms. Wood Village also features an executive 9-hole golf course for convenient golfing close to home.

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