Beaverton, which became known as part of the Silicon Forest after many technology-based companies moved into the area in recent decades, thrives with industry and life, and Beaverton shares many of the same qualities. The city lies about 10 to 15 miles west of Portland, so a trip into Portland’s downtown does not take much time. As an economic center of Washington County, West Beaverton has been listed among the top 100 small cities to live in, making the city even more appealing to those who relocate for tech positions. The lush greenery, the many parks and the friendly people also add to West Beaverton’s appeal.
Unlike the Portland area, Beaverton provides ample street parking spaces, parking lots and parking garages at reasonable prices if not free. Though many great cab companies in the Beaverton area can pick you up if you call, often residents elect to take Uber instead because of the shorter wait times and cheaper prices. Because Beaverton puts a large effort into making the area bike friendly—going even so far as to having an annual Bike Beaverton day—bike paths and bike lanes cover many of the West Beaverton streets, and drivers have become accustomed to carefully navigating around bikers. The neighborhood of Beaverton spreads far and wide, so walking to your destination might take you a bit of time. Many people either take their bikes or public transportation to get to and from more efficiently.