Home to the festival of Balloons, Tigard, Oregon bustles with fun, shopping, food and dining, culture, and recreation. Sitting in the Tualatin Valley of Washington County, the region is the premier destination for tax-free shopping.

Originally a home for the Atfalati tribes of the northern band of Kalapuya, Tigard was not incorporated until 1961. European and American settlers began arriving in the area in the early 19th century. It was in 1851 when the Atfalatis ceded their lands to return to their small reservation located in Wapato Lake.

The arrival of the Oregon Electric Railway in 1910 paved the way in transforming this farming community into a distinguished region that led to its incorporation as a city in 1961.

With a current population of about 50,000, Tigard is currently the state’s 12th largest city.  The region is also one of the most livable cities in Oregon with a family-oriented community minutes away from downtown Portland.

Parks and recreational areas are quite plentiful. There are over 16 miles of paved trail to be discovered and 550 acres of park and open spaces to be explored. Jack Park Community Garden, Greenfield Community Garden, and The Metzger Community Garden are must see destinations not to be missed.

Unique experiences with tasteful bars, shops and restaurants awaits in the main streets of Tigard, OR. The historic district is a must-stop too. Among the favorites includes Oregon Holocaust Memorial, Elk Point Park and Totem Pole, the Simon Benson House, and the Nyberg Chestnut.

Even up to this modern day, there are still several reminders of Tigard’s early history throughout the city. The John Tigard House is one of the iconic remnants of the city’s history. It was saved by the Tigard Historical Association from demolition and was later on restored in 1979. It is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Shopping destinations are quite plentiful in the area too. The Washington Square Mall is the largest in all of Oregon. The Greenway Town Center, Walmart Supercenter and Pacific Crossroads are closely located near the downtown of Tigard.

Being a family-oriented region in the county, there are quite a number of average public schools and private educational institutions in the area. It is governed by the Tigard-Tualatin School District and is currently home to ten elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools.

Local events are plenty and colorful experiences one should not miss. The Taste of Tigard Event is hosted  in June. September is the time where the Latino Heritage Celebration is hosted in the area. Community gatherings like the Farmer’s Market can be enjoyed during the Spring, Summer and Fall Season. The streets are blocked off to traffic and feature flowers, plants, local baked goods and home-grown fruits and vegetables in the area.

Huge companies bring jobs and contribute to the economy of Oregon. Among these companies include PacTrust, Snyder, Bridgewell Resources, Landmark Ford, Well Fargo, Intel, and Amazon.

Tigard, Oregon is divided into 13 geographic areas with assigned area numbers from 1-13. These areas include the historic Greenburg neighborhood in Area 3, Summerlake in Area 2, North Tigard in Area 4 and Tigard Triangle in Area 5. Surrounding cities located near Tigard include Beaverton, Cedar Mill, Lake Oswego, Oregon City, Newberg, Portland and Milwaukie.

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