Real Estate In Sweet Home Oregon

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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By 1878, real estate in Sweet Home, Oregon was restricted to 32 lots on four square blocks. Although it had been settled more than 25 years earlier, Sweet Home was still a sleepy Linn County village by a sleepy river. It would remain that way until the boom years of the 1930s. Lumber then suddenly, in the advent of World War II, became a commodity. This was not the first time that timber boosted the economy of Sweet Home, however.

Interestingly, Lowell Ames had built a saw mill on the banks of the South Santiam when he arrived in 1852. Precisely because of that real estate in Sweet Home, Oregon was on the state map. Oregon remains heavily forested, nearly half of its territory blanketed in Douglas fir, spruce, and other trees. Sweet Home's second growth spurt came during the 1960s when the Green Peter dam was constructed. It has remained vibrant ever since.

A Snapshot of Real Estate in Sweet Home, Oregon

With a population of more than 8,200, Sweet Home today is Linn County's third largest city after Lebanon (12,000) and the county seat of Albany (43,000). (Call Sweet Home the comeback kid from the backwater village of the late 19th and early 20th century.) There are approximately 3,300 dwellings in Sweet Home today, in contrast to the 32 of 1878. The median value is approximately $98,000, estimated up from the last federal census figures.

Median income is approximately $35,000. School enrollment, per the city's latest figures, was 2,463. Most residents of real estate in Sweet Home, Oregon who are employed locally work for the school system. Total employment by the city numbered about 2,434 by its last official tally. Willamette Industries, a timber/manufacturing business, is the largest taxpayer.


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