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City of McMinnville
McMinnville is a short one-hour drive southwest down the I-5 and Oregon route 99W corridors from Portland, or a 40-minute drive northeast up Oregon Highway 22 from Salem. Covering 10.58 square miles, it is home to 35,000 residents making it the largest city in Yamhill County.
McMinnville has five elementary, two middle and one public high schools. Parents of younger students also have the options of five additional private elementary / middle schools and two online school options as well. Regarding tertiary education, McMinnville is home to the Linfield Wildcats! Linfield, in the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference, is a private liberal arts university that attracts students from all around the world. The school consists of the four colleges of Arts, Science, Business and most notably they’re recognized in Nursing. Linfield University also has a postgraduate level program of earning a Master’s of Science in Nursing as well. Additionally for higher education, Salem’s Chemeketa Community College also has a full campus of their own in McMinnville.
Employment in McMinnville is a wide net. Having acres of farmland and vineyards, the agricultural industry is very strong here. We are home to over 90 manufacturing companies, the largest being Cascade Steel Rolling Mills. Being the county seat, the county’s government offices and courts are all located here in McMinnville providing government employment opportunities both for the city and county positions. Education and Health employ many, not only in just the above mentioned schools, but in all the medical offices around town and in McMinnville’s Medical Center. (The Medical Center is a 60-bed, acute care, 24-hour full-service hospital. It also has an attached cancer center that provides radiation and chemotherapy services). Evergreen Aviation and Space Museums, the water park, world-class dining, boutique hotels and tasting rooms allow for hospitality employment. McMinnville is home to the third busiest regional airport in the state. A 650 acre municipal airport that accommodates private jets, small planes, and has a helicopter flight school allowing for employment in aviation. Oregon Mutual Insurance along with multiple insurance and investment companies, employ many in the financial and professional service sectors as well. McMinnville also has a strong economic development partnership that helps not only businesses that are trying to relocate here or to expand in size, but they also provide connections for small businesses who are just getting started.
Cost of Living
Comparing our wine region with another wine region here in the United States for example, Sonoma, California… McMinnville is about 33% cheaper to live. In looking at Seattle, we are 32% cheaper in cost of living. When compared to Portland, we are almost 15% cheaper here in McMinnville. (Watch YouTube Video below for full chart comparison breakdowns of all parts of cost of living figures between the cities.) Regarding Utilities, McMinnville owns and operates its own water, sewer and electric utility company and has its own source of water. This helps to keep our utility costs here in McMinnville, one of the cheapest cities in the state. The biggest factor of all is the cost of housing. 33% of our sold homes in Dec 2021-January 2022 was between $400k and $500k. The median home value here in McMinnville, as of January 31st of 2022 is sitting at about just over $445,000.
What is There To Do in McMinnville?
We are truly a cultural hub, especially in our downtown area of 3rd street. You will find amazing restaurants, craft beer, of course a lot of wine, art galleries and boutique stores. There is pottery painting, one of our two local movie theaters, an arcade and our Gallery Theater. McMinnville is also a very outdoor friendly area with walking a bike path throughout a lot of the neighborhoods. We have 18 city parks with various amenities that include nature trails, playgrounds, disc golf, picnic shelters, basketball hoops, pickleball, water features, sports fields, dog parks, skate parks and so much more! Miller Woods, a 130 acre conservation district about three miles west of the city has miles of hiking trails through the forest. The city pool and the library have activities for all different ages and our Parks and Recreation department create youth, adult and senior events throughout the year on a consistent basis. McMinnville is home to both a private 18 hole golf course and a public par 3 and 9 hole starter course. Yearly events are looked forward to each year, more than I could name. Some of the more popular are; Food and Wine Fest every March, the farmers markets all summer , the International Pinot Noir Celebration, in mid summer, Alien days in May and County fair in the fall. There are often a variety of activities to meet up with friends throughout the year at a lot of the wineries around the area as well if you keep an eye on their calendars.