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Beaverton, OR (Population: 84,270)

Beaverton, located seven miles west of Portland, has an estimated population of 84,270 (2006), making it the sixth largest city in the state of Oregon. Beaverton was given its name because of its close proximity to a colony of beaver dams in the Tualatin Valley. Originally the home of an American Indian people known as the Atfalati, Beaverton was originally called "chakeipi," meaning "place of the beaver."

Today Beaverton offers the best of big city energy along with the peaceful surroundings of a county setting with no shortage of activities for adventurers of all skills and imaginations. The city prides itself on having a park within a half hour of any home. The Tualatin Parks and Recreation District manages the more than 100 city parks. From almost any spot in the city one is only a couple hours from the Oregon Coast, the Columbia River Gorge, Mt. Hood, Willamette Valley wineries, and Mt. St. Helens in the neighboring state of Washington.

For those who prefer indoor adventure in the form of world-class shopping, Washington Square Mall offers all the major department stores along with local independent shops for unique arts and crafts. The recent establishment of the Round and Cedar Hills Crossing shopping centers provides a personal and intimate shopping experience. Beaverton is also home to the world headquarters of Nike, Inc., which sits in an unincorporated area inside Beaverton city limits.