Helping Your Business Succeed
Over 300 members give the Chamber of Commerce the strength and direction to help businesses succeed.The Chamber educates the community about free enterprise, advocates for business before local, state and federal government, connects members with other business leaders, provides training and education, and partners with city and school resources to enrich Sherwood’s business, cultural and civic life. In all of our activity, we strive to be relevant to our members and Sherwood residents.
Sherwood is Open for Business
Through networking and marketing opportunities, professional seminars, community events, advocacy and partnerships with other chambers, the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce is a vital element for business success.
Sherwood Continues to be a Growing Thriving Community!
Sherwood was established in the late 1800’s and for many years was a farming and manufacturing community. Over the last two decades Sherwood has been one of the fastest growing communities in the State. With a 1990 population of 3,093, and a 2000 population of 11,791, Sherwood continued to grow at a 2.56% annual clip over the past decade to over 17,000 residents.
Sherwood location approximately 14 miles from downtown Portland, Oregon in southwest Washington County. It is the home to the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge to the north, and bordered by the Chehalem Mountains on the west, Yamhill County to the south, and the City of Tualatin to the east. While Sherwood has a diverse economy with the manufacturing sector accounting for 25% of its jobs, 70% of employed residents commute outside of the city for work. The City has concept planned a ~300 acre “employment land” area to the east that will help remedy that imbalance. In addition there is approximately 70 acres of employment land available in relatively small parcels throughout the city.
The City’s economy is linked with that of the entire Portland/Vancouver Metropolitan Region, but is more insulated from economic downturns due to the high education and skill level of its population. During this same two decades Sherwood’s Median Household Income (MHI) has increased from $28,835 ((98% of State Average) to $80,358 (150% of State Average). Compared to Washington County at $66,490 and Oregon at $53,104, it is considered one of the more affluent communities in the State. The income bracket of $100,000 – $149,999 accounts for 31% of the households.
Despite this record growth, the City has managed to maintain a first rate quality of life for its residents through a unique park and recreation system, a great school system, and a revived central business district – Old Town.
Sherwood is a community of relatively young, stable, up and coming families. Average Household Size is 2.80 persons per household compared to 2.64 in Washington County and 2.51 state- wide. Over 20% of Sherwood residents are under 10 years old compared to less than 14% for Washington County and 13% statewide. Owner occupied homes makes up 78% of Sherwood housing units compared to 60% in Washington County, and 64% statewide. The median age in Sherwood is 32.1 compared to 34.5 in Washington County, and 38.2 statewide.
As a result of the strategy, the City partners with the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce in various endeavors to retain, expand and recruit business to the area. The Economic Development Department also partners with State and Regional efforts on national and international recruitments.