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Newberg is a prosperous, diversified and growing community of 23,000 citizens. Situated in the Chehalem Valley at the upper end of the Willamette valley it is about 25 miles southwest of Portland on Highway 99W. Located in the “Center of Oregon Wine County,” Newberg is conveniently located just 15 minutes from Interstate 5, 45 minutes from the Portland International Airport and just over an hour from the Pacific Ocean Beaches.

Newberg has the advantage of being near the metropolitan areas of Portland and Salem while maintaining the integrity of it beautiful agricultural setting. Today Newberg is the second largest city in Yamhill County. Newberg and the surrounding countryside are widely regarded for its panoramic beauty. Rolling verdant hills, agricultural lands and well-preserved historic structures characterize the picturesque quality of the community.

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The Newberg area is home to a significant number of manufacturing businesses. A-dec, Inc and Climax Portable Machine Tools are among the areas largest employers. Yamhill County boasts a rich, varied agricultural economy, producing 167 varieties of crops. The region grows 90 percent of the nation’s hazelnuts. Other principal products include wheat, dairy, a variety of fruits, livestock, wine grapes, vegetables, trees and nursery plants. The area’s wineries are among the finest in the state and have achieved world attention for their pinot noir varieties.
Providence Newberg Medical Center is a regional state-of-the-art hospital with expanded services in surgery, diagnostic imaging, emergency medicine, obstetrics and more. Portland Community College (PCC) opened a Newberg Campus in 2011. PCC advances the region’s long-term vitality by delivering accessible, quality education to support the academic, professional and personal development of the surrounding community. Newberg is also home to the prestigious George Fox University (GFU). GFU is a Christian university of the arts, science, and professional studies and Newberg’s second largest employer. Within the Newberg School District are five elementary, two middle schools and a four-year high school. Newberg also boasts a modern library.
Newberg is home to Oregon’s first luxury inn. Opened in 2009 The Allison Inn and Spa has garnered worldwide media attention for its world-class amenities. Visitors from around the world are attracted to this one of a kind destination resort. Chehalem Parks and Recreation operates a model park and recreation district which consist of more than 100 acres of parkland, indoor swimming pool, a Willamette River Kayak/Canoe concession and a highly rated 18 hole municipal golf course.
The Chehalem Cultural Center was opened in 2009 after plans for an extensive multi-million dollar remodel of the former Central School Site. The 40,000 square foot building opened after phase 1 was completed and is home to art exhibits, music and art classes and community based art and music events. The Chehalem Center Association is currently fundraising to complete the remodel for the rest of the building that includes an expansive ballroom and concert facility.

The Newberg area is served by Sportsman Airpark (a privately owned airport), McMinnville Municipal Airport and is within one-hour driving time to Portland International Airport. Local public transportation options also exist for the Newberg area traveler through LINK Transportation. Private taxi and limousine service is also available from local providers.

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), working closely with the local community to build the Newberg Dundee Bypass, an 11 mile, four lane, access-controlled expressway around the cities of Newberg and Dundee. The proposed project is needed to reduce congestion on Oregon 99W through Newberg and Dundee by redirecting traffic to the Bypass. Phase I of the construction started in 2014 and is expected to be completed in 2017.

Newberg Services

Freight is moved to and from Newberg via the Portland & Western Railroad. This railroad provides freight service throughout the Willamette valley as well as multiple ports along the western end of the Columbia River between Portland and Astoria. Newberg is the crossroads for State Highways 99W, 219 and 240. It is located along a key route between the Portland metro area and Oregon’s Pacific Coast. In addition, motorists can access Interstate 5 within 15 minutes.

Newberg is the home of Sportsman Airpark, a privately-owned facility the provides standard FBO services, including fuel sales, a maintenance facility, aircraft rentals, hangar rentals, aircraft parking, aircraft sales and flight instructions. In addition, the Airpark contains land zoned specifically to businesses that need immediate access to the Airpark services. Other nearby airports includes Aurora State Airport (the third busiest airport in Oregon) and McMinnville Municipal Airport.

The Yamhill County Transit Authority provides mass transit services for Newberg through an extensive fixed route services as well as a Dial-a-Ride service curb-to-curb. The Authority operates throughout Yamhill County and makes frequent connections with TriMet, which provides transit services for the Portland metro region.

Port of Portland

Newberg is located about 30 miles southwest of Port of Portland facilities. The Port’s mission is stated as follows: “Our mission is to enhance the region’s economy and quality of life by providing efficient cargo and air passenger access to national and global markets. For a brief summary about the Port, please see their Fast Facts sheet.

Air Service – Portland International Airport (PDX) has been voted the best airport in the U.S. four of the last five years by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine. PDX provides extensive services to national and international destinations, including direct flights to Asia and Europe.

Marine Service – The Port of Portland’s marine facilities is one of the largest on the west coast of the U.S. It operates 4 marine terminals that principally provide international transportation services for automobiles, mineral and agricultural bulk commodities as well as general cargo.

Rail Service – The Port of Portland rail facilities coordinates freight transportation services with the extensive operations of the BNSF and Union Pacific railroads.

COST OF LIVING

Overall Food Utilities Misc.*
Newberg 114 101.6 100 103
McMinnville 107 101.6 100 103
Sherwood 128 99.3 98 102
Canby 114 99.2 100 105
Hillsboro 118 99.3 98 102
Gresham 113 99.2 98 106
Portland 126 99.2 98 106
Vancouver 109 102.7 97 103
Tualatin 131 99.3 98 102
Salem 102 97.6 97 101
Beaverton 123 99.3 98 102
Forest Grove 113 99.3 98 102

The numbers in the table below represent cost of living percentages for Newberg and surrounding cities as compared to U.S. cost of living averages.

*The cost index of those goods and services not included in the Food and Utilities cost of living categories, including clothing, restaurants, repairs, entertainment and other services.

(Source: Bestplaces.net, 2015)

PUBLIC SAFETY & FIRE TRUCK FEES

Meter Size Public Safety Fee Building Type Fire Truck Fee
3/4″ or 5/8″ $3.00 Residential $1.50
1″ $7.50 Duplex, Apartment complexes $3.75
1 1/4″ $10.50 Apartment complexes $5.25
1 1/2″ $15.00 $7.50
2″ $24.00 Commercial buildings  $12.00
3″ $48.00  $24.00
4″ $75.00  $37.50
6″ $150.00  $75.00
8″ $240.00  $120.00
10″ $345.00  $172.50

NOTE: The Public Safety and Fire Truck Fees are based on the water meter size of the account. Both are flat monthly fees. The following table shows how the fees are assessed in FY 2011-2012.

NEWBERG HOUSING MARKET

Month Median Sale Price Homes Sold
April 2011 $186,000 24
May 2011 $185,000 20
June 2011 $195,000 25
July 2011 $187,000 31
August 2011 $220,000 39
September 2011 $228,000 32

TAXES & FEES

Local taxesNewberg has no sales or income tax. In fiscal year 2013-2014, total property taxes in Newberg are calculated at $16.7359 per thousand, of which $4.69 is used for City of Newberg operations.  

Transient Lodging TaxThe current rate is 9 percent.

State taxes and Fees

For a summary of taxes and fees assessed by the State of Oregon, please visit the Business Oregon website.

Business License feesBusinesses located and/or operating within Newberg must maintain a business license. Annual fees for the license are calculated as follows:

General business         $50.00
Home occupation         $25.00

A temporary merchant operating for less than 45 days will be charged $50.00 for a business license. A temporary merchant operating for more than 45 days within a 12-month period will be charged $75.00 for a business license.

UTILITIES

For a rate chart and more information on utilities, please click here.