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Overview of Aloha

Beginning roughly 50 years ago, Aloha was slated to be the next big suburban community in the Portland area. The land was inexpensive in the 9 square miles tucked between Beaverton and Hillsboro. Families in the community replaced strawberry farms and filbert orchards with ranch homes on large lots. Since Aloha never organized as a city, taxes are low and there are minimal government entities. There is still many more growth possibilities in Aloha, and government officials in Washington County have been vocal about turning the area into an even better community.

Aloha apartments for rent are perfect for individuals commuting to downtown Portland since it is only a short drive away from the bustling metropolis, high-tech jobs and artistic neighborhoods. Although it might not be governed like a city, the population mimics one. According to Best Places, the population is roughly 49,400 residents.

Living in Aloha, OR

Up until the middle of the 1900s, a Native American population inhabited the Tualatin Valley for approximately 3,000 to 8,000 years. It is believed that once European settlers came to the area, diseases that the people were not immune to quickly depleted the population. One of the tribes, the Atfalati, only had a few remaining pockets of settlements in the 1840s when settlers started coming in larger quantities and at a quicker pace. Sadly, by 1856, the last remaining natives were relocated to a reserve in Yamhill County.

Early settlers took advantage of land grants to develop properties and build farmland on 320 acres per person. Jacob Wheeler was the first donation land owner in the Aloha area, which was later known as Wheeler Station. By 1908, the first business in Aloha opened its doors. Silas N. Buck and his family came to the area to open up a market to attract more land buyers. The market still stands on 185th Street. Within four years, the community began to grow and the first post office opened up in January 1912.

In 1984, residents tried to incorporate Aloha, but the regional boundary commission ceased the effort, claiming the community wouldn’t provide the necessary municipal services for a city.

Aloha Work and Study

In Washington County, the thriving economic climate allots for a diverse workforce, but much of it is centered in the tech industry. Intel Corporation is the county’s top employer, providing 14,000 jobs and plans to continue expanding. Oregon leads the nation in small business ownership, and the state estimates that more than 80 percent of businesses in the state operate with fewer than 20 employees. Since there are also large manufacturers needing professional services, materials and products, the balance creates a healthy and competitive economy.

Students living in apartments in Aloha are in an ideal location to attend school at one of the many post-secondary institutes in Portland. Portland Community College, Reed College, Pacific Northwest College of Art and Concordia University are a few of the options available.

Rentals in Aloha, OR and Cost of Living

Living in Aloha is moderately priced considering the scenic community and close proximity to Portland. According to Best Places, the overall cost of living is 8 points higher than the national average, food is 4 points higher and utilities are 6 points lower. Similarly, the average cost of rentals in Aloha is fairly average. According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, the median gross rent is $1,007. 

Aloha Attractions and Special Events

One of the most beloved attractions in Aloha is a strange one. Guarding the Harvey Marine in Aloha is a 20-foot-tall man dressed as a 26-foot-tall rabbit. Inspired by the movie “Harvey,” the giant bunny welcomes visitors, honking cars and even fan mail regularly.

Residents of Aloha are also just a hop, skip and jump away from Portland, which holds events and festivals year round.

To find an Aloha apartment or rental, check out our apartment listings. Rent.com® is happy to help you find your next home.

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Hillsboro, OR 97124

$1259 - $5171

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Hillsboro, OR (Northeast Hillsboro)


$1259 - $5171

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Hillsboro, OR 97124

From $1280

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Hillsboro, OR (Northeast Hillsboro)


From $1280

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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(12)

Beaverton, OR 97007

$1081 - $1921

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Beaverton, OR (Murray Hill)

(12)

$1081 - $1921

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Beaverton, OR 97007

$1100 - $1588

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Beaverton, OR (Murray Hill, Progress Ridge)


$1100 - $1588

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Hillsboro, OR 97006

$1250 - $1845

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Hillsboro, OR (Triple Creek)

(3)

$1250 - $1845

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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(6)

Beaverton, OR 97006

$875 - $1500

Studio-3 Beds1 Bath

Beaverton, OR (Cedar Hills - Cedar Mill North)

(6)

$875 - $1500

Studio-3 Beds1 Bath
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Beaverton, OR 97006

From $1872

1 Bed1 Bath

Beaverton, OR (Sommerset West - Elmonica South)


From $1872

1 Bed1 Bath
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Hillsboro, OR 97124

From $2400

1 Bed1 Bath

Hillsboro, OR (Sommerset West - Elmonica South)


From $2400

1 Bed1 Bath
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Beaverton, OR 97005

From $850

1-2 Beds1 Bath

Beaverton, OR (Central Beaverton, Downtown Beaverton)


From $850

1-2 Beds1 Bath
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Portland, OR 97229

$1311 - $11911

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Portland, OR (Cedar Hills - Cedar Mill)


$1311 - $11911

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Beaverton, OR 97005

From $850

1-3 Beds1 Bath

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Beaverton, OR 97007

$1138 - $1975

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Beaverton, OR (Murray Hill)


$1138 - $1975

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
15

Beaverton, OR 97007

From $1270

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Beaverton, OR (West Beaverton)


From $1270

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Beaverton, OR 97005

$1395 - $1795

2-3 Beds2 Baths

Beaverton, OR (Central Beaverton, Downtown Beaverton)


$1395 - $1795

2-3 Beds2 Baths
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Hillsboro, OR 97123

$1426 - $2500

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Hillsboro, OR (Northeast Hillsboro)


$1426 - $2500

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Beaverton, OR 97007

From $1200

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Beaverton, OR (Murray Hill, Progress Ridge)


From $1200

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Beaverton, OR 97007

From $1185

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Beaverton, OR (Murray Hill, Progress Ridge)


From $1185

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths