In support of its 24,045 residents, the City of Newberg cultivates a healthy, safe environment where community members can work, play and grow. A friendly, dynamic and diverse community that values partnerships and opportunity, Newberg is growing because of the high standard of living; clean, green environment; and strong economy.
Newberg is located approximately 25 miles southwest of Portland on the northeast side of Yamhill County. The Chehalem Mountains surrounding the community and the Willamette River creates a natural bowl, providing a special sense of place that is cherished by the residents of Newberg. The community's strategic location provides easy access to varied and plentiful recreational opportunities. A short drive also provides access to the many urban assets of Portland. Countless rivers and forests are within easy driving distance, offering a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. From Newberg, the Cascade Mountains are a one-hour drive east offering skiing, camping, fishing and hiking. A one-hour drive west offers breathtaking views of the Pacific coastline, with its many beautiful beaches.
Newberg has a balanced economic base that is led by manufacturing, health care, tourism and education. World-class wine tasting is available throughout Yamhill County. As the gateway to Oregon wine country, Newberg’s leisure, hospitality and tourism industry is growing and with fertile agriculture lands, there are dozens of wineries located in the countryside north and west of the City. In addition to wine making, international corporations have invested in the fields of electronics and food processing. The strong manufacturing base includes dental equipment, food handling equipment, medical devices, advanced machining and machines shops all supporting the manufacturing sector. Newberg is home to George Fox University, a nationally-recognized Christian university, and the Portland Community College Newberg Campus. Education and health services are growing with the expansion of Providence Newberg Medical Center and the new George Fox University Health Occupation facility.
The City of Newberg is served by the Newberg School District, which has six elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools, Newberg High School and Catalyst Alternative High School. There are also two private Christian grade schools, Veritas School and C. S. Lewis Academy.
With a farmers market, first Friday art walks and festivals, Newberg is a lively community. Providing far more than just books, the City Library is always a hub of activity. The Chehalem Cultural Center is a community asset that inspires and enriches lives through art and cultural offerings. The Center houses a fine arts gallery and exhibition hall, three multipurpose arts studio classrooms, a state-of-the-art clay studio, a recording studio with four music practice studios, meeting space and an elegant grand ballroom for public and private events. The Chehalem Park and Recreation District maintains more than 200 acres of recreational sites and trails with activities for all ages. The residents of Newberg believe strongly in volunteering and provide countless hours of support to the community’s many churches and service organizations.
Based on the recently completed 2040 Community Vision plan, Newberg residents have reaffirmed their focus on preserving livability and expanding on existing community engagement, community leadership, cultural assets and economic development.