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Old 02-15-2016, 11:06 PM
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I found a Newberg parenting group online recently and asked for info about public schools and got absolutely zero responses from over 200 members. Hmmm...not sure what that means! But I'm really wanting some info about the schools beyond test scores found on the web. There are a few reviews but most are from several years ago. I am planning to visit a couple of the elementary schools but visitation only gets you so far. I need to speak to parents! If any are out there, I'd love to hear from you. Particularly about the elementary schools. High parent involvement? Homework load? Overall a nurturing, supportive environment? Or are there issues?

I'm also hearing very mixed reviews on living in the town itself. I actually found some data from 2014 that showed an extremely high property crime rate compared to Portland! Can anyone comment on that? Is the crime high there for a small town?

And how is traffic within the area itself?

I'm a little confused about this place! Any feedback from those with direct knowledge about those two topics or if you can offer your perspective on living there...would be so helpful.

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Old 02-16-2016, 11:59 AM
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Traffic depends on where you're going to. 99W isn't exactly the most enjoyable road to drive on - lots of lights, congested, etc. 219 from Newberg up through Scholls to Hillsboro is wide open and gorgeous.

As for the crime, I'm speculating, but my guess is that it's largely a function of the bulk of the city sitting on the 99W commercial corridor and the campus. Other than theft, and to a lesser extent, burglary, there doesn't really seem to be much if any crime there.
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Old 02-17-2016, 06:03 PM
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Newberg is a rural farm town. The wine industry may make some of it "upscale" agriculture but that is still what it is. Like any farm town, it has poverty, a large unskilled population, "run-down" parts of town, etc. This may explain some of the data you are finding.

I don't know where you are moving from, but many arrivals to Portland from more populous areas express some surprise at what rural Oregon is like beyond the Metro area's boundaries.
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