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Live Here

Living in McMinnville means being plugged into a close knit community. From our events, the restaurants and wine, and how people treat each other when they walk down the street, McMinnville has something special about it. Just ask the people who live here and they'll tell you that it's unlike anywhere else. 

Some, like Emily Grosvenor in her blog "Tiny Travels" for Visit McMinnville, call it the "Nuance of Nice." McMinnville is where people with big dreams and the drive to achieve them come to live a small-town lifestyle. It's where cars stop within a few seconds for people waiting to cross the street. It's a place full of people who genuinely love this town and whose actions reflect that daily. Becoming an engaged member of our community is easy, we welcome you and your ideas with open arms. 

History of McMinnville

McMinnville, Oregon was founded by a man named William T. Newby who took claim of the rolling hills and meadows he discovered in Oregon during an expedition in 1844. He named the town after his hometown: McMinnville, Tennessee. McMinnville has always been conscious of our rich and storied past and have worked to keep original landmarks preserved. This dedication to the past while looking towards the future has created a town that strives to create a welcoming community. Take a stroll around our cherished Third Street and our historical Granary District to feel and see some of the history that surrounds our city. 

A historic picture of McMinnville

To learn more about the history of McMinnville, visit - a project dedicated to the history of McMinnville's buildings and their stories.  

Community Events

McMinnville is home to renowned and cherished events and festivals. From the long-lived Turkeyrama, to the glorious International Pinot Noir Celebration to the bizarre excitement that surround the UFO Festival, we know how to eat, drink, and play well - all year round. 

Ready to join us? 

  • Annual UFO Festival
  • Turkey Rama Weekend Festival
  • 3rd on 3rd
  • Thursday Farmers Market (May through October)
  • Concert on the Plaza (Thursdays evenings during the summer) 
  • The International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC)
  • Saturday Market at the Grange
  • Yamhill County Fair and Rodeo
  • Brews and BBQ's Festival
  • Linfield College's Summer Concerts in the Grove
  • Safe and Sane Trick or Treat Halloween on Third Street
  • Santa's Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • Art Harvest Studio Tour 

There's always something to do in McMinnville. Check out the events pages at McMinnville Downtown Association, the News Register, and Visit McMinnville to see what's happening in town this week. 

Cost of Living

The cost of living in McMinnville is 5% lower than the average cost of living in Oregon. 



 How Households Spend Money



Food and Beverages

Health Care


Cost of Living Index

Index McMinnville  OR WA CA National
Cost of living 108 114 115 138 100
Groceries 115 115 107 115 100
Health care 107 107 118 109 100
Housing 103 123 135 196 100
Transportation 106 106 116 125 100
Utilities  78 78 94 114 100
Goods & services 118 118 106 110 100

Cost of Living Index found at derived from Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015: "Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average."

Get Connected

In McMinnville we have a close knit community members who love to participate in events, volunteer opportunities, arts and culture, and more.

For more information on education, healthcare, amenities and more, see our Community Profile page. 

Shop Local

In McMinnville we take the term "Shop Local" seriously. With local boutiques, restaurants, breweries, home decor shops, and more it's not uncommon to walk in and be greeted by the shop's owner. When you walk down the West's Best Main Street with our world-class food scene, you'll see neighbors, coworkers and friends all enjoying everything that this town has to offer. 

See videos of some of our local businesses. Videos produced by Visit McMinnville





"McMinnville is a family community. It's tight-knit. You know your neighbors, you know the businesses, and it doesn't take long to find the answer to a question."

– Fred Stemmler, General Manager, Recology Western Oregon

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