Where is Little People, Big World filmed? Before TLC camera crews moved in, Helvetia, OR, was just a dot on a map to many people. But now that the Roloffs are bona fide reality stars, this community of 54,000 has become a tourist destination.
Helvetia is where Matt Roloff settled down and raised his family after starting his computing career in Silicon Valley. When a friend urged him to take a job at Sequent Systems in Beaverton, OR, Matt bought the 34-acre Helvetia property that is now his family's homestead and tourist attraction.
As the Roloff Farms website says, Helvetia is an unincorporated community located about 30 miles west of Portland, OR, and just north of the town of Hillsboro. According to Point2 Homes, the residents of Helvetia are mostly white-collar and mostly married with a median age of 37 and a median household income of $68k. (We bet the Roloffs are an outlier on that bell curve, though, thanks to their TV fame!)
These days, Roloff Farms has grown to 110 acres, and the family has turned the property into a pumpkin patch and an amusement park based on the "unique structures" Matt and then-wife Amy built as a "utopian playland" for their kids Zach, Jeremy, Molly, and Jacob. The family welcomes 30,000 visitors to the property every year.
That said, the Roloffs might not own the farm for much longer. "We've been talking a lot about the farm," Matt says in a recent Little People, Big World promo. "Trying to figure out how to keep it or not keep it."
So why would they walk away from what seems to be a profitable tourist attraction? Well, when spouses divorce and start new relationships, even a 110-acre property starts to feel claustrophobic! The promo shows Matt and Amy butting heads and Amy arguing with Caryn, Matt's girlfriend.
Plus, the farm probably represents a past both Matt and Amy want to leave behind, especially now that their children are adults. "It's always going to be awkward," Matt says in the promo. "I just want my own path away from the farm, away from Amy." For better or worse, Helvetia might lose its best-known residents and its claim to reality fame.