Clackamas County, Oregon: Wikis

  
  
  
  

Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.

Did you know ...


More interesting facts on Clackamas County, Oregon

Include this on your site/blog:

Encyclopedia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Clackamas County, Oregon
Seal of Clackamas County, Oregon
Map of Oregon highlighting Clackamas County
Location in the state of Oregon
Map of the U.S. highlighting Oregon
Oregon's location in the U.S.
Seat Oregon City
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,879 sq mi (4,867 km²)
1,868 sq mi (4,838 km²)
11 sq mi (28 km²), 0.58%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

338,391
181/sq mi (70/km²)
Founded July 5, 1843
Website www.clackamas.us

Clackamas County (pronounced /ˈklækəmɪs/) is a county located in the U.S. state of Oregon. The county was named after the Native Americans living in the area, the Clackamas Indians, who were part of the Chinookan people. As of 2000, the population was 338,391. Its county seat is Oregon City.[1]

Contents

Economy

Since the county's creation, agriculture, timber, manufacturing, and commerce have been the principal economic activities. Mount Hood, the only year-round ski resort in the United States and the site of Timberline Lodge, is a major attraction for recreation and tourism. The mountain and its rivers and forests offer outdoor recreation activities, from skiing and rafting to fishing and camping.

Geography

Forest west of Clackamas River Valley

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,879 square miles (4,867 km²). 1,868 square miles (4,839 km²) of it is land and 28 km² (11 sq mi, or 0.58%) of it is water.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1850 1,859
1860 3,466 86.4%
1870 5,993 72.9%
1880 9,260 54.5%
1890 15,233 64.5%
1900 19,658 29.0%
1910 29,931 52.3%
1920 37,698 25.9%
1930 46,205 22.6%
1940 57,130 23.6%
1950 86,716 51.8%
1960 113,038 30.4%
1970 166,088 46.9%
1980 241,919 45.7%
1990 278,850 15.3%
2000 338,391 21.4%
Est. 2008 380,576 12.5%
sources:[2][3]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 338,391 people, 128,201 households, and 91,663 families residing in the county. The population density was 181 people per square mile (70/km²). There were 136,954 housing units at an average density of 73 per square mile (28/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.27% White, 2.45% Asian, 0.71% Native American, 0.66% Black or African American, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 2.28% from other races, and 2.46% from two or more races. 4.95% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 20.7% were of German, 11.6% English, 9.1% Irish and 7.5% American ancestry.

There were 128,201 households out of which 34.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.60% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.50% were non-families. 22.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.20% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 28.70% from 25 to 44, 26.00% from 45 to 64, and 11.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $52,080, and the median income for a family was $60,791. Males had a median income of $43,462 versus $30,891 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,973. About 4.60% of families and 6.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.60% of those under age 18 and 5.10% of those age 65 or over.

History

Abandoned barn in eastern Clackamas County; Bittner family estate

Originally named Clackamas District, it was one of the four original Oregon districts created by Oregon's Provisional Legislature on July 5, 1843 along with Twality (later Washington), Champooick (later Marion), and Yamhill. The four districts were redesignated as counties in 1845. At the time of its creation, Clackamas County covered portions of four present-day states and a Canadian province. The Columbia River became the northern boundary of the county in 1844.

Oregon City was also the site of the only federal court west of the Rockies in 1849, when San Francisco, California was platted. The plat was filed in 1850 in the first plat book of the first office of records in the West Coast and is still in Oregon City.

In 1902, the Willamette Meteorite was recovered from a field just outside present-day West Linn.

In contrast with the more liberal and cosmopolitan Multnomah County to the north, and the more corporate Washington County to the west, some citizens of Clackamas county have espoused a blue-collar, yet conservative political outlook of the backlash mold described by Thomas Frank. It is the headquarters of Lon Mabon, whose Oregon Citizens Alliance has worked to pass a number of anti-homosexual initiatives, and where Bill Sizemore, who has championed various anti-government initiatives for most of the 1990s, had his base before he moved to Klamath Falls. However, it is a very mixed area overall, narrowly voting for Republican George W. Bush over Democrat John Kerry in 2004, but moderately voting for Democrat Barack Obama over Republican John McCain in 2008.

As of August 2005, Clackamas is the first county in Oregon to have four models of governance for its communities. Like the rest of Oregon, it has cities (which are formally incorporated) and rural communities (some of which for federal purposes are considered census-designated places).

After completion of a process that began late in 1999, the county adopted an ordinance on August 11, 2005 which defined hamlets and villages. As of the November 30, 2005, deadline, three communities have submitted petitions to start the process of becoming a hamlet or a village. Boring petitioned to become a village. The communities along US 26 near Mount Hood from Brightwood to Rhododendron have petitioned to become "The Villages at Mount Hood". Beavercreek has become a hamlet.

Cities and communities

Mount Hood reflected in Trillium Lake

Cities and CDPs in the Portland metropolitan area

Clackamas River flowing through Milo McIver State Park

Other incorporated cities and CDPs

Other unincorporated communities

Hamlets

In Clackamas County, a hamlet is a model of local governance for unincorporated areas.

Villages

Several of these communities also extend into other counties. Lake Oswego and Milwaukie include areas in Multnomah County. Tualatin, Rivergrove and Wilsonville include areas in Washington County.

The urban areas of the county are also served by Metro.

References

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/cffiles/counties/usamap.cfm. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ census.gov Oregon population by county, 1900-90 - accessed 2009-05-02
  3. ^ quickfacts.census.gov - Clackamas County - accessed 2009-05-02
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

External links

Coordinates: 45°11′N 122°13′W / 45.19°N 122.21°W / 45.19; -122.21


Genealogy

Up to date as of February 01, 2010

From Familypedia

This article requires significantly more historical detail on the particular phases of this location's historical development. The ideal article for a place will give the reader a feel for what it was like to live at that location at the time their relatives were alive there..
Please help to improve this page yourself if you can..
Clackamas County, Oregon
Seal of Clackamas County, Oregon
Map
File:Map of Oregon highlighting Clackamas County.png
Location in the state of Oregon
Map of the USA highlighting Oregon
Oregon's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded July 5, 1843
Seat Oregon City
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.58%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

338391
Website: www.clackamas.us

Clackamas County (pronouncedImage:Wp_globe_tiny.gif /ˈklækəmɪs/) is a county located in the U.S. state of Oregon. The county was named after the Native Americans living in the area, the Clackamas Indians, who were part of the Chinookan people. As of 2000, the population was 338,391. Its county seat is Oregon City6.

Contents

Economy

Since the county's creation, agriculture, timber, manufacturing, and commerce have been the principal economic activities. Mount Hood, the only year-round ski resort in the United States and the site of Timberline Lodge, is a major attraction for recreation and tourism. The mountain and its rivers and forests offer outdoor recreation activities, from skiing and rafting to fishing and camping.

Geography

Forest west of Clackamas River Valley

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,867 km² (1,879 sq mi). 4,839 km² (1,868 sq mi) of it is land and 28 km² (11 sq mi, or 0.58%) of it is water.

Major highways

Adjacent Counties

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 338,391 people, 128,201 households, and 91,663 families residing in the county. The population density was 70/km² (181/sq mi). There were 136,954 housing units at an average density of 28/km² (73/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 91.27% White, 2.45% Asian, 0.71% Native American, 0.66% Black or African American, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 2.28% from other races, and 2.46% from two or more races. 4.95% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 128,201 households out of which 34.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.60% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.50% were non-families. 22.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.20% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 28.70% from 25 to 44, 26.00% from 45 to 64, and 11.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $52,080, and the median income for a family was $60,791. Males had a median income of $43,462 versus $30,891 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,973. About 4.60% of families and 6.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.60% of those under age 18 and 5.10% of those age 65 or over.

Abandoned barn in eastern Clackamas County; Bittner family estate

History

Clackamas was one of the four original Oregon districts created by Oregon's Provisional Legislature on July 5, 1843 along with Twality (later Washington), Champooick (later Marion), and Yamhill. The four districts were redesignated as counties in 1845. At the time of its creation, Clackamas County covered portions of four present-day states and a Canadian province. The Columbia River became the northern boundary of the county in 1844.

Oregon City was also the site of the only federal court west of the Rockies in 1849, when San Francisco was platted. The plat was filed in 1850 in the first plat book of the first office of records in the West Coast and is still in Oregon City.

In 1902, the Willamette Meteorite was recovered from a field just outside present-day West Linn.

In contrast with the more liberal and cosmopolitan Multnomah County to the north, and the more ruling-class Washington County to the west, Clackamas county has espoused a blue-collar, yet conservative political outlook of the backlash mold described by Thomas Frank. It is the headquarters of Lon Mabon, whose Oregon Citizens Alliance has worked to pass a number of anti-homosexual initiatives, and where Bill Sizemore, who has championed various anti-government initiatives for most of the 1990s, has his base. However, it is a very mixed area overall, narrowly voting for Republican George W. Bush over Democrat John Kerry in 2004.

As of August 2005, Clackamas is the first county in Oregon to have four models of governance for its communities. Like the rest of Oregon, it has cities (which are formally incorporated) and rural communities (some of which for federal purposes are considered census-designated places).

After completion of a process that began late in 1999, the county adopted an ordinance on August 11, 2005 which defined hamlets and villages. As of the November 30, 2005, deadline, three communities have submitted petitions to start the process of becoming a hamlet or a village. Boring petitioned to become a village. The communities along US 26 near Mount Hood from Brightwood to Rhododendron have petitioned to become "The Villages at Mount Hood". Beavercreek has petitioned to become a hamlet.

Cities and communities

Mount Hood reflected in Trillium Lake

Cities and CDPs in the Portland metropolitan area

Other incorporated cities

Other unincorporated communities

Other census-designated places

Hamlets

In Clackamas County, a hamlet is a model of local governance for unincorporated areas.

Villages

Several of these communities also extend into other counties. Lake Oswego and Milwaukie include areas in Multnomah County. Tualatin, Rivergrove and Wilsonville include areas in Washington County.

The urban areas of the county are also served by Metro.

External links

Coordinates: 45°11′N 122°13′W / 45.19, -122.21

This page uses content from the English language Wikipedia. The original content was at Clackamas County, Oregon. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with this Familypedia wiki, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons License.
Facts about Clackamas County, OregonRDF feed
County of country United States  +
County of subdivision1 Oregon  +
Short name Clackamas County  +

This article uses material from the "Clackamas County, Oregon" article on the Genealogy wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.







Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address
Message