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Troutdale, Oregon
—  City  —
Downtown Troutdale
Location in Oregon
Coordinates: 45°31′46″N 122°23′30″W / 45.52944°N 122.39167°W / 45.52944; -122.39167Coordinates: 45°31′46″N 122°23′30″W / 45.52944°N 122.39167°W / 45.52944; -122.39167
Country United States
State Oregon
County Multnomah
Incorporated 1907
 - Mayor Jim Kight
 - Total 5.0 sq mi (12.9 km2)
 - Land 5.0 sq mi (12.9 km2)
 - Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 30–200 ft (9.1–61.0 m)
Population (2008)
 - Total 15,465
 - Density 2,761.1/sq mi (1,066.0/km2)
Time zone Pacific (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) Pacific (UTC-7)
ZIP code 97060
Area code(s) 503
FIPS code 41-74850[1]
GNIS feature ID 1128248[2]

Troutdale is a city in Multnomah County, Oregon, north of Gresham and east of Wood Village. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 13,777.

Troutdale was incorporated on October 2, 1907. It was named after the country home of Captain John Harlow, a former sea captain from Maine, and a successful Portland businessman. According to an article in the Oregonian in 1959, he named his home Troutdale because it had a "small dale near his house where it had a fish pond which he stocked with trout."

The city serves as the eastern gateway to the Historic Columbia River Highway, the Mount Hood Scenic Byway, and the Columbia River Gorge.



Troutdale is located at 45°31′46″N 122°23′30″W / 45.529551°N 122.391569°W / 45.529551; -122.391569,[3] bordering the confluence of the Sandy River and the Columbia River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.0 square miles (12.9 km2), none of which is covered with water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 13,777 people, 4,671 households, and 3,690 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,761.1 people per square mile (1,066.0/km2). There were 4,865 housing units at an average density of 975.0/sq mi (376.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.54% White, 4.14% Asian, 1.90% African American, 0.92% Native American, 0.25% Pacific Islander, 1.71% from other races, and 3.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.62% of the population.

There were 4,671 households out of which 44.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.6% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.0% were non-families. 13.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.1% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 35.4% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 4.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 100.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $56,593, and the median income for a family was $62,203. Males had a median income of $41,808 versus $30,989 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,778. About 3.3% of families and 4.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.2% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.


The area was first "discovered" by Lt. Broughton under the command of Captain George Vancouver in 1792. They had named Broughton's Bluff which is an outcropping directly across the Sandy River from what is now downtown Troutdale.

The earliest settlers came to Troutdale in 1850. David F. Buxton is considered to be Troutdale's true founder. He had made land claims and donated his land in 1853 in what is now the center of Troutdale. Captain John Harlow purchased part of Buxton's land in 1872 and built a home and some trout farms, he named this farm "Troutdale". By 1882 a rail line had been built through the town. After Harlow's death in 1883, his widow Celestia began platting a town with blocks and streets. Much of the city was built in 1890-91.

The City of Troutdale held a centennial celebration on October 6, 2007.

Local attractions

The Troutdale Airport serves as a base for scenic aerial tours of the Columbia River Gorge. In addition to the Gorge, the town is home to over a dozen parks. It is also the location of one of the most notable locations of the local McMenamins chain, the 38 acre (154,000 m2) Edgefield.

Troutdale also has a variety of factory outlet stores, a historic downtown district, and an expansive truck stop row all within walking distance of each other. The presence of truck stops makes traveler information available almost 24 hours a day on Citizen's Band Channel 19.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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