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Woodburn, Oregon
—  City  —
Location in Oregon
Coordinates: 45°8′50″N 122°51′30″W / 45.14722°N 122.85833°W / 45.14722; -122.85833Coordinates: 45°8′50″N 122°51′30″W / 45.14722°N 122.85833°W / 45.14722; -122.85833
Country United States
State Oregon
County Marion
Incorporated 1889
 - Mayor Kathy Figley
 - Total 5.2 sq mi (13.5 km2)
 - Land 5.2 sq mi (13.5 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 197 ft (60 m)
Population (2008)
 - Total 23,355 (est)
 - Density 3,865.8/sq mi (1,492.4/km2)
Time zone Pacific (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) Pacific (UTC-7)
ZIP code 97071
Area code(s) 503/971
FIPS code 41-83750[1]
GNIS feature ID 1163363[2]

Woodburn is a city in Marion County, Oregon, United States. The population was 20,100 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area. The 2008 population is estimated at 23,355.[3]



Settlemier House

Woodburn, historically a farming community, was founded by Jesse H. Settlemier in 1889. Woodburn was named for a slash burn that got out of control and burned down a nearby woodlot in the 1880s, after the railroad line had been laid through the area.[4] The city was incorporated by the Oregon Legislative Assembly on February 20, 1889.[5]


Corner of 2nd and Garfield. Willamette Ballet Academy and Cornwell colonial chapel

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.2 square miles (13.5 km²), all of it land.


Woodburn city hall

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 20,100 people, 6,274 households, and 4,492 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,865.8 people per square mile (1,492.4/km²). There were 6,824 housing units at an average density of 1,312.5/sq mi (506.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 58.12% White, 0.45% African American, 1.17% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 35.66% from other races, and 4.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 50.07% of the population.

There were 6,274 households out of which 34.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.1% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.4% were non-families. 23.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.11 and the average family size was 3.63.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.0% under the age of 18, 11.8% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 14.6% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 107.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,722, and the median income for a family was $36,730. Males had a median income of $21,702 versus $22,606 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,954. About 11.5% of families and 17.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.6% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2008, its population was estimated at 23,355[6], a net rise of 16.2% over 2000, ranking it the 21st most-populated city in Oregon.


Old Believers

Woodburn is home for a sizable community of Russian Orthodox Old Believers.[7] This Christian reformed church had escaped persecution from the official Russian Orthodox Church and moved to the United States from Turkey in 1950s. Presence of this community is seen on the streets of Woodburn by women wearing long skirts and scarfs, and men with beards.

Also present in the city are communities of Russian Molokans, Doukhobors and recent refugees from the former USSR: Ukrainian and Russian Pentecostals and Baptists.


The following businesses and institutions contribute to the economy of Woodburn.

Woodburn Company Stores

In August 1999, Woodburn Company Stores opened in Woodburn. This is an outlet mall with many name-brand clothing companies represented, including Adidas, Nike, Gap, and Banana Republic. With around 4 million shoppers annually, this shopping mall is one of the most visited attractions in the state of Oregon, second only to the various Indian casinos throughout the state.

MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility

MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility is on Oregon Route 99E on the outskirts of Woodburn, in which young delinquent and criminal males are incarcerated.

Arts and culture

Willamette Ballet
Chris Klein filming Hallmark Hall of Fame Production "Valley of Light" in downtown Woodburn
Tulip Festival in Woodburn, Oregon. 2007

Willamette Ballet Academy was founded in 1982.

Some exterior scenes from 2007 Hallmark Hall of Fame production "The Valley of Light", starring Chris Klein, were filmed in downtown Woodburn.[8]

Museums and other points of interest

Listed in 1974 on the National Register of Historic Places, the Jesse H. Settlemier House is a museum located on Settlemier Avenue.

The World's Berry Center Museum was founded in the early 1980s. The World's Berry Center Museum occasionally produces plays by Miracle Theater.

La Fiesta Mexicana is the most important Hispanic event in the area. Each fiesta should include a queen; Francisca Gonzalez was the first selected to received this honor in the first fiesta in 1964. It was a one day event that was held in downtown Woodburn. 45 years later, the event grew more popular and now it currently lasts close to a week. One of the main reasons this event happened was that the ranchers and merchants recognized the importance of the new bicultural relationship with the increased of Hispanic population in the area.


The Woodburn Dragstrip is a 1/4 mile NHRA dragstrip that annually hosts an event on the NHRA Lucas Oil Series. It is located two miles west of Woodburn on Oregon Highway 219.

The Oregon Golf Association (OGA) Golf Course in Woodburn is a public course, rated by Golf Digest in 1996 as one of the top ten affordable courses in the US[9]. It routinely hosts many large amateur and high school events in the state.


Woodburn is served by the Woodburn School District, which includes four elementary schools and two middle schools. Woodburn High School includes the following small schools: the Wellness, Business and Sports School, the Woodburn Academy of Art, Science and Technology, the Academy of International Studies at Woodburn, and the Woodburn Arts and Communications Academy. Woodburn Success High School is the district's alternative high school, serving grades 7-12.[10]

Chemeketa Community College has a satellite campus in Woodburn.[11]


The Woodburn Independent is a twice-weekly community newspaper serving the immediate area.[12] The region is also served by the larger Statesman Journal daily newspaper based in Salem and the state's largest newspaper The Oregonian based in Portland.

Woodburn is home to two radio stations. KWBY broadcasts a regional Mexican format and is owned by 94 Country, Inc. It transmits as "La Pantera" 940 AM. KPCN-LP is a low power community radio station owned and operated by Oregon's largest farmworker union, los Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN). The station was built by volunteers from Woodburn and around the country in August 2006 at the tenth Prometheus Radio Project barnraising. KPCN broadcasts music, news, and public affairs to listeners in Spanish and several indigenous Latin American languages. It transmits as "Radio Movimiento" 95.9 FM with the slogan "La Voz del Pueblo."



The Transit Division of the Woodburn Public Works Department runs the Woodburn Transit System (WTS), which uses small buses during non-holiday weekdays within the city's limits, and the Dial-a-Ride program, which utilizes paratransit vans for reserve by the elderly and disabled during weekdays within the local area and, for medical appointments, anywhere between Portland and Salem.[13]

Other public bus systems making stops in Woodburn are CARTS (Chemeketa Area Regional Transportation System), administered by Oregon Housing and Associated Services, Inc. (OHAS) in Salem,[14] and CAT (Canby Area Transit), run by the city of Canby. Both also only operate during non-holiday weekdays.

Greyhound buses also stop in the city. No commuter trains, e.g. Amtrak, serve Woodburn, although they run through the city.

Notable residents

Stacy Allison (born 1958), a 1975 graduate of Woodburn High School and a 1984 Oregon State University alum, was the first American woman to summit Mount Everest during her second attempt on September 29, 1988.[15][16][17] That same year, when Woodburn Mayor Nancy Kirksey declared November 17 "Stacy Allison Day," she visited and spoke at several Woodburn venues and attended ceremonies when a street in the city, Stacy Allison Way, was dedicated to her.[18]

Kat Bjelland of the punk band Babes in Toyland, grew up in Woodburn. Her first performance was at the now-closed tavern Flight 99.


  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. ^ According to the Portland State University Population Research Center
  4. ^ McArthur, Lewis A.; Lewis L. McArthur (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. ISBN 0-87595-277-1.  
  5. ^ Baker, Frank C. (1891). "Special Laws". The Laws of Oregon, and the Resolutions and Memorials of the Sixteenth Regular Session of the Legislative Assembly Thereof (Salem, Oregon: State Printer): 861.  
  6. ^ Portland State University - Population Research Center
  7. ^ "The Berkeley Daily Planet 2001-11-24". The Berkeley Daily Planet. Retrieved 2008-12-18.  
  8. ^ The Valley of Light (2007) (TV) - Filming locations
  9. ^ OGA Golf Course Homepage
  10. ^ Success Alternative High School
  11. ^ "Woodburn Campus". Chemeketa Community College. Retrieved 2009-09-07.  
  12. ^ The Woodburn Independent
  13. ^ City of Woodburn Public Works Transit Division Home Page
  14. ^ OHAS Chemeketa Area Regional Transportation System Home Page
  15. ^ Corvallis Gazette-Times: In the Footsteps of a Legend 2008-04-20
  16. ^ Legacy Life Project: Stacy Allison: First American Woman to Summit at Mt. Everest 2009-07-17
  17. ^ Scholastic Kids Press Corps: Mountain Climber Stacy Allison 2007-03
  18. ^ Oregon State Archives: Governor Neil Goldschmidt's Records (pages 32-34)

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