Arlington, Oregon

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Arlington, Oregon
City
Community of Arlington
Community of Arlington
Location in Oregon
Location in Oregon
Coordinates: 45°42′54″N 120°11′59″W / 45.71500°N 120.19972°W / 45.71500; -120.19972Coordinates: 45°42′54″N 120°11′59″W / 45.71500°N 120.19972°W / 45.71500; -120.19972
Country United States
State Oregon
County Gilliam
Incorporated 1885
Government
 • Mayor Jeff Bufton
Area[1]
 • Total 2.40 sq mi (6.22 km2)
 • Land 1.78 sq mi (4.61 km2)
 • Water 0.62 sq mi (1.61 km2)
Elevation 285 ft (86.87 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 586
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 611
 • Density 329.2/sq mi (127.1/km2)
Time zone Pacific (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) Pacific (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 97812, 97861
Area code(s) 541
FIPS code 41-02800[4]
GNIS feature ID 1167692[5]
Website www.honkernet.net

Arlington is a city in Gilliam County, Oregon, United States. The account of how this city received its name varies: one tradition claims it was named after the lawyer Nathan Arlington Cornish; another tradition claims that the Southern inhabitants of this city had enough clout to rename the city after Arlington, Virginia, home of general Robert E. Lee. The population was 586 at the 2010 census.[6]

History[edit]

Originally named Alkali, Arlington came into existence as a place for shipping cattle down the Columbia River. It was incorporated as Arlington by the Oregon Legislative Assembly on November 20, 1885.[7]

Following the completion of the John Day Dam, the original location of Arlington was moved to higher ground in 1963 to avoid the resulting inundation.

Arlington was the birthplace of musician Doc Severinsen, best known as the musical director for the American television program The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1967–1992).

In 2008, it was discovered that Mayor Carmen Kontur-Gronquist had posted photos of herself in lingerie online,[8] which, along with several other issues, led to her recall from office.[9]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.40 square miles (6.22 km2), of which, 1.78 square miles (4.61 km2) is land and 0.62 square miles (1.61 km2) is water.[1]

Climate[edit]

According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Arlington has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.[10]

Demographics[edit]

Park in Arlington, looking towards the Columbia River

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 586 people, 256 households, and 149 families residing in the city. The population density was 329.2 inhabitants per square mile (127.1/km2). There were 315 housing units at an average density of 177.0 per square mile (68.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.2% White, 0.2% African American, 1.0% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 2.2% Pacific Islander, 2.6% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.7% of the population.

There were 256 households of which 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.7% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.8% were non-families. 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.92.

The median age in the city was 43.6 years. 21.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.9% were from 25 to 44; 32.9% were from 45 to 64; and 15.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 53.9% male and 46.1% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 524 people, 223 households, and 144 families residing in the city. The population density was 295.2 people per square mile (113.7/km²). There were 277 housing units at an average density of 156.0 per square mile (60.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.42% White, 1.72% Native American, 1.72% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.24% of the population.

There were 223 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 25.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 102.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,714, and the median income for a family was $45,875. Males had a median income of $34,250 versus $21,161 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,883. About 7.9% of families and 10.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.6% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.

Economy[edit]

Arlington is home to a sizable Waste Management landfill, notably receiving all of Seattle, Washington's trash and some from Portland, Oregon.[11] In March 2010, Waste Management announced their plans to build a waste incinerator using an experimental plasma gasification technology next to their landfill. The incinerator would be built in conjunction with the controversial company, InEnTec, whose efforts to build such incinerators in California and elsewhere have met fierce protest[dead link].

The Shepherds Flat Wind Farm and controversies about it emerged in 2009 and 2010, with completion originally scheduled for 2012.[12]

Transportation[edit]

According to a 2011 Air Force presentation, Arlington will host a future United States Department of Defense unmanned aerial vehicle base.[13][14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-21. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-21. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ American FactFinder - Results
  7. ^ Leeds, W. H. (1899). "Special Laws". The State of Oregon General and Special Laws and Joint Resolutions and Memorials Enacted and Adopted by the Twentieth Regular Session of the Legislative Assembly (Salem, Oregon: State Printer): 702. 
  8. ^ "Mayor's racy photos become the talk of the town". KATU. 2008-01-07. Archived from the original on 8 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  9. ^ "Mayor who posed in underwear loses office". Komo TV. Associated Press. 2008-02-26. Archived from the original on 28 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-26. 
  10. ^ Climate Summary for Arlington, Oregon
  11. ^ Mulady, Kathy (July 10, 2007). "Where your Seattle trash ends up". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2008-04-06. [dead link]
  12. ^ Schmit, Julie, "GE gets contract for big wind farm in Oregon", USA Today, 12/10/2009 10:59 PM. Retrieved 2011-04-19.
  13. ^ HQ AFSC/SEFQ Lt Col (Maggie) Howard Chief, RPA Branch CNS/ATM Conference-June 13, 2011 "Air Force Safety Center RPA Branch Presentation", 2011 Air Force Presentation
  14. ^ "Revealed: 64 Drone Bases on American Soil"

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