Gazebo in Wait Park on a rare snowy day
|Nickname(s): Oregon's Garden Spot|
|Motto: Home of the Good Earth|
Location in Oregon
|• Mayor||Brian Hodson|
|• Total||3.79 sq mi (9.82 km2)|
|• Land||3.75 sq mi (9.71 km2)|
|• Water||0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)|
|Elevation||153 ft (46.63 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||15,986|
|• Density||4,221.1/sq mi (1,629.8/km2)|
|Time zone||Pacific (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||Pacific (UTC-7)|
|Area code(s)||503 971|
|GNIS feature ID||1118554|
The area was known as Baker Prairie when the community was founded in 1857. Canby was platted in 1870. Canby was incorporated by the Oregon Legislative Assembly on February 15, 1893.
Entering Canby from the north brings visitors past the Willamette River, and from the south through the historic community of Aurora. The Molalla River passes by the southern and western border of the city.
As of the census of 2010, there were 15,829 people, 5,647 households, and 4,129 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,221.1 inhabitants per square mile (1,629.8 /km2). There were 5,890 housing units at an average density of 1,570.7 per square mile (606.5 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 81.0% White, 0.6% African American, 1.2% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 13.1% from other races, and 2.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 21.3% of the population.
There were 5,647 households of which 39.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.4% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.9% were non-families. 22.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.27.
The median age in the city was 36.3 years. 28.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.5% were from 25 to 44; 24% were from 45 to 64; and 14.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.0% male and 52.0% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 12,790 people, 4,489 households, and 3,366 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,390.0 people per square mile (1,309.9/km²). There were 4,743 housing units at an average density of 1,257.1 per square mile (485.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.42% White, 0.47% African American, 0.77% Native American, 1.00% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 7.47% from other races, and 1.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.52% of the population.
There were 4,489 households out of which 40.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.3% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.0% were non-families. Households made up of individuals represented 21.2% of all households and 11.0% of all households had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.27.
In the city the population was spread out with 30.6% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 29.7% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 95.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $45,811, and the median income for a family was $49,690. Males had a median income of $42,145 versus $28,775 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,322. About 6.0% of families and 7.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.3% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.
Arts and culture
The city's library is part of the Library Information Network of Clackamas County.
Annual cultural events
Canby is the home of the Clackamas County Fairgrounds, where the annual Clackamas County Fair and Rodeo has been held since 1907. The fairgrounds, located north of Oregon Route 99E, are used in August for the fair and year-round for other events.
Museums and other points of interest
The Canby Herald is the city's weekly newspaper.
The Union Pacific (formerly a Southern Pacific mainline) freight and passenger (via Amtrak) line runs through the center of downtown Canby although Amtrak passenger trains no longer stop here. The Amtrak Cascades stops in nearby Oregon City. The Oregon Pacific Railroad branchline to Molalla interchanges with the Union Pacific mainline at Canby.
- Mass transit
Since 2002, the city has operated its own bus system, Canby Area Transit (CAT). CAT buses are free and do not run on weekends or major holidays. The service connects with the Portland area's TriMet at the Oregon City Transit Center and with the Salem-Keizer Transit (Cherriots) bus system in Woodburn. Canby is also served by one route of South Metro Area Regional Transit (SMART), the bus division of the City of Wilsonville. Prior to 2002, Canby was included within the TriMet district, and that agency was the sole provider of transit service in Canby. In late 2001, TriMet approved a request by Canby to withdraw from the TriMet district and initiate its own transit service.
Oregon Route 99E bisects the city from east to west.
- Pedestrian and bicycle
Canby features a paved road which is closed to automobile traffic, the Molalla Forest Road. This road was formerly a private road used by logging trucks, but is now used primarily by bicyclists and pedestrians.
- Jay Baller, baseball player
- Howard C. Belton, Oregon State Treasurer
- Ed Coleman, baseball player
- Ralph Coleman, baseball coach
- Derek Devine, football player
- Tom Gorman, baseball pitcher
- Joni Harms, country musician
- Bill Morgan, football player
- Alan Olsen, Oregon State Senator
- Ralph Patt (1929–2010), the jazz-guitarist who invented major-thirds tuning, and also a geological expert on groundwater contamination from the Hanford Site.
- Kurt Schrader, U.S. Representative from Oregon
- Martha Schrader, Oregon State Senator
- Aaron E. Waite, Oregon Supreme Court justice
This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Canby has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.
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