Clatskanie, Oregon

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Clatskanie, Oregon
City
Skyline - Clatskanie Oregon.jpg
Location in Oregon
Location in Oregon
Coordinates: 46°6′11″N 123°12′13″W / 46.10306°N 123.20361°W / 46.10306; -123.20361Coordinates: 46°6′11″N 123°12′13″W / 46.10306°N 123.20361°W / 46.10306; -123.20361
Country United States
State Oregon
County Columbia
Incorporated 1891
Government
 • Mayor Diane Pohl
Area[1]
 • Total 1.19 sq mi (3.08 km2)
 • Land 1.19 sq mi (3.08 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 59 ft (17.98 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 1,737
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 1,729
 • Density 1,459.7/sq mi (563.6/km2)
Time zone Pacific (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) Pacific (UTC-7)
ZIP code 97016
Area code(s) 503 and 971
FIPS code 41-13750[4]
GNIS feature ID 1118980[5]
Website www.cityofclatskanie.com

Clatskanie /ˈklætskɨn/ is a city in Columbia County, Oregon, United States. It was named for the Clatskanie River, which empties into the Columbia River within the city limits. The population was 1,737 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

According to some reports,[who?] the original name of this town when it was platted in 1884, was Bryantville. However, the post office in this location is shown as Clatskanie as early as December, 1871.

Clatskanie comes from a Native American word, Tlatskani. According to the Clatsop County pioneer Silas B. Smith, Tlatskani was a point in the Nehalem River that was reached from the Columbia River by way of the Youngs River or by way of the Clatskanie River. The native inhabitants, who were not in the habit of naming streams, did not use the word Tlatskani for the streams they would follow in order to get to that point, but the white men who settled here later did apply the name to the streams.[6]

Clatskanie is also the name of a Native American people, whose numbers dwindled from smallpox, intermittent fever, warfare, and intermarriage until they numbered only three people in a 1910 census.[citation needed]

Many of Clatskanie's inhabitants are of Scandinavian heritage, specifically Finnish, Swedish, and Norwegian.[7]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.19 square miles (3.08 km2), all of it land.[1]

Clatskanie is surrounded by many small unincorporated communities, including Alston, Delena, Clatskanie Heights, Inglis, Kerry, Marshland, Mayger, Quincy, and Woodson.

Demographics[edit]

City Hall

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 1,737 people, 729 households, and 469 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,459.7 inhabitants per square mile (563.6 /km2). There were 806 housing units at an average density of 677.3 per square mile (261.5 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.9% White, 0.4% African American, 2.0% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.9% from other races, and 3.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.7% of the population.

There were 729 households of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.7% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.91.

The median age in the city was 38.9 years. 24.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.6% were from 25 to 44; 27.8% were from 45 to 64; and 16.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.8% male and 52.2% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,528 people, 608 households, and 406 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,274.1 people per square mile (491.6/km²). There were 659 housing units at an average density of 549.5 per square mile (212.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.91% White, 0.07% African American, 1.24% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.26% Pacific Islander, 1.05% from other races, and 2.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.34% of the population. 22.6% were of German, 10.3% Norwegian, 9.4% Finnish, 9.1% Irish, 8.2% English and 6.8% American ancestry according to Census 2000. 94.0% spoke English, 4.1% Spanish and 1.6% Finnish as their first language.

There were 608 households out of which 35.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.6% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.1% were non-families. 27.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.6% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 90.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,833, and the median income for a family was $48,056. Males had a median income of $41,550 versus $24,286 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,717. About 11.1% of families and 11.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.4% of those under age 18 and 12.1% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Clatskanie is served by the two public schools of Clatskanie School District, namely the combined Clatskanie Middle/High School, and Clatskanie Elementary School, as well as Piercing Arrow Private School.

Notable people[edit]

  • Raymond Carver (1938–1988), short story writer and poet, was born in Clatskanie [8]

See also[edit]

Climate[edit]

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, Clatskanie has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[9]

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