Oakley, Idaho

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Oakley, Idaho
City
Location in Cassia County and the state of Idaho
Location in Cassia County and the state of Idaho
Coordinates: 42°14′32″N 113°52′51″W / 42.24222°N 113.88083°W / 42.24222; -113.88083Coordinates: 42°14′32″N 113°52′51″W / 42.24222°N 113.88083°W / 42.24222; -113.88083
Country United States
State Idaho
County Cassia
Government
 • Mayor Georgia Dimick
Area[1]
 • Total 4.59 sq mi (11.89 km2)
 • Land 4.59 sq mi (11.89 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 4,570 ft (1,390 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 763
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 777
 • Density 166.2/sq mi (64.2/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 83346
Area code(s) 208
FIPS code 16-58330
GNIS feature ID 0396977

Oakley is a city in Cassia County, Idaho, United States. The population was 763 at the 2010 census, up from 668 in 2000.[4] It is part of the Burley Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

Oakley is located at 42°14′32″N 113°52′51″W / 42.24222°N 113.88083°W / 42.24222; -113.88083 (42.242360, -113.880904),[5] at an elevation of 4,570 feet (1,393 m) above sea level. It is at the very southern limit of the Snake River Plain, and close to Goose Creek, between the Middle and Albion Mountains.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.59 square miles (11.89 km2), all of it land.[1]

History[edit]

The city was named for William Oakley, the proprietor of a 19th-century stagecoach station located at a spring currently located about 2 miles west of the present townsite known as Oakley Meadows. David B. Haight, former member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was born in Oakley. The small hamlet has served as home to a surprising number of famous Americans. The former governors of Utah and Massachusetts can trace their stock to Oakley. Jon Huntsman of Utah is the grandson of David B. Haight, above, and Mitt Romney, of Massachusetts is the son of another famous Oakley-ite, George Romney. Yet another Oakley Romney, Marion G. Romney, was a Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Victorian house in Oakley Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.

Oakley is also rich in old west lore, such as the tale of Diamondfield Jack, and another story of intrigue, the story of Gobo Fango.[6]

This town of less than 800 people has turned out leaders in politics, business, and entertainment. The town is also home to current Idaho's Assistant House Majority Leader Scott Bedke.

Oakley has become recognized world-wide for its Middle Mountain quarries of Rocky Mountain quartzite building stone known as Oakley Stone. Quarry operators ship out thousand of tons a month to locations around the globe.

Today, many people remark that Oakley is the very last "Mayberry" left in America, and frequently visited for its Victorian homes.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 100
1890 644 544.0%
1900 678 5.3%
1910 911 34.4%
1920 1,273 39.7%
1930 882 −30.7%
1940 813 −7.8%
1950 684 −15.9%
1960 613 −10.4%
1970 656 7.0%
1980 663 1.1%
1990 635 −4.2%
2000 668 5.2%
2010 763 14.2%
source:[4][7]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 763 people, 248 households, and 192 families residing in the city. The population density was 166.2 inhabitants per square mile (64.2 /km2). There were 280 housing units at an average density of 61.0 per square mile (23.6 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.5% White, 0.1% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 6.6% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.4% of the population.

There were 248 households of which 37.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.3% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 1.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 22.6% were non-families. 21.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.08 and the average family size was 3.60.

The median age in the city was 34.6 years. 35.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.1% were from 25 to 44; 20.8% were from 45 to 64; and 16.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.9% male and 50.1% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 668 people, 226 households, and 166 families residing in the city. The population density was 167.4 people per square mile (64.6/km²). There were 257 housing units at an average density of 64.4 per square mile (24.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.41% White, 0.15% Asian, 3.14% from other races, and 0.30% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.19% of the population.

There were 226 households out of which 39.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.4% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.5% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.93 and the average family size was 3.60.

In the city the population was spread out with 33.8% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 20.5% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,643, and the median income for a family was $34,792. Males had a median income of $27,083 versus $16,667 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,983. About 9.1% of families and 14.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.2% of those under age 18 and 4.8% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Oakley is in the Cassia County School District.

Oakley is zoned to:

All of the schools are in the city of Oakley.

The high school has about 120 students, and the elementary has about 250 students. The high school's football team won the Idaho State Football Championship in 2007,and 2009 and took 2nd place in 2008,[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  4. ^ a b Spokesman-Review - 2010 census - Oakley, Idaho - accessed 2011-12-27
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ http://www.signaturebooks.com/excerpts/fringe.htm#death
  7. ^ Moffatt, Riley. Population History of Western U.S. Cities & Towns, 1850-1990. Lanham: Scarecrow, 1996, 96.
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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