|Nickname(s): Gateway to Silver Falls|
|Motto: Oregon's Garden City|
|• Mayor||Stu Rasmussen|
|• Total||3.47 sq mi (8.99 km2)|
|• Land||3.43 sq mi (8.88 km2)|
|• Water||0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)|
|Elevation||252 ft (76.8 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||9,344|
|• Density||2,688.6/sq mi (1,038.1/km2)|
|Time zone||Pacific (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||Pacific (UTC-7)|
|GNIS feature ID||1126975|
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Unlike most small communities in Western Oregon in the nineteenth century, Silverton was laid out largely around its local environment.[clarification needed] Instead of the rigid north-south grid of the township and range system, in 1854, Silverton's founder Polly Coon Price, planned the town around a large old Oregon White Oak, locating the town square around it. She named the town Silverton after Silver Creek, which flowed by the several hundred yards to the west of the oak. The tree had been a meeting spot along the Santiam Trail[clarification needed] for the local Native Americans. Silverton is located on the eastern edge of the Willamette Valley, at the base of the Waldo Hills, which are foothills of the Cascade Range.
As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $38,429, and the median income for a family was $46,196. Males had a median income of $34,707 versus $24,479 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,062. About 10.4% of families and 13.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.7% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.
As of the census of 2010, there were 9,222 people, 3,452 households, and 2,442 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,688.6 inhabitants per square mile (1,038.1 /km2). There were 3,677 housing units at an average density of 1,072.0 per square mile (413.9 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.0% White, 0.3% African American, 0.8% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 5.9% from other races, and 2.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.3% of the population.
There were 3,452 households of which 37.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.0% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.3% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.15.
The median age in the city was 35.8 years. 28.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.7% were from 25 to 44; 26% were from 45 to 64; and 13.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.6% male and 52.4% female.
Silverton is the population core of the Silver Falls School District. In 1994, voters passed a bond levy for construction of Phase I of a two-phase project to build a new high school. The new Silverton High School was constructed on Pine Street. It was completed in 1997, with a capacity for approximately 500 students. The bond levy for Phase II, failed, however, leaving the Silver Falls School District with two high school campuses. As of 1997, the roughly 350 freshmen attended the new campus, and were routinely bused to the old campus for some higher level classes and electives. As of November 2006, a new bond levy passed and Phase II of the high school was slated to begin. The second phase was completed in the summer of 2009, and in the fall of 2009 the old campus moved into the new campus. All of the students are now in the same building together.
Points of interest
Silverton is the gateway to Silver Falls State Park, Oregon's largest state park. It is also the home of the Oregon Garden, an 80 acre (320,000 m²) botanical park. Located next door to the Oregon Garden is the Gordon House, the only Frank Lloyd Wright designed home open to the public in the Pacific Northwest. Each summer, Silvertonians celebrate their most famous citizen in the Homer Davenport Community Festival and parade. Also notable is the farmers market on Saturdays where local farmers and artisans sell their wares. The first bank robbery and chase scene in the movie Bandits (starring Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton) was filmed in Silverton.
The Palace Theater in the downtown Silverton historic district is a movie theater constructed in the early 1900s. Originally called the Opera House, it has been showing motion pictures to the public since at least 1909. The Palace Theater has survived two fires, one in 1935 that destroyed a large portion of downtown, and the other in April 2012. The 2012 fire was mostly limited to the concession area, although the smoke damage was extensive and caused at least one other business to temporarily close. One of the current co-owners of the theater is the mayor, Stu Rasmussen, the first openly transgender mayor in the United States.
- Bobbie the Wonder Dog (1921–1927), traveled on his own from Indiana to his home in Silverton
- Greg Craven, climate change activist who produced a viral video on YouTube
- Homer Davenport, political cartoonist
- Scott Gragg, NFL tackle, Silverton High School varsity football coach
- Bill Grier, head men's basketball coach at the University of San Diego
- Donald Pettit, astronaut
- Stu Rasmussen, first openly transgender mayor in the United States
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Silverton, Oregon.|
- Entry for Silverton in the Oregon Blue Book
- Silverton Chamber of Commerce
- Homer Davenport Community Festival
- June Drake's recollections of Silverton's beginnings