Stayton, Oregon

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Stayton, Oregon
City
Location in Oregon
Location in Oregon
Coordinates: 44°48′N 122°48′W / 44.800°N 122.800°W / 44.800; -122.800Coordinates: 44°48′N 122°48′W / 44.800°N 122.800°W / 44.800; -122.800
Country United States
State Oregon
County Marion
Incorporated 1872
Government
 • Mayor Scott Vigil
Area[1]
 • Total 2.86 sq mi (7.41 km2)
 • Land 2.84 sq mi (7.36 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
Elevation 452 ft (137.8 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 7,644
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 7,713
 • Density 2,691.5/sq mi (1,039.2/km2)
Time zone Pacific (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) Pacific (UTC-7)
ZIP code 97383
Area code(s) 503 and 971
FIPS code 41-70200[4]
GNIS feature ID 1127552[5]
Website www.staytonoregon.gov

Stayton is a city in Marion County, Oregon, United States, located 12 miles (19 km) southeast of the state capital, Salem, on Oregon Route 22. It is south of Sublimity and east of Aumsville. Located on the North Santiam River, Stayton is a regional agricultural and light manufacturing center. The population was 7,644 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Stayton was founded in 1872 by Drury Smith Stayton, who purchased the town site in 1866 and built a carding mill and sawmill on a watercourse of the North Santiam River. A ferry crossing of the Santiam River operated from 1876 until a bridge was constructed in 1888. By 1880, a laundry had been established by Kee Sing and Tom. The first newspaper, The Stayton Sun, was published in 1889 by T. H. McGill.[6][7]

The founder of Stayton, Drury Stayton, originally wanted to name the city after his daughter, Florence Stayton. After his petition was denied by the post office because another city in Oregon was named Florence, he chose Stayton and named a street after his daughter.[8]

Seep Monkey-flower (Mimulus guttatus) is among the species protected in Kingston Prairie Preserve near Stayton.

Points of interest[edit]

Local attractions include Pioneer Park with the Stayton-Jordan covered bridge. A copy of the Jordan Bridge that spanned Thomas Creek east of Scio, it was moved to the park in 1988. Destroyed by fire in 1994, it was rebuilt and painted white. It is used for social occasions such as weddings. Kingston Prairie Preserve, 3 miles (4.8 km) southeast of Stayton, protects a remnant of the native prairie that was once common in the central Willamette Valley.[9] Silver Falls State Park is northeast of Stayton; it is the largest state park in Oregon and a major tourist destination in the region, popular for its camping, and for its waterfalls.

Schools[edit]

There are two high schools in Stayton: Stayton High and Regis High. Stayton High, whose mascot is an eagle, is a 4A school with about 800 students. Regis High's mascot is a ram; the school is a private Catholic class 2A school. There is also two elementary schools in Stayton: Stayton Grade School, located on North 1st Avenue, and St. Mary Elementary School, a private Catholic school, located on 1066 N. 6th Ave.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.86 square miles (7.41 km2), of which, 2.84 square miles (7.36 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.[1]

Climate[edit]

Stayton experiences a temperate climate that is usually described as oceanic with mild, damp winters and relatively dry, warm summers, like most of the Pacific Northwest.

Summers in Stayton are warm and relatively sunny but can, on occasion, be wet. The warmest month is August with a daytime average of 80.8 °F (27.1 °C) and an average low of 51 °F (10.6 °C). Because of its inland location, Stayton can experience heat waves, in July and August particularly, with air temperatures sometimes rising over 90 °F (32 °C).

Winters are described as somewhat mild and very wet. Cold snaps can occur and last for several days, and snowfall occurs a few times throughout the winter season; the city has been known to see major snow and ice storms. Spring can bring rather unpredictable weather, resulting from brief warm spells, to thunderstorms rolling off the Cascade Range.

The lowest temperature ever recorded in Stayton was −7 °F (−22 °C), on December 8, 1972. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Stayton has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.

Climate data for Stayton, Oregon
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 69
(21)
72
(22)
77
(25)
86
(30)
98
(37)
102
(39)
105
(41)
106
(41)
102
(39)
91
(33)
76
(24)
66
(19)
106
(41)
Average high °F (°C) 47.0
(8.3)
51.4
(10.8)
55.5
(13.1)
60.4
(15.8)
67.1
(19.5)
73.1
(22.8)
80.7
(27.1)
80.8
(27.1)
75.7
(24.3)
64.5
(18.1)
52.8
(11.6)
46.9
(8.3)
62.9
(17.2)
Average low °F (°C) 33.5
(0.8)
35.0
(1.7)
37.1
(2.8)
39.9
(4.4)
44.3
(6.8)
49.2
(9.6)
51.8
(11)
51.5
(10.8)
48.0
(8.9)
43.0
(6.1)
37.9
(3.3)
34.1
(1.2)
42.1
(5.6)
Record low °F (°C) 2
(−17)
7
(−14)
18
(−8)
25
(−4)
31
(−1)
33
(1)
34
(1)
34
(1)
30
(−1)
23
(−5)
9
(−13)
−7
(−22)
−7
(−22)
Source: Weatherbase [10]

Demographics[edit]

Stayton-Jordan bridge in Pioneer Park
The Santiam Depot, a restaurant

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 7,644 people, 2,882 households, and 2,031 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,691.5 inhabitants per square mile (1,039.2 /km2). There were 3,049 housing units at an average density of 1,073.6 per square mile (414.5 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.7% White, 0.5% African American, 1.4% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 5.9% from other races, and 3.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.3% of the population.

There were 2,882 households of which 38.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.3% were married couples living together, 14.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.5% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.8% 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 years. 27.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.3% were from 25 to 44; 24.9% were from 45 to 64; and 12.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.3% male and 51.7% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 6,816 people, 2,519 households, and 1,851 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,525.3 people per square mile (974.7/km²). There were 2,654 housing units at an average density of 983.3 per square mile (379.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.95% White, 0.13% African American, 1.50% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 3.84% from other races, and 2.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.18% of the population.

There were 2,519 households out of which 41.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% were married couples living together, 14.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.5% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.9% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,004, and the median income for a family was $41,389. Males had a median income of $32,437 versus $24,067 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,740. About 11.5% of families and 14.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.6% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over.

References[edit]

Lourdes School and church
  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. ^ City of Stayton: History
  7. ^ “A History of Stayton, Oregon”, by Mathilda Siegmund Jones, published by The Stayton Mail, December 1955
  8. ^ Marion County History, vol. 01, Marion County Historical Society c1955, pg. 26
  9. ^ "Oregon - Kingston Prairie". Places We Protect. The Nature Conservancy in Oregon. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  10. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013.  Retrieved on November 10, 2013.

External links[edit]

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