Tillamook, Oregon

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Tillamook, Oregon
Aerial view of Tillamook
Aerial view of Tillamook
Nickname(s): Land of Many Waters; Land of Cheese, Trees, and Ocean Breeze
Motto: "Gateway to the Oregon Coast"
Location in Oregon
Location in Oregon
Coordinates: 45°27′19″N 123°50′33″W / 45.45528°N 123.84250°W / 45.45528; -123.84250Coordinates: 45°27′19″N 123°50′33″W / 45.45528°N 123.84250°W / 45.45528; -123.84250
Country WP:USCITY United States
State Oregon
County Tillamook
Incorporated 1891
 • Mayor Suzanne Weber
 • Total 1.70 sq mi (4.40 km2)
 • Land 1.70 sq mi (4.40 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 24 ft (7.3 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 4,935
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 4,942
 • Density 2,902.9/sq mi (1,120.8/km2)
Time zone Pacific (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) Pacific (UTC-7)
ZIP code 97141
Area code(s) 503
FIPS code 41-73700[4]
GNIS feature ID 1151220[5]
Website www.tillamookor.gov

The city of Tillamook /ˈtɪləmʊk/ is the county seat of Tillamook County, Oregon, United States. The city is located on the southeast end of Tillamook Bay on the Pacific Ocean. The population was 4,935 at the 2010 census.


The city is named for the Tillamook people, a Native American tribe speaking a Salishan language who lived in this area until the early nineteenth century.

Franz Boas writes,[6] "The Tillamook Indians are the most southern branch of the Coast Salish. They live on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, and are separated from their more northern kinsmen by tribes speaking Chinookian languages. Their language is spoken two dialects, the Siletz and the Tillamook proper. It was first described and classified by Horatio Hale in the Publications of the Wilkes Expedition. The name Tillamook, by which the tribe is best known, is of Chinook origin. It means the people of Nekelim (pronounced Ne-elim) . The latter name means the place Elim, or, in the Cathlamet dialect, the place Kelim. The initial "t" of Tillamook is the plural article, the terminal "ook" the Chinook plural ending — "uks". The dialect differs from the northern dialects in its peculiar phonetics. It has lost almost entirely the labials which, so far as I am aware, occur in a few names of places only. The culture of the Tillamook seems to have differed quite considerably from that of the northern Coast Salish, and has evidently been influenced by the culture of the tribes of northern California." (Note: parenthesis added for emphasis)


2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 4,935 people, 2,037 households, and 1,192 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,902.9 inhabitants per square mile (1,120.8 /km2). There were 2,248 housing units at an average density of 1,322.4 per square mile (510.6 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 86.5% White, 0.2% African American, 1.5% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.8% Pacific Islander, 6.9% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.2% of the population.

There were 2,037 households of which 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.9% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.5% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.11.

The median age in the city was 33.7 years. 27% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.2% were from 25 to 44; 23% were from 45 to 64; and 14% 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 4,352 people, 1,758 households, and 1,105 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,818.8 people per square mile (1,091.1/km²). There were 1,898 housing units at an average density of 1,229.3 per square mile (475.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.56% White, 0.16% African American, 1.22% Native American, 0.71% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 3.42% from other races, and 1.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.12% of the population.

There were 1,758 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.7% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% were non-families. 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the city the population dispersal was 29.2% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 96.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,875, and the median income for a family was $36,351. Males had a median income of $28,458 versus $20,801 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,160. About 11.8% of families and 15.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.2% of those under age 18 and 14.8% of those age 65 or over.


Historically, the Tillamook economy has been based primarily on dairy farms. The farmland surrounding the city is used for grazing the milk cattle that supply the Tillamook County Creamery Association's production of cheese, particularly cheddar, gourmet ice cream and yogurt, and other dairy products. Approximately one million people visit the cheese factory (located north of Tillamook on Highway 101) each year.[7]

There is also a large lumber industry that is experiencing a comeback from the replanting that followed the famous Tillamook Burn forest fires of the mid-20th century. Burned remains of some of the trees can still be found in the forests surrounding Tillamook.

Tillamook also serves tourists on their way to the ocean beaches and as a location for second homes.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.70 square miles (4.40 km2), all of it land.[1] The Tillamook area is also home to five rivers, the Tillamook, Trask, Wilson, Kilchis, and the Miami just north of the city.


Tillamook has a mild and wet climate with very little seasonal temperature variation due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean. From November through April daytime high temperatures range from the high 40s to the high 50s with abundant rainfall - including more than 13 inches per month in November, December and January. Snowfall is very rare but winter floods are a common occurrence. Between April and October the precipitation in Tillamook is comparatively lighter but still remains much wetter than the population centers in the Willamette Valley. (Tillamook receives an annual precipitation average of 87.94 inches compared to only 36.3 inches in Portland). Summers in Tillamook are brief and mild with average daytime temperatures in the upper 60s - although daytime temperatures can occasionally soar into the 80s and 90s for days at a time. Summer is by far the driest season in Tillamook with only 1.35 and 1.33 inches of rain falling in July and August, respectively.

Climate data for Tillamook, Oregon
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 51.2
Daily mean °F (°C) 44.3
Average low °F (°C) 37.4
Precipitation inches (mm) 13.52
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in.) 22.8 18.3 21.7 18.7 15.9 12.3 7.0 6.5 9.8 16.0 22.7 22.0 193.8
Source: NOAA [8]

Arts and culture[edit]

Museums and other points of interest[edit]

The Tillamook Air Museum, featuring over 30 combat aircraft, is located just south of the city. It is housed in a former hangar built for blimps during World War II, as part of the Naval Air Station Tillamook. The hangar is now leased by the American Blimp Corporation. The sister hangar was destroyed by fire in 1992. The hangars were built with old-growth trees and one can see the huge seamless beams inside the buildings.

Public School[edit]

The town of Tillamook's public school needs are served by Tillamook School District.

Tillamook Cheese Factory[edit]

Tillamook Creamery and Museum
Inside the Tillamook Cheese Factory
Tillamook plant small cheese block processing lines

The Tillamook Cheese Factory, located at 4185 U.S. 101 North in Tillamook, Oregon, is the Tillamook County Creamery Association's original cheese production facility. The Tillamook Cheese Factory also serves as a Visitor Center and hosts over 1 million tourists each year. Visitors can learn about the cheesemaking process, cheese packaging process, and the ice cream-making process from a viewing gallery over the main production floor. Tours are self-guided and self-paced, and are augmented by video presentations and interactive kiosks.[9] Tours inside the actual cheese processing area of the plant were discontinued in 1967 due to health and safety regulations.[10]



The city's weekly newspaper is the Headlight-Herald"

Also there is a second independent news outlet "The Tillamook County Pioneer"[11]

The city also has a radio station, which operates on three frequencies. 95.9fm call sign "KTIL-FM" is a local radio station playing country. With a unique morning show and an interview section from 9:30-10:00 titled Tillamook Today, which interviews local officials, business owners, and other individuals discussing what is currently going on within the county.[12]

The second frequency 105.5 fm operates under the call sign KDEP. The station used to broadcast classic rock, but has since transitioned to modern music.[13]

The last frequency 1590 operates as KTIL-AM broadcasting oldies. Originally it operated as a talk radio station. In addition to the oldies, sporting events are broadcast.[14]

Multiple media personalities got their starts on KTIL. The most notable being nationally syndicated conservative talk host Lars Larson, who received his first job at the age of 16 on the station.[15]


Notable people[edit]


  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. ^ The Journal of American Folk-Lore, Vol.11, No. 40, Pg. 23-28
  7. ^ "Oregon Travel News". Oregon Tourism Commission. March 2003. p. 7. Archived from the original on March 14, 2006. Retrieved September 9, 2010. 
  8. ^ "NowData – NOAA Online Weather Data". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 2012-07-20. 
  9. ^ Catherine Crawford. "Savoring Tillamook’s Cheese and Coastal Beauty". 52perfectdays.com. 
  10. ^ http://www.tillamookcheese.com/FAQS/Visitors_Center.aspx
  11. ^ http://www.tillamookcountypioneer.net
  12. ^ http://www.tillamookradio.com/category/ktil-95-9fm/
  13. ^ http://www.tillamookradio.com/category/kdep-105-5fm/
  14. ^ http://www.tillamookradio.com
  15. ^ http://larslarson.com/about/
  16. ^ "About Lars". LarsLarson.com. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  17. ^ "Biography". Bridget Marquardt Blog. BridgetMarquardt .com. Retrieved 3 December 2010. 
  18. ^ Ho, Sally (July 13, 2008). "Babies stole the show at county fair". Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon). p. C1. "Actor Jacob Young served as the sole male judge, among five female judges. After the contest, Young spoke to a crowd of 100 about growing up in the Northwest in Tillamook, and playing J.R. Chandler on the soap opera All My Children." 

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