Former church in Veneta, now a restaurant
Location in Oregon
|• Mayor||Sharon Hobart-Hardin|
|• Total||2.57 sq mi (6.66 km2)|
|• Land||2.57 sq mi (6.66 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||418 ft (127.4 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||4,631|
|• Density||1,774.7/sq mi (685.2/km2)|
|Time zone||Pacific (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||Pacific (UTC-7)|
|Area code(s)||458 and 541|
|GNIS feature ID||1136867|
In 1912, Edmund Hunter platted out the town as a real estate venture. He had traded his Central Road farm to John McCutcheon for nearly 1100 acres of what some saw as forest land and some describe as a brush-covered goat farm. His partner Charles Dunham named the town Veneta after Hunter’s youngest daughter.
The partners foresaw growth and prosperity for the town, situated on the new Willamette-Pacific railroad and, to encourage business development, offered three lots free to anyone who would start a business in Veneta. Many businesses came and went including a hotel, a livery stable, and a tavern. Next came grocery stores, hardware stores, restaurants, appliance stores and, famously, sawmills.
During the 1920s lumber boom, a large sign at the Territorial railroad crossing proclaimed Veneta “The City With the Million Dollar Payroll.”
The Veneta post office was established in 1914. In 1962, Veneta became the tenth incorporated city in Lane County. The vote was 211 to 168. It actually took two elections for Veneta to incorporate. The first ended in a 147 to 147 tie after two votes were invalidated. At incorporation, Veneta had 1,123 residents. Veneta Orilla Hunter Vincent, the city's namesake, died in 2000 at age 91. She had attended the city's 70th anniversary party in 1982.
On August 27, 1972, the Grateful Dead played a concert—the first "Field Trip"—at the Oregon Country Fair site. The concert, a benefit for Springfield Creamery, has become legendary to Deadheads and is documented in the film Sunshine Daydream. The city's name is used on Veneta, Oregon, 8/27/72, a 2004 release by New Riders of the Purple Sage, which is a live recording of the group's opening performance at the 1972 Field Trip.
As of the census of 2010, there were 4,561 people, 1,730 households, and 1,241 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,774.7 inhabitants per square mile (685.2 /km2). There were 1,830 housing units at an average density of 712.1 per square mile (274.9 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.8% White, 0.4% African American, 1.4% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 1.9% from other races, and 3.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.5% of the population.
There were 1,730 households of which 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.3% were non-families. 20.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 2.98.
The median age in the city was 35.2 years. 25.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 30.4% were from 25 to 44; 26% were from 45 to 64; and 10.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.3% male and 50.7% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,755 people, 966 households, and 732 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,035.5 people per square mile (399.9/km²). There were 1,015 housing units at an average density of 381.5 per square mile (147.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.92% White, 0.25% African American, 1.38% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.91% from other races, and 3.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.17% of the population.
There were 966 households out of which 43.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.7% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.2% were non-families. 18.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.23.
In the city the population was spread out with 33.0% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 7.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 95.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $37,326, and the median income for a family was $40,909. Males had a median income of $33,897 versus $18,730 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,239. About 11.4% of families and 9.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.2% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.
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, Veneta has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.
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- OCF History Timeline
- All Music Guide: Veneta, Oregon
- Climate Summary for Veneta, Oregon