Sandy, Oregon

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Sandy, Oregon
Downtown Sandy with Mount Hood in the background
Downtown Sandy with Mount Hood in the background
Motto(s): "Gateway to Mount Hood"
Location in Oregon
Location in Oregon
Coordinates: 45°23′51″N 122°15′59″W / 45.39750°N 122.26639°W / 45.39750; -122.26639Coordinates: 45°23′51″N 122°15′59″W / 45.39750°N 122.26639°W / 45.39750; -122.26639
Country United States
State Oregon
County Clackamas
Incorporated 1913
 • Mayor Riley Blake
 • Total 3.14 sq mi (8.13 km2)
 • Land 3.14 sq mi (8.13 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,000 ft (305 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 9,570
 • Estimate (2013[3]) 10,014
 • Density 3,047.8/sq mi (1,176.8/km2)
Time zone Pacific (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) Pacific (UTC-7)
ZIP code 97055
Area code(s) 503 and 971
FIPS code 41-65250
GNIS feature ID 1149054[4]

Sandy is a city located in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States, and named after the nearby Sandy River.[5] The city serves as the western gateway to the Mount Hood Corridor, 25 miles (40 km) from Portland. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 9,570.[2]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.14 square miles (8.13 km2), all of it land.[1]


This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F (22.0 °C). According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Sandy has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[6]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 96
1910 250 160.4%
1920 242 −3.2%
1930 284 17.4%
1940 473 66.5%
1950 1,003 112.1%
1960 1,147 14.4%
1970 1,544 34.6%
1980 2,905 88.1%
1990 4,152 42.9%
2000 5,385 29.7%
2010 9,570 77.7%
Est. 2016 11,005 [7] 15.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
2013 Estimate[10]

Many people who consider themselves citizens of Sandy live within a 6-to-8-mile (10 to 13 km) radius of the city along various well-populated rural roads, as well as U.S. Route 26. According to the U.S. Postal Service, the 2006 population of the 97055 ZIP code, which includes land outside the city limits, was 16,370. In 2010 Mayor Linda Malone was voted out as the mayor. On January 1, 2011, Bill King took over as mayor of the city.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census of 2010, there were 9,570 people, 3,567 households, and 2,486 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,047.8 inhabitants per square mile (1,176.8/km2). There were 3,768 housing units at an average density of 1,200.0 per square mile (463.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.0% White, 0.4% African American, 1.3% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 3.4% from other races, and 3.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.2% of the population.[2]

There were 3,567 households of which 40.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.3% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.17.[2]

The median age in the city was 32.7 years. 29% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.5% were from 25 to 44; 22.6% were from 45 to 64; and 10.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.9% male and 51.1% female.[2]


There are three schools within Sandy's city limits: Sandy Grade School, Cedar Ridge Middle School and Sandy High School. Those schools are administered by the regional Oregon Trail School District.


U.S. Route 26 runs through the middle of Sandy, forming downtown Sandy's Pioneer and Proctor Boulevards. Sandy is the northern terminus of Oregon Route 211.

Mass transit[edit]

From at least the 1940s[11] through the 1960s, bus transit service connecting Sandy with Gresham and Portland was provided by a private company named Portland Stages, Inc.[12] This service was taken over by TriMet, a then-new public agency, in 1970, and TriMet continued to provide transit service to Sandy until 2000.

Since the beginning of 2000, Sandy has operated its own public transit system, the Sandy Area Metro,[13] which connects with Tri-Met's MAX light rail line at the Gresham Transit Center and the Mountain Express.



The Sandy Post is the community's weekly newspaper,[14] and is the official newspaper of record for the city's legal notices.[15]

Points of interest[edit]

As of 2015, the City Government offers giga-bit fiber-optic internet to all of its residents for $60 a month and 100 mbps internet for $40 a month.

Sandy is the home of the annual Sandy Mountain Festival, the Sandy Oktoberfest and the yearly Hometown Holiday Festival and Parade.

Jonsrud Viewpoint, a wonderful view of Mt. Hood and the Sandy River valley. This viewpoint was donated to the City of Sandy by Philip Jonsrud, a son of early settlers and lifelong resident of Sandy.

The Tickle Creek Trail is a beautiful scenic route, located off Dubarko Rd. Also known as 'The heart and soul of Sandy Oregon.'


  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008. 
  5. ^ McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 846. ISBN 978-0875952772. 
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Sandy, Oregon
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  8. ^ Moffatt, Riley. Population History of Western U.S. Cities & Towns, 1850-1990. Lanham: Scarecrow, 1996. p. 215.
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved June 15, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". Retrieved June 15, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Stage Fares To Increase" (August 6, 1947). The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), p. 9.
  12. ^ "Morgan [state public utility commissioner] Grants Bus Fare Hike". (September 17, 1958). The Oregonian, p. 1.
  13. ^ "Riders express happiness as free bus service starts" (January 5, 2000). The Oregonian (Washington County editions).
  14. ^ "Sandy Post". Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association. Retrieved April 18, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Municipal Code: General Provisions". City of Sandy. 2015. Retrieved April 18, 2015. 

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