Scappoose, Oregon

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Scappoose, Oregon
The skyline of Scappoose circa 1929
The skyline of Scappoose circa 1929
Proactive, Efficient, and Friendly Service
Location in Oregon
Location in Oregon
Coordinates: 45°45′15″N 122°52′31″W / 45.75417°N 122.87528°W / 45.75417; -122.87528Coordinates: 45°45′15″N 122°52′31″W / 45.75417°N 122.87528°W / 45.75417; -122.87528
CountryUnited States
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • BodyScappoose City Council
 • MayorScott Burge
 • City Manager Michael Sykes
 • Total2.75 sq mi (7.12 km2)
 • Land2.75 sq mi (7.12 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
62 ft (18.9 m)
 • Total6,592
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,397.1/sq mi (925.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (Pacific)
ZIP code
Area code(s)503
FIPS code41-65500[2]
GNIS feature ID1126635[4]

Scappoose /skæˈps/ is a city in Columbia County, Oregon, United States. It was named for a nearby stream, which drains the southern part of the county. The name "Scappoose" is of Native American origin, and is said to mean "gravelly plain."[5] The population was 6,592 at the 2010 census.



The Mayor is elected for two year term and is chair of the City Council.

City Manager

The City Manager supervisions and general management of all City operations and ensures that Council policy is carried out and that laws and municipal code are in compliance.

City Council

The City Council consists of a mayor and six councilors elected from the City at large who are residents of the City. Three Councilors each are elected for four year term every two years. The Council sets policy and retains legislative authority. Meetings are usually held on the first and third Monday of every month.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.75 square miles (7.12 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, Scappoose has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[6]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20187,488[7]13.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census of 2010, there were 6,592 people, 2,536 households, and 1,791 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,397.1 inhabitants per square mile (925.5/km2). There were 2,698 housing units at an average density of 981.1 per square mile (378.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.2% White, 0.4% African American, 1.2% Native American, 1.3% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 2.2% from other races, and 3.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.1% of the population.[2]

There were 2,536 households of which 37.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.0% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.4% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.01.[2]

The median age in the city was 37.8 years. 26% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.7% were from 25 to 44; 26.2% were from 45 to 64; and 13.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female. The median income for a household in the city was $47,796, and the median income for a family was $55,616. Males had a median income of $43,625 versus $27,346 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,837. About 4.5% of families and 6.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.7% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.[2]


In recent years, Scappoose has increasingly become a "bedroom" community of Portland, Oregon, with many commuting to jobs in the city. Dairies, farming, and logging played an important role in the early years of Scappoose's history. In the more recent past, several factories existed in the community and provided jobs. The town was home to a shoe factory, two candle factories, and a Steinfeld's Sauerkraut factory. The area still has gravel mines and the West Coast Shoe factory.[9] Scappoose is also the home of Oregon Aero, Inc., a supplier of aeronautic seats and helmets.[10]

On April 6, 2009, the Scappoose City Council voted to significantly reduce development fees in an effort in encourage new industrial and commercial development. Also, the council waived business license fees for Scappoose-based businesses in 2010.


Grant Watts Elementary, Petersen Elementary, Scappoose Middle School and Scappoose High School are part of the Scappoose School District, which also has one school in Portland one on Sauvie Island, and one school in Warren.



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  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-12-21.
  2. ^ a b c d e "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-21.
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  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ A 1940 Journey Across Oregon: Portland to Rainier, Archivist of the State of Oregon. Retrieved on 2008-05-29.
  6. ^ "Scappoose, Oregon". Weatherbase. CantyMedia. 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-02.
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  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "Wesco Boots".
  10. ^ "Oregon Aero - Home".
  11. ^ Former OSU wrestler works six Olympic games | The Daily Barometer Retrieved 2018-11-24.

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