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Brooks, Oregon
Census-designated place (CDP)
Brooks' historic railroad depot
Brooks' historic railroad depot
Location of Brooks, Oregon
Location of Brooks, Oregon
Country United States
State Oregon
County Marion
Area
 • Total 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)
 • Land 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 184 ft (56 m)
Population (2010)U.S. Census
 • Total 398
 • Density 807.0/sq mi (311.6/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 97305
Area code(s) 503 and 971
FIPS code 41-08750
GNIS feature ID 1118111

Brooks is an unincorporated community in Marion County, Oregon, United States. For statistical purposes, the United States Census Bureau has defined Brooks as a census-designated place (CDP). The census definition of the area may not precisely correspond to local understanding of the area with the same name. As of the 2010 census the population was 398. Brooks is part of the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area.

It is located about nine miles north of Salem near Oregon Route 99E on French Prairie.

History

Brooks was a station on the Southern Pacific Railroad main line (now the Union Pacific) through the Willamette Valley. The station was named for early settler Linus Brooks, who came to Oregon from Illinois in 1850. He was born in Ohio in 1805. Brooks post office was established in 1871, about the time the railroad reached the community. Brooks was platted with 30 blocks in 1878 and had 135 residents at that time. The community did not grow appreciably and it never incorporated.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 410 people, 152 households, and 112 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 807.0 people per square mile (310.4/km²). There were 158 housing units at an average density of 311.0 per square mile (119.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 82.68% White, 0.24% African American, 1.22% Native American, 0.24% Pacific Islander, 15.12% from other races, and 0.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 22.20% of the population.

There were 152 households out of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.9% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.7% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.2% 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 3.19.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 26.1% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 104.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $25,938, and the median income for a family was $26,318. Males had a median income of $27,375 versus $18,750 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $12,008. About 12.1% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.4% of those under age 18 and 18.9% of those age 65 or over.

Museums and other points of interest

Brooks is the home of the transportation museum Antique Powerland. The Brooks Historical Society is located in the former Brooks Southern Pacific railroad depot on the Antique Powerland property.


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