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Clatskanie, Oregon
Downtown Clatskanie
Downtown Clatskanie
Location in Oregon
Location in Oregon
Country United States
State Oregon
County Columbia
Incorporated 1891
Area
 • Total 1.30 sq mi (3.36 km2)
 • Land 1.30 sq mi (3.36 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
59 ft (17.98 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,737
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,830
 • Density 1,412.04/sq mi (545.29/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (Pacific)
ZIP code
97016
Area code(s) 503 and 971
FIPS code 41-13750
GNIS feature ID 1118980
Website www.cityofclatskanie.com

Clatskanie is a city in Columbia County, Oregon, United States. It was named for the Tlatskanai Native American tribe, and the Clatskanie River which flows through the town and empties into the Columbia River about four miles to the north. The population was 1,737 at the 2010 census.

History

According to some reports, the original name of this town when it was platted in 1884, was Bryantville. However, the post office in this location is shown as Clatskanie as early as December, 1871.

Clatskanie comes from a Native American word, Tlatskani. According to the Clatsop County pioneer Silas B. Smith, Tlatskani was a point in the Nehalem River that was reached from the Columbia River by way of the Youngs River or by way of the Clatskanie River. The native inhabitants, who were not in the habit of naming streams, did not use the word Tlatskani for the streams they would follow in order to get to that point, but the white men who settled here later did apply the name to the streams.

Clatskanie is also the name of a Native American people, whose numbers dwindled from smallpox, intermittent fever, warfare, and intermarriage until they numbered only three people in a 1910 census.

Many of Clatskanie's inhabitants are of Nordic heritage, specifically Finnish, Swedish, and Norwegian.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.19 square miles (3.08 km2), all of it land.

Climate

According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Clatskanie has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.

Climate data for Clatskanie
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 61
(16.1)
72
(22.2)
78
(25.6)
86
(30)
94
(34.4)
99
(37.2)
103
(39.4)
103
(39.4)
100
(37.8)
88
(31.1)
72
(22.2)
64
(17.8)
103
(39.4)
Average high °F (°C) 44.3
(6.83)
49.2
(9.56)
53.6
(12)
58.5
(14.72)
64.4
(18)
68.5
(20.28)
73.6
(23.11)
74.1
(23.39)
71.1
(21.72)
61
(16.1)
50.5
(10.28)
44.9
(7.17)
59.5
(15.28)
Average low °F (°C) 33.2
(0.67)
34.4
(1.33)
36.5
(2.5)
39.4
(4.11)
44.3
(6.83)
49.2
(9.56)
52.7
(11.5)
53.1
(11.72)
49.3
(9.61)
43.3
(6.28)
37.6
(3.11)
34.4
(1.33)
42.3
(5.72)
Record low °F (°C) 4
(-15.6)
1
(-17.2)
20
(-6.7)
25
(-3.9)
28
(-2.2)
35
(1.7)
37
(2.8)
40
(4.4)
30
(-1.1)
17
(-8.3)
8
(-13.3)
1
(-17.2)
1
(-17.2)
Precipitation inches (mm) 8.88
(225.6)
6.65
(168.9)
6.25
(158.8)
3.88
(98.6)
2.55
(64.8)
1.83
(46.5)
0.69
(17.5)
0.99
(25.1)
2.06
(52.3)
4.5
(114)
8.59
(218.2)
9.54
(242.3)
56.41
(1,432.8)
Snowfall inches (cm) 4.4
(11.2)
1.5
(3.8)
1
(3)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.3
(0.8)
1.8
(4.6)
9.1
(23.1)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 inch) 21 18 20 17 14 11 6 6 9 15 20 22 179

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 212
1900 311 46.7%
1910 747 140.2%
1920 1,171 56.8%
1930 739 −36.9%
1940 708 −4.2%
1950 901 27.3%
1960 797 −11.5%
1970 1,286 61.4%
1980 1,648 28.1%
1990 1,629 −1.2%
2000 1,528 −6.2%
2010 1,737 13.7%
2019 (est.) 1,830 5.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
City Hall - Clatskanie Oregon
City Hall

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,737 people, 729 households, and 469 families living in the city. The population density was 1,459.7 inhabitants per square mile (563.6/km2). There were 806 housing units at an average density of 677.3 per square mile (261.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.9% White, 0.4% African American, 2.0% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.9% from other races, and 3.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.7% of the population.

There were 729 households, of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.7% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.91.

The median age in the city was 38.9 years. 24.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.6% were from 25 to 44; 27.8% were from 45 to 64; and 16.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.8% male and 52.2% female.

Education

Clatskanie is served by the two public schools of Clatskanie School District, namely the combined Clatskanie Middle/High School, and Clatskanie Elementary School, as well as Piercing Arrow Private School.

Notable people

  • Raymond Carver (1938–1988), short story writer and poet
  • Cole Escola (1986–), comedian and actor
  • Merlin F. Schneider (1901-1970), Brigadier General, USMC, recipient of the Navy Cross.
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