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Eagle Point, Oregon
An aerial image of Eagle Point
An aerial image of Eagle Point
Nickname(s): 
Gateway to the Lakes
Location in Oregon
Location in Oregon
Country United States
State Oregon
County Jackson
Incorporated 1911
Area
 • Total 2.96 sq mi (7.67 km2)
 • Land 2.96 sq mi (7.67 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,310 ft (399.3 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 8,469
 • Estimate 
(2019)
9,554
 • Density 3,226.61/sq mi (1,245.72/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (Pacific)
ZIP code
97524
Area code(s) 541
FIPS code 41-21550
GNIS feature ID 1161353

Eagle Point is a city in Jackson County, Oregon, United States. The population was 8,469 at the 2010 census, up from 4,798 at the 2000 census. As of 2018, the estimated population was 9,408.

History

In the mid-19th century, a rocky cliff near the location of what later became Eagle Point was a favored nesting place for eagles. An area resident, John Mathews, is said to have suggested the name Eagle Point as the name for a proposed post office in the community. The post office was established in 1872; Andrew McNeil was the first postmaster.

A water-powered gristmill, Butte Creek Mill, has operated in Eagle Point for more than 125 years. Built in 1872 along Little Butte Creek, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. The mill burned to the ground Christmas Day 2015, however will be rebuilt.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.96 square miles (7.67 km2), all of it land.

The city is north of Medford and White City and south of Shady Cove in the Rogue River Valley along Oregon Route 62. Little Butte Creek, a tributary of the Rogue River, passes through Eagle Point and enters the larger stream a few miles to the west near TouVelle State Recreation Site and Upper and Lower Table Rock.

Climate

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, Eagle Point has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 128
1930 211 64.8%
1940 243 15.2%
1950 607 149.8%
1960 752 23.9%
1970 1,241 65.0%
1980 2,764 122.7%
1990 3,008 8.8%
2000 4,798 59.5%
2010 8,469 76.5%
Est. 2019 9,554 12.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census, there were 8,469 people, 3,231 households, and 2,373 families living in the city. The population density was 2,861.1 inhabitants per square mile (1,104.7/km2). There were 3,611 housing units at an average density of 1,219.9 per square mile (471.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.1% White, 0.2% African American, 1.3% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.7% from other races, and 3.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.8% of the population.

Of the 3,231 households 37.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.9% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.6% were non-families. 20.9% of households were one person and 9.7% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.01.

The median age was 36.9 years. 27.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.2% were from 25 to 44; 25.5% were from 45 to 64; and 14.2% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.

Notable people

  • Jim Belushi, television actor, comedian and singer, starred on Saturday Night Live and According to Jim
  • Patrick Duffy, television actor, starred in Dallas
  • Tyrone Holmes, American football player.
  • Larry Lansburgh (1911-2001), American producer, director, and screenwriter.
  • Kim Novak, actress, starred in Vertigo and Picnic
  • Nathan Pine, current Director of Athletics at the United States Air Force Academy.
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