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Ione, Oregon
Aerial view of Ione
Aerial view of Ione
Growing with Pride
Location in Oregon
Location in Oregon
Country United States
State Oregon
County Morrow
Incorporated 1903
 • Total 0.69 sq mi (1.80 km2)
 • Land 0.69 sq mi (1.80 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,089 ft (332 m)
 • Total 329
 • Estimate 
 • Density 472.62/sq mi (182.59/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (Pacific)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 458 and 541
FIPS code 41-36400
GNIS feature ID 1123365

Ione is a city in Morrow County, Oregon, United States. The population was 329 at the 2010 census. It is part of the PendletonHermiston Micropolitan Statistical Area.


Ione is at an elevation of 1,089 feet (332 m) between the Columbia River to the north and the Blue Mountains to the southeast. It is along Oregon Route 74, 18 miles (29 km) northwest of Heppner, 27 miles (43 km) south of Interstate 84 (I-84), and 173 miles (278 km) east of Portland.

Willow Creek flows though Ione, which is downstream of Heppner and Lexington and upstream of Arlington. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.65 square miles (1.68 km2), all of it land.

Route 74 forms part of the Blue Mountain Scenic Byway, a 130-mile (210 km) set of roads connecting I-84 along the Columbia River with the North Fork John Day River in the Blue Mountains. Part of the route follows the Willow Creek drainage through Ione.


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, Ione has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, Csb on climate maps.


In 1883, landowner E. G. Sperry named the community Ione after Ione Arthur, a girl who was visiting the Sperrys with her family. Aaron Royse managed the first store in Ione, and he became the first postmaster when an Ione post office was established in 1884.

Sheep ranching was important in the region during the days of early settlement by non-natives. It continues in the 21st century and has been joined by wheat farming and cattle ranching as significant uses of the land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 223
1910 239 7.2%
1920 439 83.7%
1930 283 −35.5%
1940 262 −7.4%
1950 262 0.0%
1960 350 33.6%
1970 355 1.4%
1980 345 −2.8%
1990 255 −26.1%
2000 321 25.9%
2010 329 2.5%
2019 (est.) 328 −0.3%

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 329 people, 132 households, and 90 families residing in the city. The population density was 506.2 inhabitants per square mile (195.4/km2). There were 154 housing units at an average density of 236.9 per square mile (91.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 86.6% White, 0.9% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 8.2% from other races, and 3.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.9% of the population.

There were 132 households, of which 34.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.4% were married couples living together, 3.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.8% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.03.

The median age in the city was 42.3 years. 24.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.4% were from 25 to 44; 32.5% were from 45 to 64; and 14.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 52.0% male and 48.0% female.

Economy and education

Ione Community Charter School, serving about 200 students in grades kindergarten through 12, is in Ione. Formerly part of the Morrow County School District, the school is in the Ione School District, with headquarters in Ione.

As of 2002, the top employers for Ione were the Ione Community School and—all in Heppner—the Columbia Basin Electric Co-op, Miller & Sons Welding, and the Heppner Gazette-Times (a weekly newspaper).

See also

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