Keizer, Oregon facts for kids
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Keizer Station shopping center in Keizer
Location in Oregon
|• Total||7.21 sq mi (18.67 km2)|
|• Land||7.09 sq mi (18.36 km2)|
|• Water||0.12 sq mi (0.31 km2)|
|Elevation||132 ft (40 m)|
| • Estimate
|• Density||5,145.0/sq mi (1,986.5/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-8 (Pacific)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-7 (Pacific)|
|GNIS feature ID||1163084|
|Website||City of Keizer|
Keizer is a city located in Marion County, Oregon, United States, along the 45th parallel. As of the 2010 United States Census, its population was 36,478. It lies inside of the Willamette Valley and is part of the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area. It was named after brothers Thomas Dove (T. D.) and John Brooks (J. B.) Keizur, two pioneers who arrived in the Wagon Train of 1843, and later filed donation land claims.
The original settlement was at Keizer Bottom, near the banks of the Willamette River. The community was named after Thomas Dove Keizur, one of its first settlers. Somewhere in the translation of donation land claim records, his name was misspelled. The settlement suffered in the flood of 1861, and the inhabitants rebuilt their homes on higher ground. Further floods in 1943, 1945, 1946 and 1948 hampered the growth of the community, and it was not until dams were built in the 1950s to regulate the flow of the Willamette that Keizer began to flourish.
Many times the City of Salem tried to annex the growing community adjacent to its city limits. Beginning in 1964, a number of Keizer residents tried to convince the people of Keizer that it would be cheaper and better to form their own city. It was not until November 2, 1982, when, with the support of the nearby unincorporated community of Clear Lake, residents voted to make Keizer a city.
Keizer Bottom is now the site of Keizer Rapids Park, a public park whose attractions include a dog park, playground, boat-in camping, nature trails, a disc golf course, and sport courts.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.21 square miles (18.67 km2), of which, 7.09 square miles (18.36 km2) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.31 km2) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 36,478 people, 13,703 households, and 9,498 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,145.0 inhabitants per square mile (1,986.5/km2). There were 14,445 housing units at an average density of 2,037.4 per square mile (786.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 82.5% White, 0.8% African American, 1.3% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 0.6% Pacific Islander, 9.0% from other races, and 4.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.3% of the population.
There were 13,703 households of which 36.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.7% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.13.
The median age in the city was 35.7 years. 27.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.6% were from 25 to 44; 24.7% were from 45 to 64; and 13.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.0% male and 52.0% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 32,203 people, 12,110 households, and 8,646 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,455.7 people per square mile (1,719.7/km²). There were 12,774 housing units at an average density of 1,767.4 per square mile (682.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 85.52% White, 0.75% African American, 1.38% Native American, 1.49% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 7.22% from other races, and 3.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.27% of the population.
There were 12,110 households out of which 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.8% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.6% were non-families. 22.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.07. In the city, the population was 27.7% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 94.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.2 males The median income for a household in the city was $45,052, and the median income for a family was $49,977. Males had a median income of $37,138 versus $27,032 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,119. About 6.2% of families and 9.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.7% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 or over.
Arts and culture
Annual cultural events
The annual Iris Festival takes place in May and showcases Keizer's iris-growing industry. The festival was founded by Schreiner's Iris Gardens, one of the country's largest retail iris growers, and has been facilitated by the Keizer Chamber of Commerce since 1987. Events include a carnival, a beer garden, craft and food vendors, a 5k walk/run, a vintage car show, and a parade.
Every year from the beginning of December until the day after Christmas the Gubser school neighborhood hosts the "Keizer Miracle of Christmas Lighting Display." Many of the neighborhood's residents decide to put up Christmas lights along with other various holiday themed displays. Up to 20,000 vehicles visit the approximately 3.5-mile (5.6 km) route each year. Along the route visitors are able to donate canned foods and non-perishable items. In 2007 19,000 pounds (8,600 kg) of food were collected for the Marion Polk Food Share and $17,100 was received in cash.
Museums and other points of interest
The Keizer Heritage Museum is inside the Keizer Heritage Community Center, which was formerly the Keizer School. The school, built in 1916, has been completely restored and is the only public historic building in Keizer. Other tenants of the building include the Keizer Community Library, the Keizer Art Association and gallery, and the Keizer Chamber of Commerce.
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