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Merrill, Oregon
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Location in Oregon
Location in Oregon
Country United States
State Oregon
County Klamath
Incorporated 1903
 • Total 0.46 sq mi (1.19 km2)
 • Land 0.46 sq mi (1.19 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
4,071 ft (1,241 m)
 • Total 844
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,862.75/sq mi (719.26/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (Pacific)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 541
FIPS code 41-47700
GNIS feature ID 1124069

Merrill is a city in Klamath County, Oregon, United States. The population was 844 at the 2010 census.

Merrill is an agricultural area and is home to an annual Potato Festival. The area was also part of the Klamath Basin water crisis pitting agricultural interests against endangered species water requirements, tribal interests, and environmentalists.

Merrill was the birthplace and boyhood home of Carl Barks, the Disney comics artist who created Scrooge McDuck, among other characters. It is home to the Raiders of Lost River Jr./Sr. High School.


Merrill is at an elevation of 4,071 feet (1,241 m) in southern Klamath County near the Oregon–California border. It is along Oregon Route 39 southeast of Klamath Falls and northwest of Tulelake. Lower Klamath Lake and Tule Lake, both in California, are slightly south of Merrill. By highway, the city is 20 miles (32 km) from Klamath Falls and 300 miles (480 km) from Portland.

The Lost River flows by Merrill. Mount Shasta in the Cascade Range southwest of Merrill, is visible from the city. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.46 square miles (1.19 km2), all of it land.


This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Merrill has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.


Merrill was named for rancher Nathan S. Merrill, who settled at this location in 1890. A post office was established in Merrill in 1896. H. E. Momyre was the postmaster. The first business in Merrill was a grist mill.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 67
1910 400 497.0%
1920 237 −40.7%
1930 306 29.1%
1940 648 111.8%
1950 835 28.9%
1960 804 −3.7%
1970 722 −10.2%
1980 809 12.0%
1990 837 3.5%
2000 897 7.2%
2010 844 −5.9%
2019 (est.) 855 1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 844 people, 308 households, and 221 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,834.8 inhabitants per square mile (708.4/km2). There were 347 housing units at an average density of 754.3 per square mile (291.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 70.9% White, 0.1% African American, 1.5% Native American, 23.8% from other races, and 3.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 43.1% of the population.

There were 308 households, of which 40.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.2% were non-families. 24.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.23.

The median age in the city was 35.7 years. 29% of residents were under the age of 18; 10% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.8% were from 25 to 44; 26.6% were from 45 to 64; and 12.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.7% male and 49.3% female.


As of 2002, the five largest employers in Merrill were the Malin Potato Coop, Klamath County Public Schools, the Martin Food Center, the Merrill Grain and Feed Center, and Country Boy Meats.

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