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Molalla, Oregon
City
Vonder Ahe House
Vonder Ahe House
Nickname(s): "Home of the buckaroo"
Motto: "Riding High for America"
Location in Oregon
Location in Oregon
Country United States
State Oregon
County Clackamas
Incorporated 1913
Area
 • Total 2.26 sq mi (5.85 km2)
 • Land 2.21 sq mi (5.72 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
Elevation 371 ft (113 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 8,108
 • Estimate (2012) 8,243
 • Density 3,668.8/sq mi (1,416.5/km2)
Time zone Pacific (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) Pacific (UTC-7)
ZIP code 97038
Area code(s) 503
FIPS code 41-49450
GNIS feature ID 1124282
Website www.cityofmolalla.com

Molalla /məˈlɑːlə/ is a city in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. The population was 8,108 at the 2010 census.

History

Molalla was named after the Molalla River, which in turn was named for the Molala, a Native American tribe that inhabited the area. William H. Vaughan took up a donation land claim in the area in 1844. Molalla post office was established in 1850, near the site of Liberal, and was discontinued in 1851. The post office was reestablished in 1868 and it ran until 1874, then was reestablished in 1876, which is when it was probably placed at the present location of Molalla.

Since the late 1990s the city has been experiencing a surge in growth and expansion in the residential sector.

Geography

Molalla is located in the foothills of the Cascade Range, near the Mount Hood National Forest, 15 miles (24 km) south of Oregon City and 13 miles from Interstate 5. Molalla is surrounded by farms and rural residential development. There are many rock quarries, and thousands of acres of private timberlands, that feed natural resource materials into the economy. Several of the tree farms are managed for totally maintained and sustained forest.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.26 square miles (5.85 km2), of which, 2.21 square miles (5.72 km2) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) is water.

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

Molalla receives precipitation ranging from an average of 0.60 inches (15 mm) in July to an average of 6.62 inches (168 mm) in December.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 496
1930 655 32.1%
1940 907 38.5%
1950 1,497 65.0%
1960 1,501 0.3%
1970 2,005 33.6%
1980 2,992 49.2%
1990 3,651 22.0%
2000 5,666 55.2%
2010 8,108 43.1%
Est. 2015 8,972 10.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
Main street in Molalla Oregon
Main street in Molalla

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 8,108 people, 2,857 households, and 2,067 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,668.8 inhabitants per square mile (1,416.5/km2). There were 3,017 housing units at an average density of 1,365.2 per square mile (527.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 86.9% White, 0.6% African American, 1.0% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 7.5% from other races, and 2.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.5% of the population.

There were 2,857 households of which 44.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.9% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 27.7% were non-families. 22.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.30.

The median age in the city was 31.4 years. 30.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 31.4% were from 25 to 44; 19.6% were from 45 to 64; and 9.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.4% male and 50.6% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,647 people, 1,948 households, and 1,425 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,939.4 people per square mile (1,135.6/km²). There were 2,027 housing units at an average density of 1,055.1 per square mile (407.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.60% White, 0.44% African American, 1.29% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.28% Pacific Islander, 6.69% from other races, and 2.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.55% of the population.

There were 1,948 households out of which 43.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.7% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.8% were non-families. 21.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.29.

In the city, the population was spread out with 31.8% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 32.4% from 25 to 44, 15.6% from 45 to 64, and 10.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $42,672, and the median income for a family was $46,915. Males had a median income of $37,172 versus $25,988 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,738. About 7.3% of families and 9.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.2% of those under age 18 and 10.8% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

Annual cultural events

Molalla is the home of the Molalla Buckeroo rodeo (it began in 1913, the same time as the city was founded) and the Apple Festival. The Pacific Coast Freestyle Championships, a model airplane aerobatic tournament, has been held there for 14 years in late July. Several Latino rodeos are held at the rodeo facility by "LaFortuna" in spring, mid-summer, late summer and fall, bringing tens of thousands of Latino families to celebrate in the community.

Museums and other points of interest

There is a miniature steam train, the Shady Dell Pacific Railroad, in Molalla Train Park three miles east of Molalla. An interesting and free exhibit of Rodeo History Honors the "Heroes" of Rodeo memorialized in large brass plaques placed in the sidewalks of Molalla's city core. The Horace L. Dibble House and the Fred Vonder Ahe House and Summer Kitchen are buildings in Molalla on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) that have been preserved by the Molalla Area Historical Society. The NRHP-listed Rock Creek Methodist Church and William Hatchette Vaughan House are also in the Molalla area.

Parks and recreation

The Molalla River corridor offers opportunities for outdoor activities, including fishing, hunting, and hiking. Along the corridor to the east, Table Rock is a favorite local rocky promontory that provides visitors with a view of Molalla and the surrounding countryside for miles in every direction. Neighborhood and community parks include Fox, Clark, Long, and Ivor Davies Parks. Clark Park has a free disc golf course and playground. Long park has a playground, a pavilion, and a beautiful bear carving. Fox Park hosts summer concerts and has a playground and splashpad for children. It also has a pavilion. A long pedestrian and bicycle-friendly path extends through Ivor Davies Park over several small bridges and around a fish pond.

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