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Myrtle Creek, Oregon
The Green Tree Hotel and El Azteca restaurant
The Green Tree Hotel and El Azteca restaurant
Nickname(s): 
Gateway to the 100 Valleys of the Umpqua
Location in Oregon
Location in Oregon
Coordinates: 43°1′37″N 123°16′56″W / 43.02694°N 123.28222°W / 43.02694; -123.28222Coordinates: 43°1′37″N 123°16′56″W / 43.02694°N 123.28222°W / 43.02694; -123.28222
Country United States
State Oregon
County Douglas
Incorporated 1893
Area
 • Total 2.50 sq mi (6.47 km2)
 • Land 2.50 sq mi (6.47 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
660 ft (200 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 3,439
 • Estimate 
(2019)
3,483
 • Density 1,394.32/sq mi (538.40/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (Pacific)
ZIP code
97457
Area code(s) 541
FIPS code 41-50950
GNIS feature ID 1124576

Myrtle Creek is a city in Douglas County, Oregon, United States. The population was 3,439 at the 2010 census.

History

Myrtle Creek was named for the groves of Oregon myrtle (also known as California laurel), growing nearby. A Myrtle Creek post office was established in 1854 with Lazarus Wright as postmaster. In 1862, Wright sold the land for a town site to John Hall, who laid out Myrtle Creek in 1865.

The city has two covered bridges. The first, Neal Lane Bridge, carries Neal Lane Road over South Myrtle Creek on the southeastern outskirts of the city. It was built in 1939. At 42 feet (13 m) long, it is one of the shortest covered bridges in Oregon and the only one with a kingpost truss.

In 1990, the City of Myrtle Creek acquired timbers from the former Horse Creek Bridge in Lane County and used them to build another covered bridge over Myrtle Creek. The bridge connects a parking area to the city's Mill Site Park.

Geography

Myrtle Creek lies along Interstate 5 south of Roseburg and slightly north of Tri City and Canyonville in southern Douglas County. Two streams, North Myrtle Creek and South Myrtle Creek, merge at the city to form Myrtle Creek, a short tributary of the South Umpqua River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.51 square miles (6.50 km2), all of it land.

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

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 119
1900 189
1910 429 127.0%
1920 385 −10.3%
1930 401 4.2%
1940 441 10.0%
1950 1,781 303.9%
1960 2,231 25.3%
1970 2,733 22.5%
1980 3,365 23.1%
1990 3,063 −9.0%
2000 3,419 11.6%
2010 3,439 0.6%
2019 (est.) 3,483 1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,439 people, 1,382 households, and 930 families living in the city. The population density was 1,370.1 inhabitants per square mile (529.0/km2). There were 1,521 housing units at an average density of 606.0 per square mile (234.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.7% White, 0.3% African American, 2.1% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.2% from other races, and 4.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.3% of the population.

There were 1,382 households, of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.5% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.7% were non-families. 26.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.92.

The median age in the city was 40.5 years. 23.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.2% were from 25 to 44; 26.6% were from 45 to 64; and 17.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.1% male and 50.9% female.

Transportation

  • Myrtle Creek Municipal Airport
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