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Newberg, Oregon
City Hall
City Hall
Flag of Newberg
A Great Place to Grow!
Location in Oregon
Location in Oregon
Country United States
State Oregon
County Yamhill
Incorporated 1889
 • Total 5.91 sq mi (15.31 km2)
 • Land 5.91 sq mi (15.31 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
175 ft (53 m)
 • Total 22,068
 • Estimate 
 • Density 4,040.94/sq mi (1,560.33/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (Pacific)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 503
FIPS code 41-52100
GNIS feature ID 1166686
Website City of Newberg

Newberg is a city in Yamhill County, Oregon, United States. Located in the Portland metropolitan area, the city is home to George Fox University. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 25,138 making it the second most populous city in the county.


Hoover Minthorn house sign
Hoover-Minthorn House

Ewing Young, after leading pioneering fur brigades in California, came to Portland in 1834 and settled on the west bank of the Willamette River near the mouth of Chehalem Creek, opposite of Champoeg. Young's home is believed to be the first house built by European-Americans on that side of the river. Later, Joseph Rogers settled near the Willamette River at what is now Newberg in 1848. The community was known early on as Chehalem, and later as Roger's Landing for Rogers who founded the settlement, and who died in 1855. In 1883, the community was platted. Incorporated in 1889, tradition holds that this town was named by its first postmaster, Sebastian Brutscher, for his former hometown of Neuberg in Germany. One of the current streets, Brutscher Street, is named after him.

Newberg was one of the first communities in Oregon to hold Quaker services. It was incorporated as a city in 1889. The city's oldest surviving newspaper, The Newberg Graphic, was established Dec. 1, 1888. Friends Pacific Academy, renamed Pacific College in 1891 and then George Fox University in 1949, was founded by the Quakers in 1885. George Fox University is classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university and "Best Value" school. The campus resides in the center of the city, surrounded by university-owned housing.

Herbert Hoover moved to the city in 1885, to live with his uncle and aunt after the death of his parents and was one of the first students to attend his uncle's Pacific Academy The home has been turned into the Hoover-Minthorn House museum.

The town was "dry", meaning no alcohol could be sold within the city limits, for a good part of its early history.


Newberg is located on Oregon Route 99W about 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Portland, Oregon. Springbook, once a separate community, is now considered part of Newberg.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.81 square miles (15.05 km2), all of it land. It averages 176 feet (54 m) in elevation.


Climate data for Newberg, Oregon
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 46
Average low °F (°C) 34
Average precipitation inches (mm) 5.83
Source: The Weather Channel


Newberg Public Library
Newberg Public Library
Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 514
1900 945 83.9%
1910 2,260 139.2%
1920 2,566 13.5%
1930 2,951 15.0%
1940 2,960 0.3%
1950 3,946 33.3%
1960 4,204 6.5%
1970 6,507 54.8%
1980 10,394 59.7%
1990 13,086 25.9%
2000 18,064 38.0%
2010 22,068 22.2%
2019 (est.) 23,886 8.2%

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 22,068 people, 7,736 households, and 5,398 families living in the city. The population density was 3,798.3 inhabitants per square mile (1,466.5/km2). There were 8,265 housing units at an average density of 1,422.5 per square mile (549.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 85.9% White, 0.8% African American, 0.8% Native American, 2.2% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 7.0% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.5% of the population.

There were 7,736 households, of which 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.1% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.2% were non-families. 23.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.12.

The median age in the city was 32.8 years. 25.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 13.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.1% were from 25 to 44; 21.9% were from 45 to 64; and 12% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.6% male and 51.4% female.

Museums and other points of interest

  • Ewing Young Historical Park
  • Hoover-Minthorn House Museum



OR 18.svg
OR 18 is an east-west route connecting with US 101 in Otis Junction to the west, and OR 219 near Newberg. The highway was expanded and named as the Newberg-Dundee Bypass.
OR 99W.svg
OR 99W (formerly US 99W) is a major north-south route which follows an east-west alignment through Newberg. It connects with Portland to the northeast, Dundee and McMinnville to the southwest, and the western Willamette Valley to the south. In combination with OR 18, this is the main route for traffic between Portland and the central Oregon Coast.
OR 219.svg
OR 219 is a north-south route connecting with St. Paul and Woodburn to the south, and Scholls and Hillsboro to the north.
OR 240.svg
OR 240 is an east-west route connecting with OR 47 in the town of Yamhill.


  • Chehalem Airpark
  • Sportsman Airpark


Pacific Brick Face Co. at Newberg, Oregon in 1907
Converted Russell traction engine of the Pacific Brick Face Co. in 1907

Newberg is served by the Portland & Western Railroad which offers freight service as needed. The railroad was originally part of the Southern Pacific Railroad and was built in the 1870s. Newberg has not had regular passenger railroad service since the 1930s; however there have been several studies to consider bringing commuter rail service to the Portland metropolitan area.

Sister cities


George Fox University entrance sign
George Fox University campus

As of 2002, dental equipment manufacturer A-dec was the city's largest employer with 832 employees, and George Fox University was second with 400. The next largest employers were SP Newsprint Co., Suntron Corp., and Providence Newberg Medical Center. Upon opening in September 2009, The Allison Inn and Spa, a 77-room destination hotel, spa, and restaurant employs approximately 200 full-time workers. A Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation inpatient addiction treatment center is located in the city.


Newberg is served by the Newberg School District, which has six elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools, Newberg High School and Catalyst Alternative High School. The town also has two private Christian schools (Veritas School and C. S. Lewis Academy). The city also is home to George Fox University, and a new campus of Portland Community College opened in fall 2011.

In September 2021, the Newberg School District received news coverage over several incidents involving racism and identity, starting when the school board voted to ban Pride and Black Lives Matter symbols in district schools. Later on in the month, Newberg High School students participated in a "virtual slave trade" which targeted black students at the school. On September 20, a Newberg Public Schools employee was placed on administrative leave after reporting for work while wearing blackface.

Notable people

  • Sage Canaday, American long-distance runner and ultramarathoner
  • Mindy Duncan, Miss Oregon Teen USA 1988, Miss Teen USA 1988
  • Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States
  • Alex Schomburg, comic book illustrator
  • Walter T. West, Oregon politician and farmer
  • Ewing Young, early Oregon explorer, trapper, settler, and businessman

See also

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