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Ruch, Oregon
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Ruch, Oregon is located in Oregon
Ruch, Oregon
Ruch, Oregon
Location in Oregon
Ruch, Oregon is located in the United States
Ruch, Oregon
Ruch, Oregon
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Oregon
County Jackson
Area
 • Total 6.73 sq mi (17.44 km2)
 • Land 6.73 sq mi (17.44 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation
1,527 ft (465 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 840
 • Density 125/sq mi (48.2/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
97530
Area code(s) 458 and 541
FIPS code 41-64150
GNIS feature ID 1148830

Ruch is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Jackson County, Oregon, United States. It is located on Oregon Route 238, southeast of Grants Pass. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 840.

Ruch was named for Casper M. Ruch, who bought a tract of land where the community now stands in 1896. He built a blacksmith shop, a store and a house. When he was appointed postmaster of the new post office in 1897 and allowed to name it, he named it after himself. The post office closed in 1939.

There are two structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Ruch—McKee Bridge and Star Ranger Station.

The Ruch area is home to several Oregon wineries and is in the Applegate Valley AVA, a sub-appellation of the Rogue Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area). A small elementary school, Ruch Elementary, is located near the center of the community. The school serves Kindergarten - 8th grade with the Cougars as their mascot.

The Applegate River runs through the southwest edge of the valley.

Climate

Ruch has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate (Csb) according to the Köppen climate classification system.

Climate data for Ruch
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 69
(20.6)
81
(27.2)
84
(28.9)
91
(32.8)
102
(38.9)
109
(42.8)
109
(42.8)
111
(43.9)
106
(41.1)
102
(38.9)
77
(25)
71
(21.7)
111
(43.9)
Average high °F (°C) 49.3
(9.61)
55.6
(13.11)
60.1
(15.61)
65.1
(18.39)
74.3
(23.5)
81.7
(27.61)
90.3
(32.39)
89.6
(32)
83.7
(28.72)
70.8
(21.56)
54.9
(12.72)
47.6
(8.67)
68.6
(20.33)
Average low °F (°C) 29.9
(-1.17)
30.6
(-0.78)
33
(0.6)
35.4
(1.89)
41.1
(5.06)
46.6
(8.11)
50.5
(10.28)
49.6
(9.78)
44
(6.7)
37.8
(3.22)
33.6
(0.89)
29.9
(-1.17)
38.5
(3.61)
Record low °F (°C) 8
(-13.3)
2
(-16.7)
18
(-7.8)
20
(-6.7)
25
(-3.9)
30
(-1.1)
34
(1.1)
32
(0)
22
(-5.6)
17
(-8.3)
12
(-11.1)
-3
(-19.4)
-3
(-19.4)
Precipitation inches (mm) 4.17
(105.9)
2.55
(64.8)
2.82
(71.6)
1.77
(45)
1.17
(29.7)
0.73
(18.5)
0.38
(9.7)
0.45
(11.4)
0.79
(20.1)
1.6
(41)
3.76
(95.5)
4.68
(118.9)
24.87
(631.7)
Snowfall inches (cm) 2.8
(7.1)
2.8
(7.1)
1.6
(4.1)
0.1
(0.3)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.6
(1.5)
3.8
(9.7)
11.7
(29.7)
Avg. precipitation days 14 11 13 11 7 5 2 2 4 7 14 14 104
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