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Sandy, Oregon
View of Mount Hood and the Sandy River from Jonsrud Viewpoint in Sandy
View of Mount Hood and the Sandy River from Jonsrud Viewpoint in Sandy
"Where Innovation Meets Elevation"
Location of Sandy in Clackamas County, Oregon
Location of Sandy in Clackamas County, Oregon
Country United States
State Oregon
County Clackamas
Incorporated August 11, 1911 (1911-08-11)
 • Total 3.58 sq mi (9.28 km2)
 • Land 3.57 sq mi (9.25 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.04 km2)
1,201 ft (305.4096 m)
 • Total 9,570
 • Estimate 
 • Density 3,189.64/sq mi (1,231.58/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (Pacific)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 503 and 971
FIPS code 41-65250
GNIS feature ID 1149054

Sandy is a city located in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States, settled c. 1853 and named after the nearby Sandy River. Located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range, the city serves as the western gateway to the Mount Hood Corridor, and is located approximately 27 miles (43 km) east of Portland.

The city of Sandy was originally settled by travelers passing along Barlow Road, one of the final sections of the Oregon Trail, and initially known as Revenue, after settlers Francis and Lydia Revenue. The city subsequently took the name Sandy after the Sandy River, named by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in 1805; the river and previously been named the Barings River, after Sir Francis Baring, 1st Baronet, following a 1792 expedition in the region.

In the late-19th and early 20th century, Sandy's local economy was mainly based on logging and the sawmill industry due to the abundance of timber in the area. The city continued to grow with the arrival of German immigrants in the late-nineteenth century, and the city was formally incorporated in 1911. In the latter half of the 20th century, the city's population saw a significant increase in residents, concurrent with the growth of the Portland metropolitan area.

As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 9,570. It is the home of Sandy High School, founded in 1914, which serves the population of Sandy as well as outlying communities, such as Boring and the Villages of Mount Hood.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.14 square miles (8.13 km2), all of it land.


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


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 96
1910 250 160.4%
1920 242 −3.2%
1930 284 17.4%
1940 473 66.5%
1950 1,003 112.1%
1960 1,147 14.4%
1970 1,544 34.6%
1980 2,905 88.1%
1990 4,152 42.9%
2000 5,385 29.7%
2010 9,570 77.7%
2019 (est.) 11,387 19.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

Sandy City Hall (1388545563)
Sandy City Hall in 2007

As of the census of 2010, there were 9,570 people, 3,567 households, and 2,486 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,047.8 inhabitants per square mile (1,176.8/km2). There were 3,768 housing units at an average density of 1,200.0 per square mile (463.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.0% White, 0.4% African American, 1.3% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 3.4% from other races, and 3.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.2% of the population.

There were 3,567 households, of which 40.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.3% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.17.

The median age in the city was 32.8 years. 29% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.5% were from 25 to 44; 22.6% were from 45 to 64; and 10.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.9% male and 51.1% female.


Slide on U.S. 26 near Sandy (3161545158)
A landslide across U.S. Route 26 near Sandy, 2009

U.S. Route 26 runs through the middle of Sandy, forming downtown Sandy's Pioneer and Proctor Boulevards. Sandy is the northern terminus of Oregon Route 211.

Mass transit

From around the early 1940s through the 1960s, bus transit service connecting Sandy with Gresham and Portland was provided by a private company named Portland Stages, Inc. In 1970 this service was taken over by a then-new public agency, TriMet, which continued to provide transit service to Sandy until 2000.

Since the beginning of 2000, Sandy has operated its own public transit system, the Sandy Area Metro, which connects with TriMet's bus and MAX light rail system at the Gresham Transit Center. Since 2004, the Mount Hood Express (originally named Mountain Express) has also provided public transit bus service to Sandy, connecting it with communities and resort areas in the Mount Hood Corridor.


Two airports exist in Sandy: the Sandy River Airport and Country Squire Airpark.

Points of interest

Sandy is the home of the annual Sandy Mountain Festival, the Sandy Oktoberfest and the yearly Hometown Holiday Festival and Parade.

Jonsrud Viewpoint, a wonderful view of Mt. Hood and the Sandy River valley. This viewpoint was donated to the City of Sandy by Philip Jonsrud, a son of early settlers and lifelong resident of Sandy.

The Tickle Creek Trail is a beautiful scenic route, located off Dubarko Rd. Also known as 'The heart and soul of Sandy Oregon.'


There are three schools within Sandy's city limits: Sandy Grade School, Cedar Ridge Middle School and Sandy High School. Those schools are administered by the regional Oregon Trail School District.

Notable people

  • Nan Britton (1896–1991), secretary and mistress of President Warren G. Harding
  • George Bruns (1914–1983), film composer
  • Alma Francis (1890–1968), Broadway and silent film actress and singer
  • Bill Johnson (1960–2016), Olympic skier
  • Brenda Strong (1960–), film and television actress
  • Mark Thorson (1983–), football player

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