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Scappoose, Oregon
The skyline of Scappoose circa 1929
The skyline of Scappoose circa 1929
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Location in Oregon
Location in Oregon
Coordinates: 45°45′15″N 122°52′31″W / 45.75417°N 122.87528°W / 45.75417; -122.87528Coordinates: 45°45′15″N 122°52′31″W / 45.75417°N 122.87528°W / 45.75417; -122.87528
Country United States
State Oregon
County Columbia
Incorporated 1921
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Body Scappoose City Council
 • Total 3.42 sq mi (8.86 km2)
 • Land 3.42 sq mi (8.86 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
62 ft (18.9 m)
 • Total 6,592
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,210.40/sq mi (853.52/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (Pacific)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 503
FIPS code 41-65500
GNIS feature ID 1126635

Scappoose is a city in Columbia County, Oregon, United States. It was named for a nearby stream, which drains the southern part of the county. The name "Scappoose" is of Native American origin, and is said to mean "gravelly plain." The population was 6,592 at the 2010 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.75 square miles (7.12 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, Scappoose has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 248
1940 336 35.5%
1950 659 96.1%
1960 923 40.1%
1970 1,859 101.4%
1980 3,213 72.8%
1990 3,529 9.8%
2000 4,976 41.0%
2010 6,592 32.5%
2019 (est.) 7,564 14.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 6,592 people, 2,536 households, and 1,791 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,397.1 inhabitants per square mile (925.5/km2). There were 2,698 housing units at an average density of 981.1 per square mile (378.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.2% White, 0.4% African American, 1.2% Native American, 1.3% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 2.2% from other races, and 3.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.1% of the population.

There were 2,536 households, of which 37.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.0% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.4% were non-families. 23.5% 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 2.56 and the average family size was 3.01.

The median age in the city was 37.8 years. 26% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.7% were from 25 to 44; 26.2% were from 45 to 64; and 13.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female. The median income for a household in the city was $47,796, and the median income for a family was $55,616. Males had a median income of $43,625 versus $27,346 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,837. About 4.5% of families and 6.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.7% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.


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Scappoose Marina


  • Scappoose Industrial Airpark, a public use airport 1 mile (1.6 km) northeast of the city.
  • Chinook Ultralight Airpark, a private use airport 3 miles (5 km) east of the city.
  • Grabhorn's Airport, a private use airport 3 miles (5 km) north of the city.

Rail lines

  • Northern Pacific Railway


  • U.S. Route 30 in Oregon


In recent years, Scappoose has increasingly become a "bedroom" community of Portland, Oregon, with many commuting to jobs in the city. Dairies, farming, and logging played an important role in the early years of Scappoose's history. In the more recent past, several factories existed in the community and provided jobs. The town was home to a shoe factory, two candle factories, and a Steinfeld's Sauerkraut factory. The area still has gravel mines and the West Coast Shoe factory. Scappoose is also the home of Oregon Aero, Inc., a supplier of aeronautic seats and helmets.

On April 6, 2009, the Scappoose City Council voted to significantly reduce development fees in an effort in encourage new industrial and commercial development. Also, the council waived business license fees for Scappoose-based businesses in 2010.


Grant Watts Elementary, Petersen Elementary, Scappoose Middle School and Scappoose High School are part of the Scappoose School District, which also has one school in Portland on Sauvie Island, and two schools in Warren, including Warren Elementary and the South Columbia Family School. Source:

Notable people

  • Derek Anderson - former NFL quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, former OSU quarterback. Participant in Super Bowl 50.
  • CC Barber - Miss Oregon beauty pageant titleholder
  • Roy Hennessey - nurseryman
  • Bruce Hugo - politician
  • Betsy Johnson - politician
  • Judith Pella - writer
  • Greg Strobel - college wrestling coach, two-time NCAA champion for OSU.
  • Willy Vlautin - author, singer, songwriter
  • David Mayo (American football) - NFL linebacker for The Washington Football Team, former linebacker for Texas State University, and participant in Super Bowl 50 in the 2015 NFL season.
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