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Spray, Oregon
Spray City Hall in 2011
Spray City Hall in 2011
Nickname(s): 
The City by the River
Location in Oregon
Location in Oregon
Country United States
State Oregon
County Wheeler
Incorporated 1958
Named for John Fremont Spray and Mary E. Spray, early settlers
Area
 • Total 0.29 sq mi (0.75 km2)
 • Land 0.29 sq mi (0.75 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
1,772 ft (540.1 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 160
 • Estimate 
(2012)
158
 • Density 551.7/sq mi (213.0/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (Pacific)
ZIP code
97874
Area code(s) 541
FIPS code 41-69450
GNIS feature ID 1127403
Website www.sprayoregon.us

Spray is a city in Wheeler County, Oregon, United States. The population was 160 at the 2010 census.

History

Spray was named for John Fremont Spray, the community's founder and first postmaster, and his wife, Mary E. Spray. The post office was established in 1900. In that same year, John Spray established a ferry to carry people across the John Day River, and he helped establish a school and a store in the community.

After formation of Wheeler County in 1899, Spray was suggested as a possible county seat. A county-wide election held in 1900 produced 436 votes for Fossil, 267 for Twickenham, and 82 for Spray. In 1958, Spray became the last Wheeler County community to incorporate as a city. John Butler was the first mayor.

Geography

Spray is located along the John Day River in north-central Oregon. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.29 square miles (0.75 km2), all of it land.

Oregon Route 19 and Oregon Route 207, which meet 3 miles (4.8 km) east of Spray, overlap as they pass through the city. Spray is about 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Fossil along Route 19 and about 55 miles (89 km) south of Heppner along Route 207.

Climate

The average temperature in Spray in January is 33 °F (1 °C), and in July it is 72 °F (22 °C). The highest recorded temperature for Spray was 116 °F (47 °C) in 2007, and the lowest recorded temperature was −26 °F (−32 °C) in 1962. The average wettest month is May.

Climate data for Spray, Oregon
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 43
(6.1)
50
(10)
58
(14.4)
65
(18.3)
74
(23.3)
81
(27.2)
92
(33.3)
92
(33.3)
83
(28.3)
68
(20)
52
(11.1)
42
(5.6)
66.7
(19.26)
Average low °F (°C) 23
(-5)
25
(-3.9)
30
(-1.1)
35
(1.7)
41
(5)
47
(8.3)
51
(10.6)
50
(10)
42
(5.6)
33
(0.6)
29
(-1.7)
23
(-5)
35.8
(2.08)
Precipitation inches (mm) 1.38
(35.1)
1.22
(31)
1.46
(37.1)
1.44
(36.6)
1.75
(44.5)
1.35
(34.3)
0.59
(15)
0.61
(15.5)
0.61
(15.5)
1.08
(27.4)
1.54
(39.1)
1.63
(41.4)
14.66
(372.4)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 194
1970 161 −17.0%
1980 155 −3.7%
1990 149 −3.9%
2000 140 −6.0%
2010 160 14.3%
Est. 2015 151 −5.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 160 people, 69 households, and 49 families residing in the town. The population density was 551.7 inhabitants per square mile (213.0/km2). There were 94 housing units at an average density of 324.1 per square mile (125.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.0% White, 0.6% Native American, 2.5% Asian, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.6% of the population.

There were 69 households of which 21.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.0% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.0% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.61.

The median age in the town was 50.3 years. 19.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.8% were from 25 to 44; 28.2% were from 45 to 64; and 27.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 49.4% male and 50.6% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 140 people, 67 households, and 39 families residing in the city. The population density was 618.7 people per square mile (235.0/km²). There were 88 housing units at an average density of 388.9 per square mile (147.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.86% White, 0.71% Asian, and 1.43% from two or more races.

There were 67 households out of which 14.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.2% were married couples living together, 3.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.3% were non-families. 34.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.00 and the average family size was 2.55.

In the city, the population was spread out with 18.6% under the age of 18, 3.6% from 18 to 24, 17.9% from 25 to 44, 27.1% from 45 to 64, and 32.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 51 years. For every 100 females there were 112.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,250, and the median income for a family was $24,500. Males had a median income of $19,250 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,955. There were 11.4% of families and 21.0% of the population living below the poverty line, including 43.5% of under eighteens and 13.2% of those over 64.

Annual cultural events

Spray features an annual half marathon and rodeo on Memorial Day weekend. The half marathon begins at Service Creek on Saturday and finishes in downtown Spray. The rodeo parade begins roughly three hours later, followed by the rodeo which continues on Sunday. High school graduation also occurs the week before, and the school year ends the week of the rodeo.

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