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Encyclopedia > Ontario, Oregon
Downtown Ontario.
Downtown Ontario.
Ontario's location in Oregon.
Ontario's location in Oregon.

Ontario is the largest city in Malheur County, Oregon. It lies along the Snake River at the Idaho border. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 10,985. The city is the largest community in the region of far eastern Oregon, also known as the Western Treasure Valley. Downtown Ontario, Oregon (taken Oct. ... Downtown Ontario, Oregon (taken Oct. ... Image File history File links Adapted from Wikipedias OR county maps by Bumm13. ... Official language(s) None Capital Largest city Salem Portland Area  Ranked 9th  - Total 98,466 sq. ... Malheur County is a county located in the southeast corner of the state of Oregon. ... This article is about the Snake River in the northwestern United States. ... Official language(s) None Capital Largest city Boise Boise Area  Ranked 14th  - Total 83,642 sq. ... The United States Census of year 2000, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... Treasure Valley is a region in Idaho roughly synonymous with the Boise metropolitan area. ...


Ontario is the principal city of the Ontario, OR-ID Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Malheur County in Oregon and Payette County in Idaho. United States micropolitan areas, as defined by the Census Bureau and the Office of Management and Budget, are areas in the United States based around a core city or town with a population of 10,000 to 49,999. ... Payette County is a county located in the state of Idaho. ...


Ontario is approximately halfway between Portland and Salt Lake City. It is the closest city to the Idaho border along Interstate 84. The city's slogan is "Where Oregon begins". Nickname: City of Roses, Stumptown, Bridgetown Official website: http://www. ... Nickname: Crossroads of the West Official website: http://www. ... Columbia River Gorge and I-84 as seen from Crown Point, Oregon Interstate 84 runs from an intersection with Interstate 5 at Portland, Oregon (Map) to an intersection with Interstate 80 (Map) at Echo, Utah—roughly the same route as the Oregon Trail. ...

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History

Ontario was founded on June 11, 1883 by developers William Morfitt, Mary Richardson, Daniel Smith, and James Virtue, in anticipation of a railroad planned to go through that part of the state. It was named after Virtue's home province of Ontario in Canada. June 11 is the 162nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (163rd in leap years), with 203 days remaining. ... 1883 (MDCCCLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... This is the top-level page of WikiProject trains Rail tracks Rail transport refers to the land transport of passengers and goods along railways or railroads. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Official languages English Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Parliamentary representation  - House seat  - Senate seats 106 24 Area Total  â€¢ Land  â€¢ Water    (% of total)  Ranked 4th 1,076,395 km...


Ontario was incorporated in 1896. 1896 (MDCCCXCVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ...

Main Street (now Oregon Street) looking south, early 1920s.
Main Street (now Oregon Street) looking south, early 1920s.

The current mayor of Ontario is M. LeRoy Cammack. Main Street, Ontario Oregon, c. ... Main Street, Ontario Oregon, c. ... The 1920s was a decade sometimes referred to as the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties, usually applied to America. ...


Geography

Ontario is located at 44°1'37" North, 116°58'7" West (44.026837, -116.968672)GR1. It is at an elevation of 2,150 feet above sea level. Ontario is on the Oregon/Idaho border. Interstate 84 goes through the city. The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... Official language(s) None Capital Largest city Boise Boise Area  Ranked 14th  - Total 83,642 sq. ... Columbia River Gorge and I-84 as seen from Crown Point, Oregon Interstate 84 runs from an intersection with Interstate 5 at Portland, Oregon (Map) to an intersection with Interstate 80 (Map) at Echo, Utah—roughly the same route as the Oregon Trail. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.6 km² (4.5 mi²). 11.6 km² (4.5 mi²) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... A square mile is an Imperial unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (5,280 feet, 1,760 yards, 1,609. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 10,985 people, 4,084 households, and 2,634 families residing in the city. The population density was 948.8/km² (2,459.3/mi²). There were 4,436 housing units at an average density of 383.2/km² (993.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 69.27% White, 0.55% African American, 2.69% Asian, 0.88% Native American, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 23.09% from other races, and 3.39% from two or more races. 32.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 4,084 households out of which 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.4% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.5% were non-families. 30.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.30. The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 30.5% under the age of 18, 11.5% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 89.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.2 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $29,173, and the median income for a family was $35,625. Males had a median income of $29,775 versus $21,967 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,683. 20.8% of the population and 16.4% of families were below the poverty line. 29.0% of those under the age of 18 and 14.3% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Economy

The region's primary industry is the cultivation of russet potatoes, sugar beets, and onions. Ontario also has a growing retail-based economy which attracts shoppers from throughout the county and, perhaps more significantly, from Idaho's Payette County, particularly nearby Payette and Fruitland. Big box retailers Wal-Mart and Home Depot dominate, but the lack of a sales tax in the state attracts shoppers (and relocating retailers) from Idaho communities. It also attracts employees, who benefit from a minimum wage which as of 2005 is 40% higher than the one paid in Idaho.


The Four Rivers Cultural Center, named after the Snake, the Malheur, the Owyhee and Payette Rivers, has a museum which traces the history of settlement in the area by the Northern Paiutes, Basque, Japanese Americans, and Hispanic and European American immigrants. The center's theater and conference center contribute regional dollars to the local economy, as does the Treasure Valley Community College, located near the cultural center.


Ontario's role as a regional center of economic growth is challenged by the westward expansion of Boise, Idaho, about fifty miles east of the city. While Oregon's lack of a sales tax is an asset, the state's land use laws make it hard for the city to grow a property tax base and match the pace of development seen across the state line in Idaho. An article in the August 14, 2005 edition of The Oregonian noted that half of the staff of the Snake River Correctional Institute, Oregon's largest state prison and a large Ontario employer, live in Idaho, commuting daily across the state line. The article also noted that the land use laws that protect farmland across the state work to a farmer's disadvantage if farmers cannot find a way to compete profitably.


External links

Coordinates: 44.026837° N -116.968672° E Oregon State University (OSU) is a research and degree-granting four-year public university located in Corvallis, Oregon. ... The Great Hall interior. ... Baker City is a city and the county seat of Baker County, Oregon. ... WPA Graphic The Works Progress Administration (later Works Projects Administration, abbreviated WPA), was created in May 1935 by Presidential order (Congress funded it annually but did not set it up). ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically); large version (pdf) The geographic (earth-mapping) coordinate system expresses every horizontal position on Earth by two of the three coordinates of a spherical coordinate system which is aligned with the spin axis of the Earth. ...


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