Bonanza, Oregon

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Bonanza is a small city in Klamath County, Oregon, United States near Klamath Falls. The population was 415 at the 2000 census.



Bonanza is an agricultural community with large areas of alfalfa, cattle, and dairy farm use. It is home to Bonanza High School,[3] and the Lost River runs near downtown where the Bonanza Big Springs are located. Low water levels have caused groundwater contamination through the springs[4] adding to the regional controversies over water use, endangered suckers (fish) and struggling salmon species, and farming.[5][6]


Bonanza is located at the east end of Oregon Route 70, the shortest state highway in Oregon, and is approximately 25 miles from Klamath Falls.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²), all of it land.[7]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 415 people, 139 households, and 102 families residing in the city. The population density was 497.8 people per square mile (193.1/km²). There were 152 housing units at an average density of 182.3/sq mi (70.7/km²).

The racial makeup of the city was:
85.54% White
0.48% African American
0.96% Native American
0.24% Asian
0.72% Pacific Islander
5.54% from other races
6.51% from two or more races
13.01% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race

There were 139 households out of which:
37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them
59.0% were married couples living together
13.7% had a female householder with no husband present
25.9% were non-families
22.3% of all households were made up of individuals
9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older

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