Butteville, Oregon

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Butteville is an unincorporated community in Marion County, Oregon, United States. (considered a ghost town) For statistical purposes, the United States Census Bureau has defined Butteville as a census-designated place (CDP). The census definition of the area may not precisely correspond to local understanding of the area with the same name. The population of the CDP was 293 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Butteville was founded in the 1840s by members of the Methodist Mission. Butteville was once served by steamboats running on the Willamette River. Butteville saw the peak of its economy in the 1850s, as it competed with neighboring Champoeg, Oregon for shipping business from the surrounding French Prairie.[3] Most of Butteville's early residents were French-Canadian.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.9 km²), of which, 1.0 square miles (2.7 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (6.31%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 293 people, 106 households, and 83 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 282.0 people per square mile (108.8/km²). There were 113 housing units at an average density of 108.8/sq mi (42.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 95.56% White, 2.05% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 1.71% from other races, and 0.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.73% of the population.

There were 106 households out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.5% were married couples living together, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.8% were non-families. 17.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.18.

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