Falls City, Oregon

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Falls City is a city in Polk County, Oregon, United States. The population was 966 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Falls City is named after a waterfall in the Little Luckiamute River that passes through the center of town. In the past it was a lumbermill town and once had three mills in operation, a bank, hotel, soda shop, jail, and several grocery stores and bars. It formerly supported a large logging population and other population centers in the hills of the Coast Range, such as the smaller lumber-based community of Black Rock and the company-owned mill town Valsetz.[3][4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.2 km2), all of it land.[5]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 966 people, 338 households, and 255 families residing in the city. The population density was 785.2 people per square mile (303.2/km2). There were 373 housing units at an average density of 303.2/sq mi (117.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.86% White, 0.93% African American, 1.66% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.21% Pacific Islander, 1.04% from other races, and 3.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.62% of the population.

There were 338 households out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.3% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.3% were non-families. 19.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.25.

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