Gervais, Oregon

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Gervais (pronounced /dʒərˈveɪs/) is a city in Marion County, Oregon, United States. The population was 2,009 at the 2000 census. The 2007 estimate is 2,250 residents.[3] It is part of the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area.



The city is named for pioneer Joseph Gervais who was one of the first settlers on French Prairie.[4]

On October 6, 1902, the business district of the city burned and losses were estimated at $100,000. The local fire department's power was insufficient to handle the fire so Portland and Salem were called upon to help. Unfortunately they were unable to respond in time to help. In little over an hour all but two of the businesses in the town had burned to the ground.[5]

In the late 1960s, Russian Old Believers established a small colony between Gervais and Mt. Angel.[6] As of 2002, Oregon had the highest population of Old Believers in the United States.[6]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,009 people, 452 households, and 391 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,133.7 people per square mile (1,988.9/km²). There were 477 housing units at an average density of 1,218.9/sq mi (472.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 40.32% White, 0.35% African American, 1.54% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 52.91% from other races, and 4.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 65.21% of the population.

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