Lonerock, Oregon

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Lonerock is a city in Gilliam County, Oregon, United States. The population was 24 at the 2000 census. [1]



Lonerock was founded in 1881 as a service center for the surrounding ranches. It was named for an unusual, 35-foot (11 m)-high lone rock which still stands in the town near the old Methodist church. The city's population grew from 68 in 1900 to 70 in 1910, 73 in 1920 and then to a high of 82 in 1930.[3] By the 1940 census, Lonerock's population dwindled to 46, and continued to drop to 38 in 1950, 31 in 1960, and then bottomed out to 12 residents in 1970.[3] The city grew to 26 citizens in 1980, before falling to 11 in the 1990 census.[3]


Lonerock is located at 45°05′22″N 119°53′03″W / 45.089553°N 119.884203°W / 45.089553; -119.884203.[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 24 people, 15 households, and 7 families residing in the city. The population density was 24.1 people per square mile (9.3/km2). There were 27 housing units at an average density of 27.1/sq mi (10.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 100.00% White.

There were 15 households out of which 13.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.3% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 53.3% were non-families. 53.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 33.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.60 and the average family size was 2.29.

In the city the population was spread out with 16.7% under the age of 18, 16.7% from 25 to 44, 33.3% from 45 to 64, and 33.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 60 years. For every 100 females there were 71.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 66.7 males.

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