Prairie City, Oregon

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Prairie City is a city in Grant County, Oregon, United States. The population was 1,080 at the 2000 census. The community was incorporated by the Oregon Legislative Assembly on February 23, 1891.[3]



Prairie City grew out of the former mining camp of Dixie, which was a short distance up Dixie Creek. Prairie City was the western terminus of the Sumpter Valley Railroad, which extended over Dixie Summit and Tipton to Seneca and then to Baker City; passenger train service was discontinued in 1937. Freight service continued through World War II, but the line was abandoned in 1947.


Prairie City is at the upper end of the John Day Valley, on the John Day River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.5 km²), all of it land.[4]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,080 people, 433 households, and 286 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,140.7 people per square mile (438.9/km²). There were 493 housing units at an average density of 520.7/sq mi (200.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.56% White, 2.13% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 1.20% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.67% of the population.

There were 433 households out of which 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.0% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.9% were non-families. 27.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 20.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 102.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.4 males.

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