Riddle, Oregon

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Riddle is a city in Douglas County, Oregon, United States. The population was 1,014 at the 2000 census.



Riddle is located at 42°57′6″N 123°21′54″W / 42.95167°N 123.365°W / 42.95167; -123.365 (42.951605, -123.365052).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.7 km²), all of it land.

Riddle was founded by George Abner Riddle.


The Riddle area is known for nickel mining, with several square miles of nickel-bearing garnierite surface deposits nearby. The mine closed in 1987.[4][5]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,014 people, 381 households, and 265 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,519.6 people per square mile (584.3/km²). There were 406 housing units at an average density of 608.5/sq mi (234.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.48% White, 2.27% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 2.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.97% of the population.

There were 381 households out of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.4% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 24.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the city the population was spread out with 31.2% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 96.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,750, and the median income for a family was $37,159. Males had a median income of $31,438 versus $27,232 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,666. About 16.1% of families and 19.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.1% of those under age 18 and 10.6% of those age 65 or over.

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