Scappoose, Oregon

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Scappoose (pronounced /skæˈpuːs/) is a city in Columbia County, Oregon, United States. It was named for a nearby stream, which drains the southern part of the county. The name "Scappoose" is of Native American origin, and is said to mean "gravelly plain."[3] The population was 4,976 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.4 km²), all of it land.


In recent years, Scappoose has increasingly become a "bedroom" community of Portland, Oregon, with many commuting to jobs in the city. Dairies, farming, and logging played an important role in the early years of Scappoose's history. In the more recent past, several factories existed in the community and provided jobs. The town was home to a shoe factory, two candle factories, and a Steinfeld's Sauerkraut factory. The area still has gravel mines and the West Coast Shoe factory.[4] Scappoose is also the home of Oregon Aero.[5]

On April 6, 2009, the Scappoose City Council voted to significantly reduce development fees in an effort in encourage new industrial and commercial development. Also, the council waived business license fees for Scappoose-based businesses in 2010.


As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 6,862 people, 2,048 households, and 1,621 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,028.0 people per square mile (781.0/km²). There were 2,002 housing units at an average density of 812.7/sq mi (314.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.21% White, 0.32% African American, 1.17% Native American, 0.84% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.54% from other races, and 2.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.45% of the population. 22.0% were of German, 11.5% English, 10.4% Irish and 9.9% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

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