Scio, Oregon

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Scio is a city in Linn County, Oregon, United States. The population was 695 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²), all of it land.


Oregon Geographic Names suggests that Scio was named by one of the original residents, William McKinney, who, with Henry L. Turner, set up a flour mill at the new town. Turner suggested McKinney come up with a name for the place, and McKinney used the name of his former home, Scio, Ohio.

Scio in Ohio is, in turn named for an island west of Turkey called Chios, which was Anglicised as Scio. The name of the city is normally pronounced "SIGH-oh", and sometimes jokingly as "SKEE-oh".

Scio post office, headed by postmaster Euphronius Wheeler, was established on October 3, 1860.[3]

Thomas Creek, which flows through the town of Scio, was named for Frederick Thomas, who obtained a Donation Land Claim and settled on the banks of the creek in 1846.[4] It is also a popular swimming creek and the youth of Scio gravitate to a select group of families who either inherited or own property that is creek-side. It is famous for it's crawdad population. It divides the town into two sections; that of North Scio and South Scio. North Scio is home to the large farms of livestock and corn, whereas much of the land in South Scio is owned and operated by a small group of families who grow crops such as wheat and rape seed.

North Scio is home to downtown, where the local market, Post Office, restaurant, tavern, feed store, and bank are. There is also a barn-shaped stage that is used for the city's annual Lamb and Wool Fair. South Scio is home to the residential area, including the gas station, computer repair store, Gleaner's house and housing development, which has been protested by many in North Scio.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 695 people, 265 households, and 188 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,202.6 people per square mile (838.6/km²). There were 278 housing units at an average density of 881.0/sq mi (335.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.24% White, 3.88% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.14% from other races, and 2.30% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.87% of the population.

There were 265 households out of which 35.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.7% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.07.

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