Aloha, Oregon

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Aloha is a census-designated place and an unincorporated community in Washington County, Oregon, United States. Its name is similar to the Hawaiian word, aloha, although the place name is pronounced /əˈloʊ.ə/ instead of /əˈloʊhɑː/. As of the 2000 Census, the population was 41,741.



In 1984, the community attempted to incorporate, but the regional boundary commission halted the effort after determining the community could not provide the needed municipal services of a city.[3]

Name etymology

According to Oregon Geographic Names, the origin of the name Aloha is disputed. Some sources say it was named by Robert Caples, a railroad worker, but it is unknown why the name was chosen. Aloha post office was established in 1912. In 1983 Joseph H. Buck claimed that his uncle, the first postmaster Julius Buck, named the office "Aloah" after a small resort on Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin. Supposedly the last two letters were transposed by the Post Office Department during the application process. However, the local pronunciation has remained Ah-lowwa rather than Ah-lo-ha.

Another story comes from Frithjof G. Tollefsen, a former postmaster of Aloha. According to him, the name may have come about during a dinner party at which several of the more prominent citizens as well as some railroad men were gathered. During the party, one of the guests sang "Aloha Oe". Then a suggestion was made to call the town Aloha. This source also says that it was Julius Buck's sister, Dora Buck, who submitted the name "Aloah" (an Indian word), which is where the Buck family came from, as per above.[citation needed]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.4 square miles (19.1 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 41,741 people, 14,228 households, and 10,841 families residing in the community. The population density was 5,660.5 people per square mile (2,186.7/km²). There were 14,851 housing units at an average density of 2,013.9/sq mi (778.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 79.40% White, 1.35% African American, 0.78% Native American, 7.69% Asian, 0.37% Pacific Islander, 6.70% from other races, and 3.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.93% of the population.

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