Amity, Oregon

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Amity is a city in Yamhill County, Oregon, United States. The population was 1,478 at the 2000 census. The 2007 estimate is 1,480 residents.[3]



The town was established between 1848 and 1849 by Joseph and Ahio S. Watt, two brothers who had immigrated to Oregon over the Oregon Trail.[4] Part of Joseph’s land claim became the community’s townsite.[4] The name "Amity" came from the name of a school that was built by two rival communities after the amicable settlement of a dispute.[5] Ahio, the first teacher, named the school.[5] Amity post office was established in 1852.[5] Joseph established the first woolen mill in Oregon, and in 1868 shipped wheat to England in the first instance of Oregon wheat being sent around Cape Horn.[4] The community was incorporated by the Oregon Legislative Assembly on October 19, 1880, originally as a town.[6]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2), of which, 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) of it is land and 1.64% is water.[7]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,478 people, 471 households, and 373 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,461.0 people per square mile (951.1/km2). There were 495 housing units at an average density of 824.2/sq mi (318.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.73% White, 0.14% African American, 1.42% Native American, 0.68% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 5.01% from other races, and 1.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.50% of the population.

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