Carlton, Oregon

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Carlton is a city in Yamhill County, Oregon, United States. According to the 2000 United States Census, the municipality population was 1,514. The 2007 estimate is 1,755 residents.[3]



The origin of Carlton's name is disputed. An ex-county commissioner claims that the name was derived from Wilson Carl, whereas A. E. Bones, postmaster at Carlton, stated in a 1925 letter that it was named for John Carl, Sr., at the request of R. R. Thompson. These men may have been part of the same family.[4]

Carlton post office was established in 1874, with F. J. Fryer serving as its first postmaster.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²), all of it land.[5]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,514 people, 540 households, and 412 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,745.1 people per square mile (671.9/km²). There were 578 housing units at an average density of 666.2/sq mi (256.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.81% White, 0.13% African American, 1.59% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 3.24% from other races, and 2.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.62% of the population.

There were 540 households out of which 42.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.2% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.7% were non-families. 19.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the town the population was spread out with 31.3% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 9.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 106.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $41,827, and the median income for a family was $45,972. Males had a median income of $35,577 versus $23,661 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,850. About 4.5% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.2% of those under age 18 and 6.9% of those age 65 or over.

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