Dayville, Oregon

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Dayville is a city in Grant County, Oregon, United States. It was incorporated in 1913.[3] The population was 138 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2), all land.

The city is 125 miles (201 km) east of Bend, Oregon, in the John Day valley, at the confluence of the main stem of the John Day River with the South Fork John Day River. Main Street in Dayville is U.S. Route 26, lined with large cottonwood trees.

Picture Gorge, named for Native American pictographs painted on the canyon walls, is 6 miles (10 km) miles northwest of Dayville at the intersection of Route 26 and Oregon Route 19. The Sheep Rock Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, including the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center and the James Cant Ranch Historic District and museum, are 2 miles (3.2 km) miles north of Picture Gorge along Route 19.[4]


Dayville’s main industries are agriculture, timber, and tourism.[5] The town is home to Dayville School District 16J, a K–12 system with a total of about 50 students in 2007.[6]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 138 people, 59 households, and 36 families residing in the city. The population density was 269.5 people per square mile (104.5/km²). There were 77 housing units at an average density of 150.4/sq mi (58.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.38% White, 2.17% Native American, 0.72% Asian, and 0.72% from two or more races.

There were 59 households out of which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.2% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.3% were non-families. 32.2% 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 2.34 and the average family size was 3.05.

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