Gates, Oregon

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Gates is a city on the border of Linn and Marion counties in Oregon, United States. The population was 471 at the 2000 census. The greater part of Gates' population is in Marion County and the city is primarily under Marion County's jurisdiction. By 2009 the population was estimated at 505, a 7.2% increase since 2000.[4]

The Marion County portion of Gates is part of the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the Linn County portion is part of the AlbanyLebanon Micropolitan Statistical Area.



Gates first post office was established in 1882 on the south side of the Santiam River as Henness, named for the first postmaster Jane Henness. The post office later moved to the north side of the river as Gatesville but the post office was established with the name Gates on February 12, 1892. The name was to honor one of the oldest settlers in the area, Mary Gates.[5] The city was incorporated in 1950.[6]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²).None of the area is covered with water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 471 people, 208 households, and 136 families residing in the city. The population density was 773.5 people per square mile (298.1/km²). There were 261 housing units at an average density of 428.7/sq mi (165.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.47% White, 2.97% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 4.03% from other races, and 5.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.37% of the population.

There were 208 households out of which 21.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% were married couples living together, 4.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.6% were non-families. 29.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.79.

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