Vale, Oregon

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Vale is a city in Malheur County, Oregon, United States, about 12 miles (19 km) west of the Idaho border. It is at the intersection of U.S. Routes 20 and 26, on the Malheur River.

Vale was selected as Malheur's county seat in 1955, 68 years after the county was founded. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 1,976.

Vale is part of the Ontario, OR–ID Micropolitan Statistical Area.



The community was the first stop in Oregon along the Oregon Trail. A post office with the name of Vale was established in February 1883, and the community was incorporated by the Oregon Legislative Assembly on February 21, 1889.[3] Originally incorporated as the Town of Vale, it became the City of Vale in 1905.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²), none of which is covered with water.[4]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there are 1,976 people in the city, organized into 658 households, and 488 families. The population density is 1,824.9 people per square mile (706.4/km²). There are 724 housing units at an average density of 668.7/sq mi (258.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city is 82.49% White, 1.37% Native American, 0.76% Asian, 0.15% African American, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 11.99% from other races, and 3.14% from two or more races. 24.85% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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