Introduction to Baker City, Oregon

Baker City, Oregon, in Baker county, is 106 miles NW of Nampa, Idaho and 241 miles E of Portland, Oregon. About 9,860 people people live in Baker City.

Baker City History

Baker City is the county seat of Baker County. The city was named after statesman Col. Edward Dickenson Baker. It was established in 1864. The city charter was granted in 1870. The Diocese of Baker City was established in 1903. The city's first newspaper, known as The Bedrock Democrat, was printed for the first time in 1870. Baker City was incorporated in October of 1874. It became accessible by railway in 1884.

Baker City and nearby Attractions

  • Adler House Museum
  • Oregon Trail Regional Museum
  • John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
  • Unity Lake State Recreation Site
  • Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

Things To Do In Baker City

Baker City offers a wide variety of opportunities for recreation. The nearby Baker City Golf Club is popular among local golfers. The Adler House Museum and the Oregon Trail Regional Museum provide insight into the history of this area, while the Oregon Library is an ideal destination for book lovers. Tourists can also visit parks like Catherine Creek State Park and the Unity Lake State Recreation Site.

Baker City Transportation

Flights are available from Eastern Oregon Regional At Pendleton Airport.

Baker City Higher Education

Eastern Oregon University, Columbia Basin College and Washington State University provide facilities for higher education.


Total Population 9,774
Male Share of the Population 51.2%
Female Share of the Population 48.8%
Senior Citizens 20.7%
Employed Population 16+ 3,664
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 49.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.7%
Median Earnings25+ $26,540
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,369
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,697


Median Family Income $48,839
% Above Poverty Level 80.9%
% Below Poverty Level 19.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 13 minutes
% Working from Home 5.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.8%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 37%
Median Gross Rent $632
Median House Value $122,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.4%
US/American 0%
English 11.5%
Irish 12.7%

Baker City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 106 miles NW of Nampa, Idaho (center to center)
Nearest Large City 241 miles E of Portland, Oregon
County Baker
Standard Zip Codes 97814
Phone Area Codes 541
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.775
Longitude -117.833

Baker City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station BAKER
Distance 4.1 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 34 F
Apr Temp 31 to 59 F
Jul Temp 48 to 85 F
Oct Temp 30 to 63 F
Annual Precip 10.6 inches
Distance 29.5 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 38 F
Apr Temp 34 to 59 F
Jul Temp 49 to 84 F
Oct Temp 33 to 63 F
Annual Precip 14.4 inches
Distance 32.7 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 37 F
Apr Temp 33 to 65 F
Jul Temp 52 to 91 F
Oct Temp 32 to 68 F
Annual Precip 12.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Baker City, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Baker (97814)

Keating (97814)

Medical Springs (97814)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Haines 426 $33,438
North Powder 526 $36,875
Sumpter 171 $46,250

Baker City Public Libraries

Baker County Library District
Baker City, Oregon
(541) 523-6419

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Baker City Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(541) 523-6461
Emergency Service: Yes

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Baker City High Schools

2500 E ST
Serves 679 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.9

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