Introduction to Hermiston, Oregon

Hermiston, Oregon, in Umatilla county, is 26 miles S of Kennewick, Washington and 165 miles E of Portland, Oregon. The city contains a population of approximately 13,154.

Hermiston History

Hermiston was originally known as Six Mile House. In the late 1800s, it served as an overnight stop for the travelers. The city was incorporated as Hermiston on July 10, 1907. It was named after the novel written by Robert Louis Stevenson, "The Weir of Hermiston." It is located in Umatilla County, which was founded on September 27, 1862.

Hermiston and nearby Attractions

  • Hat Rock State Park
  • East Benton County Historical Museum
  • Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge
  • Franklin County Historical Museum
  • Crow Butte State Park

Things To Do In Hermiston

Hermiston offers easy access to the Benton County Historical Museum, the Franklin County Historical Museum and the Umatilla County Historical Society. One can also plan a day trip to the Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge, the Sacajawea State Park, the Hat Rock State Park and the Crow Butte State Park. Some of the local parks include Newport Park, McKenzie Park, Victory Square Park and Hodge Park. It hosts the Hohe Wuste October Festival every October and the Umatilla County Fair every August.

Hermiston Transportation

Flights are available from Eastern Oregon Regional Airport at Pendleton.

Hermiston Higher Education

Columbia Basin College, Eastern Oregon University and Walla Walla Community College provide facilities for higher education.


Total Population 17,031
Male Share of the Population 52%
Female Share of the Population 48%
Senior Citizens 10.7%
Employed Population 16+ 7,549
Age of the Population 30


% of people married 49.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.1%
Median Earnings25+ $29,721
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,056
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,981


Median Family Income $58,777
% Above Poverty Level 79.5%
% Below Poverty Level 20.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%


People Living Alone 27.7%
Median Gross Rent $718
Median House Value $135,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 39.5%
US/American 0%
English 9.3%
Irish 11.3%

Hermiston Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 26 miles S of Kennewick, Washington (center to center)
Nearest Large City 165 miles E of Portland, Oregon
County Umatilla
Standard Zip Codes 97838
Phone Area Codes 541
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 45.84
Longitude -119.288

Hermiston Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.2 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 42 F
Apr Temp 39 to 67 F
Jul Temp 57 to 89 F
Oct Temp 38 to 67 F
Annual Precip 10.4 inches
Distance 6.4 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 40 F
Apr Temp 41 to 63 F
Jul Temp 60 to 86 F
Oct Temp 43 to 64 F
Annual Precip 8.1 inches
Distance 27.5 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 40 F
Apr Temp 42 to 66 F
Jul Temp 61 to 89 F
Oct Temp 42 to 66 F
Annual Precip 8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Boardman 3,305 $47,333
Echo 690 $52,679
Irrigon 2,065 $50,292
Stanfield 2,148 $52,065
Umatilla 6,998 $49,471

Hermiston Public Libraries

Hermiston Public Library
Hermiston, Oregon
(541) 567-2882

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Hermiston Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(541) 667-3400
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 19.6

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