Hood River, Oregon

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Hood River, Oregon

Introduction to Hood River, Oregon

Hood River, Oregon, in Hood River county, is 46 miles E of Gresham, Oregon and 57 miles E of Portland, Oregon. The city has a population of 5,831.

Hood River History

Hood River was named after the nearby Hood River. The first post office of the area was established on September 30, 1858. It was officially incorporated in July of 1895. It is the county seat of Hood River County, which was founded on June 23, 1908. The area was first settled in the 1850s.

Hood River and nearby Attractions

  • International Museum of Carousel Art
  • Seneca Fouts Memorial State Natural Area
  • Hood River County Historical Museum
  • Koberg Beach State Recreation Site
  • Viento State Park
  • Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

Things To Do In Hood River

Waucoma Park, Eliot Park, Port Marina Park, Morrison Park, Jackson Park, Waucoma Park and Mann Park are all located in Hood River. The International Museum of Carousel Art and the Hood River County Historical Museum provide insight into the history of this area. The Seneca Fouts Memorial State Natural Area, the Koberg Beach State Recreation Site and Viento State Park are nearby. Local celebrations include the Hood River Cherry Days, the Hood River Valley Blossom Festival, the Hood River Pear Celebration and the Hood River Valley Harvest Fest.

Hood River Transportation

Portland International is the nearest major airport.

Hood River Higher Education

Portland Community College, Clackamas Community College and Mt. Hood Community College are the local centers of higher education.

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High Points

Hood River strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Oregon):

Category Trophy
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Hood River Walking and Biking to Work
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 9% Hood River Racial Diversity
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 13% Hood River College Educated Adults
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Hood River Low Violent Crime
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Hood River Short Commute Times

Comparative Profile of Hood River, Oregon

Comparing Hood River to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Oregon (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 8
Female Share of the Population 8 10
Racial Diversity 7 10
Well-Paid Single Women 5 9
Senior Citizens 5 5
Well-Paid Single Men 4 7
Male Share of the Population 3 2
Age of the Population 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 4 3
Portion of People Married 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 8 9
People Above Poverty 3 2
People in Middle Class or Better 3 3
Median Family Income 2 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 9
Walking and Biking to Work 10 9
Short Commute Times 9 8
Public Transportation Use 6 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
People Living Alone 9 9
Housing Recently Built 7 5
Affordability of Rents 6 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 9 8
Low Property Crime 5 7

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Hood River Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 46 miles E of Gresham, Oregon (center to center)
Nearest Large City 57 miles E of Portland, Oregon
County Hood River
Standard Zip Codes 97031
Phone Area Codes 541
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 45.705
Longitude -121.52

Hood River Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 1.5 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 41 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 53 to 82 F
Oct Temp 37 to 65 F
Annual Precip 31.7 inches
Distance 18.2 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 41 F
Apr Temp 43 to 65 F
Jul Temp 61 to 88 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 14.2 inches
Station GLENWOOD 2
Distance 23 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 36 F
Apr Temp 30 to 56 F
Jul Temp 43 to 79 F
Oct Temp 29 to 61 F
Annual Precip 30.7 inches
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Hood River Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,831 100%
Male 2,739 47%
Female 3,092 53%
Under 18 1,526 26.2%
18+ 4,305 73.8%
65+ 765 13.1%
Median Age 33.5
Average Family Size 3.06
White 4,713 80.8%
African-American 35 0.6%
Asian 67 1.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 58 1%
Other 792 13.6%
Mixed Race 155 2.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,351 23.2%

Estimated Hood River Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 6,480
Growth 649
Growth % 11.1%

Hood River Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 33.3%
German 14%
English 9.6%
Irish 9.2%
US/American 7.7%
Swedish 3.4%
Norwegian 2.5%
French (except Basque) 2.5%
Italian 2.3%
British 1.7%
Dutch 1.4%
Scotch-Irish 1.3%
European 1.2%
Polish 1.1%
Scottish 1%
French Canadian 0.9%
Armenian 0.9%
Danish 0.8%
Finnish 0.5%
Czech 0.4%
Austrian 0.4%
Swiss 0.4%
Greek 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Lebanese 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Ugandan 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Basque 0.2%
African 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Dee (97031)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Hood River 5,831 $35,568
Cascade Locks 1,115 $37,422
Mosier 410 $46,094
The Dalles 12,156 $43,041

Hood River Public Libraries

Hood River County Library
Hood River, Oregon
(541) 386-2535
Library Web Site

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Hood River Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(541) 386-3911
Emergency Service: Yes

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1040 E. Marina Rd
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Wal-mart in Hood River

(As of 2006)
2700 Wasco Ave
(541) 387-2300
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