Introduction to La Grande, Oregon

La Grande, Oregon, in Union county, is 79 miles SE of Kennewick, Washington and 223 miles E of Portland, Oregon. As of the year 2000 census, 12,327 people lived in La Grande.

La Grande History

La Grande is the county seat of Union County, which was founded on October 14, 1864. The city was named after the river valley. Benjamin Brown was the first permanent settler in the city of La Grande. It was originally named "Brownsville." La Grande was incorporated in 1865, and the first railroad entered the area in 1884.

La Grande and nearby Attractions

  • Catherine Creek State Park
  • Hilgard Junction State Park
  • Umatilla County Historical Society
  • John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
  • Gangloff Park
  • Whitman Mission National Historic Site

Things To Do In La Grande

Hilgard Junction State Park, Catherine Creek State Park, Conordale Park and Pioneer Park are all located in La Grande. Historic sites like the Whitman Mission National Historic Site and the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument can also be visited from la Grande.

La Grande Transportation

Flights are available from Walla Walla Regional Airport.

La Grande Higher Education

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


Total Population 13,090
Male Share of the Population 48%
Female Share of the Population 52%
Senior Citizens 15.7%
Employed Population 16+ 5,857
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 42.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.7%
Median Earnings25+ $27,082
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $12,232
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,709


Median Family Income $47,927
% Above Poverty Level 75.3%
% Below Poverty Level 24.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 12 minutes
% Working from Home 4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 15.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1%


People Living Alone 33.8%
Median Gross Rent $655
Median House Value $136,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.2%
US/American 0%
English 14.2%
Irish 12.8%

La Grande Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 79 miles SE of Kennewick, Washington (center to center)
Nearest Large City 223 miles E of Portland, Oregon
County Union
Standard Zip Codes 97850
Phone Area Codes 541
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 45.324
Longitude -118.086

La Grande Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.1 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 37 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 53 to 85 F
Oct Temp 35 to 63 F
Annual Precip 17.4 inches
Station ELGIN
Distance 18.7 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 38 F
Apr Temp 34 to 61 F
Jul Temp 47 to 85 F
Oct Temp 32 to 64 F
Annual Precip 24.2 inches
Station BAKER
Distance 36.5 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cove 604 $53,571
Imbler 277 $64,375
Island City 1,028 $57,361
North Powder 526 $36,875
Summerville 78 $50,000
Union 1,795 $43,750

La Grande Public Libraries

La Grande Public Library
La Grande, Oregon
(541) 962-1339
Library Web Site

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La Grande Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(541) 963-8421
Emergency Service: Yes

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