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Overview

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.

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.

People

Total Population 13,088
Male Share of the Population 47.6%
Female Share of the Population 52.4%
Senior Citizens 16.4%
Employed Population 16+ 6,079
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 43.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $52,896
% Above Poverty Level 77.5%
% Below Poverty Level 22.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 12 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 16%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 33.5%
Median Gross Rent $681
Median House Value $139,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.5%
US/American 0%
English 14%
Irish 12.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Notes:

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

Station LA GRANDE
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 606 $50,781
Imbler 315 $67,083
Island City 1,186 $54,861
North Powder 515 $28,333
Summerville 78 $55,625
Union 2,109 $42,500

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

La Grande Public Libraries

Library
La Grande Public Library
1006 PENN AVENUE
La Grande, Oregon
(541) 962-1339
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La Grande Hospitals

GRANDE RONDE HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
900 SUNSET DRIVE
(541) 963-8421
Emergency Service: Yes

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La Grande High Schools

LA GRANDE HIGH SCHOOL
708 K AVE
541-663-3301
Serves 764 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.1

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