Introduction to Madras, Oregon

Madras, Oregon, in Jefferson county, is 40 miles N of Bend, Oregon and 97 miles SE of Portland, Oregon. The city has a population of 5,078.

Madras History

Madras is the county seat of Jefferson County, which was founded on December 12, 1914. The city was named after the cotton fabric that was sold at the local store. Madras city was incorporated in 1911.

Madras and nearby Attractions

  • Museum at Warm Springs
  • Smith Rock State Park
  • The Museum At Warm Springs
  • The Cove Palisades State Park

Things To Do In Madras

The city of Madras offers a wide variety of opportunities for recreation, as Cove Palisades State Park and Smith Rock State Park both lie inside of Madras. The Museum at Warm Springs is accessible from the city as well.

Madras Transportation

Portland International Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Madras Higher Education

The closest colleges are Central Oregon Community College, Clackamas Community College and Linn-Benton Community College.


Total Population 6,419
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 9.5%
Employed Population 16+ 2,485
Age of the Population 31


% of people married 36.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.6%
Median Earnings25+ $26,729
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,333
Median Earnings With High School Degree $19,858


Median Family Income $36,151
% Above Poverty Level 72.8%
% Below Poverty Level 27.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 10.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 30.6%
Median Gross Rent $752
Median House Value $100,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 52%
US/American 0%
English 3.7%
Irish 12.8%

Madras Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 40 miles N of Bend, Oregon (center to center)
Nearest Large City 97 miles SE of Portland, Oregon
County Jefferson
Standard Zip Codes 97741
Phone Area Codes 541
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.633
Longitude -121.128

Madras Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station MADRAS
Distance 0.2 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 43 F
Apr Temp 32 to 63 F
Jul Temp 47 to 88 F
Oct Temp 32 to 66 F
Annual Precip 10.2 inches
Station MADRAS 2 N
Distance 2.5 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 40 F
Apr Temp 33 to 60 F
Jul Temp 50 to 84 F
Oct Temp 35 to 63 F
Annual Precip 12 inches
Distance 26.6 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 43 F
Apr Temp 30 to 62 F
Jul Temp 47 to 86 F
Oct Temp 33 to 66 F
Annual Precip 8.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Culver 1,755 $43,967
Metolius 862 $36,875

Madras Public Libraries

Jefferson County Library District
241 SE 7TH ST.
Madras, Oregon
(541) 475-4678

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Madras Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(541) 475-3882
Emergency Service: Yes

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Madras High Schools

390 SE 10TH ST
Serves 892 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.8

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