Introduction to Molalla, Oregon

Molalla, Oregon, in Clackamas county, is 25 miles S of Gresham, Oregon and 26 miles S of Portland, Oregon. About 5,647 people live in Molalla.

Molalla History

Molalla was named after the Molalla River, which derived its name from an Indian tribe. This area was originally inhabited by Native Americans. In 1850, the Molalla post office was established. In 1851, the post office was discontinued, but was re-established in 1868. After closing down for the second time, the post office was re-established in 1875. The city was incorporated in 1913.

Molalla and nearby Attractions

  • Champoeg State Park
  • Silver Falls State Park
  • Milo McIver State Park
  • McLoughlin House National Historic Site
  • Gresham History Museum
  • Portland Children's Museum

Things To Do In Molalla

Molalla city offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. The Molalla River State Park, the Tryon Creek State Natural Area, the Milo McIver State Park and the Silver Falls State Park all offer various facilities for recreation. The American Advertising Museum, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Mission Mill Museum and the Gresham History Museum are all nearby as well. The McLoughlin House National Historic Site can is also worth visiting.

Molalla Transportation

Air transportation facilities are available from Portland International Airport.

Molalla Higher Education

Lewis and Clark College, Clackamas Community College and Portland State University provide facilities for higher education.


Total Population 8,726
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 10%
Employed Population 16+ 3,854
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 52.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $61,236
% Above Poverty Level 91.3%
% Below Poverty Level 8.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 34 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.2%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%


People Living Alone 23%
Median Gross Rent $886
Median House Value $194,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.3%
US/American 0%
English 11.2%
Irish 10.4%

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

Molalla Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 25 miles S of Gresham, Oregon (center to center)
Nearest Large City 26 miles S of Portland, Oregon
County Clackamas
Standard Zip Codes 97038
Phone Area Codes 503
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 45.147
Longitude -122.575

Molalla Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 12.7 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 47 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 53 to 80 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 42.6 inches
Distance 14 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 44 F
Apr Temp 36 to 53 F
Jul Temp 50 to 72 F
Oct Temp 42 to 59 F
Annual Precip 83.5 inches
Distance 26.1 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 46 F
Apr Temp 44 to 61 F
Jul Temp 57 to 79 F
Oct Temp 48 to 63 F
Annual Precip 43.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Liberal (97038)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Aurora 1,192 $77,868
Barlow 147 $48,500
Canby 16,951 $70,530
Hubbard 3,219 $54,773
Mount Angel 3,389 $54,132
Scotts Mills 459 $68,625

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

Molalla Public Libraries

Molalla Public Library
Molalla, Oregon
(503) 829-2593

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Molalla High Schools

Serves 841 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.6

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