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Overview

Introduction to Pendleton, Oregon

Pendleton, Oregon, in Umatilla county, is 40 miles SE of Kennewick, Washington and 188 miles E of Portland, Oregon. The city contains a population of approximately 16,354.

Pendleton History

A trading post was established in the area now known as Pendleton by Dr. William C. McKay in 1851. The post office was established in 1865 was named Marshall, but the name was later changed to Pendleton. Pendleton was incorporated as a city in 1880. Pendleton Woolen Mills was founded in 1893 and is known all over the world as a manufacturer of fine men's plaid shirts and Indian trading blankets. From the 1880s to 1920s, Pendleton had a prospering Chinatown.

Pendleton and nearby Attractions

  • Children’s Museum of Eastern Oregon
  • Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area
  • Aldrich Park
  • John Murray Park

Things To Do In Pendleton

The Children’s Museum of Eastern Oregon offers various recreational opportunities. The historical sites and museums that can be visited from Pendleton include the Umatilla County Historical Society Museum, the Tam’stslikt Cultural Institute Museum and the Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area. The Aldrich Park, Pioneer Park and Till Taylor Park are all in the area as well. Local celebrations include the Wildhorse Pow-wow and the Pendleton Round-Up.

Pendleton Transportation

The nearest airport is the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport at Pendleton.

Pendleton Higher Education

Blue Mountain Community College is located in the city. Other colleges and universities near the city include Columbia Basin College, Washington State University, Eastern Oregon University and Walla Walla Community College.

People

Total Population 16,882
Male Share of the Population 51.3%
Female Share of the Population 48.7%
Senior Citizens 13.2%
Employed Population 16+ 6,907
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 46.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.3%
Median Earnings25+ $30,093
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,807
Median Earnings With High School Degree $19,400

Wealth

Median Family Income $60,693
% Above Poverty Level 84.9%
% Below Poverty Level 15.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 32%
Median Gross Rent $644
Median House Value $149,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.6%
US/American 0%
English 10.3%
Irish 13.5%

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

Pendleton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 40 miles SE of Kennewick, Washington (center to center)
Nearest Large City 188 miles E of Portland, Oregon
County Umatilla
Standard Zip Codes 97801
Phone Area Codes 541
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 45.672
Longitude -118.787

Pendleton 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 PENDLETON DOWNTOWN
Distance 0.7 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 42 F
Apr Temp 38 to 64 F
Jul Temp 54 to 89 F
Oct Temp 35 to 66 F
Annual Precip 13.9 inches
Station PENDLETON BR EXP STN
Distance 8.1 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 41 F
Apr Temp 36 to 62 F
Jul Temp 52 to 88 F
Oct Temp 35 to 65 F
Annual Precip 17.5 inches
Station PILOT ROCK 1 SE
Distance 13.3 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 43 F
Apr Temp 37 to 63 F
Jul Temp 52 to 88 F
Oct Temp 37 to 66 F
Annual Precip 14.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Adams 370 $82,750
Athena 1,069 $62,500
Echo 734 $50,625
Helix 204 $52,813
Pilot Rock 1,476 $44,583
Weston 723 $55,568

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

Pendleton Public Libraries

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Pendleton Public Library
502 SW DORION AVE
Pendleton, Oregon
(541) 966-0380

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Pendleton High Schools

PENDLETON HIGH SCHOOL
1800 NW CARDEN AVE
541-276-3621
Serves 989 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.8

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