Prairie City, Oregon

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Prairie City, Oregon

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High Points

Prairie City strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Oregon):

Category Trophy
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Prairie City Low Violent Crime
Low Property Crime
(vs. State)
Top 13% Prairie City Low Property Crime
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Prairie City Short Commute Times
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 16% Prairie City Affordability of Property Taxes
Affordability of Rents
(vs. State)
Top 17% Prairie City Affordability of Rents

Comparative Profile of Prairie City, Oregon

Comparing Prairie City to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Oregon (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 9 9
Age of the Population 9 9
Senior Citizens 8 9
Well-Paid Single Men 5 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 3
Racial Diversity 3 1
Female Share of the Population 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 6
Average Household Size 4 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 4 4
People Above Poverty 4 4
People in Middle Class or Better 4 4
Median Family Income 4 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 9 8
Working at Home 7 5
Walking and Biking to Work 7 4
Public Transportation Use 6 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 7 4
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 5 6
People Living Alone 5 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 9
Affordability of Rents 5 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 10
Low Property Crime 7 9

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Prairie City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 122 miles S of Kennewick, Washington (center to center)
Nearest Large City 207 miles E of Portland, Oregon
County Grant
Standard Zip Codes 97869
Phone Area Codes 541
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.463
Longitude -118.708

Prairie City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station JOHN DAY
Distance 13.1 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 41 F
Apr Temp 32 to 60 F
Jul Temp 48 to 87 F
Oct Temp 33 to 65 F
Annual Precip 13.5 inches
Station AUSTIN 3 S
Distance 13.2 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 36 F
Apr Temp 26 to 56 F
Jul Temp 40 to 82 F
Oct Temp 25 to 62 F
Annual Precip 21.1 inches
Distance 26 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 31 to 55 F
Jul Temp 45 to 81 F
Oct Temp 32 to 60 F
Annual Precip 16.7 inches
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Prairie City Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,080 100%
Male 547 50.6%
Female 533 49.4%
Under 18 277 25.6%
18+ 803 74.4%
65+ 218 20.2%
Median Age 42.4
Average Family Size 2.86
White 1,032 95.6%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 1 0.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 23 2.1%
Other 13 1.2%
Mixed Race 11 1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 18 1.7%

Estimated Prairie City Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 965
Growth -115
Growth % -10.6%

Prairie City Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 20%
English 12.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.8%
US/American 10.8%
Irish 10.7%
Italian 4.8%
Norwegian 3.6%
Portuguese 3.4%
Scottish 3.1%
Swedish 3%
French Canadian 2.5%
Dutch 2.3%
Scotch-Irish 1.9%
Welsh 1.6%
French (except Basque) 1.5%
Polish 1.4%
Swiss 1.2%
Danish 1.2%
European 0.5%
African 0.4%
British 0.4%
Czechoslovakian 0.4%
Greek 0.3%
Belgian 0.3%
Russian 0.3%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Prairie City 1,080 $35,893
Canyon City 669 $41,458
John Day 1,821 $34,327
Mount Vernon 595 $32,083
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Prairie City High Schools (2004)

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 190 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.3

Prairie City Colleges

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City, State Similarity   1 Person Houses 65+ College Grads Commute Minutes Family Income Kids 0-4 Non White Pop. Poverty Prop. Crime Seasonal Housing Viol. Crime
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1. Morehouse, Missouri 88.4   26.3% 17% 2.4% 18 $30,144 6.2% 3% 1,015 13.2% 21.7 1% 12.8
2. Cowan, Tennessee 83.5   28% 18.5% 8.5% 22 $33,882 6.6% 12.3% 1,770 16.7% 26.6 0.4% 5.7
3. St. Marys, West Virginia 83.2   31.5% 20.8% 15.8% 22 $37,621 5.5% 1.4% 2,017 15.3% 2.5 0.4% 4.5
4. Greybull, Wyoming 82.5   30.4% 17.1% 13.7% 14 $36,964 5.8% 3.8% 1,815 14.7% 23.1 1.6% 4.4
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