Philomath, Oregon

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Philomath, Oregon
Benton County Historical Museum in Philomath
Benton County Historical Museum in Philomath
Nickname(s): 
City of Volunteers
Location in Oregon
Location in Oregon
Coordinates: 44°32′26″N 123°21′46″W / 44.54056°N 123.36278°W / 44.54056; -123.36278Coordinates: 44°32′26″N 123°21′46″W / 44.54056°N 123.36278°W / 44.54056; -123.36278
CountryUnited States
StateOregon
CountyBenton
Incorporated1882
Government
 • BodyPhilomath City Council
 • MayorChas Jones
Area
 • Total2.21 sq mi (5.73 km2)
 • Land2.02 sq mi (5.24 km2)
 • Water0.19 sq mi (0.49 km2)
Elevation
279 ft (85.0 m)
Population
 • Total4,584
 • Estimate 
(2019)[3]
5,666
 • Density2,802.18/sq mi (1,081.91/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (Pacific)
ZIP code
97370
Area code(s)541
FIPS code41-57450[2]
GNIS feature ID1147639[4]
Websitewww.ci.philomath.or.us

Philomath (/fɪˈlməθ/ fi-LOH-məth) is a city in Benton County, Oregon, United States. It was named for Philomath (Greek, "love of learning") College. The population was 4,584 at the 2010 census and was most recently estimated in 2019 to have a population of 5,666. It is part of the Corvallis, Oregon, Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Philomath was named after the Philomath College [5] that was founded in 1867 by the United Brethren Church. The name of the college and city was derived from two Greek words meaning "lover of learning". The city was incorporated on October 20, 1882. The college closed in 1929 due to a dramatic decline in enrollment.[6]

Geography[edit]

Philomath is 5 miles (8 km) west of Corvallis on U.S. Route 20.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.05 square miles (5.31 km2), of which 1.86 square miles (4.82 km2) is land and 0.19 square miles (0.49 km2) is water.[7]

Climate[edit]

This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F (22.0 °C). According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Philomath has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[8]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880224
1900343
191050547.2%
192059117.0%
193069417.4%
194085623.3%
19501,28950.6%
19601,3595.4%
19701,68824.2%
19802,67358.4%
19902,98311.6%
20004,05636.0%
20104,58413.0%
2019 (est.)5,666[3]23.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,584 people, 1,733 households, and 1,203 families living in the city. The population density was 2,464.5 inhabitants per square mile (951.5/km2). There were 1,837 housing units at an average density of 987.6 per square mile (381.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.1% White, 0.7% African American, 1.2% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 2.4% from other races, and 3.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.7% of the population.[2]

There were 1,733 households, of which 38.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.6% were non-families. 23.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.11.[2]

The median age in the city was 34.3 years. 27.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.2% were from 25 to 44; 26.3% were from 45 to 64; and 9.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.8% male and 52.2% female.[2]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,838 people, 1,346 households, and 1,017 families living in the city. The population density was 2,993.0 people per square mile (1,157.7/km2). There were 1,434 housing units at an average density of 1,118.3 per square mile (432.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.25% White, 0.16% African American, 1.64% Native American, 1.20% Asian, 0.23% Pacific Islander, 1.25% from other races, and 2.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.93% of the population.[2]

There were 1,346 households, out of which 47.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.8% were married couples living together, 15.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.4% were non-families. 18.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.22.[2]

In the city, the population was spread out, with 34.3% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 32.1% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 6.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.2 males.[2]

The median income for a household in the city was $41,461, and the median income for a family was $42,578. Males had a median income of $36,104 versus $25,281 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,620. About 6.5% of families and 8.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.2% of those under age 18 and 10.2% of those aged 65 or over.[2]

Economy[edit]

Philomath is home to several sawmills including Georgia-Pacific and Paw Lumber Co. Gene Tools, LLC manufactures Morpholino antisense oligonucleotides. Wet Labs produces oceanographic measuring equipment. Pioneer Connect provides telephone, internet and video services, including fiber and broadband internet. Alyrica Networks provides WiFi access in the town, as well as fixed wireless high-speed Internet service. Solar Summit manufactures solar panels and alternative energy products. Gathering Together Farm is one of the first certified organic vegetable farms in the United States, and is an international agrotourism destination.

In 2020, Philomath residents were among the first in the world to receive their food deliveries from a robot; Daxbot, which is built by a Philomath-based business.[10]  Daxbot is a 36in, semi-autonomous delivery robot who can keep food hot or cold, and makes free deliveries for businesses and individuals in Philomath.  The Philomath City Council gave Nova Dynamics permission to allow Dax to make deliveries and travel in town. Dax is considered a pedestrian, not a vehicle, and shares roads and sidewalks with other pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists. [11]

Dax, Philomath's locally made delivery robot
Daxbot delivering in Philomath OR

Education[edit]

Philomath is served by the Philomath School District,[12] which includes the following schools:

  • Philomath Elementary School
  • Clemens Primary School
  • Philomath Middle School
  • Philomath High School
  • Kings Valley Charter School (Pre-K through 12th grade)

Parks and recreation[edit]

The city of Philomath owns and maintains at least 8 public parks within and adjacent to the city limits. The largest park in Philomath is Marys River Park, which occupies approximately 28 acres along the Marys River and includes three bridges, a covered picnic shelter, and restrooms.

Parks in Philomath, OR
Name Size (Acres) Location Features
Marys River Park 28 300 S 11th St Picnic shelter, 9 hole disc golf course, horseshoe pits, walking paths, playground area, off-leash dog area.
Philomath City Park 10.5 299 S 23rd St Baseball field, beginners skate park, 2 large playground areas, horseshoe pits, fitness area.
Flossie Overman Discovery Park .42 524 N 11th St Basketball court, swings, slide, sand jump, climbing features, with a natural playscape.
Westbrook Park N/A 250 Jade Place Small basketball court, playground equipment, covered picnic area, gravel walking path.
Newton Creek Park & Path N/A 2686 Applegate St Neighborhood park stretching from Applegate St. to Main Street featuring a paved bike path, two playground areas, and picnic tables.
Triangle Park N/A 700 College Street Small basketball court, small covered shelter, playground area and benches.
Reservoir Park N/A 3100 Applegate Street Nature park including a park bench and picnic tables with views of Philomath and Marys Peak.
Pioneer Park N/A 1202 Pioneer Street Small neighborhood pocket park with a park bench and grass.
Dale Collins Park N/A 1501 Applegate Street Features an electronic readerboard that displays local events, a mosaic public art structure, a bench, and picnic tables.

Mass media[edit]

The Philomath News is a digital newspaper owned by Brad Fuqua, former editor of the Philomath Express, which was shut down by Lee Enterprises in September 2020. The Philomath News launched on Nov. 30, 2020, and depends on voluntary memberships and digital advertising for revenue.

Documentary[edit]

The film Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon documents the clash of cultures in Philomath between the old-time timber industry and the professionals and techies of the information age. The film was shown in the Sundance Film Festival in 2006.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-21.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "Philomath College". THe Benton County Historical Society. Retrieved 2017-06-23.
  6. ^ Robbins, William G. "Philomath". The Oregon Encyclopedia. Portland State University. Retrieved 2013-04-05.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-12-21.
  8. ^ "Philomath, Oregon". Weatherbase. CantyMedia. 2015. Retrieved 2015-04-08.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "Dax Delivers". www.ruralite.com. Retrieved 2022-02-27.
  11. ^ "Meet Dax, Philomath's Delivery Robot". The Corvallis Advocate. 2020-06-22. Retrieved 2022-02-27.
  12. ^ "Philomath School District". Philomath School District. 2013. Retrieved 2015-04-08.

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