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|Motto: A Great Place to Grow!|
Location in Oregon|
|Coordinates: 45°18′18″N 122°58′2″W / 45.305°N 122.96722°W / 45.305; -122.96722|
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||5.0 sq mi (13.0 km2)|
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||175 ft (53.34 m)|
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||3,599.4/sq mi (1,389.4/km2)|
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Newberg is a city in Yamhill County, Oregon, United States. Located in the Portland metropolitan area, the city is home to George Fox University. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 18,064. The 2007 estimate is 21,675 residents and is the second most populous city in the county.
Ewing Young, after leading pioneering fur brigades in California, came to Portland in 1834 and settled on the west bank of the Willamette River near the mouth of Chehalem Creek, opposite of Champoeg. Young's home is believed to be the first house built by European-Americans on that side of the river. Later, Joseph Rogers settled near the Willamette River at what is now Newberg in 1848. The community was known early on as Chehalem, and later as Roger's Landing for Rogers who founded the settlement, and who died in 1855. In 1883, the community was platted. Incorporated in 1889, tradition holds that this town was named by its first postmaster, Sebastian Brutscher, for his former hometown of Neuberg in Germany. One of the current streets, Brutscher Street, is named after him.
Newberg was the first community in Oregon to hold Quaker services. It was incorporated as a city in 1889. The city's newspaper, The Newberg Graphic, was established the same year. Pacific Academy, later renamed George Fox University, was founded by the Quakers in 1891. George Fox University is the only evangelical Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a national university. The campus resides in the center of the city, surrounded by university-owned housing.
Herbert Hoover moved to the city in 1885, at the age of 9, to live with his uncle after the death of his parents. The home has been turned into the Hoover-Minthorn House museum.
The town was "dry", meaning no alcohol could be sold within the city limits, for a good part of its early history. Although alcohol is now allowed within city limits, and George Fox University professors and graduate students have been given a little more freedom with alcohol consumption, the university's undergraduate population is still expected to abstain.
In 2005, the Dundee City Council voted to disband its police department and contract services to the Newberg Police Department. After the Newberg City Council approved the contract the department was renamed the Newberg-Dundee Police Department. Each town still has its own fire department.
A beaver family built several dams on a tributary of Chehalem Creek that created ponds upstream from West Sheridan Street that threatened the road bed. The city hired a professional trapper to eliminate the beavers, but the city reversed its order when local citizens complained about the inhumane nature of using a trap likely to drown the beaver and also that wildlife had been resurgent since the beavers arrived. The city has asked the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to decide whether to relocate or kill the beavers, or to install a Flow device to regulate the water level behind the dam.
Newberg is located on Oregon Route 99W about 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Portland, Oregon.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.0 square miles (13.0 km²). It averages 176 feet (54 m) in elevation.
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As of the census of 2000, there were 18,064 people, 6,099 households, and 4,348 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,599.4 people per square mile (1,389.4/km²). There were 6,435 housing units at an average density of 1,282.2/sq mi (494.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.49% White, 0.35% African American, 0.64% Native American, 1.04% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 5.06% from other races, and 2.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.52% of the population.
There were 6,099 households out of which 40.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.5% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.20.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.7% under the age of 18, 15.0% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 16.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $44,206.00, and the median income for a family was $51,084. Males had a median income of $34,099 versus $23,571 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,873. About 4.3% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.0% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.
George Fox University campus
As of 2002, dental equipment manufacturer A-dec was the city's largest employer with 832 employees, and George Fox University was second with 400. The next largest employers were SP Newsprint Co., Suntron Corp., and Providence Hospital. As of April 2009, the A-dec Austin family's The Allison Inn & Spa, a Preferred Hotel, is employing 250 workers in construction and pre-opening tasks. Upon opening in September, it will add approximately 200 full time jobs to the community.