Merlin, Oregon

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Population in 2010: 1,615.
Males: 768  (47.6%)
Females: 847  (52.4%)
Median resident age:

54.4 years
Oregon median age:

39.3 years

Zip codes: 97532.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $44,426
Merlin:

$44,426
OR:

$60,212

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $25,828

Merlin CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $278,000
Merlin:

$278,000
OR:

$319,200

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $418,205; detached houses: $449,128; mobile homes: $166,709

Median gross rent in 2017: $768.

March 2019 cost of living index in Merlin: 87.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 15.5%
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  • Races in Merlin, OR (2010)
    • 1,45490.0%White alone
    • 845.2%Hispanic
    • 462.8%Two or more races
    • 191.2%American Indian alone
    • 60.4%Asian alone
    • 20.1%Black alone
    • 20.1%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 20.1%Other race alone

Races in Merlin detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

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Ancestries: German (15.1%), American (13.7%), Norwegian (12.3%), Irish (10.1%), Scottish (8.0%), English (5.8%).

Current Local Time: PST time zone

Elevation: 907 feet

70 residents are foreign born (1.7% North America, 1.4% Europe).

This place:

4.3%
Oregon:

9.9%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,419 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,319 (0.4%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Medford, OR (31.2 miles , pop. 63,154).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Northwest Clackamas, OR (203.1 miles , pop. 224,220).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (643.9 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities:

Redwood, OR (2.6 miles ),
Grants Pass, OR (2.7 miles ),
Northwest Josephine, OR (2.7 miles ),
Harbeck-Fruitdale, OR (2.9 miles ),
Fruitdale, OR (3.0 miles ),
New Hope, OR (3.3 miles ),
Wilderville, OR (3.6 miles ),
Wimer, OR (3.7 miles )

Latitude: 42.52 N, Longitude: 123.42 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 541

Distribution of median household income in Merlin, OR in 2017
Distribution of house value in Merlin, OR in 2017
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

6.1%
Oregon:

4.6%
Air pollution and air quality trends
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AQI CO PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2017 was 96.9. This is worse than average.

City:

96.9
U.S.:

74.2
Carbon Monoxide Level
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2017 was 13.2. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 6.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

13.2
U.S.:

8.5

Earthquake activity:

Merlin-area historical earthquake activity is above Oregon state average. It is 443% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 1/31/1922 at 13:17:28, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 167.3 miles away from Merlin center
On 11/8/1980 at 10:27:34, a magnitude 7.2 (6.2 MB, 7.2 MS, 7.2 MW, 7.0 ML) earthquake occurred 107.4 miles away from the city center
On 8/17/1991 at 22:17:14, a magnitude 7.1 (6.2 MB, 7.1 MS, 7.1 MW, 6.8 ML, Depth: 8.4 mi) earthquake occurred 123.3 miles away from Merlin center
On 4/18/1906 at 13:12:21, a magnitude 7.9 (7.9 UK) earthquake occurred 313.2 miles away from the city center, causing $524,000,000 total damage
On 4/25/1992 at 18:06:04, a magnitude 7.2 (6.3 MB, 7.1 MS, 7.2 MW, 7.1 MW, Depth: 9.4 mi) earthquake occurred 153.7 miles away from the city center, causing $75,000,000 total damage
On 6/15/2005 at 02:50:54, a magnitude 7.2 (6.1 MB, 7.1 MS, 7.2 MW, 7.1 MW, Depth: 9.9 mi) earthquake occurred 160.3 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Josephine County (10) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 5
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Storms: 3, Fires: 2, Drought: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Landslide: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snow: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers in Merlin:

  • MERLIN HEALTH CENTER (816 SANITARIUM RD PO BOX 340)

Other hospitals and medical centers near Merlin:

  • HIGHLAND HOUSE (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; GRANTS PASS, OR)
  • ROYALE GARDENS HEALTH AND REHABILITATION CENTER (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; GRANTS PASS, OR)
  • ROYALE GARDENS HEALTHCARE (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; GRANTS PASS, OR)
  • THREE RIVERS HOMECARE (Home Health Center, about 7 miles away; GRANTS PASS, OR)
  • REDWOOD DIALYSIS SERVICES (Dialysis Facility, about 8 miles away; GRANTS PASS, OR)
  • RIVERSIDE HOME HEALTH CARE, INC (Home Health Center, about 8 miles away; GRANTS PASS, OR)
  • LOVEJOY HOSPICE, INC (Hospital, about 8 miles away; GRANTS PASS, OR)

Heliports located in Merlin:

Amtrak station near Merlin:

  • 9 miles: GRANTS PASS (460 NE AGNESS AVE.) - Bus Station . Services: enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, free short-term parking, call for car rental service, call for taxi service, public transit connection.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Merlin:

  • Rogue Community College (about 8 miles; Grants Pass, OR; Full-time enrollment: 3,600)
  • Southern Oregon University (about 44 miles; Ashland, OR; FT enrollment: 4,650)
  • Oregon Institute of Technology (about 86 miles; Klamath Falls, OR; FT enrollment: 2,900)
  • Lane Community College (about 106 miles; Eugene, OR; FT enrollment: 6,373)
  • University of Oregon (about 108 miles; Eugene, OR; FT enrollment: 23,329)
  • Humboldt State University (about 119 miles; Arcata, CA; FT enrollment: 7,353)
  • College of the Redwoods (about 133 miles; Eureka, CA; FT enrollment: 4,410)

Points of interest:

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Creeks: Harris Creek (A), Quartz Creek (B), Louse Creek (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Hotels: Doubletree Ranch (6000 Abegg Road), Rogue River Raft Trips Inc (8500 Galice Road).

Josephine County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Merlin and their reported violations in the past:

CLOVERCREST COMMUNITY WATER SYSTEM (Population served: 65, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring, Source Water (GWR) - In OCT-11-2012, Contaminant: E. COLI. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-29-2012)
  • One routine major monitoring violation
  • 13 regular monitoring violations
Average household size:
This place:

2.4 people
Oregon:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:

70.8%
Whole state:

63.4%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:

6.7%
Whole state:

8.0%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.6% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.4% of all households

For population 15 years and over in Merlin:

Marital status in Merlin, OR
  • Never married: 20.2%
  • Now married: 60.9%
  • Separated: 1.4%
  • Widowed: 5.0%
  • Divorced: 12.4%

For population 25 years and over in Merlin:

  • High school or higher: 95.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 12.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 9.6%
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.7
Oregon average:

11.2

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Merlin, OR (based on Josephine County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant10,84360
Other4,34817
Catholic3,8912
Mainline Protestant2,41711
None61,214-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 19
Here:

2.35 / 10,000 pop.
Oregon:

2.03 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 3
This county:

0.37 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.33 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 18
Josephine County:

2.22 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.01 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 12
Josephine County:

1.48 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.69 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 68
This county:

8.40 / 10,000 pop.
Oregon:

9.93 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Josephine County:

8.6%
State:

7.4%
Adult obesity rate:
Josephine County:

24.4%
Oregon:

25.6%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

10.9%
Oregon:

14.2%

7.39% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($43,810 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.39%
Oregon average:

8.52%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Jackson County, OR  1.59% ($35,002 average AGI)
from Lane County, OR  0.25% ($28,737)
from Los Angeles County, CA  0.21% ($41,677)


5.86% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($40,018 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.86%
Oregon average:

7.23%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Jackson County, OR  1.55% ($42,584 average AGI)
to Lane County, OR  0.29% ($37,581)
to Multnomah County, OR  0.19% ($31,982)

Strongest AM radio stations in Merlin:

  • KAJO (1270 AM; 10 kW; GRANTS PASS, OR; Owner: GRANTS PASS BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KAGI (930 AM; 5 kW; GRANTS PASS, OR; Owner: SOUTHERN OREGON STATE COLLEGE)
  • KGRV (700 AM; 25 kW; WINSTON, OR; Owner: PACIFIC CASCADE COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • KAPL (1300 AM; 20 kW; PHOENIX, OR; Owner: APPLEGATE MEDIA, INC.)
  • KTMT (580 AM; 10 kW; ASHLAND, OR; Owner: MAPLETON COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • KRTA (610 AM; 5 kW; MEDFORD, OR; Owner: OPUS BROADCASTING SYSTEMS, INC.)
  • KDUN (1030 AM; 50 kW; REEDSPORT, OR; Owner: PAMPLIN BROADCASTING-OREGON, INC.)
  • KPNW (1120 AM; 50 kW; EUGENE, OR; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KMED (1440 AM; 5 kW; MEDFORD, OR; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KWRO (630 AM; 5 kW; COQUILLE, OR; Owner: COQUILLE RIVER BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • KPOJ (620 AM; 50 kW; PORTLAND, OR; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KTBR (950 AM; 3 kW; ROSEBURG, OR; Owner: JPR FOUNDATION INC.)
  • KXL (750 AM; 50 kW; PORTLAND, OR; Owner: ROSE CITY RADIO CORPORATION)

Strongest FM radio stations in Merlin:

  • K259AE (99.7 FM; WOLF CREEK, OR; Owner: GRANTS PASS BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • K249BS (97.7 FM; GRANTS PASS, OR; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • KROG (96.9 FM; GRANTS PASS, OR; Owner: OPUS BROADCASTING SYSTEMS, INC.)
  • KRRM (94.7 FM; ROGUE RIVER, OR; Owner: SHIRLEY M. BELL)
  • K290AF (105.9 FM; ROGUE RIVER, OR; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KLDR (98.3 FM; HARBECK-FRUITDALE, OR; Owner: GRANTS PASS BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • K266AC (101.1 FM; ROGUE RIVER, OR; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KSOR (90.1 FM; ASHLAND, OR; Owner: OREGON STATE BOARD OF HIGHER EDUC.)
  • K222AF (92.3 FM; AZALEA, OR; Owner: FAMILY LIFE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K241AG (96.1 FM; GRANTS PASS, OR; Owner: MAPLETON COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K284AF (104.7 FM; GRANTS PASS, OR; Owner: MAPLETON COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K257BP (99.3 FM; GRANTS PASS, OR; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • K217BZ (91.3 FM; GRANTS PASS, ETC., OR; Owner: SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY)
  • KLDZ (103.5 FM; MEDFORD, OR; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KCNA (102.7 FM; CAVE JUNCTION, OR; Owner: OPUS BROADCASTING SYSTEMS, INC.)
  • K208CC (89.5 FM; CAVE JUNCTION, OR; Owner: SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY)
  • K201DI (88.1 FM; GRANTS PASS, OR; Owner: FAMILY LIFE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K280BK (91.7 FM; SELMA, OR; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • K218DP (91.5 FM; CAVE JUNCTION, OR; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • K267AD (101.3 FM; CAVE JUNCTION, ETC., OR; Owner: STEVEN R. PORTER)

TV broadcast stations around Merlin:

  • KOBI (Channel 5; MEDFORD, OR; Owner: CALIFORNIA OREGON BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KBLN (Channel 30; GRANTS PASS, OR; Owner: BETTER LIFE TELEVISION, INC.)
  • K50FW (Channel 50; GRANTS PASS, OR; Owner: CALIFORNIA OREGON BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K56FN (Channel 56; MERLIN, OR; Owner: BETTER LIFE TELEVISION)
  • KDRV (Channel 12; MEDFORD, OR; Owner: SODA MOUNTAIN BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K45ED (Channel 45; GRANTS PASS, OR; Owner: BROADCASTING LICENSES, L.P.)
  • K47GI (Channel 47; GRANTS PASS, OR; Owner: BETTER LIFE TELEVISION)
  • KSYS (Channel 8; MEDFORD, OR; Owner: SOUTHERN OREGON PUBLIC TV, INC.)
  • K20DT (Channel 20; GRANTS PASS, OR; Owner: WATCHTV, INC.)
  • K54DM (Channel 54; GRANTS PASS, ETC., OR; Owner: FREEDOM BROADCASTING OF OREGON, INC.)
  • K15BP (Channel 15; GRANTS PASS, OR; Owner: SODA MOUNTAIN BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K40BL (Channel 40; HUGO, ETC., OR; Owner: FREEDOM BROADCASTING OF OREGON, INC.)

Merlin fatal accident list:

Mar 26, 2016 11:55 AM, Cr-Galice Rd, Cr-Hugo Rd, Lat: 42.518419, Lon: -123.440872, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
May 4, 2015 87:99 PM, Cr-Hugo Rd, Lat: 42.536089, Lon: -123.435236, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
Sep 1, 2009 07:47 AM, Robertson Bridge Rd, Lat: 42.507239, Lon: -123.439667, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1
Mar 16, 2007 10:00 AM, Galice Rd, Azalea Dr, Lat: 42.518022, Lon: -123.442753, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 4, Fatalities: 2
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 19Number of bridges
  • 141ft / 42.7mTotal length
  • $3,411,000Total costs
  • 88,212Total average daily traffic
  • 23,171Total average daily truck traffic
  • 76,472Total future (year 2030) average daily traffic
New bridges in Merlin, OR - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11940-1949
  • 81950-1959
  • 41960-1969
  • 41970-1979
  • 11980-1989
  • 12000-2009
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Merlin, OR

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

21 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in Merlin)

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • Lat: 42.518083 Lon: -123.421639, Call Sign: WQNI340,
    Assigned Frequencies: 154.325 MHz, Grant Date: 02/11/2011, Expiration Date: 02/11/2021, Certifier: Chris J Nichols, Registrant: Business Radio Licensing, 30251 Golden Lantern Ste E #501, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677-5993, Phone: (949) 348-8510, Fax: (949) 348-8514, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

2
  • PO03725A, T35s R6w S14 Nw1/4 Of Se1/4 (Lat: 42.528194 Lon: -123.374722), Type: Mtower, Structure height: 18.3 m, Overall height: 18.9 m, Call Sign: WQGH750,
    Assigned Frequencies: 19400.0 MHz, Grant Date: 02/14/2017, Expiration Date: 01/22/2027, Certifier: Dan Menser, Registrant: T-Mobile Usa, Inc., 12920 S.E. 38th Street, Bellevue, CA 98006, Phone: (425) 383-8401, Email:
  • HUGO, T35s R6w S14 Nw1/4 Of Se1/4 (Lat: 42.528250 Lon: -123.374694), Type: Mtower, Structure height: 18.3 m, Overall height: 18.9 m, Call Sign: WQXP440,
    Assigned Frequencies: 6226.89 MHz, 6315.84 MHz, Grant Date: 04/29/2016, Expiration Date: 04/29/2026, Certifier: John E Monday, Registrant: At&t Mobility LLC, 208 S Akard St., Rm 1015, Dallas, TX 75202, Phone: (855) 699-7073, Fax: (214) 746-6410, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

62 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Merlin)

FAA Registered Aircraft:

11 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Merlin)
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Merlin, OR
  • 71.1%Electricity
  • 18.5%Wood
  • 3.9%Utility gas
  • 3.5%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 3.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Merlin, OR
  • 100.0%Electricity


Merlin compared to Oregon state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.

Merlin on our top lists:

  • #35 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Brazil (population 500+)"
  • #8 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #48 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for 3rd party candidates in the 2012 Presidential Election (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #56 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #94 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
There are 10 pilots and 9 other airmen in this city.
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