Rufus, Oregon

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Population in 2013: 243 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -9.3%
 
Males: 136  (56.1%)
Females: 107  (43.9%)
Median resident age:  51.4 years
Oregon median age:  39.1 years

Zip codes: 97050.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $23,760 (it was $26,875 in 2000)
Rufus:

$23,760
OR:

$50,251

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $15,167 (it was $16,801 in 2000)

Rufus city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $120,641 (it was $58,900 in 2000)
Rufus:

$120,641
OR:

$229,700

Median gross rent in 2013: $702.

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  • Races in Rufus, OR (2010)

    Rufus races chart
    • 20883.5%White alone
    • 3313.3%Hispanic
    • 72.8%American Indian alone
    • 10.4%Other race alone

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

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Rufus: 89.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: Irish (12.3%), German (11.5%), Norwegian (10.2%), English (5.1%), Dutch (4.3%), Scottish (4.3%).

Current Local Time: PST time zone

Incorporated in 1965

Elevation: 206 feet

Land area: 1.20 square miles.

Population density: 203 people per square mile   (very low).

Rufus, Oregon map

For population 25 years and over in Rufus:

  • High school or higher: 87.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 11.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.6%
  • Unemployed: 7.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.0 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Rufus city:

  • Never married: 17.5%
  • Now married: 50.2%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 13.0%
  • Divorced: 19.4%

17 residents are foreign born (5.7% Latin America, 1.8% Oceania).

This city:

7.5%
Oregon:

10.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $3,026 (1.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,385 (1.2%)

Rufus satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Yakima, WA (63.2 miles , pop. 71,845).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Portland, OR (92.8 miles , pop. 529,121).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (812.5 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities: Maryhill, WA (2.0 miles) , Biggs Junction, OR (2.2 miles) , Wasco, OR (2.7 miles ), Centerville, WA (3.0 miles) , Goldendale, WA (3.1 miles ), Wishram, WA (3.3 miles ), Moro, OR (3.8 miles ), Wahkiakus, WA (4.5 miles ).

Latitude: 45.69 N, Longitude: 120.74 W

Area code: 541

Rufus household income distribution Rufus home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

5.5%
Oregon:

6.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -27 (-9.2%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Accommodation and food services (23%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (17%)
  • Construction (13%)
  • Public administration (13%)
  • Wholesale trade (10%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (10%)
  • Other services, except public administration (10%)
  • Health care and social assistance (29%)
  • Retail trade (26%)
  • Accommodation and food services (24%)
  • Educational services (21%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
  • Construction (0%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (23%)
  • Management occupations (17%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (13%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (13%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (10%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (10%)
  • Material moving occupations (10%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (26%)
  • Sales and related occupations (26%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (21%)
  • Management occupations (18%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (9%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (0%)
  • Computer and mathematical occupations (0%)

Work and jobs in Rufus: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Rufus, Oregon

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Rufus-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Oregon state average. It is 176% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/13/1949 at 19:55:42, a magnitude 7.0 (7.0 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 136.4 miles away from the city center, causing $80,000,000 total damage
On 2/28/2001 at 18:54:32, a magnitude 6.8 (6.5 MB, 6.6 MS, 6.8 MW, Depth: 32.2 mi, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 130.5 miles away from Rufus center, causing $2,000,000,000 total damage and $305,000,000 insured losses
On 4/29/1965 at 15:28:43, a magnitude 6.6 (6.6 UK) earthquake occurred 135.5 miles away from the city center, causing $28,000,000 total damage
On 10/3/1915 at 06:52:48, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK) earthquake occurred 394.7 miles away from the city center
On 10/28/1983 at 14:06:06, a magnitude 7.3 (6.2 MB, 7.3 MS, 7.0 MW) earthquake occurred 357.7 miles away from Rufus center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
On 1/31/1922 at 13:17:28, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK) earthquake occurred 422.1 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Sherman County (6) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 4
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 3, Storms: 2, Drought: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Landslide: 1, Mudslide: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Rufus topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Rufus:

  • MT ADAMS CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 10 miles away; GOLDENDALE, WA)
  • KLICKITAT VALLEY HOSPITAL Critical Access Hospitals (about 10 miles away; GOLDENDALE, WA)
  • KLICKITAT VALLEY HLTH SVCS HH (Home Health Center, about 11 miles away; GOLDENDALE, WA)

Amtrak station near Rufus:

  • 12 miles: WISHRAM (WEST END OF RAILROAD AVE.) . Services: partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Rufus:

  • Yakima Valley Community College (about 63 miles; Yakima, WA; Full-time enrollment: 3,632)
  • Mt Hood Community College (about 82 miles; Gresham, OR; FT enrollment: 11,847)
  • Columbia Basin College (about 87 miles; Pasco, WA; FT enrollment: 5,111)
  • Central Washington University (about 92 miles; Ellensburg, WA; FT enrollment: 10,960)
  • Concordia University-Portland (about 93 miles; Portland, OR; FT enrollment: 3,996)
  • Clackamas Community College (about 93 miles; Oregon City, OR; FT enrollment: 4,261)
  • Clark College (about 93 miles; Vancouver, WA; FT enrollment: 9,330)

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Notable locations in Rufus: Rufus Sewer System (A), Rufus City Hall (B), Rufus Department of Public Works (C), Rufus Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Service (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Rufus: Rufus Community Center (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Tourist attraction: Fly by Nyte Guide Service (Tours & Charters; 208 Main Street).

Sherman County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2005 was 49.9. This is significantly better than average.

City:

49.9
U.S.:

74.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2004 was 7.70. This is about average. Closest monitor was 23.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.70
U.S.:

9.14
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 37.1%
(28.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 46.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 78.3% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for other race residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.2 people
Oregon:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  56.5%
Whole state:  63.4%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  6.1%
Whole state:  8.0%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.9% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.9% of all households

Rufus compared to Oregon state average:

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

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.4
Oregon average:

11.4

Rufus travel time to work - commute Rufus mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (69%)
  • Wood (16%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (12%)
  • Utility gas (3%)

Presidential Elections Results

2000 2004 2008 2012

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2004 Presidential Elections Results

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Rufus city (based on Sherman County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant1912
Evangelical Protestant754
Catholic301
Other7-
None1,462-
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: 2
Sherman County:

12.02 / 10,000 pop.
Oregon:

2.03 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Sherman County:

12.02 / 10,000 pop.
Oregon:

2.01 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 1
Sherman County:

6.01 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.69 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 5
Here:

30.05 / 10,000 pop.
State:

9.93 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.0%
Oregon:

7.4%
Adult obesity rate:
Sherman County:

25.6%
Oregon:

25.6%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 1$2,286$27,4320$0
Sewerage 1$2,144$25,7280$0
Other and Unallocable 0$0 1$800
Totals for Government 2$4,430$26,5801$800

Rufus government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Construction - Water Utilities: $237,000 ($975.31)
  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $77,000 ($316.87)
    Financial Administration: $53,000 ($218.11)
    Sewerage: $24,000 ($98.77)
    Regular Highways: $22,000 ($90.53)
    Fire Protection: $6,000 ($24.69)
    Health Services - Other: $4,000 ($16.46)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $0 ($0.00)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $74,000 ($304.53)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $0 ($0.00)

Rufus government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $23,000 ($94.65)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Water Utilities: $51,000 ($209.88)
    All Other: $10,000 ($41.15)
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Support: $1,000 ($4.12)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $23,000 ($94.65)
    Interest Earnings: $7,000 ($28.81)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $57,000 ($234.57)
  • State Intergovernmental - Water Utilities: $61,000 ($251.03)
    Highways: $32,000 ($131.69)
    General Support: $4,000 ($16.46)
  • Tax - Property: $22,000 ($90.53)

Rufus government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $120,000 ($493.83)

7.57% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($35,321 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.57%
Oregon average:

7.22%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Wasco County, OR  1.43% ($28,700 average AGI)


9.26% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($30,030 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.26%
Oregon average:

6.82%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Wasco County, OR  1.40% ($41,700 average AGI)

Strongest AM radio stations in Rufus:

  • KPOJ (620 AM; 50 kW; PORTLAND, OR; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KXL (750 AM; 50 kW; PORTLAND, OR; Owner: ROSE CITY RADIO CORPORATION)
  • KPAM (860 AM; 50 kW; TROUTDALE, OR; Owner: PAMPLIN BROADCASTING-OREGON, INC.)
  • KLCK (1400 AM; 1 kW; GOLDENDALE, WA; Owner: KLICKITAT VALLEY B/CING SERVICES INC)
  • KODL (1440 AM; 5 kW; THE DALLES, OR; Owner: LARSON-WYNN, INC.)
  • KOTK (1080 AM; 50 kW; PORTLAND, OR; Owner: FISHER BROADCASTING - PORTLAND RADIO, L.L.C.)
  • KEX (1190 AM; 50 kW; PORTLAND, OR; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KKAD (1550 AM; 50 kW; VANCOUVER, WA; Owner: PAMPLIN BROADCASTING-WASHINGTON, INC)
  • KKSN (1520 AM; 50 kW; OREGON CITY, OR; Owner: ENTERCOM PORTLAND LICENSE, LLC)
  • KTBI (810 AM; daytime; 50 kW; EPHRATA, WA; Owner: TACOMA BROADCASTERS, INCORPORATED)
  • KIRO (710 AM; 50 kW; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM SEATTLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • KTTH (770 AM; 50 kW; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM SEATTLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • KJR (950 AM; 50 kW; SEATTLE, WA)

Strongest FM radio stations in Rufus:

  • KYYT (102.3 FM; GOLDENDALE, WA; Owner: HAYSTACK BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KMCQ (104.5 FM; THE DALLES, OR; Owner: MID-COLUMBIA BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K215CR (90.9 FM; THE DALLES, OR; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • K256AC (99.1 FM; THE DALLES, OR; Owner: CATHOLIC BROADCASTING NORTHWEST, INC)
  • KMSW (92.7 FM; THE DALLES, OR; Owner: M.S.W. COMMUNICATIONS, L.L.C..)
  • KACI-FM (97.7 FM; THE DALLES, OR; Owner: COLUMBIA GORGE BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • KQHR (90.1 FM; HOOD RIVER, OR; Owner: KBPS PUBLIC RADIO FOUNDATION)
  • KBNO-FM (89.3 FM; WHITE SALMON, WA; Owner: WORLD RADIO NETWORK, INC.)
  • KLVP-FM (88.7 FM; CHERRYVILLE, OR; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • KZRI (90.3 FM; WELCHES, OR; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • KLES (98.7 FM; MABTON, WA; Owner: ON-AIR FAMILY, LLC)

Rufus fatal accident list:

Jun 16, 1988 11:20 AM, I084, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 10Number of bridges
  • 55m180ftTotal length
  • $3,879,000Total costs
  • 40,330Total average daily traffic
  • 13,806Total average daily truck traffic

New bridges - Historical Statistics

  • 11930-1939
  • 91960-1969
See Full National Bridge Inventory Statistics for Rufus, OR

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1
  • Rufus Cell Site: 4.2 Miles Ene Of Rufus (Lat: 45.716806 Lon: -120.653667), Call Sign: KNKN266
    Assigned Frequencies: 880.020 MHz, 891.510 MHz, 835.020 MHz, 846.510 MHz
    Grant Date: 11/16/2010, Expiration Date: 10/01/2020, Certifier: Steven T Campbell
    Registrant: Holland & Knight LLP, 800 17th Street, N.W., Suite #1100, Washington, DC 20006-3906, Phone: (202) 955-3000, Fax: (202) 955-5564, Email:

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

2
  • PETER M CONNOLLY, 4.2 Mi Ene (Lat: 45.716667 Lon: -120.653611), Type: 88.4, Overall height: 85.3 m
    Registrant: 2024675700, Glenn.Werner@koteen.Com, 1150 CONNECTICUT AVENUE SUITE 1000
  • 4.2 Mi Ene (Lat: 45.716667 Lon: -120.653611), Type: 88.4, Overall height: 85.3 m
    Registrant: 2024675700, Glenn.Werner@koteen.Com, 1150 CONNECTICUT AVENUE SUITE 1000

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

5
  • 720 Ft S City Hall (Lat: 45.691500 Lon: -120.736722), Type: Pole, Structure height: 7 m, Overall height: 8 m, Call Sign: KNGX467
    Assigned Frequencies: 151.430 MHz, 151.475 MHz, 151.490 MHz, 159.240 MHz
    Grant Date: 05/02/2013, Expiration Date: 07/06/2023
    Registrant: Reg 4 Fcca, 1104 1st Street, Steilacoom, WA 98388, Phone: (253) 831-3017
  • Columbia Hills 3 Mi Nne (Lat: 45.740389 Lon: -120.724500), Call Sign: KNDF817
    Assigned Frequencies: 463.800 MHz
    Grant Date: 06/04/1997, Expiration Date: 08/07/2002, Cancellation Date: 12/08/2002
    Registrant: Fields, John:fields, Nancy Dba Fields Ranches, 75960 Hwy 97, Wasco, OR 97065, Phone: (541) 442-5215
  • On Columbia Hills 3 Mi Nne (Lat: 45.740389 Lon: -120.724500), Call Sign: KNFR344, Licensee ID: L00081563
    Assigned Frequencies: 463.800 MHz
    Grant Date: 05/06/1997, Expiration Date: 06/08/2002, Cancellation Date: 12/27/2001
    Registrant: David Conlee, Moro, OR 97039
  • Field 11 (Lat: 45.646667 Lon: -120.597222), Type: Pole, Structure height: 3 m, Overall height: 5.4 m, Call Sign: WQQR212
    Assigned Frequencies: 154.555 MHz
    Grant Date: 02/14/2013, Expiration Date: 02/14/2023, Certifier: Bill Martin
    Registrant: Cara Enterprises, Inc, Las Vegas, NV 89140-0124, Phone: (702) 838-9728, Fax: (702) 363-4607, Email:
  • Pivot 5 (Lat: 45.677778 Lon: -120.751389), Type: Bant, Structure height: 3 m, Overall height: 5.4 m, Call Sign: WQQR413
    Assigned Frequencies: 154.555 MHz
    Grant Date: 02/15/2013, Expiration Date: 02/15/2023, Certifier: Bill Martin
    Registrant: Cara Enterprises, Inc, Las Vegas, NV 89140-0124, Phone: (702) 838-9728, Fax: (702) 363-4607, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

1
  • RUFUS, 4.2 Mi Ene (Lat: 45.716667 Lon: -120.653611), Type: Tower, Structure height: 85.3 m, Overall height: 88.4 m, Call Sign: WMM851
    Assigned Frequencies: 6375.14 MHz, 6345.49 MHz, 6286.19 MHz, 10623.7 MHz
    Grant Date: 02/15/2011, Expiration Date: 02/01/2021, Certifier: Steven T Campbell
    Registrant: Holland & Knight LLP, 800 17th Street, N.W., Suite #1100, Washington, DC 20006-3906, Phone: (202) 955-3000, Fax: (202) 955-5564, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

1
  • Call Sign: KB7OZV
    Grant Date: 04/20/1993, Expiration Date: 04/20/2003, Cancellation Date: 04/21/2005
    Registrant: Loretta M Meyer, Rufus, OR 97050

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 17
See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Rufus, OR
Most common first names in Rufus, OR among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Robert464.0 years
Dorothy371.0 years
George372.7 years
Henry370.3 years
James375.0 years
Harold278.6 years
Donald267.5 years
Anna273.0 years
Elmer274.0 years
Jack264.5 years
Most common last names in Rufus, OR among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Morris381.3 years
Eaton368.3 years
Byrd278.5 years
Blackburne288.5 years
Blubaugh274.0 years
Hill269.0 years
Dolph284.5 years
Kuypers270.5 years
Jordan290.5 years
Johnson278.0 years

Rufus on our top lists:

  • #93 on the list of "Top 100 cities with declining populations from 2000 to 2008"
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