Sams Valley, Oregon

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Population in July 2007: 5,024.
Males: 2,507  (49.9%)
Females: 2,517  (50.1%)
Median resident age:  42.6 years
Oregon median age:  36.3 years

Zip code: 97525

Estimated median household income in 2012: $49,937 (it was $40,633 in 2000)
Sams Valley:

$49,937
OR:

$49,161
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $22,835 (it was $18,401 in 2000)

Sams Valley CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $198,192 (it was $131,300 in 2000)
Sams Valley:

$198,192
OR:

$223,900
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $337,446; Detached houses: $386,373; Townhouses or other attached units: $159,154; In 2-unit structures: $58,356; Mobile homes: $224,966; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $110,081
Sams Valley races chart
  • White alone - 4,239 (92.1%)
  • Hispanic - 179 (3.9%)
  • Two or more races - 96 (2.1%)
  • American Indian alone - 48 (1.0%)
  • Asian alone - 17 (0.4%)
  • Other race alone - 18 (0.4%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 7 (0.2%)
  • Black alone - 1 (0.02%)
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Sams Valley: 183.8 (very high, U.S. average is 100)

Current Local Time: PST time zone

Elevation: 1270 feet

Land area: 102.2 square miles.

Population density: 49 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).
Sams Valley, Oregon map

For population 25 years and over in Sams Valley:

  • High school or higher: 84.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 14.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.7%
  • Unemployed: 7.9%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.3 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Sams Valley CCD:

  • Never married: 14.7%
  • Now married: 66.4%
  • Separated: 1.4%
  • Widowed: 5.1%
  • Divorced: 13.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Sams Valley CCD:  0.9% ($1,172)
Oregon:  1.2% ($1,687)
Sams Valley satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Medford, OR (12.2 miles , pop. 63,154).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Northwest Clackamas, OR (202.8 miles , pop. 224,220).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (632.0 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities: Gold Hill, OR (2.0 miles ), Central Point, OR (2.9 miles ), Foots Creek, OR (3.0 miles ), Wimer, OR (3.0 miles ), White City, OR (3.0 miles ), Northwest Jackson, OR (3.0 miles ), Rogue River, OR (3.0 miles ), Eagle Point, OR (3.2 miles ).

Latitude: 42.48 N, Longitude: 123.00 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 541

Sams Valley household income distribution Sams Valley home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

8.4%
Oregon:

6.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (15%)
  • Wood products (8%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (5%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Truck transportation (4%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
  • Health care (19%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Food and beverage stores (5%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (4%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (6%)
  • Engineers (4%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (5%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4%)
  • Registered nurses (4%)

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

Average climate in Sams Valley, Oregon

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Sams Valley-area historical earthquake activity is above Oregon state average. It is 450% 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 180.5 miles away from the city 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 116.0 miles away from Sams Valley center
On 4/18/1906 at 13:12:21, a magnitude 7.9 (7.9 UK) earthquake occurred 309.7 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 157.3 miles away from the city center, causing $75,000,000 total damage
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 142.1 miles away from Sams Valley center
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 177.3 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 Jackson County (10) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 4
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Fires: 4, Floods: 4, Storms: 2, Drought: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Landslide: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snow: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near Sams Valley:

  • CENTRAL POINT CARE (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; CENTRAL POINT, OR)
  • SIGNATURE HOME HEALTH (Home Health Center, about 9 miles away; CENTRAL POINT, OR)
  • PROVIDENCE HOME CARE (Home Health Center, about 11 miles away; MEDFORD, OR)
  • PROVIDENCE MEDFORD HOSPICE (Hospital, about 11 miles away; MEDFORD, OR)
  • PROVIDENCE MEDFORD MEDICAL CENTER Acute Care Hospitals (about 12 miles away; MEDFORD, OR)
  • MEDFORD REHAB AND HEALTHCARE (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; MEDFORD, OR)
  • VILLA ROYAL HEALTH CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; MEDFORD, OR)

Amtrak stations near Sams Valley:

  • 13 miles: MEDFORD (212 N. BARTLETTE ST.) - Bus Station . Services: enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, free short-term parking, call for taxi service.
  • 16 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 Sams Valley:

  • Rogue Community College (about 21 miles; Grants Pass, OR; Full-time enrollment: 3,600)
  • Southern Oregon University (about 26 miles; Ashland, OR; FT enrollment: 4,650)
  • Oregon Institute of Technology (about 64 miles; Klamath Falls, OR; FT enrollment: 2,900)
  • Lane Community College (about 107 miles; Eugene, OR; FT enrollment: 6,373)
  • University of Oregon (about 109 miles; Eugene, OR; FT enrollment: 23,329)
  • Humboldt State University (about 125 miles; Arcata, CA; FT enrollment: 7,353)
  • Shasta College (about 133 miles; Redding, CA; FT enrollment: 5,645)

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Notable locations in Sams Valley: Touvelle State Park Boat Ramp (A), Drake Ranch (B), Cliff Ranch (C), Hull Orchard (D), Ray Gold (E), Table Rock School (F), Gold Hill Chavner Water Treatment Plant (G), Gold Hill Sewage Treatment Plant (H), Jackson County Fire District 3 Sams Valley Station (I), Gold Hill Historical Society Museum (J), Gold Hill City Hall (K), Gold Hill Library (L), Gold Hill Municipal Court (M). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Pankey Park Cemetery (1), Antioch Cemetery (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Lake of the Cedars (A), Modoc Pond (B), Quackenbush Reservoir (C), Lomoha Reservoir (D), Sams Valley Reservoir (E), Straus Reservoir (F), Korner Reservoir (G), Koellner Reservoir (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Short Creek (A), Mystery Creek (B), Bear Creek (C), Jorden Creek (D), Mineral Creek (E), Constance Creek (F), Zana Creek (G), Cliff Creek (H), Modoc Slough (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Sams Valley include: TouVelle State Park (1), Gold Hill Regional Park (2), Gold Nugget County Recreation Area (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

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

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 41.1. This is significantly better than average.

City:

41.1
U.S.:

74.2

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2004 was 0.995. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 11.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.995
U.S.:

0.303

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 17.2. This is about average. Closest monitor was 7.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

17.2
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 6.61. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 7.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

6.61
U.S.:

9.14
Average household size:
This place:  2.5 people
Oregon:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  73.6%
Whole state:  63.4%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  6.6%
Whole state:  8.0%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.4% of all households

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

8.8%
Whole state:

11.6%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

6.3%
Whole state:

5.0%

People in group quarters in Sams Valley in 2010:

  • 12 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 5 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 5 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
12 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms in 2000
3 people in other group homes in 2000

Sams Valley compared to Oregon state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (50%)
  • Wood (26%)
  • Utility gas (15%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (4%)

Presidential Elections Results

2000 2004 2008 2012

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2004 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Sams Valley CCD (based on Jackson County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 22.18%
Here: 22.2%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchLDS (Mormon) ChurchAssemblies of GodPresbyterian Church (USA)Church of the Nazarene
Adherents26.8%14.8%6.8%5.7%4.3%
Congregations3.3%9.3%10.6%4.6%5.3%
NameSeventh-Day Adventist ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaOther
Adherents4.1%3.4%3.3%3.1%27.6%
Congregations6.0%6.0%3.3%1.3%50.3%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 33
Jackson County:

1.66 / 10,000 pop.
Oregon:

2.03 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 6
This county:

0.30 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.33 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 45
Jackson County:

2.26 / 10,000 pop.
Oregon:

2.01 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 33
Jackson County:

1.66 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.69 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 199
Here:

10.00 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

7.9%
Oregon:

7.4%
Adult obesity rate:
Jackson County:

23.2%
Oregon:

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

11.1%
State:

14.2%

6.62% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 200543,118 ($ average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.62%
Oregon average:

8.89%

0.05% of residents moved from foreign countries($156 average AGI)
Jackson County:

0.05%
Oregon average:

0.11%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Josephine County, OR  0.55% ($30,486 average AGI)
from Lane County, OR  0.21% ($28,299)
from Los Angeles County, CA  0.20% ($45,220)


6.05% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 200635,915 ($ average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.05%
Oregon average:

7.91%

0.05% of residents moved to foreign countries($296 average AGI)
Jackson County:

0.05%
Oregon average:

0.06%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Josephine County, OR  0.56% ($32,093 average AGI)
to Lane County, OR  0.36% ($32,724)
to Multnomah County, OR  0.36% ($26,458)

Strongest AM radio stations in Sams Valley:

  • KAPL (1300 AM; 20 kW; PHOENIX, OR; Owner: APPLEGATE MEDIA, INC.)
  • KRTA (610 AM; 5 kW; MEDFORD, OR; Owner: OPUS BROADCASTING SYSTEMS, INC.)
  • KAJO (1270 AM; 10 kW; GRANTS PASS, OR; Owner: GRANTS PASS BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KTMT (580 AM; 10 kW; ASHLAND, OR; Owner: MAPLETON COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • KGRV (700 AM; 25 kW; WINSTON, OR; Owner: PACIFIC CASCADE COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • KMED (1440 AM; 5 kW; MEDFORD, OR; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KAGI (930 AM; 5 kW; GRANTS PASS, OR; Owner: SOUTHERN OREGON STATE COLLEGE)
  • KLVB (730 AM; 1 kW; MEDFORD, OR)
  • KCMX (880 AM; 1 kW; PHOENIX, OR; Owner: MAPLETON COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • KDUN (1030 AM; 50 kW; REEDSPORT, OR; Owner: PAMPLIN BROADCASTING-OREGON, INC.)
  • KPNW (1120 AM; 50 kW; EUGENE, OR; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KPOJ (620 AM; 50 kW; PORTLAND, OR; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KSJK (1230 AM; 1 kW; TALENT, OR; Owner: ST. OF OR. ACT & ST. BD. OF HGR ED.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Sams Valley:

  • KRWQ (100.3 FM; GOLD HILL, OR; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KBOY-FM (95.7 FM; MEDFORD, OR; Owner: MAPLETON COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • KLDZ (103.5 FM; MEDFORD, OR; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • K296BS (107.1 FM; MEDFORD, ETC., OR; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • KCMX-FM (101.9 FM; ASHLAND, OR; Owner: MAPLETON COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • KRRM (94.7 FM; ROGUE RIVER, OR; Owner: SHIRLEY M. BELL)
  • K290AF (105.9 FM; ROGUE RIVER, OR; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • K266AC (101.1 FM; ROGUE RIVER, OR; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • K259AE (99.7 FM; WOLF CREEK, OR; Owner: GRANTS PASS BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KROG (96.9 FM; GRANTS PASS, OR; Owner: OPUS BROADCASTING SYSTEMS, INC.)
  • KLDR (98.3 FM; HARBECK-FRUITDALE, OR; Owner: GRANTS PASS BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • KSOR (90.1 FM; ASHLAND, OR; Owner: OREGON STATE BOARD OF HIGHER EDUC.)
  • K222AF (92.3 FM; AZALEA, OR; Owner: FAMILY LIFE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K254AD (98.7 FM; MEDFORD, OR; Owner: GRANTS PASS BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KZZE (106.3 FM; EAGLE POINT, OR; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KAKT (105.1 FM; PHOENIX, OR; Owner: MAPLETON COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • KTMT-FM (93.7 FM; MEDFORD, OR; Owner: MAPLETON COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • KIFS (107.5 FM; ASHLAND, OR; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • K241AG (96.1 FM; GRANTS PASS, OR; Owner: MAPLETON COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K216DR (91.1 FM; CENTRAL POINT, OR; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)

TV broadcast stations around Sams Valley:

  • K57EK (Channel 57; MEDFORD, OR; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • K46CH (Channel 46; GOLD HILL, OR; Owner: SODA MOUNTAIN BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KOBI (Channel 5; MEDFORD, OR; Owner: CALIFORNIA OREGON BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KBLN (Channel 30; GRANTS PASS, OR; Owner: BETTER LIFE TELEVISION, INC.)
  • K04JZ (Channel 4; GOLD HILL, OR; Owner: FREEDOM BROADCASTING OF OREGON, INC.)
  • K55DQ (Channel 55; GOLD HILL, ETC., OR; Owner: SOUTHERN OREGON PUBLIC TELEVISION)
  • K02FT (Channel 2; GOLD HILL, OR; Owner: CALIFORNIA OREGON BROADCASTING, INC.)
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