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McMinnville, Oregon

McMinnville is a city located in Yamhill County, Oregon. It was named by its founder, William T. Newby, an early immigrant on the Oregon Trail, for his home town McMinnville, Tennessee. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 26,499.

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1 History
2 Geography
3 Demographics
4 Tourist Attractions
5 Colleges and Universities
6 External Links


McMinnville was founded as a town in 1876 and became a city in 1882. County residents voted to move the county seat of Yamhill County from Lafayette to McMinnville in 1886.

McMinnville is well known amongst UFO circles for the Trent Farm sighting on the evening of May 11, 1950.

In the 1990s, the majority of the vineyards of the Willamette Valley Appellation have centered around McMinnville, thus giving this city a claim to the title of the capital of Oregon's wine industry.


McMinnville is located 50 miles from the Pacific Ocean, 30 miles from Portland, Oregon, and 25 miles from the state capitol, centered at 45°12'42" North, 123°11'50" West (45.2118, -123.1973).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 25.6 km² (9.9 mi²), none of which is covered with water, in spite of an average of 42 inches of rain per year.


As of the census of 2000, there are 26,499 people residing in the city, among 9,367 households and 6,463 families. The population density is 1,033.5/km² (2,675.8/mi²). There are 9,834 housing units at an average density of 383.5/km² (993.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 86.39% White, 1.39% Native American, 1.25% Asian, 0.68% African American, and 0.18% Pacific Islander. 14.64% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. 7.26% identify themselves as from other races, and 2.86% from two or more races.

There are 9,367 households out of which 35.4% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.5% are married couples living together, 10.8% have a female householder with no husband present, and 31.0% are non-families. 23.9% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.66 and the average family size is 3.13.

In the city, the population is spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 14.7% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 17.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 32 years. For every 100 females there are 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 90.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $38,953, and the median income for a family is $44,013. Males have a median income of $33,517 versus $24,405 for females. The per capita income for the city is $17,085. 12.9% of the population and 8.2% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 14.0% are under the age of 18 and 7.8% are 65 or older.

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