Klamath Falls, Oregon

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Klamath Falls is a city located in Klamath County, Oregon. Originally called Linkville when George Nurse founded the town in 1867, after the Link River on whose falls this city sits. The name was changed to Klamath Falls in 1892-3, and is sometimes called K Falls. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 19,462. It is the county seat of Klamath CountyGR6.



The Klamath Indians were the first inhabitants of the area. Their name for this place was Yulalona or Iwauna, which referred to the fact the Link River would flow upstream when the south wind blew hard. Their name for the falls was Tiwishkeni, or "where the falling waters rush".

Klamath Falls was incorporated as a city in 1905.

The town has one of the worst unemployment rates in the state of Oregon since the collapse of the timber industry and has a significant crime rate related to methamphetimine There is a large community of Evangelical Christians. The Oregon Citizens Alliance was formed in Klamath Falls.


Image:ORMap-doton-Klamath Falls.pngKlamath Falls is located at 42°13'24" North, 121°46'39" West (42.223441, -121.777578)GR1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.7 mi² (48.5 km²). 17.9 mi² (46.3 km²) of it is land and 0.9 mi² (2.2 km²) of it is water. The total area is 4.54% water.


As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there are 19,462 people, 7,916 households, and 4,670 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,089.5/mi² (420.7/km²). There are 8,722 housing units at an average density of 488.3/mi² (188.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city is 85.12% White, 1.02% African American, 4.44% Native American, 1.32% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 4.15% from other races, and 3.83% from two or more races. 9.32% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 7,916 households out of which 30.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.2% are married couples living together, 11.7% have a female householder with no husband present, and 41.0% are non-families. 32.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.9% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.36 and the average family size is 2.99.

In the city the population is spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 13.1% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 33 years. For every 100 females there are 101.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 100.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $28,498, and the median income for a family is $37,021. Males have a median income of $31,567 versus $22,313 for females. The per capita income for the city is $16,710. 21.9% of the population and 16.2% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 26.8% of those under the age of 18 and 9.5% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.


Klamath Fall's economy depends heavily on the timber industry, potato agriculture, and somewhat on tourism.

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Klamath Falls is home to many outdoor winter and summer activities. The nearby Running Y Ranch Resort, features a golf course designed by Arnold Palmer, an ice skating arena Bill Collier Community Ice Arena, and overlooks Klamath Lake, the largest natural lake in the Pacific Northwest.

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