Hood River County, Oregon

Hood River County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oregon of the United States. The administrative headquarters ( County Seat) is Hood River. Near the town of Hood River Hood River flows into the Columbia.


The county has an area of ​​840 square kilometers, of which 29 square kilometers are water surface. In 2003, there were 20,760 inhabitants. Hood River County is a so-called Home Rule County, that is, the rules are - if permissible - even set ( County Charter ). There are four districts that are subject to a per commission ( commissioner ).


There is a choice of five commissioners, because there is still a chairman ( chair ). This has a term of two years, while others are elected every four years. The Chairman is elected such a cycle in November. The commission together form the board of commissioners ( Board of Commissioners ). Task is the offering of services the public sector as part of the district administration.


Economic factors of the district are agriculture (including viticulture, fruit plantations) and tourism (water sports, mountain sports ).

Demographic data


According to the census of 2000, there were 20,411 people in the county. There were 7,248 households and 5,175 families. The population density was 15 people per square kilometer. The racial the population was composed of 78.87 % White, 0.57 % African American, 1.12 % Native American, 1.47 % Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander residents from the and 15.37% percent from other ethnic groups; 2.46% were descended from two or more races. 25.02% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 7,248 households out of which 35.70% have children under the age of 18 living with them. 58.60 % were married couples living together, 8.80 % had a female householder with no husband. 28.60% were non-families. 22.70% of all households and 9.90% had someone living alone at the age of 65 years or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.15 persons.

Based on the county the population was spread out with 28.00 % under the age of 18, 8.20 % from 18 to 24, 29.40 % from 25 to 44 years, 21.50% between 45 and 64 years and 12.90% were 65 years old or older. The average age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.90 males, 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.20 males.

The median income for a household was $ 38,326, and the median income for a family was $ 41,422. Males had a median income of $ 31,658, women $ 24,382. The per capita income was $ 17,877. 14.20% of the population and 9.80% of families are below the poverty line. 17.30 % of those under age 18 and 7.80% were 65 years or older.