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Keizer, Oregon
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Keizer, Oregon

Keizer is a city located in Marion County, Oregon. It was named for Thomas Dove and J.B. Keizer, two pioneers who arrived in the wagon train of 1843, and later filed donation land claims. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 32,203.

History

The original settlement was at Keizer Bottom, near the banks of the Willamette River. This settlement suffered in the flood of 1861, and the inhabitants rebuilt their homes on higher ground. Further floods in 1943, 1945, 1946 and 1948 hampered the growth of the community, and it was not until dams were built in the 1950s to regulate the flow of the Willamette that Keizer began to flourish.

Many times the City of Salem tried to annex the growing community adjacent to its city limits. Beginning in 1964 a number of Keizer residents, tried to convince the people of Keizer that it would be cheaper and better to form their own city. It was not until November 2, 1982 when, with the support of the nearby unincorporated community of Clear Lake, residents voted to make Keizer a city.

Geography

Keizer is located at 45°0'2" North, 123°1'19" West (45.000491, -123.021885)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.1 km² (7.4 mi²). 18.7 km² (7.2 mi²) of it is land and 0.4 km² (0.2 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 2.03% water.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there are 32,203 people, 12,110 households, and 8,646 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,719.7/km² (4,455.7/mi²). There are 12,774 housing units at an average density of 682.2/km² (1,767.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 85.52% White, 0.75% African American, 1.38% Native American, 1.49% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 7.22% from other races, and 3.44% from two or more races. 12.27% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 12,110 households out of which 35.6% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.8% are married couples living together, 11.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 28.6% are non-families. 22.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.64 and the average family size is 3.07.

In the city the population is spread out with 27.7% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 94.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 91.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $45,052, and the median income for a family is $49,977. Males have a median income of $37,138 versus $27,032 for females. The per capita income for the city is $20,119. 9.3% of the population and 6.2% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 11.7% are under the age of 18 and 7.6% are 65 or older.

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