Douglas County
Douglas County Courthouse in Roseburg
Douglas County Courthouse in Roseburg
Map of Oregon highlighting Douglas County
Location within the U.S. state of Oregon
Map of the United States highlighting Oregon
Oregon's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 43°17′N 123°11′W / 43.29°N 123.18°W / 43.29; -123.18
Country United States
State Oregon
FoundedJanuary 7, 1852
SeatRoseburg
Largest cityRoseburg
Area
 • Total5,134 sq mi (13,300 km2)
 • Land5,036 sq mi (13,040 km2)
 • Water98 sq mi (250 km2)  1.9%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total111,201
 • Estimate 
(2021)
111,978 Increase
 • Density21/sq mi (8/km2)
Time zoneUTC−8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−7 (PDT)
Congressional district4th
Websitewww.co.douglas.or.us
The county, looking east from west of Roseburg
The county, looking east from west of Roseburg
A gold "needle" from the Bohemia District in Douglas County
A gold "needle" from the Bohemia District in Douglas County

Douglas County is one of the 36 counties in the U.S. state of Oregon. As of the 2020 census, the population was 111,201.[1] The county seat is Roseburg.[2] The county is named after Stephen A. Douglas, an American politician who supported Oregon statehood. Douglas County comprises the Roseburg, OR Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

The area originally was inhabited by the Umpqua Indians, a grouping of natives who spoke a variety of Penutian and Athabaskan languages. Following the Rogue River Indian War in 1856, most of the remaining natives were moved by the government to the Grand Ronde Indian Reservation. However, seven families of Umpqua hid in the hills, eluding capture for many decades. They are now federally recognized as the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians. The tribe manages a small reservation in Canyonville, Oregon, and has a Casino/Hotel named Seven Feathers to represent the seven families who refused forced removal to the Grand Ronde Reservation.

Douglas County was created on January 7, 1852, from the portion of Umpqua County which lay east of the Coast Range summit. In 1856 the Camas Valley was annexed to Douglas County from Coos County. In 1862, the rest of Umpqua county was absorbed into Douglas County, some say due to the loss of population following the end of the early gold boom, while others attribute the absorption to politics. Further boundary adjustments were made with Jackson and Lane Counties in 1915. The borders of Douglas County are largely defined by the Umpqua River watershed.

In 2017, after the defeat of a referendum, the Douglas County Library System ceased operations and all public libraries in the county were closed.[3] Subsequently, 10 of the cities reopened their libraries to continue serving their communities.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 5,134 square miles (13,300 km2), of which 5,036 square miles (13,040 km2) is land and 98 square miles (250 km2) (1.9%) is water.[4] It is the fifth-largest county in Oregon by area. A portion of the Umpqua National Forest is in Douglas County. Douglas County is one of two Oregon counties that extend from the Pacific Ocean to the Cascade Range. (The other is Lane County.)

National protected areas

Adjacent counties

Demographics

An aerial view of the county
An aerial view of the county
Historical population
Census Pop.
18603,203
18706,06689.4%
18809,59658.2%
189011,86423.6%
190014,56522.8%
191019,67435.1%
192021,3328.4%
193021,9653.0%
194025,72817.1%
195054,549112.0%
196068,45825.5%
197071,7434.8%
198093,74830.7%
199094,6491.0%
2000100,3996.1%
2010107,6677.2%
2020111,2013.3%
2021 (est.)111,978[5]0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2020[1]

2000 census

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 100,399 people, 39,821 households, and 28,233 families living in the county. The population density was 20 people per square mile (8/km2). There were 43,284 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 93.86% White, 0.18% Black or African American, 1.52% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 1.02% from other races, and 2.70% from two or more races. 3.27% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 18.4% were of German, 13.2% American, 12.6% English and 10.2% Irish ancestry. 96.5% spoke English and 2.2% Spanish as their first language.

There were 39,821 households, out of which 29.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.2% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.1% were non-families. 23.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.9.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 24% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 26.4% from 45 to 64, and 17.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 96.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.2 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,223, and the median income for a family was $39,364. Males had a median income of $32,512 versus $22,349 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,581. About 9.6% of families and 13.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.6% of those under age 18 and 9.2% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, there were 107,667 people, 44,581 households, and 29,839 families living in the county.[11] The population density was 21.4 inhabitants per square mile (8.3/km2). There were 48,915 housing units at an average density of 9.7 per square mile (3.7/km2).[12] The racial makeup of the county was 92.4% white, 1.8% American Indian, 1.0% Asian, 0.3% black or African American, 0.1% Pacific islander, 1.2% from other races, and 3.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 4.7% of the population.[11] In terms of ancestry, 25.6% were German, 16.7% were Irish, 15.8% were English, and 5.7% were American.[13]

Of the 44,581 households, 26.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.1% were non-families, and 26.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.82. The median age was 46.1 years.[11]

The median income for a household in the county was $39,711 and the median income for a family was $48,729. Males had a median income of $39,308 versus $28,176 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,342. About 10.6% of families and 15.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.1% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.[14]

2020 census

As of the 2020 census, there were 111,201 people residing in the county.[15]

Communities

Cities

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Transportation

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Roads

Oregon Route 99 runs through Azalea, Tri-City, Myrtle Creek, Canyonville, Green, Roseburg, Winchester, Sutherlin, Rice Hill, Drain, and Anlauf.

Interstate 5 provides access to the communities of Tri-City, Myrtle Creek, Canyonville, Green, Roseburg, Sutherlin, and Rice Hill.

Oregon Route 138 runs northwest from Roseburg to Elkton, Oregon, and generally east from Roseburg to its terminus at a junction with U.S. Route 97, just east of Diamond Lake and Crater Lake.

Buses

The communities of Douglas county are regionally served by U-Trans (formerly Umpqua Transit), the local bus service. In 2017, these services were significantly expanded to include locations such as Oakland, Oregon and Tenmile

Greyhound Lines provide the community of Roseburg with more distant transportation.

Airports

There are two public airports in Roseburg, Marion E. Carl Memorial Field at the north end of town and George Felt Airport to the west.

Politics

In contrast to the Willamette Valley, Douglas County is powerfully conservative and Republican, being akin to Josephine County to the south, or to Eastern Oregon. No Democratic presidential nominee has carried Douglas County since Lyndon Johnson’s landslide win in 1964: indeed the last Democrat to crack forty percent of the county’s vote was Michael Dukakis in 1988 during an election influenced by a major drought. Historically, the county, like all of Western Oregon north of the Rogue Valley, also leaned strongly Republican: before 1964 the only other Democrats to carry Douglas County had been John F. Kennedy in 1960, Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1936 and 1932, Woodrow Wilson in 1912 and William Jennings Bryan in 1896.[16]

Douglas County lies within Oregon's 4th congressional district, which also includes the more liberal Eugene metropolitan area and has thus been represented by Democrat Peter A. DeFazio since 1987. Within the Oregon House of Representatives, Douglas County is split between four districts. The coastal part lies within the 9th District represented by Democrat Caddy McKeown, whilst a belt from Roseburg south lies in the 2nd District, which extends into Jackson and Josephine Counties and is represented by Republican Dallas Heard. The far southwest adjacent to Curry County lies in the 1st District represented by Republican David Brock Smith, and the bulk of the county, centered on the northeastern half, lies in the 7th District represented by Republican Cedric Ross Hayden.

In the Oregon State Senate, Douglas County is split between three districts. The coastal part (9th House of Representatives District) lies within the 5th Senate District represented by Democrat Arnie Roblan. The two southwestern State House Districts (1st and 2nd) are part of the 1st Senate District represented by Republican Jeff Kruse. The main body of the county in the 7th House of Representative District corresponds with the 4th Senate District centered upon Eugene and represented by Democrat Floyd Prozanski.

United States presidential election results for Douglas County, Oregon[17][18]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 43,298 67.29% 19,160 29.78% 1,891 2.94%
2016 34,582 64.61% 14,096 26.34% 4,843 9.05%
2012 30,776 61.80% 17,145 34.43% 1,882 3.78%
2008 30,919 58.41% 20,298 38.34% 1,720 3.25%
2004 35,956 65.39% 18,089 32.90% 939 1.71%
2000 30,294 64.16% 14,193 30.06% 2,733 5.79%
1996 21,855 51.10% 15,250 35.66% 5,664 13.24%
1992 19,011 41.45% 14,137 30.83% 12,712 27.72%
1988 20,120 52.38% 17,255 44.92% 1,040 2.71%
1984 25,243 63.11% 14,609 36.53% 144 0.36%
1980 23,101 58.46% 12,564 31.79% 3,851 9.75%
1976 16,500 50.04% 14,965 45.39% 1,508 4.57%
1972 15,881 57.73% 9,009 32.75% 2,618 9.52%
1968 13,410 51.40% 9,186 35.21% 3,496 13.40%
1964 9,806 38.13% 15,909 61.86% 2 0.01%
1960 12,493 48.39% 13,322 51.61% 0 0.00%
1956 13,837 53.92% 11,825 46.08% 0 0.00%
1952 14,109 64.11% 7,837 35.61% 63 0.29%
1948 7,671 56.35% 5,500 40.41% 441 3.24%
1944 6,134 56.59% 4,563 42.09% 143 1.32%
1940 5,991 55.63% 4,707 43.70% 72 0.67%
1936 4,254 42.08% 4,893 48.40% 963 9.53%
1932 4,046 44.69% 4,638 51.23% 370 4.09%
1928 5,609 70.52% 2,191 27.55% 154 1.94%
1924 4,219 53.75% 1,666 21.23% 1,964 25.02%
1920 4,402 60.18% 2,428 33.19% 485 6.63%
1916 3,922 48.16% 3,679 45.18% 542 6.66%
1912 1,267 26.04% 1,601 32.90% 1,998 41.06%
1908 2,092 53.81% 1,359 34.95% 437 11.24%
1904 2,443 63.21% 908 23.49% 514 13.30%
1900 1,910 51.94% 1,624 44.17% 143 3.89%
1896 1,917 47.66% 2,059 51.19% 46 1.14%
1892 1,329 44.27% 529 17.62% 1,144 38.11%
1888 1,305 51.72% 1,117 44.27% 101 4.00%
1884 1,216 51.20% 1,125 47.37% 34 1.43%
1880 1,256 52.80% 1,105 46.45% 18 0.76%


Economy

Almost the entire watershed of the Umpqua River lies within the boundaries of Douglas County. The heavily timbered county contains nearly 1.8 million acres (7,300 km2) of commercial forest lands and one of the oldest stands of old growth timber in the world. Approximately 25–30% of the labor force is employed in the forest products industry. Agriculture, mainly field crops, orchards, and livestock (particularly sheep ranching), is also important to the economy of the county. The land of Douglas County is roughly half-publicly and half-privately owned.[19]

The post-Prohibition wine industry in Oregon began with Richard Somer planting Hillcrest Vineyard at the south end of the Umpqua Valley in 1961. The Umpqua Valley wine appellation lies entirely within Douglas county.

Nickel has been refined at Riddle since 1954. There is a significant federal presence in the region; the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management administer more than 50% of the county's land.

As of 2015, the top ten private employers in the county were:[20]

# Employer # of Employees
1 Roseburg Forest Products 1,885
2 Mercy Medical Center 1,092
3 Swanson Group Aviation 682
4 TMS Call Center 615
5 Seven Feathers Hotel & Casino Resort 606
6 First Call Resolution 424
7 Umpqua Bank 331
8 Orenco Systems 266
9 A&M Transport, Inc. 200
10 Douglas County Forest Products 160

Media

See also

Notes

References

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  12. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  13. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
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  15. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Douglas County, Oregon; United States". Census.gov. Retrieved July 19, 2022.
  16. ^ Menendez, Albert J.; The Geography of Presidential Elections in the United States, 1868-2004, pp. 284-286 ISBN 0786422173
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  19. ^ "Douglas County Case Study". Darkwing.uoregon.edu. Retrieved June 16, 2013.
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Further reading

Coordinates: 43°17′N 123°11′W / 43.29°N 123.18°W / 43.29; -123.18