Canby Community Profile

PO Box 930, 182 N. Holly Street, Canby, OR 97013
Phone 503–266–4021 • Fax 503–266–7961
Web Page • E-Mail:

City Location

County(ies): Clackamas    Incorporated in 1893
Location: North Willamette Valley, 25 miles south of Portland and 30 miles north of Salem, just 4 miles from I-5 and Wilsonville.
Nearest Major Highway and Distance: Interstate 5 - 4 miles, US Hwy 99E through town, I-205 - 10 miles
Nearest Major City and Distance:
Portland | 25 miles, Estimated Drive Time: 25 minutes
Distance to Portland: 25 miles

Source: Oregon Department of Transportation, State of Oregon Map; Oregon Blue Book

Recreational Amenities

Molalla River State Park, 6 city parks, Access to the Willamette and Molalla Rivers, Canby Swim Center, Charbonneau Golf Club, Frontier Golf Club, Landon Farms Golf Club, and Ranch Hills Golf Club. Attractions include: Swan Island Dahlia Fields, The Flower Farmer miniaure railroad, Fir Point Farms, St. Josef's Wine Cellar Winery, Canby Depot Museum, Clackamas County Fairgrounds, Canby Ferry, and the Hoffman Dairy Garden. Local festivals include the Canby Growers Market (weekly in the summer), Slice of Summer outdoor concerts, General Canby Days, Clackamas County Fair and Rodeo, and the Canby Wine and Art Festival.

Planning a vacation or a tour through an area of Oregon? Visit the Oregon Tourism Commission's web site at for more information.

Source: City Administration, local chamber of commerce, local convention and visitor bureau


Elevation: 153'      Measurement Location: Portland

Monthly Ave. Low: 32° F           Monthly Ave. High: 80° F
Hottest Month: August                  Coldest Month: January
Driest Month: July                    Wettest Month: December
Average annual precipitation: 40.780"

Humidity (Hour 10, local time):
Average July afternoon humidity: 62%
Average January afternoon humidity: 82%

Source: Oregon Climate Service

Information in the Community Profiles was derived from many sources, including local, state and federal sources. The Oregon Business Development Department cannot accept responsibility for errors or omissions. Questions and comments may be directed to the department by telephone 503-986-0123, by fax 503-581-5115 or by email

Profile Topics

Community Age Groups
Industries and Products
Demographic Data
5 Largest Employers
Economic Development Orgs
Financial Institutions
Business Taxes
Public Safety
Community Communications
Water Supply
Wastewater Treatment System
Natural Gas & Electrical

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City of Canby8,990 12,790 14,385 14,705
Clackamas County 278,850 338,391 361,300 367,040
Sources: 1990, 2000 US Census; 2205, 2006 Center for Population Research and Census, Portland State University. 0 indicates data is unavailable.

Clackamas County 1,879 sq miles   195 persons/sq mile Sources: figures based on 2006 PSU population estimates;
Oregon Bluebook county square mileage

Community Age Groups

Under 5 years320 666 667 1,080

5-19 years1,035 1,982 2,199 3,172

20-44 years1,151 2,898 3,149 4,538

45-64 years720 1,147 1,534 2,515

65+ years587 966 1,308 1,485

Median Age30 29 33 32.9

Source: US Census, 0 or N/A indicates data is not available. Median value is the middle value, not an average.


Total Housing Units1970198019902000Median Value of
Housing, 2000
City of Canby1,241 2,636 3,245 4,790 $165,500
Clackamas County 49,159 84,424 109,003 136,954 $199,000

City of Canby 2000 Housing Breakout:Also visit Housing and
Community Services Web Site:
Vacancy Rate:6.05%
Median Owner Cost
Owner Occupied:3,016

Renter Occupied:1,473
Median Gross Rent:$536

Source: US Census. Median value is the middle value, not an average.

Economic Development and Employment

Principal Industries of the County(ies):
Clackamas County—Paper, lumber, agriculture, manufacturing (fabricated metal products and industrial machine and equipment)

Source: Oregon Employment Department, Covered Employment and Payroll Reports, 1998

Agricultural Products of the Area (Top 3 largest gross farm sales):
Clackamas County—Specialty products, eggs and poultry, small fruits and berries

Source: Oregon State University, Extension Economic Information Office

Total Number of Manufacturing Companies in the County:
Clackamas County 651

Source: Oregon Employment Department, Covered Employment and Payroll Reports, 1998

Total Number of Manufacturing Companies in the City:
Source: City Administration

Economic Indicators

Clackamas CountyOregon


Labor Force192,324193,6761,802,9381,793,7731,840,133
Total Employment1,715,4531,679,9141,701,390
Unemployment Rate4.8%6.7%4.9%6.3%7.5%
Non-Farm Payroll Employment01,606,8001,596,1001,572,500
Total Covered Employment133,998133,9571,607,9441,596,9431,573,083
Total Covered Payroll
($ thousands county/
$ millions state)
Ave. Annual Payroll Per Employee$33,699$34,332$32,776$33,202$33,684
Number of Business Units10,43510,701108,432111,353113,097
Total Personal Income ($ millions)$123,237$125,172$94,999$98,500$101,358
Annual Per Capita Personal Income$$35,543$27,649$28,40028,792
Assessed Value of Property ($ millions)$0$32,394$198,911$210,435$219,878
Residential Construction
  Building Permits
  Value ($ thousands)





Travel Expenditures ($ millions)$0$327,100$6,133$6,128$6,208
Travel-Related Employment03,66089,80091,10090,200

 Preliminary Data
Sources: Oregon Employment Department; Center for Population Research & Census, PSU; U.S. Census Bureau; Bureau of Economic Analysis; Oregon Tourism Commission; Oregon Department of Revenue; Oregon Economic and Community Development Department.

5 Largest Employers, Public and Private as of March, 2003

Employer—Product/ServiceNumber of
Canby School District—Education 500

Johnson’s Controls/Battery Group—Auto batteries, construction equipment & boats 250

Cutsforth Thriftway—Grocer 135

Willamette Egg Farms—Eggs 135

JV Northwest—Stainless Steel Vats and Containers 70

Source: City Administration

Oregon Employment Labor Market Information

This link takes you to the Oregon Employment Department, Labor Market Analysis database. County information can be obtained here.—Click on Regional Information.

Local and Regional Economic Development Organizations

City of Canby— 503–266–4021

Canby Area Chamber of Commerce— 503–266–4600

Clackamas County Business and Economic Development Services — 503-353-4327

Canby Business Revitilization 503-266-4338

Economic & Community Development Department Regional Development Officer— 503-353-4411

Source: City Administration, local chamber of commerce, Oregon Economic and Community Development Department


Public and Private Schools K–12

Public School District:
Canby School District 86
1110 S Ivy
Canby, OR 97013-4298
Phone: 503-266-7861
Fax: 503-266-0022
Web site:

Staff and Enrollments:
District Certified Staff: reported October 2000—304
Total District Enrollment: reported October 2001—5,186

Other Schools in the School District (Private, Parochial)
To see if there are private and/or parochial schools in this district please visit

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Oregon Community Colleges and Public Universities

Oregon map with higher ed institutions identified

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For a list of public and private educational institutions in Oregon visit


Oregon Economic and Community Development Department Workforce Advocate 503–986–0207, or visit Locate local workforce assistance at

Financial Information

Financial Institutions

Commercial Banks: 5   Savings and Loans:    Credit Unions: 0

Source: City Administration


Sales Tax Oregon has no general sales tax.

Property Tax
Property—Who pays? Owners of real and business personal property, according to the assessed value of taxable residential, commercial, farm, industrial, utility and timber property.

County assessors combine permanent operating tax rates (set in fiscal year 1997–98) with other levy rates to determine consolidated tax rates. These rates are applied to the assessed value to determine the tax extended. A constitutional limitation is applied to the tax extended to arive at the tax imposed for the property. Generally, taxes are limited to a maximum of $15 per $1,000 of real market value. Assessed values are limited to a 3 percent annual growth rate. New construction is valued at the average rate of similar properties in the area. For more information contact the Clackamas County assessor’s office at 503–655–8671.

Tax rates are representative of the largest tax code in the city. The rates are expressed as tax liability per $1,000 of assessed property value.

Clackamas County
Average Compressed Tax Rate 1997-98$14.02
Average Compressed Tax Rate 1998-99$14.23
Average 1999 Housing Value$142,317
Ave Res Property Tax Paid on Ave House 1997-98$1,925.31
Ave Res Property Tax Paid on Ave House 1998-99$2,025.17
Average School rate 1998-99 . . . . . . . . $7.79

Average Non-School Rate 1998-99. . . . $8.00

Average City Rate 1998-99 . . . . . . . . . $3.62

Business Taxes
Property—see above

Income—Corporations doing or authorized to do business in Oregon pay excise tax. Corporations not doing or authorized to do business, but having income from an Oregon source, pay income tax. For more information contact the Oregon Department of Revenue, 955 Center St., NE, Salem, OR 97301, 503–378–4988,

Unemployment Insurance—Employers pay this. For 2002, new employers are assigned a fixed rate of 3 percent of taxable wage base. Tax rates for existing employers are based on employers' experience and range from 1 percent to 5.4 percent of taxable wage base. Taxes are paid quarterly and are due by the end of the month following the quarter. In 2002, the tax is paid on the first $25,000 of wages paid to each employee. The rate schedule in effect depends on the balance in the Trust Fund as of August 31 each year and the amount of revenue needed to maintain the balance at a level adequate to pay benefits. For more information contact the Oregon Employment Department, 875 Union St., NE, Salem, OR 97301, 503–947–1488, web

Utilities, Railroad, Weight-mile—Who pays? All railroads and investor-owned utilities operating with the state pay an annual fee. For-hire and private motor carriers operating into, within and through the state pay weight-mile taxes. Rates—limit of .25 percent of gross operating revenues of investor-owned utilities; .25 percent charged on 2002 revenues. Limit of .35 percent on gross operating revenues of railroads; .267 percent charged in 2002 revenues. Applications, plate fees and per-mile rates dependent on declared combined weight of vehicle. For more information contact the Oregon Public Utility Commission, 550 Capitol St., NE, Suite 215, Salem, OR 97301–2551, 503–378–6611, web; Oregon Department of Transportation, Rail Section, 555 13th St., NE, Salem, OR 97310–1333, 503–986–4125, web; Oregon Department of Transportation, Motor Carrier Transport Branch, 550 Capitol St., NE, Salem, OR 97301–3871, 503–378–6699, web

Oregon's Business Incentives.

Other incentives: None

Motor Vehicle Licensing, Driver Licensing, Fuels—Who pays? Owners and operators of motor vehicles. Oil companies importing fuels. Truckers using Oregon highways. Fees—Registration fees, driver license fees and renewals (contact the Oregon Driver & Motor Vehicle Services division 503–945–5000, web

Hunting and Fishing Licenses—contact Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, PO Box 59, Portland, OR 97207, general information 503–872–5268, licenses/tags/permits 503–872–5275, web

Amusement Device Tax—An excise tax is imposed upon every person who operates an amusement device in Oregon. An amusement device is a video lottery game terminal. More information from the Oregon Lottery Commission, 500 Airport Rd SE, Salem, 97301, web

Emergency Communications (9–1–1) Tax—Telephone companies providing local exchange access services in Oregon Collect this tax from their customers. The tax, which is $0.75 per line per month, is reported and paid quarterly. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web

Hazardous Substance Fee—Paid by possessors of nonpetroleum hazardous substance. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web

Petroleum Load Fee—Paid by petroleum suppliers and importers to Oregon. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web

Timber Severance Tax—Paid by timber owners on harvested timber’s value. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web

Forest Products Harvest Tax—Paid on timber cut from any land in Oregon. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web

Dry Cleaning Tax—Paid by operators of dry cleaning facilities. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web

Alcoholic Beverages—Manufacturers and/or import wholesalers of malt beverages and wines pay a privilege tax. Manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers of distilled spirits, malt beverages and wines pay license fees. Employees who serve alcoholic beverages pay for service permits. For more information contact the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, PO Box 22297, Portland, OR 97222, 503–872–5000 or 1–800–452–6522 (in Oregon), web

Tobacco Products—Cigarette and tobacco products distributors are required to purchase tax stamps for cigarettes or pay a percentage of the wholesale price on other tobacco products. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web

Transit Payroll Tax–paid by employers in the Tri-Met (Portland area) and Lane Transit District (Eugene) for mass transit systems. Administered by the Department of Revenue, web

Many local governments in Oregon collect other taxes, such as hotel-motel taxes. Contact the city or county in which you are interested for more complete information about taxes in that area.

Source: Oregon Department of Revenue, “A Summary of Taxes,” January 2002; County information–County Assessor’s Office

Community Services and Resources

Public Safety/Emergency Services

Fire Station(s) serving community: Canby Rural Fire Department, 2 stations
Number of paid and volunteer firefighters: 55
Rating by Insurance Services Organization (ISO): 5–8*
Comments: Contact the Canby Fire District at 503-266- 5851
Canby Fire District

Police Department: Canby Police Department at 503-266-1104
Number of paid and reserve officers: 32

Nearest Hospital and distance: Willamette Falls Hospital, Oregon City–6 miles
Regional Hospital and distance: Legacy Meridian Park Hospital - Tualatin - 15 miles
Emergency services to community: Ambulance
General Clinic(s): 5

Source: City Administration

Communications Resources

Local Newspapers: The Canby Herald

Regional Newspapers: The Oregonian

Radio Stations: 19 AM stations, 11 FM stations

TV Stations: 6

Available Cable Television: Willamette Broadband Phone (503) 263-8080 Sandy Coleman is the General Manager

Telephone Service Provider(s): Canby Telephone Association

Local Internet Service Provider(s): Yes
Number of Internet Service Providers: 1
Source: City Administration

Library System
1 public library

Source: City Administration

Planning Service/Regulatory

Regulatory SystemYear AcknowledgedYear Last
Year of Periodic ReviewComments
Comprehensive Plan1984 1992 2003
Zoning Ordinance

Building Permit System

Subdivision Ordinance

Strategic Plan

Territory Covered by Zoning
Municipality Yes     County Data unavailable at this time.
Source: City Administration

Industrial Lands
Does the Community seek industrial development? Yes
Access Statewide industrial lands database—
Source: Economic and Community Development Department

Special Districts and Associations (ports, water, sewer, etc.)
Name of Special District and the Oregon Revised Statute it was created under:
Clackamas Education Service District, Clackamas Community College, City of Canby, Canby Utility Board (Water & electricity), Canby School District, Canby Fire District #62, Blue Heron Recreation District, Canby Road District #8, Canby Urban Renewal District, Port of Portland, Clackamas County Vector Control, and Canby Area Transit (CAT).

Special Districts Association of Oregon—727 Center St., NE Salem, OR 97301, 503–371–8667 or 800–285–5461
Source: City Administration


Water Supply

Operator: Canby Utility Board - John Adams 503-266-1156
District: N/A
Source: Surface Water; Molalla River
Supply: Treated; Capacity (MGD)–6.00; Pressure (PSI)–70.00

Current Water Utilization on Meter Size (MGD): 1.8 - 4.8 MGD
Water Costs per thousand gallons: $1.30 per 1000 gallons.
Water Costs for Total Consumption of Residential: $10.30 base rate + $0.97 for 100 cubic feet.

Age of Water System: 1996

Water System Comment(s): Systems Development Charges are for 5/8" - 3/4" $1800, 1" $2,400, 1 1/2 $9,000

Compliance Issues: None

Water debt repayment included as part of tax assessment? No

Date of Current Master Plan: 1998

Plans for Upgrading or Expanding: Master plan in process of being updated by September 2003 and developing a water management plan separately. . Future reservoir expansion planned.
Source: City Administration

Wastewater Treatment System

Operator: City of Canby - Darven Tremmel 503-266-4021          Age of Wastewater Collection System: 1973
District: N/A

System Design Capacity (MGD): 2.00     System Utilization (MGD): 1.50
Collection System Fees: Call provider    Hook-up or Connection Fee: None
Access Fee or System Development Fee: Call the City of Canby for the latest rates. 503-266-4021

Comment(s) on Wastewater System: None.

Compliance Issues: Not available at this time.

Date of Last Facility Plan:

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion: Contact Darvin Tramel at the City of Canby at 503-266-4021.

Storm Drain: Yes    Storm Water Discharge Fee:
Fees or issues related to storm drains: Fees range from $.50/month for schools to $15.30/month for commercial businesses
Source: City Administration


Is there access to broadband
DirectLink Inc.

If yes, check all that apply:
Microwave  Fiberoptic  Satellite

Is there route diversity? No
AccessMonthly FeeOther Fee
T1 No
Cable Yes

For Oregon Telecommunications information and resources, visit

Natural Gas—Provider: NW Natural Gas
Lines and Feed: For Industrial Accounts - Contact NW Natural Gas at 226-4211 x 2489, A natural gas pipeline is located 1 mile west near Barlow Road.

Rate Structure: Contact NW Natural Gas at 226-4211 x 2489, see their web page at

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion: See web site for the latest information.

Electrical—Provider: Canby Utility Board
Lines and Feed: Contact Canby Utility Board at 503-266-1156

Rate Structure Contact Canby Utility Board at 503-266-1156

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion: Data not available at this time

Solid Waste Management: Canby Disposal

Permit Status:

Utility Expansion Plans: None

Utilities Source: City Administration; PGE information supplied by PGE. Note: We update utility rates periodically. Actual rates may change more often than that. For the most current rate for any carrier please consult the Public Utilities Commission web site at Click on the Statistics 200x label (x being the most recent year).


Highways Hwy 99E north/south, local access   Transportation Access Fee: $0

Community Air Service No
If no local service, list closest Air Facility
Air Passenger Service: No
Airport Freight Service: No
Portland International Airport–25 miles
Air Service Comments: Aurora General Aviation Airport located 3 miles from Canby

Rail Service: Yes Union Pacific Line through downtown Canby
Freight Service: Yes    Passenger Service: No
If no local service, list closest Rail Service:

Marine No

Transportation issues which might confront development, such as non-attainment air shed, etc.: None

Public Transportation Comment: Canby provides enhanced local transit service that links to TriMet routes in Oregon City and Wilsonville.

Bus Service Available in the Community: Yes Canby Area Transit (CAT) - city owned service w. connections to Tri-met
Scheduled Bus Service Available: Yes    Buses Per Day: 20
Local Charter Services: No 
Distance to Nearest Bus Service: 0

Trucking Service
Scheduled Freight Carrier Services: Yes  
Overnight Express Parcel Service Available: Yes 
Overnight Express Mail Service Available: Yes
Transportation Comments: Canby is within 5 miles of I-5 with 2 alternate access routes. The Arndt Road connection is being upgraded with the 1st phase competion scheduled for winter 2003-4. The closest air and port facilities located 25 miles to Portland. There is a General Aviation Airport in Aurora, and Union Pacific Rail through town.

For more information relating to transportation topics please visit the Department of Transportation web site. Airports (maps and general information); Bicycle and Pedestrian Route information; Public Transportation, bus and rail

Source: City Administration, local chamber of commerce (proprietary information)