Chiloquin Community Profile

PO Box 196, 122 S. Second, Chiloquin, OR 97624
Phone 541-783-2717 • Fax 541-783-2035
Web Page • E-Mail:

City Location

County(ies): Klamath    Incorporated in 1926
Location: Southwest Oregon
Nearest Major Highway and Distance: Hwy 97 | local access
Nearest Major City and Distance:
Klamath Falls | 26 miles, Estimated Drive Time: 30 minutes
Distance to Portland: 253 miles or 55 minute by air from Klamath Falls International Airport

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

Recreational Amenities

Klamath County boasts the Crater Lake National Park. In addition Klamath COunty has many other recreational amenities including The Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway (voted one of the seventeen best drives in the United States), and over 60 resorts, lodges, cabins and hotels. A great deal of outdoor activities exist including hiking, biking, sailing, canoeing,fishing and visiting wildlife refuges for animal and bird watchers. Also, Klamath COunty boasts a wide variety of indoor activities ranging from antique shops, museums, art galleries, theaters and more. For more information, visit the Klamath County Tourism homepage at

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: 4,160'      Measurement Location: Chiloquin

Monthly Ave. Low: 17°F           Monthly Ave. High: 81°F
Hottest Month: August                   Coldest Month: January
Driest Month: August                    Wettest Month: December
Average annual precipitation: 22.280"

Humidity (Hour 10, local time):
Average July afternoon humidity: 45%
Average January afternoon humidity: 88%

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 Chiloquin673 716 720 720
Klamath County 57,702 63,775 65,055 65,455
Sources: 1990, 2000 US Census; 2205, 2006 Center for Population Research and Census, Portland State University. 0 indicates data is unavailable.

Klamath County 6,135 sq miles   11 persons/sq mile Sources: figures based on 2006 PSU population estimates;
Oregon Bluebook county square mileage

Community Age Groups

Under 5 years0 0 95 58

5-19 years0 0 183 210

20-44 years0 0 231 201

45-64 years0 0 124 163

65+ years0 0 64 84

Median Age0 0 27 33.6

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 Chiloquin185 231 258 290 $50,600
Klamath County 14,982 22,551 25,954 28,883 $91,100

City of Chiloquin 2000 Housing Breakout:Also visit Housing and
Community Services Web Site:
Vacancy Rate:10.34%
Median Owner Cost
Owner Occupied:160

Renter Occupied:97
Median Gross Rent:$475

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

Economic Development and Employment

Principal Industries of the County(ies):
Klamath County—Forestry, agriculture

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

Agricultural Products of the Area (Top 3 largest gross farm sales):
Klamath County—Cattle and calves, hays and forage, field crops

Source: Oregon State University, Extension Economic Information Office

Total Number of Manufacturing Companies in the County:
Klamath County 97

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

Total Number of Manufacturing Companies in the City: 0
Source: City Administration

Economic Indicators

Klamath CountyOregon


Labor Force29,35629,1731,802,9381,793,7731,840,133
Total Employment1,715,4531,679,9141,701,390
Unemployment Rate9.4%9.3%4.9%6.3%7.5%
Non-Farm Payroll Employment22,87022,4101,606,8001,596,1001,572,500
Total Covered Employment23,10022,4691,607,9441,596,9431,573,083
Total Covered Payroll
($ thousands county/
$ millions state)
Ave. Annual Payroll Per Employee$26,696$27,755$32,776$33,202$33,684
Number of Business Units1,7371,767108,432111,353113,097
Total Personal Income ($ millions)$140,374$147,208$94,999$98,500$101,358
Annual Per Capita Personal Income$$23,002$27,649$28,40028,792
Assessed Value of Property ($ millions)$0$4,107$198,911$210,435$219,878
Residential Construction
  Building Permits
  Value ($ thousands)





Travel Expenditures ($ millions)$0$110,300$6,133$6,128$6,208
Travel-Related Employment01,94089,80091,10090,200

 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 December, 2002

Employer—Product/ServiceNumber of
Weyerhaeuser Co., Inc.—Plywood/Pressed Board 700

Jeld-Wen, Inc.—Window/Door Frames 600

Klamath Tribes—Tribal Management/Health Services/Etc. 125

Public Schools—Education 52

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 Chiloquin— 541-783-2717

Klamath County Economic Developement Association (KCEDA) — 541-882-9600

Klamath County Chamber of Commerce— 541-884-5193

Economic & Community Development Department Regional Development Officer— 541-882-9600

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


Public and Private Schools K–12

Public School District:
Klamath county School District
10501 Washburn Way
Klamath Falls, OR 97603-8626
Phone: 541-883-5000
Fax: 541-883-6677
Web site:

Staff and Enrollments:
District Certified Staff: reported October 2000—411
Total District Enrollment: reported October 2001—6,793

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: 0   Savings and Loans: 0   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 use permanent rates set for all taxing districts in fiscal year 1997–98, when taxes were significantly reduced with a statewide average 17 percent cut in tax levies. Certain types of levies are outside this reduction. The tax rates cannot exceed $15 per $1,000 of real market value. For 1997–98, all property was valued by county assessors at 90 percent of the July 1, 1995, levels. For subsequent years, assessed values are limited to a 3 percent annual growth rate. Construction since July 1, 1995, is valued at the average rate of similar properties in the area. Business personal property requires annual filing. One–third payment is due by November 15. If fully paid by November 15, a 3 percent discount is allowed. Special exemptions, tax relief programs and deferrals are available. For more information contact the Klamath County assessor’s office at 541–883–5111.

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.

Klamath County
Average Compressed Tax Rate 1997-98$11.52
Average Compressed Tax Rate 1998-99$11.10
Average 1999 Housing Value$54,996
Ave Res Property Tax Paid on Ave House 1997-98$0
Ave Res Property Tax Paid on Ave House 1998-99$610.46
Average School rate 1998-99 . . . . . . . . $4.82

Average Non-School Rate 1998-99. . . . $8.92

Average City Rate 1998-99 . . . . . . . . . $5.28

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.

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: Chiloquin-Agency Lake Rural Fire Department, 2 stations
Number of paid and volunteer firefighters: 20
Rating by Insurance Services Organization (ISO): 6-9*
Comments: 2000 data; *ISO rating unreported in directory
Source: Oregon State Fire Marshal, Oregon Fire Service Resource Directory 2000

Police Department: None
Number of paid and reserve officers: N/A
Comments: Klamath County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police patrol periodically

Nearest Hospital and distance: Merle West Medical Center, 26 miles in Klamath Falls
Regional Hospital and distance: Merle West Medical Center, 26 miles in Klamath Falls
Emergency services to community: Ambulance Service
General Clinic(s): 3

Source: City Administration

Communications Resources

Local Newspapers: none

Regional Newspapers: Herald and News (Klamath Falls), the Oregonian (Portland)

Radio Stations: none

TV Stations: none

Available Cable Television: Charter Cable

Telephone Service Provider(s): Qwest, US Cellular, Cellular One

Local Internet Service Provider(s): Yes
Number of Internet Service Providers: appox. 9
Source: City Administration

Library System
Chiloquin Public Library, a branch of the Klamath County Library system

Source: City Administration

Planning Service/Regulatory

Regulatory SystemYear AcknowledgedYear Last
Year of Periodic ReviewComments
Comprehensive Plan1984

Zoning Ordinance

Building Permit System

Subdivision Ordinance

Strategic Plan

A strategic plan for Chiloquin is currently in progress and is expected to be completed in March of 2003.

Territory Covered by Zoning
Municipality Yes     County Yes
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:
Basin Transit Service Transportation District, ORS; Bly R.F.P.D.; Bly Sanitary District; Bly Vector Control Division; Bly Water District; Bonanza Big Springs Park and Recreation District; Bonanza R.F.P.D.; Bonanza-Langell Bly Vector Control District; Chemult R.F.P.D.; Chiloquin Vector Control District; Chiloquin-Agency Lakes R.F.P.D.; Crescent R.F.P.D.; Crescent Sanitary District; Crescent Water Association; Enterprise Irrigation District; Marriman R.F.P.D.; Horsefly Irrigation District; Jack Pine Village Special Road District; Kemp Irrigation District; Keno Pines Road District; Keno R.F.P.D.; Keno Water District; Klamath Basin Improvement District; Klamath County 911 Communication Agency; Klamath County Fire District #1, #3, #4 and #5; Klamath Drainage District; Klamath Irrigation District; Klamath River Acres Special Road District; Klamath S.W.C.D.; Klamath Vector Control District; Lakeshore Gardens Drainage District; Langell Valley Irrigation District; Malin Community Park and Recreation District; Malin Irrigation District; Malin R.F.P.D.; Meadows Drainage District; Meadows Improvement District; Merrill Park District; Merrill R.F.P.D.; Midland Community Park; Modoc Point Irrigation District; North Side Drainage District; Pine Flat District Improvement Company; Pine Grove Highlands Special Road District; Pine Grove Irrigation District; Poe Valley Improvement District; Poe Valley Park and Recreation District; Poe Valley Vector Control District; Rainbow Park/Pine Ridge Road District; Shasta View Irrigation District; Skyline View District Improvement Company; South Suburban Sanitary District; Suburban Lighting District; Sunnyside Irrigation District; Two Rivers North Special Road District; Upper VanBrimmer Drainage District; Valley Acres Special Road District; Willow Valley Irrigation District; Wocus Drainage District; Wood River District Improvement Company; Woodland Park Special Road District

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: City of Chiloquin
Source: Ground Water;
Supply: Capacity (MGD)– ; Pressure (PSI)–

Current Water Utilization on Meter Size (MGD): MGD
Water Costs per thousand gallons: Base rate per/thousand =
Water Costs for Total Consumption of Residential: Based on 7,000 gallons =

Age of Water System:

Water System Comment(s):

Compliance Issues:

Water debt repayment included as part of tax assessment? No

Date of Current Master Plan:

Plans for Upgrading or Expanding:
Source: City Administration

Wastewater Treatment System

Operator: City of Chiloquin          Age of Wastewater Collection System:

System Design Capacity (MGD): MGD     System Utilization (MGD): MGD
Collection System Fees:     Hook-up or Connection Fee:
Access Fee or System Development Fee:

Comment(s) on Wastewater System:

Compliance Issues:

Date of Last Facility Plan:

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion:

Storm Drain: No    Storm Water Discharge Fee:
Fees or issues related to storm drains:
Source: City Administration


Is there access to broadband

If yes, check all that apply:
Microwave  Fiberoptic  Satellite

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

For Oregon Telecommunications information and resources, visit

Natural Gas—Provider: Service unavailable in Chiloquin
Lines and Feed:

Rate Structure:

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion:

Electrical—Provider: Pacific Power and Light
Lines and Feed: N/A

Rate Structure #4— Residential: Basic Rate: $6.20 per month, Energy Charge:
6.178¢ per kWh #25— General Service: Basic Rate: 15kW or less, Single Phase(SP):
$10.20, Three Phase(TP): $15.25. 16kW-100kW, SP: $10.20 + $0.70 / kW over 15kW,
TP: $15.25 + $0.70 / kW over 15kW. 101kW-300kW, SP: $10.20 + $0.60 / kW, TP:
$15.25 + $0.60 / kW. Over 300kW, SP: $25.35 + $0.55 / kW, TP: $30.55 + $0.55 /
kW. Demand Charge: No charge for first 15 kW of demand; $2.33 / kW for all kW
over 15 kW. Energy Charge: 6.414¢ for the1st 3000 kWh; 4.678¢ for each
additional kWh #48— Large General Service: 4000 kW or less: $240 + $0.50 / kWh.
4000 kW or more: $440 + $0.45 / kWh. Demand Charge: On-Peak Period Demand
(Mon-Fri, 6am to 10 pm): $2.99 per kWh. Energy Charge: 3.461¢ per kWh

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion: N/A

Solid Waste Management: Klamath County

Permit Status: N/A

Utility Expansion Plans: N/A

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 97 N/S route, local access   Transportation Access Fee: $0

Community Air Service Yes Chiloquin State Airport Passenger and Freight out of Klamath Falls International Airport If no local service, list closest Air Facility
Air Passenger Service: No
Airport Freight Service: No
Klamath Falls International Airport, 27 miles
Air Service Comments: elevation: 4217’, dimensions:3735’ X 60’, surface: asphalt

Rail Service: No 
Freight Service: No    Passenger Service: No
If no local service, list closest Rail Service: Klamath Falls | 26

Marine No

Transportation issues which might confront development, such as non-attainment air shed, etc.:

Public Transportation Comment:

Bus Service Available in the Community: No 
Scheduled Bus Service Available: No    Buses Per Day:
Local Charter Services: No 
Distance to Nearest Bus Service: Klamath Falls | 21 miles

Trucking Service
Scheduled Freight Carrier Services: No  
Overnight Express Parcel Service Available: No 
Overnight Express Mail Service Available: No
Transportation Comments:

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)