Mosier Community Profile

PO Box 456, Mosier, OR 97040-0456
Phone 541-478-3505 • Fax 541-478-3810
• E-Mail:

City Location

County(ies): Wasco    Incorporated in 1914
Location: North Oregon, east of the Cascades, along the Oregon/Washington border
Nearest Major Highway and Distance: I-84 | local
Nearest Major City and Distance:
Hood River| 5 miles, Estimated Drive Time: 5 minutes
Distance to Portland: 70 miles

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

Recreational Amenities

The Columbia River, Mt. Hood National Forest, Colubmia Gorge National Scenic Area, Beavercreek Wilderness. Favorite activities include wildflower viewing, bird watching, windsurfing, mountain biking, hiking, snowboarding and skiing. Another favorite is a trip throught the Mosier Twin Tunnels along a stretch of the Historic Columbia River Highway. No motorized vehicles allowed, but a great place to walk or ride a bike.

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: 112'      Measurement Location: The Dalles

Monthly Ave. Low: 30°F           Monthly Ave. High: 88°F
Hottest Month: August                  Coldest Month: January
Driest Month: July                    Wettest Month: December
Average annual precipitation: 13.970"

Humidity (Hour 10, local time):
Average July afternoon humidity: 34%
Average January afternoon humidity: 77%

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 Mosier244 410 420 460
Wasco County 21,683 23,791 23,935 24,070
Sources: 1990, 2000 US Census; 2205, 2006 Center for Population Research and Census, Portland State University. 0 indicates data is unavailable.

Wasco County 2,396 sq miles   10 persons/sq mile Sources: figures based on 2006 PSU population estimates;
Oregon Bluebook county square mileage

Community Age Groups

Under 5 years0 0 7 30

5-19 years0 0 33 82

20-44 years0 0 51 151

45-64 years0 0 35 130

65+ years0 0 76 56

Median Age0 0 54 37.1

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 Mosier72 102 112 207 $68,200
Wasco County 6,420 8,861 10,476 10,651 $105,500

City of Mosier 2000 Housing Breakout:Also visit Housing and
Community Services Web Site:
Vacancy Rate:11.59%
Median Owner Cost
Owner Occupied:61

Renter Occupied:23
Median Gross Rent:$463

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

Economic Development and Employment

Principal Industries of the County(ies):
Wasco County—Agriculture, lumber, food processing

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

Agricultural Products of the Area (Top 3 largest gross farm sales):
Wasco County—Tree fruits and nuts, grains, cattle and calves

Source: Oregon State University, Extension Economic Information Office

Total Number of Manufacturing Companies in the County:
Wasco County 36

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

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

Economic Indicators

Wasco CountyOregon


Labor Force12,81312,7801,802,9381,793,7731,840,133
Total Employment1,715,4531,679,9141,701,390
Unemployment Rate10.1%9.8%4.9%6.3%7.5%
Non-Farm Payroll Employment8,8708,8001,606,8001,596,1001,572,500
Total Covered Employment10,60010,4631,607,9441,596,9431,573,083
Total Covered Payroll
($ thousands county/
$ millions state)
Ave. Annual Payroll Per Employee$25,289$25,217$32,776$33,202$33,684
Number of Business Units835833108,432111,353113,097
Total Personal Income ($ millions)$557,259$566,088$94,999$98,500$101,358
Annual Per Capita Personal Income$$24,008$27,649$28,40028,792
Assessed Value of Property ($ millions)$0$1,593$198,911$210,435$219,878
Residential Construction
  Building Permits
  Value ($ thousands)





Travel Expenditures ($ millions)$0$80,700$6,133$6,128$6,208
Travel-Related Employment01,52089,80091,10090,200

 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 January, 2002

Employer—Product/ServiceNumber of
Mosier Elementary School—Education 22

Mosier Creek Terrace—Assisted Living 20

Wildflower Cafe—Restaurant 18

Post Office—Mail Delivery 4

Mosier Market—Groceries 2

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 Mosier 541-478-3505

Port of Hood River— 541-386-1645

Port of The Dalles— 541-298-4148

Wasco County Economic Development 541-298-3145

Columbia Gorge Economic Development Association— 541-296.2266

Mid-Columbia Council of Governments 541-298-4101

Mid-Columbia Economic Development District— 541-296-2266

Economic & Community Development Department Regional Development Officer— 541-298-4140

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


Public and Private Schools K–12

Public School District:
Chenowith School district 9
3632 W 10th St
The Dalles, OR 97058-4397
Phone: 541-296-6149
Fax: 541-296-8652
Web site:

Staff and Enrollments:
District Certified Staff: reported October 2000—62
Total District Enrollment: reported October 2001—1,040

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 Wasco County assessor’s office at 541–296–6259.

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.

Wasco County
Average Compressed Tax Rate 1997-98$16.46
Average Compressed Tax Rate 1998-99$16.39
Average 1999 Housing Value$70,460
Ave Res Property Tax Paid on Ave House 1997-98$1,122.43
Ave Res Property Tax Paid on Ave House 1998-99$1,154.84
Average School rate 1998-99 . . . . . . . . $7.42

Average Non-School Rate 1998-99. . . . $6.47

Average City Rate 1998-99 . . . . . . . . . $1.41

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: Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue 2 stations
Number of paid and volunteer firefighters: 17*
Rating by Insurance Services Organization (ISO): 0
Comments: 2000 data; *number of firefighters unreported-last numbers reported.
Source: Oregon State Fire Marshal, Oregon Fire Service Resource Directory 2000

Police Department: Wasco County Sheriff’s Office
Number of paid and reserve officers: 7

Nearest Hospital and distance: Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, 5 miles in Hood River
Regional Hospital and distance: Mid Columbia Medical Center, 17 miles in The Dalles
Emergency services to community: Hood River Ambulance Service
General Clinic(s): 0

Source: City Administration

Communications Resources

Local Newspapers: Mosier Newsletter

Regional Newspapers: The Dalles Chronicle

Radio Stations: KIHR, K105, Q104

TV Stations: Portland

Available Cable Television: Mosier Cable

Telephone Service Provider(s): Sprint

Local Internet Service Provider(s): Yes
Number of Internet Service Providers: approx 2
Source: City Administration

Library System
1 public library

Source: City Administration

Planning Service/Regulatory

Regulatory SystemYear AcknowledgedYear Last
Year of Periodic ReviewComments
Comprehensive Plan1978 1997 1999
Zoning Ordinance

Building Permit System

Subdivision Ordinance
in process
Strategic Plan

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:
Badger Improvement District, ORS; Chenowith Irrigation Cooperative, Inc.,; Columbia Crest Water District; Columbia R.F.P.D.; Dufur Recreation District; Juniper Flat District Improvement Company; Juniper Flat R.F.P.D.; Kent Water District; Lower Chenowith Water District; Maupin Translator District; Mid-Columbia Center for Living; Mid-Columbia Council of Governments; Mid-Columbia Economic Development District; Mosier R.F.P.D.; Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District; Northern Wasco County P.U.D.; Pine Grove Water District; Pine Hollow Water Corporation; Port of The Dalles, The Dalles Irrigation District; Tooley Water District; Tygh Valley Fire District; Tygh Valley Water District; Wasco County Community Agency; Wasco County E.S.D.; Wasco County R.F.P.D.; Wasco County S.W.C.D.

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 Mosier
District: N/A
Source: Ground Water; Wells
Supply: Treated; Capacity (MGD)–3.50; Pressure (PSI)–55.00

Current Water Utilization on Meter Size (MGD): 0.10 MGD
Water Costs per thousand gallons: Base rate per/thousand = $13.50/month Flat Rate
Water Costs for Total Consumption of Residential: Based on 7,000 gallons =

Age of Water System: 1935

Water System Comment(s): $1,500 hook up fee. Well one built in 1935; well two built in 1952, well three built in 1971; a series of various upgrades began in 1978, 1994 and 1996.Two reservoirs. Low water signaling system installed in 2001.

Compliance Issues:

Water debt repayment included as part of tax assessment? No

Date of Current Master Plan: 1999

Plans for Upgrading or Expanding: Yes-Engineering study for upgrading
Source: City Administration

Wastewater Treatment System

Operator: Operation Management International, Inc.          Age of Wastewater Collection System: 1972
District: N/A

System Design Capacity (MGD): 0.085 MGD     System Utilization (MGD): 0.031 MGD
Collection System Fees: $20.50/mo flat rate    Hook-up or Connection Fee: $1,000.00
Access Fee or System Development Fee: None

Comment(s) on Wastewater System:

Compliance Issues: None

Date of Last Facility Plan: 1999

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion: Engineering study for upgrading

Storm Drain: Yes    Storm Water Discharge Fee:
Fees or issues related to storm drains: None
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 Yes
DSL Data unavailable
Cable Data unavailable

For Oregon Telecommunications information and resources, visit

Natural Gas—Provider: None
Lines and Feed:

Rate Structure:

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion:

Electrical—Provider: Pacific Power
Lines and Feed:

Rate Structure The current rate structure can be found at Follow the links Community Service> Regulatory Information> Oregon> Approved Tarrifs

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion:

Solid Waste Management: The Dalles Disposal

Permit Status: permit for solid waste, no hazardous waste

Utility Expansion Plans:

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 I-84 E/W route, 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
The Dalles Municipal Airport, 15 miles Hood River Airport 10 miles
Air Service Comments:

Rail Service: No Union Pacific runs through town with no stop.
Freight Service: No    Passenger Service: No
If no local service, list closest Rail Service: Bingen, Washington, just across the Columbia River, has a freight terminal and Amtrak service.

Marine No

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

Public Transportation Comment:

Bus Service Available in the Community: Yes Mosier Senior Service
Scheduled Bus Service Available: No    Buses Per Day:
Local Charter Services: No 
Distance to Nearest Bus Service: Hood River, 5 miles

Trucking Service
Scheduled Freight Carrier Services: Yes  UPS, FedEx
Overnight Express Parcel Service Available: Yes 
Overnight Express Mail Service Available: Yes
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)