Pendleton Community Profile

500 SW Dorion Avenue, Pendleton, OR 97801
Phone 541-966-0201 • Fax 541-966-0231
Web Page • E-Mail:

City Location

County(ies): Umatilla    Incorporated in 1880
Location: Northeast Oregon
Nearest Major Highway and Distance: I-84 | local miles
Nearest Major City and Distance:
Hermiston | 25 miles, Estimated Drive Time: 30 minutes
Distance to Portland: 211 miles

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

Recreational Amenities

Pendleton Round-up, Pendleton Woolen Mills, underground tours, Wildhorse Gaming Resort, Happy Canyon Pageant, 9 city parks, 2 baseball diamonds, 4 golf courses, aquatic park, Battle Mountain and Emigrant Springs State Parks, Umatilla and Wallowa Whitman National Forests, Indian Lake Recreation Area.

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: 1,482'      Measurement Location: Pendleton

Monthly Ave. Low: 40°F           Monthly Ave. High: 88°F
Hottest Month: July                  Coldest Month: January
Driest Month: July                    Wettest Month: December
Average annual precipitation: 12.020"

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 Pendleton15,142 16,354 17,025 17,310
Umatilla County 59,249 70,548 72,395 72,190
Sources: 1990, 2000 US Census; 2205, 2006 Center for Population Research and Census, Portland State University. 0 indicates data is unavailable.

Umatilla County 3,231 sq miles   22 persons/sq mile Sources: figures based on 2006 PSU population estimates;
Oregon Bluebook county square mileage

Community Age Groups

Under 5 years945 1,170 983 1,057

5-19 years3,536 3,102 2,993 3,288

20-44 years4,099 5,554 6,590 6,406

45-64 years2,990 2,877 2,495 3,541

65+ years1,627 1,818 206 2,062

Median Age31 30 32 35.5

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 Pendleton4,119 5,663 6,174 6,341 $98,900
Umatilla County 12,759 21,035 24,333 27,676 $98,100

City of Pendleton 2000 Housing Breakout:Also visit Housing and
Community Services Web Site:
Vacancy Rate:6.25%
Median Owner Cost
Owner Occupied:403

Renter Occupied:168
Median Gross Rent:$448

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

Economic Development and Employment

Principal Industries of the County(ies):
Umatilla County—Agriculture, food processing, wood products

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

Agricultural Products of the Area (Top 3 largest gross farm sales):
Umatilla County—Vegetable crops, field crops, cattle and calves

Source: Oregon State University, Extension Economic Information Office

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

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

Total Number of Manufacturing Companies in the City: 21
Source: City Administration

Economic Indicators

Umatilla CountyOregon


Labor Force38,17738,5191,802,9381,793,7731,840,133
Total Employment1,715,4531,679,9141,701,390
Unemployment Rate7.2%8%4.9%6.3%7.5%
Non-Farm Payroll Employment27,99028,3101,606,8001,596,1001,572,500
Total Covered Employment28,63129,2051,607,9441,596,9431,573,083
Total Covered Payroll
($ thousands county/
$ millions state)
Ave. Annual Payroll Per Employee$26,732$27,656$32,776$33,202$33,684
Number of Business Units1,8711,860108,432111,353113,097
Total Personal Income ($ millions)$157,802$162,417$94,999$98,500$101,358
Annual Per Capita Personal Income$$22,789$27,649$28,40028,792
Assessed Value of Property ($ millions)$0$4,218$198,911$210,435$219,878
Residential Construction
  Building Permits
  Value ($ thousands)





Travel Expenditures ($ millions)$0$95,100$6,133$6,128$6,208
Travel-Related Employment01,71089,80091,10090,200

 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 November, 2002

Employer—Product/ServiceNumber of
St. Anthony's Hospital—Public Hospital 280

Keystone RV Company—Travel Trailers 245

Fleetwood Travel Trailers—Travel Trailers 132

Pendleton Flour Mills—Flour 80

Hill Meat Company—Meat Packaging 80

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 Pendleton— 541-966-0201

Umatilla County— 541-278-6209

Greater Eastern Oregon Development Corporation 541-276-6745

Rural Economic and Community Development Agency 541-278-4625

Economic & Community Development Department Regional Development Officer— 541-963-8676

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


Public and Private Schools K–12

Public School District:
Pendleton School District 16
1207 SW Frazer Ave
Pendleton, OR 97801-2899
Phone: 541-276-6711
Fax: 541-278-3208
Web site:

Staff and Enrollments:
District Certified Staff: reported October 2000—212
Total District Enrollment: reported October 2001—3,510

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: 7   Savings and Loans: 0   Credit Unions: 4

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 Umatilla County assessor’s office at 541–278–6221.

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.

Umatilla County
Average Compressed Tax Rate 1997-98$15.39
Average Compressed Tax Rate 1998-99$15.36
Average 1999 Housing Value$59,055
Ave Res Property Tax Paid on Ave House 1997-98$883.55
Ave Res Property Tax Paid on Ave House 1998-99$907.09
Average School rate 1998-99 . . . . . . . . $7.34

Average Non-School Rate 1998-99. . . . $12.36

Average City Rate 1998-99 . . . . . . . . . $8.19

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: Pendleton Fire & Ambulance, 3 stations
Number of paid and volunteer firefighters: 44
Rating by Insurance Services Organization (ISO): 4*
Comments: 2000 data; *ISO rating unreported in directory-last reported number. (Coverage includes Lower McKay, Rieth and Riverside)
Source: Oregon State Fire Marshal, Oregon Fire Service Resource Directory 2000

Police Department: Pendleton Police Department
Number of paid and reserve officers: 23

Nearest Hospital and distance: St. Anthony Hospital
Regional Hospital and distance: St. Anthony Hospital
Emergency services to community: Ambulance Service
General Clinic(s): 1

Source: City Administration

Communications Resources

Local Newspapers: East Oregonian

Regional Newspapers: East Oregonian

Radio Stations: 2 AM and 2 FM

TV Stations: Tri Cities and Portland

Available Cable Television: Charter Communications

Telephone Service Provider(s): Qwest Communications

Local Internet Service Provider(s): Yes
Number of Internet Service Providers: Data unavailable at this time.
Source: City Administration

Library System
1 public library

Source: City Administration

Planning Service/Regulatory

Regulatory SystemYear AcknowledgedYear Last
Year of Periodic ReviewComments
Comprehensive Plan1983
Zoning Ordinance
Continually Updated
Building Permit System

Statewide building specialty codes
Subdivision Ordinance
Continually Updated
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:
Birch Creek Water Control District, ORS; Blue Mountain Translator District; Cove R.F.P.D; East Umatilla Chemical Control District; East Umatilla County Health District; Echo R.F.P.D.; Elgin Community Parks and Recreation District; Elgin R.F.P.D.; Helix Park and Recreation District; Helix R.F.P.D. #7-411; Hermiston Irrigation District; Hermiston R.F.P.D. #7-404; Hudson Bay District Improvement Company; Imbler R.F.P.D.; Island City Area Sanitation District; Lower McKay Creek Water Control District; Lower McKay R.F.P.D.; Marion Jack Improvement District; McKay Dam R.F.P.D. #7-410; Milton-Freewater Water Control District; Pilot Rock Park and Recreation District; Pilot Rock R.F.P.D.; Pioneer Irrigation Company; Port of Umatilla; Rieth Water District; Riverside Mission Water Control District; Riverside R.F.P.D. #7-406; Stanfield Fire District #7-402; Stanfield Irrigation District; Teel Irrigation District; Umatilla County E.S.D.; Umatilla County S.W.C.D.; Umatilla County Special Library District; Umatilla Hospital District; Umatilla R.F.P.D. #7-405; Umatilla River Water Control District #1; Walla Walla River Irrigation District; West Umatilla Vector Control District; Westland Irrigation District; Weston Athena Memorial Hall Park and Recreation

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 Pendleton
District: N/A
Source: Ground Water; Wells and Springs
Supply: Capacity (MGD)–13.00; Pressure (PSI)–0

Current Water Utilization on Meter Size (MGD): 5.00 MGD
Water Costs per thousand gallons: Base rate per/thousand = $11.55/mo Single family dwelling unit; Commercial rates based on meter size.
Water Costs for Total Consumption of Residential: Based on 7,000 gallons = $19.12

Age of Water System: Various

Water System Comment(s): Hookup Fees/Other: varies based on size and pavement or not. Lawn, garden or landscaping sprinkling system fee $30.00. Contact city for current fee schedule.

Compliance Issues: Springs source has been classified as "Groundwater under the influence of surface water" and must be filtered. SDWA, Surface Water Treatment Rule.

Water debt repayment included as part of tax assessment? No

Date of Current Master Plan: 1995

Plans for Upgrading or Expanding: City is embarking on a number of water infrastructure improvements, including a new well; a membrane filtration water treatment plant; new surface water intake/pump station; and aquifer storage recovery (ASR). Will be completed by June 2003.
Source: City Administration

Wastewater Treatment System

Operator: City of Pendleton          Age of Wastewater Collection System: Various
District: N/A

System Design Capacity (MGD): 12.00 MGD     System Utilization (MGD): 4.00 MGD
Collection System Fees: $9.85/mo res. s.fam. dwelling*    Hook-up or Connection Fee:
Access Fee or System Development Fee: None

Comment(s) on Wastewater System: *Transient: first unit $9.85/mo, each additional unit $5.05/mo; Commercial: min. charge 1,100 c. ft. $9.85/mo + $.55 additional 100 cu. ft; Commercial: flow $.30/100 cu ft., BOD $.27/lb. waste, suspended solids $.28/lb. waste; Septic waste $60/1,000 gal

Compliance Issues: None

Date of Last Facility Plan:

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion:

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


Is there access to broadband

If yes, check all that apply:

Is there route diversity? Data unavailable at this time.
AccessMonthly FeeOther Fee
T1 Yes
Cable No

For Oregon Telecommunications information and resources, visit

Natural Gas—Provider: Cascade Natural Gas Co.
Lines and Feed:

Rate Structure: Cost per therm: Residential: $.61337, minimum $3.00 Commercial: $.50916, minimum $3.00 Industrial: $.467440, minimum $12.00

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion:

Electrical—Provider: Pacific Power & Light
Lines and Feed:

Rate Structure #4 Residential: $6.00/month + energy charge of $.05402/kwh

#25 Commercial: minimum charge $10.00/month + $.55/kw, $2.25/kwh over 15 kw demand charge + $.0625 for first 3,000 kwh energy charge

#48 Industrial: $250.00 + $.50/kwh for 4,000 kw or less (over 4,000kw $440.00 + $.45/kwh). Billing demand charge for $2.77 for each kwh + energy charge of $.03275/kwh.

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion:

Solid Waste Management: Transfer Station-Pendleton San Service

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 I-84 W/SE route, local; Hwy 395 S route, local; Hwy 37 N route, local; Hwy 11 NE route, local access   Transportation Access Fee: $0

Community Air Service Yes Eastern Oregon Regional Airport 1 carrier, 5 flights/day If no local service, list closest Air Facility
Air Passenger Service: Yes
Airport Freight Service: Yes 4 carriers, 8 flights/day
Air Service Comments: Navigation Aids: ATA; ILS; ASR9; T-VOR; DME; Runway Dimensions: 07/25: 6,300' x 150'; 16/34: 4,345' x 75'; 11/29: 5,588' x 140' Local charter service available; Operations 40,614/yr

Rail Service: Yes Union Pacific
Freight Service: Yes    Passenger Service: No
If no local service, list closest Rail Service: Passenger: Tri Cities

Marine Yes
Description: Port of Umatilla, 26 miles
Docks, Port Facilities:
Plans for Upgrade/Expansion:

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

Public Transportation Comment:

Bus Service Available in the Community: Yes Greyhound
Scheduled Bus Service Available: Yes    Buses Per Day: 4
Local Charter Services: Yes 
Distance to Nearest Bus Service:

Trucking Service
Scheduled Freight Carrier Services: Yes  Eastern Oregon Fast Freight and UPS
Overnight Express Parcel Service Available: Yes Fedex, UPS, Post Office
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)