Boardman, Oregon

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Boardman, Oregon
—  City  —
Boardman Chamber of Commerce and water tower
Motto: On the river, on the way
Location in Oregon
Coordinates: 45°50′8″N 119°41′57″W / 45.83556°N 119.69917°W / 45.83556; -119.69917Coordinates: 45°50′8″N 119°41′57″W / 45.83556°N 119.69917°W / 45.83556; -119.69917
CountryUnited States
StateOregon
CountyMorrow
Incorporated1927
Government
 • MayorChet Phillips
Area
 • Total3.9 sq mi (10.2 km2)
 • Land3.6 sq mi (9.3 km2)
 • Water0.4 sq mi (0.9 km2)
Elevation298 ft (90.83 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total3,220
 • Density798.2/sq mi (307.9/km2)
Time zonePacific (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST)Pacific (UTC-7)
ZIP code97818
Area code(s)541
FIPS code41-07200[1]
GNIS feature ID1136082[2]
Websitewww.cityofboardman.com
[3]
 
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Boardman, Oregon
—  City  —
Boardman Chamber of Commerce and water tower
Motto: On the river, on the way
Location in Oregon
Coordinates: 45°50′8″N 119°41′57″W / 45.83556°N 119.69917°W / 45.83556; -119.69917Coordinates: 45°50′8″N 119°41′57″W / 45.83556°N 119.69917°W / 45.83556; -119.69917
CountryUnited States
StateOregon
CountyMorrow
Incorporated1927
Government
 • MayorChet Phillips
Area
 • Total3.9 sq mi (10.2 km2)
 • Land3.6 sq mi (9.3 km2)
 • Water0.4 sq mi (0.9 km2)
Elevation298 ft (90.83 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total3,220
 • Density798.2/sq mi (307.9/km2)
Time zonePacific (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST)Pacific (UTC-7)
ZIP code97818
Area code(s)541
FIPS code41-07200[1]
GNIS feature ID1136082[2]
Websitewww.cityofboardman.com
[3]

Boardman is a city in Morrow County, Oregon, United States on the Columbia River and Interstate 84. As of the 2010 census the population was 3,220.[4] It is part of the PendletonHermiston Micropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

Boardman was homesteaded in 1903, by Samuel Herbert Boardman, the first Superintendent of the Oregon State Parks System. The town was incorporated in 1927.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.9 square miles (10 km2), of which, 3.6 square miles (9.3 km2) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) of it (9.14%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,855 people, 853 households, and 686 families residing in the town. The population density was 798.2 people per square mile (307.9/km²). There were 947 housing units at an average density of 264.8 per square mile (102.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 55.24% White,1.93% Native American, 0.70% Asian, 0.39% African American, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 38.74% from other races, and 2.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 50.12% of the population.

There were 853 households out of which 53.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.4% were married couples living together, 14.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.5% were non-families. 14.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.33 and the average family size was 3.66.

In the town the population was spread out with 38.1% under the age of 18, 11.0% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 15.0% from 45 to 64, and 5.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females there were 109.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 114.8 males.

The median household income was $32,105, and the median income for a family was $32,543. Males had a median income of $30,000 versus $21,765 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,297. About 16.3% of families and 20.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.2% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Economy

Coal plant outside of Boardman

The Port of Morrow, Oregon's second-largest port,[5] is adjacent to the city and located on the Columbia Riverfront. The port property also includes two Portland General Electric (PGE) gas-fired power plants.[5] PGE also has a coal-fired power plant in the Boardman area. The Umatilla Chemical Depot, which includes the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility, is located 10 miles (16 km) east of the city, northeast of the intersection of I-84 and Interstate 82. Seven miles east of Boardman is the Irrigon Hatchery.

According to a November 2008 article in The Oregonian, a "huge data center linked to Amazon.com is under construction" at the 9,000-acre (36 km2) Port of Morrow along the Columbia River near Boardman. The data center will have a dedicated ten-megawatt electrical substation.[6] A website focused on data centers suggests the Boardman site is in response to the rapid growth in use of Amazon Web Services since in October Amazon announced that Amazon S3 was storing 29 billion objects.[7] If Amazon's involvement is confirmed, Boardman becomes the second Oregon city along the Columbia River to host a power-hungry data center for web services: Google already has such a center in The Dalles, Oregon.[6][7]

Pacific Ethanol operates an ethanol plant, the only one operating in Oregon. It processes local and other corn into ethanol. Ironically, E85 fuel is not currently available in Boardman. ZeaChem is constructing a biorefinery at the Port of Morrow and plans to begin operations in 2012 of 250,000 US gallons (950,000 L) per year using a cellulosic based process.[8]

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