Clatskanie, Oregon
Clatskanie is a city in Columbia County
Columbia County, Oregon
Columbia County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oregon. It was named for the Columbia River, which forms its eastern and northern borders. As of 2010, its population was 49,351. The county seat is St. Helens.-Economy:...

, Oregon
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, United States
United States
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. It was named for the Clatskanie River
Clatskanie River
The Clatskanie River is a tributary of the Columbia River, approximately long, in northwestern Oregon in the United States. It drains a timber-producing area in the foothills of the Northern Oregon Coast Range north-northwest of Portland....

, which empties into the Columbia River
Columbia River
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 within the city limits. The population was 1,528 at the 2000 census. The 2007 estimate is 1,710 residents.


According to some reports, the original name of this town when it was platted in 1884 was Bryantville. However, the post office in this location is shown as Clatskanie as early as December, 1871.

Clatskanie comes from a Native American
Native Americans in the United States
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 word, Tlatskani. According to the Clatsop County
Clatsop County, Oregon
Clatsop County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oregon. The county is named for the Clatsop tribe of Native Americans, who lived along the coast of the Pacific Ocean prior to European settlement. As of 2010, the population was 37,039. The county seat is Astoria.-Economy:The principal...

 pioneer Silas B. Smith, Tlatskani was a point in the Nehalem River
Nehalem River
The Nehalem River is a river on the Pacific coast of northwest Oregon in the United States, approximately long. It drains part of the Northern Oregon Coast Range northwest of Portland, originating on the east side of the mountains and flowing in a loop around the north end of the range near the...

 that was reached from the Columbia River by way of the Youngs River
Youngs River
The Youngs River is a tributary of the Columbia River, approximately long, in northwest Oregon in the United States. It drains part of the Northern Oregon Coast Range in the extreme northwest corner of state, entering the Columbia just upstream from its mouth.It rises in a remote section of the...

 or by way of the Clatskanie River. The native inhabitants, who were not in the habit of naming streams, did not use the word Tlatskani for the streams they would follow in order to get to that point, but the white men who settled here later did apply the name to the streams.

Clatskanie is also the name of a Native American people, whose numbers dwindled from smallpox
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, intermittent fever, warfare, and intermarriage until they numbered only three people in a 1910 census.

Many of Clatskanie's inhabitants are of Scandinavia
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n heritage, specifically Finnish
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, Swedish
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, and Norwegian
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According to the United States Census Bureau
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, the city has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²), all land.

Clatskanie is surrounded by many small unincorporated communities, including Alston, Delena, Clatskanie Heights, Inglis
Inglis, Oregon
Inglis is an unincorporated community in Columbia County, Oregon, United States. Inglis post office was established on September 30, 1902, and was named after the first postmaster, John E. Inglis. The post office closed in 1910, then reopened in 1914, finally closing in 1918. The railroad station...

, Kerry
Kerry, Oregon
Kerry is an unincorporated community in Columbia County, Oregon, United States, located about 30 miles east of Astoria. It was founded to extend the Columbia & Nehalem River Railroad and named in 1912 by lumberman Albert S. Kerry. In the 1920s it had about 200 inhabitants. Its post office opened...

, Marshland
Marshland, Oregon
Marshland, formerly known as Skunk Cabbage Flat, is an unincorporated community in Columbia County, Oregon, United States. It was settled by Z.B. Bryant in 1862. Its post office was established around 1873. It closed in 1960. As of July 2007, Marshland's population is 462 and the population density...

, Mayger
Mayger, Oregon
Mayger is an unincorporated community in Columbia County, Oregon, United States. Fishing is important to Mayger. It was originally the site of Frenchman Charles Mayger's Mayger Logging Company, which he sold in 1886 to William F. Slaughter. Mayger's post office was established three years later and...

, Quincy
Quincy, Oregon
Quincy is an unincorporated community in Columbia County, in the far north of Oregon, United States. It is located along U.S. Route 30.- References :...

, and Woodson
Woodson, Oregon
Woodson is an unincorporated community in Columbia County, Oregon, United States. It is located on U.S. Route 30 seven miles west of Clatskanie and three miles east of Westport, on Westport Slough, a tributary of the Columbia River...



As of the census
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of 2000, there were 1,528 people, 608 households, and 406 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
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 was 1,274.1 people per square mile (491.6/km²). There were 659 housing units at an average density of 549.5 per square mile (212.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.91% White, 0.07% African American, 1.24% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.26% Pacific Islander, 1.05% from other races
Race (United States Census)
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, and 2.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.34% of the population. 22.6% were of German, 10.3% Norwegian, 9.4% Finnish, 9.1% Irish
Irish people
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, 8.2% English
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 and 6.8% American
United States
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 ancestry according to Census 2000. 94.0% spoke English
English language
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, 4.1% Spanish
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 and 1.6% Finnish
Finnish language
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 as their first language.

There were 608 households out of which 35.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.6% were married couples
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 living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.1% were non-families. 27.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.6% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 90.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,833, and the median income for a family was $48,056. Males had a median income of $41,550 versus $24,286 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the city was $16,717. About 11.1% of families and 11.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.4% of those under age 18 and 12.1% of those age 65 or over.


Clatskanie is served by the two public schools of Clatskanie School District
Clatskanie School District
The Clatskanie School District is a two-school public school district in Columbia County, Oregon, United States. It serves the city of Clatskanie and the surrounding area.-Demographics:...

, namely the combined Clatskanie Middle/High School
Clatskanie Middle/High School
Clatskanie Middle/High School is a public school in Clatskanie, Oregon, United States that serves both middle school- and high school-age students. The current building opened in 1949 and now houses 462 students...

, and Clatskanie Elementary School, as well as Piercing Arrow Private School.

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