According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.5 km²), of which, 2.0 square miles (5.3 km²) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.2 km²) of it (28.97%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,831 people, 2,429 households, and 1,442 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,839.4 people per square mile (1,098.2/km²). There were 2,645 housing units at an average density of 1,288.0/sq mi (498.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.83% White, 1.15% Asian, 0.99% Native American, 0.60% African American, 0.19% Pacific Islander, 13.58% from other races, and 2.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 23.17% of the population.
There were 2,429 households out of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.1% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.6% were non-families. 32.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.06.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 32.6% from 25 to 44, 18.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 88.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $31,580, and the median income for a family was $35,568. Males had a median income of $31,583 versus $24,764 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,609. About 12.1% of families and 17.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.7% of those under age 18 and 14.3% of those age 65 or over.
Hood River is also home to industries like the employee-owned Full Sail Brewing Company, a major Oregon microbrewery, the clothing and sports equipment manufacturer DaKine, and vegetarian food manufacturer Turtle Island Foods.
Hood River is the northern terminus of the Mount Hood Railroad.
STEEP, BUT SCENIC $%HIKING LOOP TO WILDFLOWER-COVERED SUMMIT OF DOG MOUNTIAN CAN BE A STRENUOUS WORKOUT FOR THE LEGS AND LUNGS
Jun 17, 1999; HOME VALLEY - A hike up Dog Mountain is one of the area's best and most accessible spring and summer escapes. When heat or the...