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Union, Oregon

Union is a city in Union County, Oregon, United States. The population was 1,926 at the 2000 census.


At one point Union was the county seat, but when the railroad was built it was put through La Grande instead of Union. La Grande became the bigger town within the county and eventually became the county seat.

During the 2006 November elections, Kyle Corbin, an 18-year-old college student, was elected mayor after a successful write-in campaign. He had promised to bring an end to the political chaos that had plagued the town for the last two years, which included three councilmen and mayor Deborah Clark being removed in recall elections. "I know the procedures and rules," he told an Oregonian reporter. "I've run a meeting with a bunch of high school kids. Since then, one newspaper reports that "talk around town about whether the young mayor will succeed ranges from skepticism to sunny optimism.


Union is located at (45.210034, -117.864818).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.4 km²), all of it land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 1,926 people, 766 households, and 550 families residing in the city. The population density was 773.0 people per square mile (298.6/km²). There were 821 housing units at an average density of 329.5/sq mi (127.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.21% White, 0.10% African American, 0.99% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.73% from other races, and 1.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.30% of the population.

There were 766 households out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.5% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.1% were non-families. 24.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44, 25.4% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,529, and the median income for a family was $34,286. Males had a median income of $32,148 versus $16,776 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,406. About 12.2% of families and 13.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.3% of those under age 18 and 16.0% of those age 65 or over.


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