Newberg, Oregon

Newberg, Oregon
—  City  —
City Hall
Motto: A Great Place to Grow!
Location in Oregon
Coordinates: 45°18′18″N 122°58′2″W / 45.305°N 122.96722°W / 45.305; -122.96722
Country United States
State Oregon
County Yamhill
Incorporated 1889
 – Mayor Bob Andrews
 – Total 5.0 sq mi (13.0 km2)
 – Land 5.0 sq mi (13.0 km2)
 – Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 175 ft (53.34 m)
Population (2010)
 – Total 22,110
 – Density 3,599.4/sq mi (1,389.4/km2)
Time zone Pacific (UTC-8)
 – Summer (DST) Pacific (UTC-7)
ZIP code 97132
Area code(s) 503
FIPS code 41-52100[1]
GNIS feature ID 1166686[2]

Newberg is a city in Yamhill County, Oregon, United States. Located in the Portland metropolitan area, the city is home to George Fox University. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 22,110,[citation needed] making it the second most populous city in the county.



Ewing Young, after leading pioneering fur brigades in California, came to Portland in 1834 and settled on the west bank of the Willamette River near the mouth of Chehalem Creek, opposite of Champoeg.[3] Young's home is believed to be the first house built by European-Americans on that side of the river.[3] Later, Joseph Rogers settled near the Willamette River at what is now Newberg in 1848.[4][5] The community was known early on as Chehalem, and later as Roger's Landing for Rogers who founded the settlement, and who died in 1855.[4] In 1883, the community was platted.[4] Incorporated in 1889, tradition holds[who?] that this town was named by its first postmaster, Sebastian Brutscher, for his former hometown of Neuberg in Germany. One of the current streets, Brutscher Street, is named after him.

Newberg was the first community in Oregon to hold Quaker services. It was incorporated as a city in 1889. The city's newspaper, The Newberg Graphic, was established the same year. Pacific Academy, later renamed George Fox University, was founded by the Quakers in 1891. George Fox University is the only evangelical Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a national university.[6] The campus resides in the center of the city, surrounded by university-owned housing.

Herbert Hoover moved to the city in 1885, at the age of 9,[7] to live with his uncle after the death of his parents. The home has been turned into the Hoover-Minthorn House museum.

The town was "dry", meaning no alcohol could be sold within the city limits, for a good part of its early history.


Newberg is located on Oregon Route 99W about 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Portland, Oregon.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.0 square miles (13 km2), all land.[8] It averages 176 feet (54 m) in elevation.


Climate data for Newberg, OR
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 46
Average low °F (°C) 34
Precipitation inches (mm) 5.83
Source: The Weather Channel[9]


Newberg Friends Church

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 18,064 people, 6,099 households, and 4,348 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,599.4 people per square mile (1,389.4/km²). There were 6,435 housing units at an average density of 1,282.2 per square mile (494.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.49% White, 0.35% African American, 0.64% Native American, 1.04% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 5.06% from other races, and 2.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.52% of the population.

There were 6,099 households out of which 40.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.5% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.7% under the age of 18, 15.0% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 16.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $44,206.00, and the median income for a family was $51,084. Males had a median income of $34,099 versus $23,571 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,873. About 4.3% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.0% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.


George Fox University campus

As of 2002, dental equipment manufacturer A-dec was the city's largest employer with 832 employees, and George Fox University was second with 400.[10] The next largest employers were SP Newsprint Co., Suntron Corp., and Providence Newberg Medical Center.[10] As of April 2009, the A-dec Austin family's The Allison Inn & Spa, a Preferred Hotel, employed 250 workers in construction and pre-opening tasks.[11] Upon opening in September 2009,[12] it was to add approximately 200 full time jobs to the community.

Museums and other points of interest


Newberg is served by Newberg School District and is home to George Fox University. The school district has six elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school, Newberg High School.



OR 99W.svg
OR 99W (formerly US 99W) is a major north-south route which follows an east-west alignment through Newberg. It connects with Portland to the northeast, Dundee and McMinnville to the southwest, and the western Willamette Valley to the south. In combination with OR 18, this is the main route for traffic between Portland and the central Oregon Coast.
OR 219.svg
OR 219 is a north-south route connecting with St. Paul and Woodburn to the south, and Scholls and Hillsboro to the north.
OR 240.svg
OR 240 is an east-west route connecting with OR 47 in the town of Yamhill.

Sister cities


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b Hussey, John A. (1967). Champoeg: Place of Transition, A Disputed History. Oregon Historical Society. 
  4. ^ a b c Klooster, Karl (February 14, 2009). "Back in time: Yamhill Valley - 1859". News-Register. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  5. ^ Lewis A. McArthur (1991). Oregon Place Names, 6th edition. Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society. ISBN 978-0875952376. 
  6. ^ "'About George Fox University'". Retrieved 2008-02-05. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ "Monthly Averages for Newberg, OR". May 2011. Retrieved 2010-04-18. 
  10. ^ a b "Newberg Community Profile". Oregon Economic & Community Development Department. Retrieved 2009-05-08. 
  11. ^ "Employment Reaches New High as The Allison Inn & Spa Progresses Toward September". Reuters. April 10, 2009. 
  12. ^

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