Hermiston (/ˈhɜːrməstən/) is a city in Umatilla County, Oregon, United States. Its population of 18,200 makes it the largest city in Eastern Oregon. Hermiston is the largest, and fastest-growing, city in the Hermiston-Pendleton Micropolitan Statistical Area, the eighth largest Core Based Statistical Area in Oregon with a combined population of 87,062 at the 2010 census. Hermiston sits near the junction of I-82 and I-84, and is 7 miles south of the Columbia River, Lake Wallula, and the McNary Dam. The Hermiston area has become a hub for logistics and data center activity due to the proximity of the I-82 and I-84 interchange, Pacific Northwest fiber optic backbone, and low power costs. The city is also known for its watermelons, which are part of its branding.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.81 square miles (20.23 km), all land.
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Hermiston’s recent population growth is due to its proximity to large cities in the Pacific Northwest and its location along two major freeways.
The Population Research Center at Portland State University provides annual official population estimates to the State of Oregon. Hermiston’s certified population estimate as of July 1, 2018 was 18,200 which is an increase of approximately 1,500 residents since the 2010 Census. It has the largest population of any city in Oregon east of Bend, and the only one larger than 18,000.
As of the census of 2010, there were 16,745 people, 6,050 households, and 4,184 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,144.0 inhabitants per square mile (827.8/km). There were 6,373 housing units at an average density of 816.0 per square mile (315.1/km). The racial makeup of the city was 74.2% White, 0.8% African American, 1.3% Native American, 1.5% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 19.0% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 34.9% of the population.
There were 6,050 households of which 42.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.9% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.8% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.28.
The median age in the city was 30.9 years. 31.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.3% were from 25 to 44; 20.8% were from 45 to 64; and 11% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.4% male and 50.6% female.
Hermiston Oregon neighborhoods include: Cooney Lane, Geer-1st/Punkin-Theater, Highland / NW 11th, Joy Ln, NE 2nd-8th/Punkin-Theater, NE Pacific Heights, South Park Hill, Sunset