Sweet Home is a city in Linn County, Oregon, United States. The population was 8,925 at the 2010 census. According to the city, “Sweet Home is sometimes referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Santiam Playground’ due to its proximity to nearby lakes, rivers and the Cascade Mountains.”
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.75 square miles (14.89 km), of which 5.30 square miles (13.73 km) is land and 0.45 square miles (1.17 km) is water.
The intersection Oregon Route 228 and U.S. Route 20 occurs at the Western end of Sweet Home.
The South Santiam River flows from Foster Reservoir along the northern city limits of Sweet Home. Ames Creek and Wiley Creek flow into the South Santiam River within the city limits.
Sweet Home is built on a prehistoric petrified forest. In addition to fossil wood, the area includes a variety of agate, jasper, crystals and minerals.
The median income for a household in the city was $37,182; 20.0% of persons were below the poverty line.
As of the census of 2010, there were 8,925 people, 3,440 households, and 2,315 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,684.0 inhabitants per square mile (650.2/km). There were 3,768 housing units at an average density of 710.9 per square mile (274.5/km). The racial makeup of the city was 93.3% White, 0.3% African American, 1.3% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.1% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.7% of the population.
There were 3,440 households of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.5% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.7% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.05.
The median age in the city was 39.6 years. 25.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.3% were from 25 to 44; 27.5% were from 45 to 64; and 16.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.6% male and 50.4% female.
Home Oregon neighborhoods include: 44th Ave, 9th Ave, Airport Road, Ashbrook Park, Clark Mill, Elm St, Foster Lake, Holley Hill, Neighnorhood Willow, Port Drive County, Starlite, Sweet Home Hwy, SweetHome Main, The Landing – Sweet Home