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Fossil, Oregon - Basic Facts

The City of Fossil had a population of 466 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Fossil is located at latitude 44.998 and longitude -120.2147 in Wheeler County. The formal boundaries for the City of Fossil (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.79 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Wheeler County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 2,661 feet.

The City of Fossil (GNIS ID: 2410533) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Oregon is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Fossil is located within Fossil Division of Wheeler County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Fossil population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Fossil, OR Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 466
Population in Households 453
Population in Familes 329
Population in Group Qrtrs 13
Population Density1 591
Diversity Index2 31


Total Households 224
Average Household Size 2.02
Family Households 129
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 269 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 147 (54.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 77 (28.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 45 (16.7%)
Median Home Value $119,286
Average Home Value $185,204


Median Household Income $38,550
Average Household Income $51,863
Per Capita Income $24,090
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.24% -0.52%
Households 0.0% -0.36%
Families 0.63% -0.47%
Median Household Income   2.87%
Per Capita Income   1.99%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Fossil, OR - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Fossil to the other 378 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Oregon by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 262 31st
Population Density1 # 246 35th
Diversity Index2 # 164 57th
Median Household Income # 295 22nd
Per Capita Income # 193 49th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Oregon Census Data Comparison Tool.