274 SW 4th Street Madras, OR 97741 (541) 475-2350

Created in 1914 from sprawling Crook County, Jefferson County is a rich agricultural area providing an impressive amount of grass, vegetable and flower seed. Other profit crops include garlic, mint and wheat. Early railroad access led to the success of the region, as local farmers were easily linked to the Columbia River. Today, manufacturing and recreation join agriculture in supporting the area’s economy. The sunny, dry climate makes Jefferson County a popular recreation site for water sports, hiking, camping, fishing and golf. Nearby attractions include Indian Head Casino, The Cove Palisades at Lake Billy Chinook, the Metolius Wild & Scenic River, Lake Simtustus and the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness area. The recreational opportunities are limitless.

Established: 1914 (formed from Crook County)

Area: 1,780 sq. mi.

Demographics

Jefferson County is a culturally diverse region, which includes the Warm Springs Indian Reservation and a thriving Hispanic community.

Population

Jefferson County: 24,192

Madras: 6,729

Crooked River Ranch: 5,000

Warm Springs: 4,000

Culver: 1,474

Metolius: 755

Camp Sherman: 233

Ashwood: 100

Climate

Average High Temp – Jan: 41.7°F

Average Low Temp – Jan: 21.6°F

Average High Temp – Jul: 87.5°F

Average Low Temp – Jul: 45.4°F

Average Annual Precip: 10.9″

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