Living in McMinnville
McMinnville is located in the western portion of Oregon 's agriculturally rich Willamette Valley on U.S. Highway 99W. The quiet, friendly city enjoys a central location to Pacific Ocean beaches (50 miles), the big city (Portland - 30 miles to the northeast), and the state capitol (Salem - 25 miles southeast), with an easy scenic drive to Mt. Hood and other ski areas. You can view an interactive map of the city of McMinnville.
Our mild climate has a mean average temperature from June to September of 70 degrees (F) and 40 degrees (F) from November to February. The average rainfall is 42 inches. The growing season is 174 days and the elevation is 157 feet above sea level.
McMinnville has a Council / Manager form of city government. The six-member city council is the policy-making body of the city. They appoint a city manager to perform the administrative duties required for the effective operation of the city. McMinnville is the county seat of Yamhill County.
The city of McMinnville is a full-service city providing a broad range of public services, including public safety, public works, library, planning, and parks and recreation. McMinnville's fire department continually maintains a Class 3 insurance rating, affording McMinnville one of the lowest insurance rates. The police department provides 24-hour protection.
McMinnville's population as of the year 2005 is 29,200. The city has grown over the past ten years at an annual rate of approximately 2.8 percent.
McMinnville established its own Water and Light Department in 1889 and continues today to provide low cost, reliable water and power services.
Western Oregon Waste, a privately owned and operated firm since 1928, provides a wide range of residential, commercial and industrial waste and recycling services for McMinnville and Yamhill County.
Water is supplied from surface water in the coast range and flows through a modern water treatment plant on its way to McMinnville. McMinnville's soft mountain water is excellent in taste and quality.
The sanitary sewer system covers about 90 percent of the city. Its 108-mile pipe system utilizes 12 pumping stations to deliver sewage to a water reclamation facility where state of the art water purification occurs. The plant is equipped to handle normal city growth through 2015.
Willamette Valley Medical Center serves the community with a full staff of physicians and nurses working in a welcoming facility with state-of-the-art equipment. Nearly 500 employees help provide a wide range of medical services. The hospital's new Cancer Center provides radiation and chemotherapy with a focus on patient comfort.
For a list of physicians who are members of the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce, please view the Business Directory.
There are nine retirement and nursing care facilities in McMinnville offering a full range of managed care options.
The McMinnville area boasts excellent public and private schools. McMinnville School District's six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school serve over 5,700 students. McMinnville schools provide additional programs such as special education, talented and gifted, English as a Second Language, health, counseling and speech services to assist students in being successful learners. A comprehensive co-curricular program includes athletics, music, drama and extended learning activities.
McMinnville is home to Linfield College. This independent, comprehensive, liberal arts college is nationally recognized for its strong teaching faculty, outstanding science programs and distinctive international emphasis. Linfield is one of the oldest colleges in the west and offers 41 majors for bachelor degrees. The 193-acre residential campus serves over 1,600 students.
Chemeketa Community College's McMinnville Campus offers a wide range of educational services in McMinnville and Yamhill County, including transferable college credit courses (first two years); non-credit, personal enrichment classes; advising in academic and career development financial aid information; and a Business Skills Training Program.