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Things to do: sightseeing, nature
Madras is a city in Jefferson County, Oregon, United States. Originally called "The Basin" after the circular valley the city is located in, it is unclear as to whether Madras was named in 1903 for the cotton fabric called "Madras" that originated in the Madras area in India, or from the city of Chennai, then known as "Madras". The population was 6,046 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Jefferson County.HistoryMadras was incorporated as a city in 1911. An Army Air Corps base was built nearby during World War II. This airfield now serves as City-County Airport. Homesteads about 5mi north of the city on Agency Plains were based on dryland wheat.SightsMadras is home to the Erickson Aircraft Collection, a privately owned collection of airworthy vintage aircraft. The collection is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 o'clock a.m. to 5:00 o'clock p.m.Geography and climateAccording to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.02sqmi, all of it land.Demographics2010 censusAs of the census of 2010, there were 6,046 people, 2,198 households, and 1,430 families residing in the city. The population density was 1204.4PD/sqmi. There were 2,569 housing units at an average density of 511.8/sqmi. The racial makeup of the city was 66.4% White, 0.7% African American, 6.9% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 19.7% from other races, and 5.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 38.5% of the population.
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