The City of Klamath Falls is the seat of Klamath County, Oregon and serves as the transportation and service center for a greater area referred to as "The Klamath Basin" (which includes south-central Oregon and
Klamath Falls is an active community with many of the attractions of a larger city, but with the affordable lifestyle of a smaller town. All located in a wondrous natural setting! The downtown area features various shopping, dining, and cultural facilities. On the lakefront, Moore Park overlooks the massive Upper Klamath Lake and offers residents hiking, tennis and boating facilities.
With an annual precipitation average of 13 inches, plus the year-round temperate climate, the Klamath Basin attracts people looking for outdoor adventures throughout the year. Klamath Falls, located at an elevation of 4100 feet, offers a high, dry climate. The area is known for its warm summers in the 80s and 90s, crisp autumns, and mild, but often snowy winters. Klamath Falls enjoys nearly 300 days of sunshine each year.
Transportation: Klamath Falls is located at the junction of US Highway
97, and Oregon Highways 140 and 39. The area is served by both Amtrak
passenger rail service and Horizon Airlines with several non-stop, one hour service to
Portland, Oregon. Travel from Klamath Falls to: Medford is 1.25 hours west; Bend is
2.5 hours north; Reno, Nevada is 4 hours south.
Health Care: Klamath Falls and the surrounding areas are served by Merle
West Medical Center, a 176 bed health care facility. Merle West's full range of
services include cancer and heart centers, a center for occupational health, a family
practice residency program, a new family birthing center, and a kidney dialysis center.
There are numerous general and specialty clinics and urgent care facilities throughout
the city. In addition, two regional health care facilities are located in Medford.
Local Communications: The area is served by a local newspaper, The
Herald & News; a state-wide newspaper, The Oregonian; several AM and FM radio
stations; 6 local or regional television stations; and cable television, satellite &
telecommunication service companies.
Tax & Cost of Living Information: Oregon has no sales tax. Property
taxes are limited to $15.00 per thousand dollars of valuation, excluding
voter-approved bonded debt. Using the ACCRA cost of living index for the 4th
quarter of 1999, Klamath Falls had a composite index of 99.6 compared to the
national average of 100. That compares with Portland at 111.7 and Los Angeles at
Educational Facilities: Local higher education facilities include the
Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) and Klamath Community College (KCC).
Southern Oregon University (SOU) is located in Ashland, 70 miles west and offers
distance learning programs. Our students consistently score above the national
average. Parochial education is available at three schools in the city. Here is some
additional information on primary and secondary education options in Klamath