Growing into a City
In the ensuing years, McMinnville grew to become the largest city in Yamhill County. Linfield College, which had been founded in 1858, dedicated its first building 1883. The historical buildings that line charming Third Street and nearby blocks were erected mainly between 1890 and 1912.
As an agricultural center, McMinnville attracted businesses and residents who worked in that industry. Although it is known today for being surrounded by vineyards, that is a fairly recent development. Grapevines weren’t routinely planted in the area until the 1970s.
In the 21st Century, McMinnville is a thriving city of about 33,000 residents. The median age is 34, and about one-third of the households are families with children living at home. The median family income was $44,013 in the 2010 Census.
The climate in the region is considered moderate. The highs don’t routinely top 90 F, and there usually aren’t many winter days below 35 F. There is an average of 42 inches of rain each year. McMinnville is an attractive city for visitors and boasts several organizations that seek to educate guests about the history, heritage and appeal of the city.