Professional workers: said to be growing rapidly with increased urbanization.
Woods workers and forest workers, commonly thought to be quite reduced in numbers from years past.
Urbanites as a social category were mentioned by many people. It is clear that a shift from a rural to an urban outlook is in the future and many are concerned of the changes it will create in the community.
A new distinction in the area is ethnicity. In the past, the population has been overwhelmingly white but Hispanics in recent years have created a noticeable presence. Initially the migrant labor for seasonal agricultural work, a settling out process has been underway for at least a generation. There are now permanent year-round Hispanic residents and their proportion of the population is growing. Hispanics tend to “lay low” and they do not participate much in formal, organized events. They are very family oriented and depend on Norpac for employment. Hispanics own a growing number of businesses but their interests do not seem incorporated into local politics, business development, or planning. They are becoming the major employee base for Philips and other manufacturing facilities, increasing the need for managerial Spanish.
The Stayton/Sublimity area also has a large number of lower income residents who exhibit certain social patterns of behavior. Many work low paying jobs, or they are underemployed. They frequent the food banks of the area, the mission, the churches, and cafes, and they participate in the gleaners program and other ways of surviving. They may rent on a week-to- week basis and have the reputation for being unreliable. Reports from residents indicate that displacement of low-income people may be occurring.
“Don’t be so harsh about them. Have some compassion. Times are tough.”
Age as a social category was also important for residents in describing their community. Children and youth, of course, bring up key personal and social values and much community time is devoted to the well-being of this population (see Community Issues). In addition, the retirement community has been growing at a fast rate in recent years, and, in fact, has become a
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