Stayton is a city in Marion County, Oregon, United States, located 12 miles (19 km) southeast of the state capital, Salem, on Oregon Route 22. It is south of Sublimity and east of Aumsville. Located on the North Santiam River, Stayton is a regional agricultural and light manufacturing center. The population was 6,816 at the 2000 census. The 2007 population estimate is 7,765. It is part of the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the census of 2000, there were 6,816 people, 2,519 households, and 1,851 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,525.3 people per square mile (974.7/km²). There were 2,654 housing units at an average density of 983.3 per square mile (379.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.95% White, 0.13% African American, 1.50% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 3.84% from other races, and 2.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.18% of the population.