Joseph is a city in Wallowa County, Oregon, United States. Originally named Silver Lake and Lake City, in 1880 the city formally named itself for Nez Perce Chief Joseph. The population was 1,054 at the 2000 census. As of the census of 2000, there were 1,054 people, 450 households, and 288 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,234.8 people per square mile (478.8/km²). There were 543 housing units at an average density of 636.2 per square mile (246.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.88% White, 0.47% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 1.42% from other races, and 2.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.23% of the population.