Coos Bay, Oregon, Talk:Coos Bay, Oregon
is a city located in Coos County, Oregon
. As of the 2000
census, the city had a total population of 15,374. The city is located at the mouth of the Coos River
on Coos Bay
on the Pacific Ocean
, and borders on the nearby city of North Bend
. Together, the cities are often referred to as one entity, called either Coos Bay or the Bay Area. Coos Bay is also home to Southwestern Oregon Community College
The Bay Area is known for its superb recreation. Its most popular and unique recreation opportunity is the Oregon Dunes National Recreational Area
, which brings approximately 1.5 million visitors each year.http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/siuslaw/recreation/tripplanning/oregondunes/index.shtml
. Many of these visitors enjoy exploring the 6,000-acre sand dunes
on their ATV
s. The area's popularity has increased tourism—a growing industry in the formerly depressed economy.
Coos Bay is located at 43°22'35" North, 124°14'14" West (43.376456, .
According to the United States Census Bureau
, the city has a total area of 41.3 km²
). 27.4 km² (10.6 mi²) of it is land and 13.8 km² (5.3 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 33.52% water.
Demographics (2000 census)
There are 15,374 people residing in the city, comprising 6,497 households and 4,028 families. The population density
is 560.5/km² (1,451.9/mi²). There are 7,094 housing units at an average density of 258.6/km² (669.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 90.75% White
, 0.37% African American
, 2.27% Native American
, 1.44% Asian
, 0.31% Pacific Islander
, 1.35% from other races
, and 3.51% from two or more races. 4.49% of the population are Hispanic
of any race.
There are 6,497 households out of which 27.1% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% are married couples
living together, 11.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 38.0% are non-families. 30.7% of all households are made up of individuals and 12.9% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.29 and the average family size is 2.83.
In the city the population is spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 40 years. For every 100 females there are 94.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 90.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $31,212, and the median income for a family is $38,721. Males have a median income of $32,324 versus $22,192 for females. The per capita income
for the city is $18,158. 16.5% of the population and 12.7% of families are below the poverty line
. Out of the total population, 21.0% of those under the age of 18 and 9.9% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Chronology of events
*1579 Francis Drake
is said to have sought shelter in the bay for the Golden Hind and its crew.
*1853 City founded and named Marshfield after the Massachusetts hometown of one of the founders.
*1866 Cape Arago Lighthouse
*1871 Marshfield post office
*1872 Coos Bay Wagon Road opens, connecting Coos County with Douglas County's Umpqua River
valley, across the Coast Range of mountains. (Oregon Highway 42 roughly follows the old wagon road's right of way.)
*1874 Marshfield incorporated.
*1908 The first automobile arrives in Marshfield via the Coos Bay Wagon Road. (Previous autos arrived by ship at the Port of Coos Bay, or by way of lesser trails.)
*1922 A fire ends up burning down a large portion of the business district.
*1928 KOOS-AM radio begins broadcasting.
*1944 Residents vote to name the city Coos Bay
*1962 The most powerful non-tropical storm in U.S. mainland history, the Columbus Day Storm
*1969 Distance runner Steve Prefontaine
graduates from Marshfield High School.
*1972 The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
*1999 The M/V New Carissa
freighter runs aground.
*2002 Three Coos Bay firemen die when the roof of a burning car-supply store collapses. It is considered the worst loss of life for a fire department in modern Oregon history.
Points of interest
*Coos Bay Iron Works
, a producer of logging equipment, opened in 1882 and is still in business on Front Street, using a variety of antique tools dating to the Industrial Revolution
*The Egyptian Revival style Egyptian Theatre
was part of a popular architectural movement
and is the only Oregon movie house that still has its original theatre organ
installation. Built in 1925, the theatre was closed as of 2006, but there were plans by a nonprofit agency to reopen it. http://www.pstos.org/instruments/or/coos-bay/egyptian.htm
88.5 FM (college)KSOR
89.1 FM (college, translator)KJCH
90.9 FM (Christian)WPCS
91.3 (Christian, translator)KEAR
92.9 FM (commercial)KOOS
94.9 FM (commercial)KOOS
95.7 FM (translator)KSHR
97.3 FM (commercial)KYTT
98.7 FM (Christian)KJMX
99.5 FM (commercial)KJMX
100.3 FM (translator)KVIP
102.1 FM (Christian, translator)KYSJ
105.9 FM (commercial)KACW
107.3 FM (commercial)KACW
107.7 FM (translator)KWRO
630 AM (commercial)KGRV
700 AM (Christian)KDUN
1030 AM (commercial)KHSN
1230 AM (commercial)KBBR
1340 AM (commercial)KMHS
1420 AM (high school)
for more info.
* The World (Coos Bay)
Coos Bay has one sister city
, JapanSource: http://www.econ.state.or.us/oregontrade/sistercities.htm
creator Jim Henson
reportedly thought "Coos Bay" was a funny name for a town.
[The Muppet Show: Season 1 Special Edition DVD]
The name inspired a long-running Muppet gag, Planet Koozebane
. Comedy sketches set on this fictional planet appeared on "The Muppet Show
" and in several other Henson projects.
*http://www.coosbay.org/ City of Coos Bay
*http://www.portofcoosbay.com/ Oregon International Port of Coos Bay
*http://www.coos-bay.k12.or.us/ Coos Bay School District
*http://bluebook.state.or.us/local/cities/ad/coosbay.htm Oregon Blue Book entry for Coos BayCategory:Cities in OregonCategory:Coastal cities in the United StatesCategory:Coos County, OregonCategory:Oregon Coastio:Coos Bay, Oregon