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Coos County, Oregon
Map

Location in the state of Oregon
Map of the USA highlighting Oregon
Oregon's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded December 22, 1853
Seat Coquille
Largest City Coos Bay
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,806 sq mi (4,678 km²)
1,596 sq mi (4,134 km²)
210 sq mi (544 km²), 12%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

63,121
39/sq mi (15/km²)
Time zone Pacific: UTC-8/-7
Website: www.co.coos.or.us

Coos County /ks/ is a county in the U.S. state of Oregon. As of the 2010 census, the population was 63,043. The county seat is Coquille. The county was formed from the western parts of Umpqua and Jackson counties. It is named after a tribe of Native Americans who live in the region.

Coos County comprises the Coos Bay, OR Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

It's unclear where the name Coos originated. Lewis and Clark noted Cook-koo-oose. Early maps and documents spelled it Kowes, Cowes, Coose, Koos, among others.

Although exploration and trapping in the area occurred as early as 1828, the first settlement was established at Empire City in 1853, now part of Coos Bay, Oregon, by members of the Coos Bay Company.

Coos County was created by the Territorial Legislature from parts of Umpqua County, Oregon, and Jackson County, Oregon, counties on December 22, 1853. Curry County, Oregon, was created from the southern part in 1855. The county seat was originally at Empire City. In 1895 the legislature permitted the citizens of the county to choose a new county seat. The 1896 vote resulted in moving the seat to Coquille.

The Territorial Legislature granted permission for the development of wagon roads from Coos Bay to Jacksonville, Oregon, in 1854 and to Roseburg, Oregon, in 1857.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,806 square miles (4,680 km2), of which 1,596 square miles (4,130 km2) is land and 210 square miles (540 km2) (12%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

  • Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge
  • Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge (part)
  • Siskiyou National Forest (part)
  • Siuslaw National Forest (part)

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 445
1870 1,644 269.4%
1880 4,834 194.0%
1890 8,874 83.6%
1900 10,324 16.3%
1910 17,959 74.0%
1920 22,257 23.9%
1930 28,373 27.5%
1940 32,466 14.4%
1950 42,265 30.2%
1960 54,955 30.0%
1970 56,515 2.8%
1980 64,047 13.3%
1990 60,273 −5.9%
2000 62,779 4.2%
2010 63,043 0.4%
Est. 2015 63,121 0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 62,779 people, 26,213 households, and 17,457 families residing in the county. The population density was 39 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 29,247 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.97% White, 0.31% Black or African American, 2.41% Native American, 0.90% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 1.06% from other races, and 3.17% from two or more races. 3.40% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 18.5% were of German, 12.4% English, 11.3% Irish and 10.7% U.S. or American ancestry. 96.0% spoke English and 2.5% Spanish as their first language.

There were 26,213 households out of which 26.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.90% were married couples living together, 9.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.40% were non-families. 27.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.80.

In the county, the population dispersal was 21.90% under the age of 18, 7.10% from 18 to 24, 24.00% from 25 to 44, 27.80% from 45 to 64, and 19.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 96.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.90 males. The median income for a household in the county was $31,542, and the median income for a family was $38,040. Males had a median income of $32,509 versus $22,519 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,547. About 11.10% of families and 15.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.90% of those under age 18 and 9.40% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 63,043 people, 27,133 households, and 16,857 families residing in the county. The population density was 39.5 inhabitants per square mile (15.3/km2). There were 30,593 housing units at an average density of 19.2 per square mile (7.4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 89.8% white, 2.5% American Indian, 1.0% Asian, 0.4% black or African American, 0.2% Pacific islander, 1.7% from other races, and 4.3% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 5.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 22.9% were German, 15.0% were English, 12.7% were Irish, 7.4% were American, and 5.2% were Scottish.

Of the 27,133 households, 24.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.2% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 37.9% were non-families, and 29.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.78. The median age was 47.3 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,491 and the median income for a family was $46,569. Males had a median income of $39,744 versus $28,328 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,981. About 11.5% of families and 16.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.4% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.

Natural history

The tallest documented living specimen of a Douglas-fir tree in the world is found 35 miles (56 km) southeast of Coos Bay in the Sitkum area and is slightly more than 100 metres (330 ft) tall.

Communities

Cities

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

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