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Depoe Bay, Oregon
Aerial view of the harbor and center of Depoe Bay
Aerial view of the harbor and center of Depoe Bay
The World's Smallest Harbor
Location in Oregon
Location in Oregon
Country United States
State Oregon
County Lincoln
Incorporated 1973
 • Total 1.81 sq mi (4.69 km2)
 • Land 1.81 sq mi (4.69 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
7 ft (2 m)
 • Total 1,398
 • Estimate 
 • Density 827.72/sq mi (319.53/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (Pacific)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 541
FIPS code 41-18850
GNIS feature ID 1119868

Depoe Bay is a city in Lincoln County, Oregon, United States, located on U.S. Route 101 on the Pacific Ocean. The population was 1,398 at the 2010 census. The bay of the same name is a 6-acre (2.4 ha) harbor that the city promotes as the world's smallest navigable harbor.


Depoe Bay was named for Siletz Indian Charles "Charley" Depot who was originally allotted the land in 1894 as part of the Dawes Act of 1887. There are conflicting accounts of the origin of his name. One says he was given the name "Depot Charley" for working at the military depot near Toledo, Oregon. The family was later known as "DePoe". His original tribal affiliation was Tututni.

In 1975, the fishing trip sequence in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was filmed in Depoe Bay.

In 2008, restaurant scenes from The Burning Plain were filmed in Depoe Bay, at the Tidal Raves restaurant.

On March 11, 2011, Depoe Bay's port was damaged by a tsunami caused by the Tōhoku earthquake off the coast of Japan.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.81 square miles (4.69 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 723
1990 870 20.3%
2000 1,174 34.9%
2010 1,398 19.1%
2019 (est.) 1,499 7.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,398 people, 714 households, and 411 families living in the city. The population density was 772.4 inhabitants per square mile (298.2/km2). There were 1,158 housing units at an average density of 639.8 per square mile (247.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.9% White, 1.5% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 1.5% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.8% of the population.

There were 714 households, of which 10.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.4% were non-families. 32.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.96 and the average family size was 2.39.

The median age in the city was 56.6 years. 9.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 16.5% were from 25 to 44; 38.9% were from 45 to 64; and 29.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.

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