Search Google Appliance


Coastal Demographics

Long before the settlement of European pioneers, Native American tribes lived, fished and worked the land along the Oregon Coast.  While they did not live a true agrarian lifestyle, they used early farming techniques to increase yield and inhibit pests and weeds.  Europeans arrived in the 1800's, settling along Oregon's coast during the 1850's.  Early farmers were mostly subsistence but found a market for their goods during the California Gold Rushes.  During the 19th and 20th centuries resource based industries such as timber and fishing dominated the local agriculture economies.

Recent population data for the Oregon Coast show a continuing trend of growth from migration.  Most coastal counties have higher mortality rates than birth rates and rely on in-migrations to maintain populations.  The coastal population is on the whole also aging as young people leave the rural areas for economic and educational opportunities and the growing sector of retirees flock to the coast for its slower pace of life and recreation options.

Shifting demographics has led to a change in industry importance.  Growing service industries such as hospitality and tourism have much larger shares of total income.  Click the Economy link on the left for more information on agriculture and coastal economies.

The agricultural industry is still primarily a family affair.  Farms are still multi-generational with many farmers able to trace their land cultivation roots back many generations to ancestors that held original homesteading claims. Many of the cooperative owners of the Tillamook County Creamery Association had ancestors who started the original association over a century ago.

  Pop % Total Pop Pop % Total Pop Pop % Total Pop Total Pop
OREGON 884,078 23.0% 2,432,125 63.3% 505,824 13.2% 3,844,195
COUNTIES:              
CLATSOP 7,939 21.0% 23,799 62.9% 6,123 16.2% 37,860
COOS 12,147 19.3% 37,694 59.9% 13,089 20.8% 62,930
CURRY 3,296 15.6% 11,477 54.2% 6,387 30.2% 21,160
LINCOLN 8,051 18.0% 27,214 61.0% 9,355 21.0% 44,620
TILLAMOOK 4,575 17.5% 15,894 60.7% 5,701 21.8% 26,170
  July 1, 2010 Population Estimate April 1, 2000 Census Population Population Change 2000-10 Percent Change 2000-10 Births 2000-10

Deaths 2000-10

Natural Increase 2000-10 Net Migration 2000-10
OREGON 3,844,195  3,421,399  422,796  12.4%  479,710 317,409 162,301 260,495
Counties                
CLATSOP  37,860  35,630  2,230  6.3%  4,185  3,915  270  1,960
COOS 62,930 62,779 151 0.2% 6,489 8,714 -2,225 2,376
CURRY 21,160 21,137 23 0.1% 1,657 3,407 -1,750 1,773
LINCOLN  44,620 44,479 141 0.3% 4,622 5,616 -994 1,135
TILLAMOOK 26,170 24,262 1,908 7.9% 2,654 2,895 -242 2,150

 
Data Sets compiled by The Portland State University Population Data Center.  

2010 estimates are based on 2000 data as full reporting on 2010 census data is not complete.