Curry County, Oregon

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Curry County, Oregon
Map of Oregon highlighting Curry County
Location in the U.S. state of Oregon
Map of the United States highlighting Oregon
Oregon's location in the U.S.
Founded December 18, 1855
Seat Gold Beach
Largest city Brookings
 • Total 1,988 sq mi (5,149 km2)
 • Land 1,627 sq mi (4,214 km2)
 • Water 361 sq mi (935 km2), 18.2%
Population (est.)
 • (2014) 22,335
 • Density 14/sq mi (5.3/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Pacific: UTC-8/-7

Curry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oregon. As of the 2010 census, the population was 22,364.[1] The county seat is Gold Beach.[2] The county is named for George Law Curry,[3] a governor of the Oregon Territory.

Curry County comprises the Brookings, OR Micropolitan Statistical Area.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,988 square miles (5,150 km2), of which 1,627 square miles (4,210 km2) is land and 361 square miles (930 km2) (18%) is water.[4]

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The county contains significant forests, with occurrence of black oak, big leaf maple and Douglas-fir. The blue oak, prevalent slightly further south does not reach into Curry County.[5]

Adjacent counties

National protected areas


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 393
1870 504 28.2%
1880 1,208 139.7%
1890 1,709 41.5%
1900 1,868 9.3%
1910 2,044 9.4%
1920 3,025 48.0%
1930 3,257 7.7%
1940 4,301 32.1%
1950 6,048 40.6%
1960 13,983 131.2%
1970 13,006 −7.0%
1980 16,992 30.6%
1990 19,327 13.7%
2000 21,137 9.4%
2010 22,364 5.8%
Est. 2014 22,335 [6] −0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2014[1]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 21,137 people, 9,543 households, and 6,183 families residing in the county. The population density was 13 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 11,406 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.89% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 2.14% Native American, 0.70% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 1.11% from other races, and 2.90% from two or more races. 3.60% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 20.1% were of German, 13.8% English, 10.3% United States or American and 9.9% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. 95.9% spoke English and 2.5% Spanish as their first language.

There were 9,543 households out of which 20.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.50% were married couples living together, 7.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.20% were non-families. 29.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.66.

In the county, the population was spread out with 19.20% under the age of 18, 4.80% from 18 to 24, 20.00% from 25 to 44, 29.40% from 45 to 64, and 26.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 96.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,117, and the median income for a family was $35,627. Males had a median income of $31,772 versus $22,416 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,138. About 9.70% of families and 12.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.60% of those under age 18 and 10.60% of those age 65 or over.


In 1852 explorers discovered gold and other precious metals in the rivers and along the beaches of this area. As a result, settlement in the county was concentrated along the coast, depending primarily on water transportation. The slow development of inland transportation routes kept the county relatively isolated well into the twentieth century. While there is still some mining of cobalt, nickel, and chromium in the Gasquet Mountain area, the economy has reoriented to agriculture and timber.[12] Port Orford cedar (also known as Lawson's Cypress) and myrtlewood are important export products.[13]

The county has excellent grazing areas for raising cattle and sheep. The county also produces blueberries, horticultural nursery stock, and 90% of all Easter lilies raised in the United States. In 2001, the native tanoak in the county were afflicted by Sudden oak death, caused by infection of Phytophthora ramorum, which has threatened the success of the local nurseries; however, the infection has been successfully contained to an area 12 miles (19 km) in size. Tourism is also important to Curry County. The Forest Service owns 59% of the land within the county boundaries. The Port of Brookings is considered one of the safest harbors on the coast.



Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

See also


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  10. "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved February 25, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  12. Gold Beach Oregon & Curry County Area in Southern Oregon. [1], Retrieved May 18, 2013.
  13. Oregon Historical County Records Guide. [2], Retrieved May 18, 2013.

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