Lincoln County, Oregon

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Lincoln County, Oregon
Lincoln county oregon courthouse.jpg
Lincoln County Courthouse in Newport
Map of Oregon highlighting Lincoln County
Location in the state of Oregon
Map of the United States highlighting Oregon
Oregon's location in the U.S.
Founded February 20, 1893
Seat Newport
Largest city Newport
Area
 • Total 1,194 sq mi (3,092 km2)
 • Land 980 sq mi (2,538 km2)
 • Water 214 sq mi (554 km2), 17.95%
Population
 • (2010) 46,034
 • Density 47/sq mi (18/km²)
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Pacific: UTC-8/-7
Website www.co.lincoln.or.us

Lincoln County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oregon. As of the 2010 census, its population was 46,034.[1] The county seat is Newport.[2] It is named for Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States.

History[edit]

Lincoln County was created by the Oregon Legislative Assembly on February 20, 1893, from the western portion of Benton and Polk counties. The county adjusted its boundaries in 1923, 1925, 1927, 1931, and 1949.

At the time of the county's creation, Toledo was picked as the temporary county seat. In 1896 it was chosen as the permanent county seat. Three elections were held to determine if the county seat should be moved from Toledo to Newport. Twice these votes failed—in 1928 and 1938. In 1954, however, the vote went in Newport's favor. While Toledo has remained the industrial hub of Lincoln County, the city has never regained the position it once had.

Like Tillamook County to the north, for the first decades of its existence Lincoln County was isolated from the rest of the state. This was solved with the construction of U.S. Route 101 (completed in 1925), and the Salmon River Highway (completed in 1930). In 1936, as one of many federally funded construction projects, bridges were constructed across the bays at Waldport, Newport, and Siletz, eliminating the ferries needed to cross these bays.

The northern part of Lincoln County includes the Siletz Reservation, created by treaty in 1855. The reservation was open to non-Indian settlement between 1895 and 1925. The Siletz's tribal status was terminated by the federal government in 1954, but became the first Oregon tribe to have their tribal status reinstated in 1977. The current reservation totals 3,666 acres (14.84 km2).

Economy[edit]

Principal industries of the county are travel (primarily tourism), trade, health services and construction.[3][4] Paper manufacturing and fishing are still important although they contribute proportionally less to the county's employment than they used to.[citation needed] Newport is one of the two major fishing ports of Oregon (along with Astoria) that ranks in the top twenty of fishing ports in the U.S.[citation needed] Its port averaged 105 million pounds (48,000 t) of fish landed in 1997-2000.[citation needed] Newport is home of Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center, as well as the Oregon Coast Aquarium, and their fleet of ocean-going vessels.

Many of the other communities in Lincoln county depend on tourism as their principal source of income.[citation needed] The county's average nonfarm employment was 18,820 in 2007.[citation needed]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,194 square miles (3,090 km2), of which 980 square miles (2,500 km2) is land and 214 square miles (550 km2) (17.95%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 3,575
1910 5,587 56.3%
1920 6,084 8.9%
1930 9,903 62.8%
1940 14,549 46.9%
1950 21,308 46.5%
1960 24,635 15.6%
1970 25,755 4.5%
1980 35,264 36.9%
1990 38,889 10.3%
2000 44,479 14.4%
2010 46,034 3.5%
Est. 2012 45,885 −0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census of 2000, there were 44,479 people, 19,296 households, and 12,252 families residing in the county. The population density was 45 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 26,889 housing units at an average density of 27 per square mile (11/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.59% White, 0.30% Black or African American, 3.14% Native American, 0.93% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 1.66% from other races, and 3.23% from two or more races. 4.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 16.8% were of German, 13.5% English, 10.8% Irish and 8.5% American ancestry.

There were 19,296 households out of which 24.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.50% were married couples living together, 10.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.50% were non-families. 29.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.75.

In the county, the population was spread out with 21.40% under the age of 18, 6.50% from 18 to 24, 23.50% from 25 to 44, 29.00% from 45 to 64, and 19.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 94.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,769, and the median income for a family was $39,403. Males had a median income of $32,407 versus $22,622 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,692. About 9.80% of families and 13.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.50% of those under age 18 and 7.20% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Lincoln Beach, Oregon, Fishing Rock with Rabbit Rock in background

Cities[edit]

Unincorporated communities and CDPs[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Oregon Labor Market Information System
  4. ^ Bureau of Economic Analysis
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 15, 2013. 

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Coordinates: 44°38′N 123°55′W / 44.64°N 123.91°W / 44.64; -123.91