Introduction to Coos Bay, Oregon

Coos Bay, Oregon, in Coos county, is 73 miles SW of Eugene, Oregon and 167 miles SW of Portland, Oregon. The city’s population is approximately 15,374.

Coos Bay History

Coos Bay was named after a bay that derived its name from an Indian tribe. In 1857, the first Methodist church was established in the area, while the first post office was set up in 1871. The city was incorporated in 1874. The name "Coos Bay" was adopted in 1944. Prior to that, it was known as Marshfield.

Coos Bay and nearby Attractions

  • Bullards Beach State Park
  • Tugman State Park
  • Shore Acres State Park
  • Geisel Monument State Heritage Site
  • Coos Art Museum
  • Coos Historical and Maritime Museum

Things To Do In Coos Bay

The city of Coos Bay offers a wide variety of opportunities for recreation. There are a number of parks in the area, including Mingus Park, Sunset Bay State Park, Golden and Silver Falls State Natural Area, Bullards Beach State Park and Shore Acres State Park. Boating and fishing facilities are provided by the Lower Empire Lake, Upper Empire Lake and the Middle Empire Lake. Tourists can also visit the Coos Historical and Maritime Museum and the Coos Art Museum.

Coos Bay Transportation

Southwest Oregon Regional Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Coos Bay Higher Education

One can pursue higher education at Southwestern Oregon Community College, Lane Community College and the University of Oregon.


Total Population 16,062
Male Share of the Population 46.8%
Female Share of the Population 53.2%
Senior Citizens 21.7%
Employed Population 16+ 6,072
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 45.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.9%
Median Earnings25+ $27,192
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,715
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,624


Median Family Income $48,945
% Above Poverty Level 77.3%
% Below Poverty Level 22.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 6.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 37.1%
Median Gross Rent $708
Median House Value $164,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.9%
US/American 0%
English 13.1%
Irish 13.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Coos Bay Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 73 miles SW of Eugene, Oregon (center to center)
Nearest Large City 167 miles SW of Portland, Oregon
County Coos
Standard Zip Codes 97420
Phone Area Codes 541
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.377
Longitude -124.227

Coos Bay Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2.9 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 53 F
Apr Temp 43 to 57 F
Jul Temp 53 to 67 F
Oct Temp 46 to 63 F
Annual Precip 64.4 inches
Distance 13.5 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 53 F
Apr Temp 40 to 59 F
Jul Temp 50 to 71 F
Oct Temp 42 to 66 F
Annual Precip 55.5 inches
Station BANDON 2 NNE
Distance 18 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 54 F
Apr Temp 41 to 58 F
Jul Temp 51 to 67 F
Oct Temp 44 to 64 F
Annual Precip 59.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Coos Bay, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Charleston (97420)

Eastside (97420)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bandon 3,070 $43,315
Coquille 3,846 $35,758
Lakeside 1,539 $46,920
Myrtle Point 2,495 $46,607
North Bend 9,583 $55,083
Reedsport 4,111 $38,516

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Coos Bay Public Libraries

Coos Bay Public Library
Coos Bay, Oregon
(541) 269-1101
Coos County Library Service District
"1988 NEWMARK, TIOGA 104"
Coos Bay, Oregon
(541) 888-7393

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Coos Bay Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(541) 269-8111
Emergency Service: Yes

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Coos Bay High Schools

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Serves 1,201 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.4

755 S 7TH ST
A Charter School.
Serves 94 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 37.6

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