Heceta Head lighthouse in Florence, Oregon.

Florence, Oregon

Florence is a coastal city located in Lane County, Oregon, United States of America. The city lies at the mouth of the Siuslaw River on the Pacific Ocean immediately north of Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Florence city has a total area of 15.20 square km, of which 13.7 square km is land, and 1.48 square km is water and has an elevation of 25m. 

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Car traffic on scenic Route 101 on central Oregon coast in Florence, Oregon. Editorial credit: Rob Crandall / Shutterstock.com

The Population Of Florence

In 2019, Florence, Oregon, was home to a population of 8,920 people with a median age of 61. The majority of the people of Florence are considered White, most of which are considered non-Hispanic, and they represent 90% of the population. The largest ethnic groups in Florence are White, Two or more races at 2.52, Hispanic at 2.24%, Asian at 1.85%, and Other at 1.6%. As of 2019, 6.69% of the city’s residents were born outside the country, and the most common birthplace of the foreign-born residents of Oregon was Mexico, followed by China and Vietnam. All the households in Florence speak English at home as their primary language, and the average care ownership was two cars per household in 2019.

Florence, Oregon
Florence, Oregon.

Economy Of Florence

In 2019, the median household income in Florence was $42,356. Although the income inequality in Oregon is 0.456 (measured using the Gini index), Awhich is lower than the national average, males tend to earn more than females with an average income that is 1.29 higher than the average income of females.

The economy of Florence is supported by a wide range of industries and employs more than 25% of the city’s residents. The largest industries in Florence are Health Care & Social Assistance, Retail Trade, and Accommodation & Food Services. Meanwhile, the highest paying industries are Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services, Public Administration, and Transportation & Warehousing & Utilities.

Brief History Of Florence

Originally, Florence was the winter home for the Siuslaw tribe of Native Americans. Russian, Spanish, and French explorers and traders later came to the area, and a river port was established there in 1909. There isn’t clear evidence on how the city got its name. Some claim it was named after state senator A.B. Florence who represented Lane County between 1858 and 1860. Another claim supports the theory that says the city was named after a French vessel that was wrecked at the mouth of the Siuslaw River in 1875.   

Tourist Attractions In Florence

The ancient landscape of Florence is what attracts visitors. The Oregon city provides a rich history, geography, and archeology with its Pacific Ocean sandy beaches and many places to visit.

Visitors usually go to the Oregon Coast Military Museum. The 3000 square feet museum has a vast collection of war items from local veterans who donated to the museum. The nonprofit organization in the museum honors American Military Veterans, both in the past and present, and provides education and artifacts to serve the community and Veteran organizations throughout the Oregon coastline.

Siuslaw River Bridge, Oregon
Siuslaw River Bridge, Oregon.

The Siuslaw River that runs through the city has the famous Siuslaw River Bridge, built in 1936. The bridge spans the water next to the heart of the city’s downtown.

Visitors also go to the Darlingtonia State Natural Site, which was made specifically to protect just one species of plant called Darlingtonia California. It is a carnivorous plant and can only be found in the park. Visitors enjoy the biking trails there, along with the boardwalks through the amazing flora. Being near the ocean, visitors go to the coast also to watch the frequent whale migrations. 

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