- Florence, Oregon
official_name = Florence, Oregon
image_caption = Aerial view of Florence
mapsize = 250px
map_caption = Location in
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Lane
leader_name = Phil Brubaker
established_title = Incorporated
established_date = 1893
area_total_sq_mi = 5.5
area_total_km2 = 14.3
area_land_sq_mi = 4.9
area_land_km2 = 12.7
area_water_sq_mi = 0.6
area_water_km2 = 1.5
population_as_of = 2007
population_total = 8270
population_density_km2 = 507.9
population_density_sq_mi = 1476.3
timezone = Pacific
utc_offset = -8
timezone_DST = Pacific
utc_offset_DST = -7
latd = 43 |latm = 59 |lats = 3 |latNS = N
longd = 124 |longm = 6 |longs = 11 |longEW = W
elevation_m = 4.27
elevation_ft = 14
website = [http://www.ci.florence.or.us www.ci.florence.or.us]
postal_code = 97439
area_code = 541
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 41-26050GR|2
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 1142259GR|3
Florence is a city in Lane County,
Oregon, United States. One tradition states the city was named for state senator A.B. Florence, who represented Lane County from 1858-1860; another is that Florence was named for a French vessel that was wrecked at the mouth of the Siuslaw River February 17, 1875.
Florence is located on the
Oregon Coastat the mouth of the Siuslaw River about the same latitude as Eugene, Oregon, and is approximately midway between the other major central Oregon coastal cities of Newport and Coos Bay.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.5 square miles (14.3 km²), of which, 4.9 square miles (12.7 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²) of it is water. The total area is 10.71 % water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 7,263 people, 3,564 households, and 2,145 families residing in the city. The 2007 population estimate is 8,270. [http://www.pdx.edu/media/p/r/prcCertifiedRelease_07_web_cities.pdf PSU:Population Research Center] ] The population densitywas 1,476.3 people per square mile (570.0/km²). There were 4,174 housing units at an average density of 848.4/sq mi (327.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.88 % White, 0.28% African American, 0.92% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 0.56 % from other races, and 1.67 % from two or more races. 2.37 % of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 3,564 households out of which 16.9 % have children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6 % were married couples living together, 9.3 % had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.8% were non-families. 34.4 % of all households were made up of individuals and 21.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.02 and the average family size was 2.52.
In the city the population was spread out with 16.8 % under the age of 18, 5.0 % from 18 to 24, 16.0 % from 25 to 44, 23.9 % from 45 to 64, and 38.2 % who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 56 years. For every 100 females there were 84.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $30,505, and the median income for a family was $ 36,784. Males had a median income of $ 30,962 versus $ 23,878 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $ 18,008. 14.4% of the population and 10.0 % of families were below the poverty line. 25.9 % of those under the age of 18 and 8.3 % of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.
Points of interest
*Old Town Florence is located on the Siuslaw riverfront. The marina is to the east and the 1936
Art Deco Siuslaw River Bridgeis to the west. The new Boardwalk promenade was built along the marina to improve the area. [ [http://www.florenceoregon.net/business.htm Florence Oregon Business Development Resources ] ]
Darlingtonia State Natural Site
Heceta Head Lighthouse
Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park
Sea Lion Caves
Florence is also known as the site of the
exploding whale, an incident when the Oregon State Highway Division tried to remove a beached whale by dynamite—with unintended results.
Florence has one sister city:
Yamagata-shi was established in 2003 by the merger of Ijira (Florence's former sister-city), Takatomi, and Miyama. [A complete (but somewhat outdated) history of the relationship may be found [http://www.florencechamber.com/VisSistercity.html here on the City of Florence's website] ]
Florence Municipal Airport
* [http://www.ci.florence.or.us City of Florence, Oregon]
* [http://florencechamber.com Florence, Oregon Chamber of Commerce Web Page]
* [http://bluebook.state.or.us/local/cities/ek/florence.htm Oregon Blue Book entry for Florence]
* [http://www.siuslaw.k12.or.us Siuslaw School District, Florence, Oregon]
* [http://www.co.lane.or.us/webcams/harborvista/ Harbor Vista Park Webcam]
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