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Curry County, Oregon
Map of Oregon highlighting Curry County
Location in the state of Oregon
Map of USA OR
Oregon's location in the U.S.
Founded December 18, 1855
Seat Gold Beach
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,989 sq mi (5,151 km²)
1,627 sq mi (4,214 km²)
361 sq mi (935 km²), 18.16%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

21,137
13/sq mi (5/km²)
Website www.co.curry.or.us

Curry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oregon. In 2000, its population was 21,137. The county is named for George Law Curry, a governor of the Oregon Territory. The seat of the county is Gold Beach.

EconomyEdit

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 Gasaquet Mountain area, the economy has reoriented to agriculture and timber. Port Orford cedar (also known as Lawson's Cypress) and myrtlewood are important export products.

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 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.

GeographyEdit

The county originally contained about 1,500 square miles. However, boundary adjustments with Coos County in 1872 and 1951 and Josephine County in 1880 and 1927 increased the area to 5,150 km² (1,989 sq mi). 4,215 km² (1,627 sq mi) of it is land and 935 km² (361 sq mi) of it (18.16%) is water.

Located in Curry County is Cape Blanco, the westernmost point in Oregon, with a longitude of 124 degrees, 33 minutes and 46 seconds.

Adjacent Counties Edit

DemographicsEdit

As of the census² of 2000, there were 21,137 people, 9,543 households, and 6,183 families residing in the county. The population density was 5/km² (13/sq mi). There were 11,406 housing units at an average density of 3/km² (7/sq mi). 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.

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