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PORT ORFORD is the most westerly-incorporated city in the contiguous United States. Established in 1851, Port Orford was the first town settled on the Oregon Coast. For over 100 years, the population has remained around 1,000 citizens. The coastline is one of the most rugged, and yet beach access is at a maximum.

LOCATION
Port Orford occupies the northern section of Oregon's Wild Rivers Coast, located just 70 miles north of the Oregon-California border. Battle Rock and the Port of Port Orford occupy the southern part of town, while Port Orford Head juts west into the sea from the center. Garrison Lake, an 83-acre freshwater lake, occupies the northwest section of town, separated from the ocean by a sand dune.

WEATHER
The natural air-conditioned effect of the Pacific Ocean produces a very mild year round climate, with an average temperature of 52.4 degrees.   Cloudiness and frequent rains occur during the late fall, winter and early spring months, accounting for 72% of the 73 inch annual precipitation.   January brings winter storms with gale force winds occurring out of the south.   Spring rain decreases sharply in May, as prevailing winds switch to the northwest. June, July, August and September are usually sunny, clear and blue-skied with northwest winds averaging up to 14-16 mph and persisting 40-65% of the time.   During the summer months the temperatures are rarely more than 65-75 degrees and not usually less than 45-55 degrees.

POPULATION
City of Port Orford 2000 population is 1153, (1990 - 1,040), while the surrounding area adds another 3,500+- to the population total.   Curry County 2000 population is 21,137 (1990 - 22,050) (1970 - 13,006). Curry County includes 1,648 square miles of the most pristine coastal landscape in Oregon.  Estimated population is 13 people per square mile.  As of 2000, there were 662 available housing units in the City of Port Orford, with a total of 11,406 in the county. (Population in the 97465 zip code is noted at 2,133 in 2000. )

GOVERNMENT
The City of Port Orford has an elected mayor, paid city administrator and elected city council.  Three elected commissioners operate Curry County.   Property taxes range from $11.00 to $13.00 per thousand-accessed value.

LAW ENFORCEMENT / FIRE / AMBULANCE:
The City of Port Orford Police Department has a staff of four, plus volunteers. The Curry County Sheriff's Office (Emergency: 911 All other calls: 541 247 3242 or 541 247 7011 Press 1) and Oregon State Police also serve the area.   The Port Orford Volunteer Fire Department, Port Orford Rural Fire Department and Sixes Rural Fire Department provide area fire support. Stations are located at City Hall, Cedar Terrace, Elk River and Sixes. Ambulance Service provided by the Port Orford Volunteer Ambulance Service.

Emergency Services are obtained by dialing 911.
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UTILITIES
The City of Port Orford (541-332-3681) is served by a Water and Sewer district with offices located in City Hall.  Outlying areas are served by private wells and septic systems. Coos Curry Electric Cooperative provides power. (541-332-3931).   Waste Disposal is through Curry Transfer and Recycling (541-469-2425).  Verizon provides local phone service.(1-800-483-4100).  Television service is through www.directtv.com; www.dishtv.com or Charter Cable (www.chartercom.com) (1 800 922 2588).

RELOCATION
Additional relocation information can be obtained from any of our Real Estate offices.   Please refer to our Business Directory for available real estate agents.  They will be happy to send you relocation information. Demographic information can be found in the U.S. Census.

MEDICAL
Curry Family Medical Clinic, and Curry County Health Department serve Port Orford.  Curry General Hospital is located in Gold Beach, Southern Coos Hospital is located in Bandon, each about 27 miles.  Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay (50 miles north) also serves the south coast area.  Within the Coos Bay/North Bend communities are two major medical clinics: Bay Clinic and North Bend Clinic.

EDUCATION
Port Orford, Sixes and Langlois are served by School District 2CJ.  Schools: Driftwood Elementary (K-8) Port Orford, and Pacific High School (9-12) located in Sixes.  Southwestern Oregon Community College provides a number of local outreach programs, offering a variety of classes in Port Orford.   The main SWOCC campus is located in Coos Bay, 50 miles north, a secondary campus is located just north of Brookings, Oregon..

LIBRARIES
Two libraries serve the area, the Port Orford Library and the Langlois Community Library. Libraries are equipped with computer services and both offer children's programs.

INDUSTRY
Major industries include ranching, cranberry farming, forestry, retail sales, tourism and fishing, both sport and commercial.  Commercial fishing: The Port of Port Orford is almost one-of-a-kind in that it is an open water port, and boats are launched by crane from the dock.  Among species harvested are: Crab, Tuna, Halibut, Salmon, Black Cod and Sea Urchins.   For Employment opportunities visit: Oregon Employment Department.

RECREATION
Exciting recreational opportunities are abundant in this coastal community.  Beachcombing, whale watching, boating, fishing, clamming, crabbing, hiking, bird watching, surfing and scuba diving are regular pastimes.  Kayaks are often found on the lake and off the Port in the calm coves.  As the oldest townsite on the Oregon Coast, the area has several historic properties including the Historic Hughes House, Cape Blanco Lighthouse and the Port Orford Lifeboat Station.  Additional information on local activities can be found on our Visitor Guide pages.


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