Lincoln City Oregon Demographics

City Location

County(ies): Lincoln Incorporated in 1965 Lincoln City is located on the scenic Oregon Coast at the 45th parallel and is situated 11 feet above sea level. It is bordered by the 680 acre Devils Lake and the Coast Range to the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west. It boasts 7 1/2 miles of beautiful, clean sandy beaches, the Salmon River to the north and the Siletz Bay and River to the south. Lincoln City is approximately two hours from Portland and one hour from Salem, Oregon’s state capitol city.

Nearest Major City and Distance:

• Astoria, Oregon; 145 miles• Bend, Oregon; 189 miles• Corvallis, Oregon; 74 miles• Eugene, Oregon; 122 miles• Portland, Oregon; 88 miles• Salem, Oregon; 58 miles• San Francisco, California; 681 miles• Seattle, Washington; 261 miles


Lincoln City is located at 44 57 60 N, 124’40W (44.966630, -124.011209).According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.4 square miles (13.9 km), of which, 5.3 square miles (13.8 km) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km) of it (0.56%) is water.Lincoln City is home to one of the world’s shortest rivers, the D River, connecting Devils Lake with the Pacific Ocean.


Lincoln City receives about 70″ of rain each year. The U.S. average is 37″. Although snow is a rarity here on the coast we can receive about 3″ during the year where the rest of the country averages about 25″. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 193.


Average July afternoon humidity: 75% Average January afternoon humidity: 84%


January Ave. Low: 36F August Ave. High: 71F Hottest Month: August Coldest Month: January Driest Month: July Wettest Month: December


Lincoln City’s permanent population is approximately 7,900 (updated 2009). During the summer months, the population can easily escalate to over 30,000 visitors from all over the world.

2000 Census Information:

There were 7,437 people, 3,371 households, and 1,860 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,394.5 people per square mile (538.7/km). There were 4,990 housing units at an average density of 935.6/sq mi (361.5/km?). The racial makeup of the city was 88.40% White, 0.46% African American, 3.12% Native American, 1.02% Asian, 0.35% Pacific Islander, 3.01% from other races, and 3.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latinos of any race were 8.22% of the population. There were 3,371 households out of which 24.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.2% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.8% were non-families. 36.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.80.In the city the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 19.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 84.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.2 males. The median income for a household in the city was $24,959, and the median income for a family was $31,783. Males had a median income of $26,667 versus $21,483 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,597. About 12.5% of families and 16.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.4% of those under age 18 and 6.6% of those age 65 or over.

Economic Base:

Lincoln City has two primary economic resources: tourism and retirement. With tourism as the mainstay industry, residents and visitors alike enjoy an abundance of fine restaurants, unique gift shops, galleries, clothing stores and other popular retail shops. The service industry is also well represented in Lincoln City. Major Employers: Chinook Wind Casino Resort ~ Lincoln City Government ~ Lincoln County School District ~ Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital

Local Government:

Lincoln City was consolidated in 1965, bringing Cutler City, Taft, Nelscott, Delake and Oceanlake together as one municipality. The city operates under a City Charter, with a paid City Manager acting as chief executive, and a non-paid Mayor, who is elected for a four year term, and six-member city council. The City council is elected from three wards and serves four-year terms. Local Property Taxes, 2013-2014: $16.23 average per $1,000 assessed value


The Lincoln City area offers a wide variety of housing opportunities including apartments, modular homes, condos, townhomes, and stick built homes. Prices for coastal homes range from $75,000 to $1,000,000+ with the median home price at $181,510. Rental property can range from $350 to $2,500 per month.


Lincoln City has two public elementary schools, one 7-12 high school, a charter high school all operating under the governing body of the Lincoln County School District, as well as three private elementary schools, a private k-12 school and a community college. Oregon Coast Community College (OCCC) offers a wide selection of higher education courses as well as vocational education and business assistance throughout the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Evening and weekend seminars are provided to accommodate the needs of business people interested in further education as well as business development. The Chamber of Commerce works closely with OCCC and the SBDC to serve the business community.