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Coos County

Whale watchers at Cape Arago State Park.

Whale watchers at Cape Arago State Park. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

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County Seat: Courthouse, 250 N Baxter, Coquille 97423
Phone: 541-396-7600 (General); 541-396-7500 (Court Administrator)
Fax: 541-396-4861


Population (2016): 63,190
Established: Dec. 22, 1853
Elev. at Coquille: 40'
Area: 1,629 sq. mi.
Average Temp.: January 44.2° July 60.9°
Assessed Value: $5,171,748,075
Real Market Value: $6,468,659,553
Annual Precipitation: 56.8"
Economy: Forest products, fishing, agriculture, shipping, recreation and tourism


Coos County map

Related resources
Historical Records Inventory
Scenic Image
"County QuickFacts" (population and economic data from U.S. Census Bureau)
County Seat Map (from Yahoo! Maps)
County Map (from ODOT)


Incorporated cities
Bandon | Coos Bay | Coquille | Lakeside | Myrtle Point | North Bend | Powers


Points of interest
Lumber port, myrtlewood groves, Shore Acres State Park and Botanical Gardens, beaches, Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, museums, fishing fleets, boat basins, scenic golf courses


History and general information
Coos County was created by the Territorial Legislature from parts of Umpqua and Jackson Counties in 1853 and included Curry County until 1855. The county seat was Empire City until 1896 when it was moved to Coquille. Although trappers had been in the area a quarter century earlier, the first permanent settlement in present Coos County was at Empire City, now part of Coos Bay, by members of the Coos Bay Company in 1853. The name “Coos” derives from the Coos Tribe.

Forest products, tourism, fishing and agriculture dominate the Coos County economy. Boating, dairy farming, myrtlewood manufacturing, shipbuilding and repair, and agriculture specialty products, including cranberries, also play an important role. The International Port of Coos Bay, considered the best natural harbor between Puget Sound and San Francisco, is the world’s largest forest products shipping port.


County officials
Commissioners—Chair Melissa Cribbins 2019, Robert “Bob” Main 2021, John Sweet 2019; Dist. Atty. Paul R. Frasier 2021; Assess. Steve Jansen 2021; Clerk Terri Turi 2019; Sheriff Craig Zanni 2019; Surv. Michael Dado 2021; Treas. Megan Simms 2021


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