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Gold Beach, OregonDescription : Gold Beach (Tolowa: yan-shu’-chit, yan-shuu-chit’-dvn) is a city in and the county seat of Curry County, Oregon, United States, on the Oregon Coast. The population was 2,253 at the 2010 census.The community was originally named Ellensburg in the 1850s, but later took the name Gold Beach after a beach near the mouth of the Rogue River where hundreds of placer mines extracted gold. An Ellensburgh post office was established in 1853, changed to Ellensburg in 1877, and changed to Gold Beach in 18... Page:g

Gold Beach, Oregon
City
Isaac Lee Patterson Bridge over Rogue River in Gold Beach
Isaac Lee Patterson Bridge over Rogue River in Gold Beach
Location in Oregon
Location in Oregon
Coordinates: 42°24′8″N 124°24′55″W / 42.40222°N 124.41528°W / 42.40222; -124.41528Coordinates: 42°24′8″N 124°24′55″W / 42.40222°N 124.41528°W / 42.40222; -124.41528
CountryUnited States
StateOregon
CountyCurry
Incorporated1853
Government
 • MayorKarl Popoff
Area
 • Total2.76 sq mi (7.15 km)
 • Land2.53 sq mi (6.55 km)
 • Water0.23 sq mi (0.60 km)
Elevation50 ft (20 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total2,253
 • Estimate (2012)1,950
 • Density890.5/sq mi (343.8/km)
Time zonePacific (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST)Pacific (UTC-7)
ZIP code97444
Area code(s)541
FIPS code41-29900
GNIS feature ID1142804
Websitewww.goldbeach.org

Gold Beach (Tolowa: yan-shu’-chit, yan-shuu-chit’-dvn) is a city in and the county seat of Curry County, Oregon, United States, on the Oregon Coast. The population was 2,253 at the 2010 census.

History

The community was originally named Ellensburg in the 1850s, but later took the name Gold Beach after a beach near the mouth of the Rogue River where hundreds of placer mines extracted gold. An Ellensburgh post office was established in 1853, changed to Ellensburg in 1877, and changed to Gold Beach in 1890.

Mailboats based in Gold Beach have been delivering mail upstream to Agness since 1895, one of only two rural mailboat routes remaining in the U.S.

Although Gold Beach had been a community since the middle of the 19th century, and the county seat since 1859, its current incorporation charter only dates to 1945.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.76 square miles (7.15 km), of which 2.53 square miles (6.55 km) is land and 0.23 square miles (0.60 km) is water.

Gold Beach is bordered to the north by the Rogue River and Barley Beach, also known as Bailey Beach.

Climate

Gold Beach has cool, very wet winters and mild, relatively dry summers. According to the Köppen climate classification system, Gold Beach has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate (Csb). Between 1948 and 2014, the average maximum temperature in January was about 54 °F (12 °C), and the average minimum was about 41 °F (5 °C). The corresponding averages for July were 68 °F (20 °C) and 51 °F (11 °C). Annually, there are high temperatures of 90 °F (32 °C) on an average of only 0.1 days and there are low temperatures of 32 °F (0 °C) or lower on an average of 9.2 days. The record high temperature was 102 °F (39 °C) on September 10, 1973. The record low temperature was 12 °F (−11 °C) on January 21, 1962.

The average annual precipitation between 1948 and 2014 was about 80 inches (2,000 mm), mostly falling between October and April. Measurable precipitation occurs on an average of 132 days. The wettest year was 1953 with 119.26 inches (3,029 mm) and the driest year was 1976 with 38.57 inches (980 mm). The most precipitation in one month was 34.48 inches (876 mm) in November 1973. The most precipitation in 24 hours was 7.94 inches (202 mm) on December 3, 1987. Snow is very rare in Gold Beach, averaging only 0.2 inches (0.51 cm) annually. The most snow in one year was 9.0 inches (23 cm) in 1972, including 6.5 inches (17 cm) in January and 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) in December.

Climate data for Gold Beach
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °F (°C)73
(23)
77
(25)
80
(27)
90
(32)
89
(32)
90
(32)
89
(32)
88
(31)
102
(39)
91
(33)
76
(24)
72
(22)
102
(39)
Average high °F (°C)54.1
(12.3)
55.3
(12.9)
56
(13)
58.1
(14.5)
61.3
(16.3)
64.9
(18.3)
67.6
(19.8)
68.4
(20.2)
67.8
(19.9)
63.8
(17.7)
57.7
(14.3)
54.4
(12.4)
60.8
(16)
Average low °F (°C)40.7
(4.8)
41.3
(5.2)
41.3
(5.2)
42.9
(6.1)
45.9
(7.7)
49.5
(9.7)
51.2
(10.7)
51.9
(11.1)
50.8
(10.4)
47.5
(8.6)
44
(7)
41.3
(5.2)
45.7
(7.6)
Record low °F (°C)12
(−11)
21
(−6)
28
(−2)
28
(−2)
31
(−1)
35
(2)
36
(2)
34
(1)
40
(4)
31
(−1)
25
(−4)
16
(−9)
12
(−11)
Average precipitation inches (mm)12.8
(325)
10.58
(268.7)
10.63
(270)
6.13
(155.7)
3.88
(98.6)
1.82
(46.2)
0.39
(9.9)
0.91
(23.1)
1.98
(50.3)
5.66
(143.8)
11.16
(283.5)
13.81
(350.8)
79.76
(2,025.9)
Average snowfall inches (cm)0.2
(0.5)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.2
(0.5)
Average precipitation days1716181396235101617132
Source:
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Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1890200
1900112−44.0%
191012511.6%
1920321156.8%
193050055.8%
19405000.0%
195067735.4%
19601,765160.7%
19701,554−12.0%
19801,515−2.5%
19901,5462.0%
20001,89722.7%
20102,25318.8%
Est. 20152,2791.2%
source:

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,253 people, 1,070 households, and 614 families residing in the city. The population density was 890.5 inhabitants per square mile (343.8/km). There were 1,322 housing units at an average density of 522.5 per square mile (201.7/km). The racial makeup of the city was 91.5% White, 0.3% African American, 2.0% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 4.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.9% of the population.

There were 1,070 households of which 19.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.2% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.6% were non-families. 37.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.05 and the average family size was 2.60.

The median age in the city was 50.6 years. 16.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.4% were from 25 to 44; 36.5% were from 45 to 64; and 22.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,897 people, 829 households, and 509 families residing in the city. The population density was 813.7 people per square mile (314.4/km²). There were 987 housing units at an average density of 423.4 per square mile (163.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.09% White, 0.26% African American, 2.21% Native American, 0.90% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.16% from other races, and 2.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.69% of the population.

There were 829 households out of which 24.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.5% were non-families. 33.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.7% 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 2.75.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.0% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 30.5% from 45 to 64, and 19.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 92.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,243, and the median income for a family was $37,634. Males had a median income of $31,083 versus $23,512 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,717. About 8.8% of families and 12.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.8% of those under age 18 and 6.9% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Gold Beach is served by the Central Curry School District. The schools, Riley Creek School and Gold Beach High School, are located in Gold Beach.

Notable people

  • Gregory Harrison - actor
  • Travis Rush - country singer
  • Bridgette Wilson - actress; Miss Oregon Teen USA 1990, Miss Teen USA 1990

Transportation

  • Gold Beach Municipal Airport
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