Depoe Bay, Oregon

Depoe Bay is a city in Lincoln County, Oregon, United States, located on U.S. Route 101 next to the Pacific Ocean. The population was 1,398 at the 2010 census. The bay of the same name is a 6-acre (2.4 ha) harbor that the city promotes as the world's smallest navigable harbor.[5][6][a]

Depoe Bay, Oregon
Aerial view of the harbor and center of Depoe Bay
Aerial view of the harbor and center of Depoe Bay
The World's Smallest Harbor
Location in Oregon
Location in Oregon
Coordinates: 44°48′26″N 124°3′44″W / 44.80722°N 124.06222°WCoordinates: 44°48′26″N 124°3′44″W / 44.80722°N 124.06222°W
CountryUnited States
 • MayorBarbara Leff
 • Total1.81 sq mi (4.69 km2)
 • Land1.81 sq mi (4.69 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation7 ft (2 m)
 • Total1,398
 • Estimate 
 • Density772.4/sq mi (298.2/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (Pacific)
ZIP code
Area code(s)541
FIPS code41-18850[3]
GNIS feature ID1119868[2]


Depoe Bay was named for Siletz Indian Charles "Charley" Depot who was originally allotted the land in 1894 as part of the Dawes Act of 1887.[8] There are conflicting accounts of the origin of his name.[8] One says he was given the name "Depot Charley" for working at the military depot near Toledo, Oregon.[9][10] The family was later known as "DePoe".[11] His original tribal affiliation was Tututni.[12]

In 1975, the fishing trip sequence in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was filmed in Depoe Bay.[13]

In 2008, restaurant scenes from The Burning Plain were filmed in Depoe Bay, at the Tidal Raves restaurant.[14]

On March 11, 2011, Depoe Bay's port was damaged by a tsunami caused by the Tōhoku earthquake off the coast of Japan.[15]

On August 21, 2017, Depoe Bay became one of the first places in the United States to witness totality of the solar eclipse.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.81 square miles (4.69 km2), all of it land.[1]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20161,448[16]3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[17]

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,398 people, 714 households, and 411 families residing in the city. The population density was 772.4 inhabitants per square mile (298.2/km2). There were 1,158 housing units at an average density of 639.8 per square mile (247.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.9% White, 1.5% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 1.5% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.8% of the population.[3]

There were 714 households of which 10.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.4% were non-families. 32.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.96 and the average family size was 2.39.[3]

The median age in the city was 56.6 years. 9.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 16.5% were from 25 to 44; 38.9% were from 45 to 64; and 29.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.[3]

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,174 people, 584 households, and 359 families residing in the city. The population density was 652.2 people per square mile (251.8/km²). There were 911 housing units at an average density of 506.1 per square mile (195.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.50% White, 0.34% African American, 1.70% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 1.02% from other races, and 3.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.58% of the population.[3]

Depoe Bay entrance sign P1905.jpeg
The city entrance sign over the harbor

There were 584 households out of which 17.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.4% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.5% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.01 and the average family size was 2.43.[3]

In the city, the population was spread out with 14.4% under the age of 18, 3.9% from 18 to 24, 22.1% from 25 to 44, 35.7% from 45 to 64, and 23.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.6 males.[3]

The median income for a household in the city was $35,417, and the median income for a family was $43,967. Males had a median income of $28,750 versus $25,469 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,994. About 5.5% of families and 8.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.1% of those under age 18 and 2.1% of those age 65 or over.[3]


Depoe Bay is served by radio station KPPT-FM, licensed to broadcast at 100.7 MHz.[18] Owned by Agpal Broadcasting, the station specializes in classic hits.[19]

See also


  1. ^ Strictly speaking, Depoe Bay can only claim to be the world's smallest natural navigable harbor. For example, Seacliff in Scotland is smaller, but was built artificially.[7]


  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Depot Bay". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey (USGS). November 28, 1980. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  4. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 17, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
  5. ^ "City of Depoe Bay (World's Smallest Navigable Harbor)". City of Depoe Bay. Retrieved December 28, 2013.
  6. ^ "World's Smallest Navigable Harbor". Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved December 28, 2013.
  7. ^ "The world's smallest natural harbor used to be even smaller".
  8. ^ a b "Depoe Bay History". Central Oregon Coast Journal. Retrieved June 17, 2012.
  9. ^ "Depoe Bay: Community Profiles for West Coast and North Pacific Fisheries, Washington, Oregon, California, and other U.S. States" (PDF). NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-NWFSC-85. p. 274. Retrieved June 17, 2012. In 1894 the U.S. government allotted lands around Depoe Bay to Charles Depot, a local Siletz Indian chief and tribal judge. Mr. Depot was given the name because he worked at the military train depot near Toledo, Oregon.
  10. ^ "Depoe Bay History". City of Depoe Bay. Retrieved June 17, 2012. One of those who were forcibly removed to the Coast Reservation from his ancestral home in the Rogue (Tutuni) River Valley, was a young Tutuni/Joshua Indian named Charles. Minutes from the Council held at the Siletz Agency on December 15, 1873 with Chiefs of the Confederated Tribes reflect the following statement by "Depot Charlie".
  11. ^ Depoe Bay History, "The July 12, 1918 edition of the Lincoln County Leader reported: Charlie DePoe, a leading man among the Indians, was a chief of the Joshua tribe and was noted for his good sense and wise councils and hospitality among the Indians. No one ever went away hungry from the home of DePoe Charlie."
  12. ^ Schwartz, E.A. (1997). The Rogue River Indian War and Its Aftermath, 1850–1980. Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press. pp. 303–04. ISBN 0-8061-2906-9.
  13. ^ "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) - Filming Locations". Retrieved April 7, 2009.
  14. ^ Rollins, Michael (January 17, 2008). "Charlize, meet Gracie. Hollywood comes to Depoe Bay". The Oregonian. Retrieved October 29, 2009.
  15. ^ Helen Jung and Jeff Manning, "Waves bring destruction to Oregon's south coast", The Oregonian, March 12, 2011, p. 1+
  16. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  17. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  18. ^ "KPPT-FM". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  19. ^ "Radio Locator: KPPT-FM 100.7 MHz". Theodric Technologies. 2015. Retrieved March 4, 2015.

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