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Depoe Bay is a city in Lincoln Countymarker, Oregonmarker, United Statesmarker, located on U.S. Route 101 next to the Pacific Oceanmarker. The population was 1,174 at the 2000 census, with an unofficial estimated population of 1,355 in 2007. The bay of the same name is a six-acre (24,000 m²) harbor that the city promotes as the world's smallest.


Depoe Bay was founded by Siletz Indian "Charley" Depot (whose name was later changed to "DePoe"). His original tribal affiliation was Tututni.

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

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


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km²), all of it land.


The city entrance sign over the harbor
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/sq mi (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.

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.

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.

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.


Depoe Bay is served by radio station KPPT FM. It specializes in classic hits and is licensed to broadcast at 100.7 MHz.

See also


File:Depoe Bay shoreline and southerly main street P1884.jpeg|Main street (looking south) and rocky shorelineFile:Depoe Bay harbor P1898.jpeg|Depoe Bay harborFile:Harbor of Depoe Bay Harbor, Oregon.jpg|Depoe Bay HarborFile:Arch rock at Depoe Bay.jpg|Arch rock at Depoe Bay


  1. PSU:Population Research Center
  2. City of Depoe Bay

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