Business Info


Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000
1980 1990 2000 2004
COOS BAY 14,424 15,076 15,336 15,345
NORTH BEND 9,779 9,614 9,544 9,565
COOS COUNTY 64,047 60,100 62,799 63,739

AGE GROUPS (2000) 0-5yrs 5-19yrs 20-44yrs 45-64yrs 65+yrs
Coos Bay
Median age: 40.1 874 3037 4781 3958 2793
North Bend
Median age: 43 551 2026 2952 2452 1590

Income data from the Oregon Employment Department 2004 (most current).
1988 2004
Population 58,800 63,739
Civilian labor force 28,140 28,531
Total Employment 25,540 25,939
Total Unemployment 2,600 2,592
Unemployment Rate 9.2% 9.1%
Non-farm Payroll Jobs 19,710 22,030
Manufacturing 4,420 1,860
Non-manufacturing 15,290 18,940
Personal Income
Per Capita $13,973 $24,380


Deposits of gold initially attracted people to the county in the nineteenth century. Between 1890 and 1910, large amounts of coal were mined in the county and shipped to California; production decreased after oil was discovered in that state, and no coal mines in the county have been in production since 1950. These coal fields have been explored for natural gas since 1938, although CDX Gas, a company based in Texas announced in 2003 that they would be drilling two test wells later that year.

A project to build a 60 mile natural gas pipeline between the cities of Roseburg and Coos Bay, which would attract new industry to the Coos Bay area, was begun in 1999 when voters approved a local bond measure to raise as much as $27 million, with the state of Oregon providing $24 million. The pipeline construction began in June of 2003 and was finished in 2004.

Currently, forest products, tourism, fishing and agriculture dominate the Coos County economy. The service industry is replacing the former lumber-driven economy. Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, north of Bandon and south of Coos Bay, attracts tourists and golfers from around the world. Boating, dairy farming, myrtlewood manufacturing, shipbuilding and repair and agriculture specialty products, including cranberries, also play an important role. Untapped rich deposits of iron ore, and lead await development.

There are several port districts in the county: Port of Coos Bay founded in 1909, Port of Coquille River founded in 1912, and Port of Bandon founded in 1913. Coos Bay is considered the best natural harbor between San Francisco Bay and the Puget Sound, and the Port of Coos Bay was the largest forest products shipper in the world until late 2005 when raw log exports via transport ship were suspended.

Major Industries


Coos County has about 675 farms, comprising about 16% of the total area of the county. More than 10,911 acres are irrigated, and average farm size is 242 acres. The growing season averages 200 days along the coast and in the river valleys. Although the low temperature rarely drops below 35 degrees (F), the average last frost date in spring is March 30 and the average first frost date in the fall is October 30.

The county ranks first in Oregon in cranberry production, with about 1,654 acres harvested in 1999. Oregon consistently produces the best colored (red pigment) cranberries in North America. The farms also provide a market for beekeepers, who rent hives for pollination purposes. Recently, cranberry prices have declined due to an oversupply of cranberries caused by market forces outside Oregon.

Sheep production in Coos County includes 17,000 head of sheep, including 11,000 breeding ewes in 1999. Wool from the predominantly Romney breed ewe flock is known for its quality and high yielding characteristics. The county is ranked ninth in dairy production, with 3,000 head of dairy cattle on 22 farms. Most local production is utilized as fluid milk in a local ice cream base plant and a cheese factory. Some milk is shipped to a processor in the Willamette Valley. Other livestock production includes 2,000 head of beef cattle.

The 1999 estimated gross farm and ranch sales total for Coos County was $36 million. Crops, including small woodlots, comprised $19.5 million of this amount, and all animal products were $16.5 million. Based on sales, the top five commodities in Coos County are farm forest products, dairy products, cranberries, cattle and miscellaneous specialty crops.
Source: Coos County Office, Oregon State University Extension Service

In 2001 over 32.1 million pounds of seafood, valued at nearly $18 million dollars was landed. Over the years these values will fluctuate due to environmental constraints and management policies. Most of the seafood products from the south coast are either sold fresh or frozen in the California, Midwest, and East Coast markets or are exported to Europe and Japan. Not only do the landings add dollars to the local economy, but also the majority of the processing of seafood is done along the southern coast. This, combined with the service industry in marine repair, fabrication and other services, expands the contribution of the seafood industry to the economic well-being of the area.

During the last five years landings and values have remained quite steady in Coos County but have fallen slightly in Curry County, although the contributions of various species has changed. In 1997 groundfish contributed 66% of the poundage and 62% of the value in Coos County, but by 2001 groundfish had dropped to 18% of the poundage and 36% of the value. Chinook Salmon contributed to nearly 10% of the value in 2001. Dungeness, shrimp and albacore landings have remained stable during this time.

A number of fishermen from the south coast fish in Alaska fisheries. In 2000, those fisheries generated an extra $4.6 million to the economy of the two counties. Commercial fisheries are an important part of the coastal economy, generating wealth for the communities, a large volume of seafood products for world trade, and an industry that relies on numerous small businesses.
Source: Coos County Office, Oregon State University Extension Service.


Lush and productive forests dominate much of the Coos County landscape, providing many of the amenities and products important to society. The mild temperatures and plentiful rainfall of the coast range make native forests grow rapidly on the mid to higher slopes. There are approximately 610,000 acres of non-federal forest lands in Coos County, with 16% owned by Coos County and the State of Oregon, 23% owned by small woodland owners, and the remaining 61% owned by wood products corporations.

The value of timber harvested from non-federal lands as it leaves the Coos County forests reaches $209 million. Production facilities in the Bay Area include a containerboard mill which utilizes 100% recycled materials. Another $1.5 million comes from the harvest of floral greenery and forest seedling nurseries annually.

Approximately 1,390 Coos County residents are employed in the lumber and wood products industry.
Source: Coos County Office, Oregon State University Cooperative Extension Service; Oregon Employment Department


Tourism ranks as an increasingly important segment of the Bay Area’s economy. In addition to the many cultural and recreational attractions and events, area motels, restaurants and other businesses benefit from a variety of conferences, conventions and other meetings which are held in the community annually. New facilities, attractions, recreational activities and beautification projects are in the planning stages to make the area even more attractive to new and returning visitors.

Estimated employment in the Bay Area’s visitor industry is 800.

Opening a Business

Bay Area Enterprise Zone
744 SE Rose St., Roseburg, OR 97470
800-452-6010 x18
Eileen Ophus & Wayne Luzier, Manager

The Bay Area Enterprise Zone is located on the S. OR coast, within and adjacent to the cities of Coos Bay & North Bend. The primary benefit to qualifying businesses is a 100% abatement from local property taxes for at least 3, and in some cases up to 5, 7 or 15 years.
Business Development Center
Southwestern OR Community College
2455 Maple Leaf, North Bend, OR 97459
(541) 756-6866; Fax (541) 756-5735
Lori Capps
Assistance and training for new and existing businesses, small business management program, seminars and workshops, specialized training for manufacturers, individual counseling.

Business Enterprise Center
2455 Maple Leaf, North Bend, OR 97459
(541) 756-6778; Fax (541) 756-5404

City of Coos Bay
500 Central Ave, Coos Bay, OR 97420
(541) 269-1811 or (541) 269-8918
Fax (541) 267-5615
Rodger Craddock, City Manager
Information on comprehensive planning and zoning ordinances, enterprise zone incentives, business codes and licenses, and urban renewal programs.

City of North Bend
PO Box B, 335 California St.
North Bend, OR 97459
(541) 756-8500; Fax (541) 756-8527
Terrence O’Conner, City Administrator
Information on comprehensive planning and zoning ordinances, business codes and occupancy permits, and urban renewal district.

CCD Development Corp
2455 Maple Leaf, North Bend, OR 97459
(541) 756-4101; Fax (541) 756-1167
Kathy Strickler, Loan Servicing Specialist/ Loan Assistant
Theresa Haga, Business Finance Manager
Assistance with long and short-term financing for qualified businesses, Certified Development Company or SBA loans, other loan packaging, administration of Oregon regional/rural investment funds, management consulting for business start-ups.

Business Oregon
145 Central Ave., Coos Bay, OR 97420
(541) 267-4651; Cell (541) 297-1587
Fax (541) 267-6704; TTY (800) 735-2900
Chris Claflin, Regional Development Officer
Assists businesses and local governments in creating economic opportunities and building quality communities in Coos, Curry and Douglas Counties.

Oregon International Port of Coos Bay
PO Box 1215; 125 Central Ave. Ste.300
Coos Bay, OR 97420
(541) 267-7678; Fax (541) 269-1475
David Koch, General Manager
Information on maritime trade and transportation, the seafood industry, Foreign Trade Zone sites and regulations, marketing and management of the North Bay Marine Industrial Park, assistance with other industrial locations and marine projects.

South Coast Business Employment Corp.
PO Box 1118; 93781 Newport Lane
Coos Bay, OR 97420
(541) 269-2013 or (800) 858-5777
Fax (541) 267-0194
J. J. McLeod, CEO
Private, non-profit organization providing screening, recruitment, customized training programs and a wide range of related services. SCBEC can also offer training wage subsidies to qualifying employers.

South Coast Development Council
145 Central Ave., Coos Bay, OR 97420
(541) 266-9753; (800) 717-7945
Fax (541) 267-2753; Cell (541) 297-1220
Connie Stopher, Executive Director SCDC is a Public/Private, non-profit economic development organization that serves as a regional economic development clearinghouse. SCDC works with the recruitment, expansion and retention of business. Mission Statement: “To improve the Regions Economy.”


The Bay Area has an efficient transportation network that helps businesses and individuals make regional, national and global connections.
U.S. Highway 101, the major north-south coastal highway, runs through both Coos Bay and North Bend. The area is linked to Interstate 5 via state Highway 42 (Coos Bay to Roseburg), state Highway 38 (Reedsport to I-5 at Curtin) and state Highway 126 (Florence to Eugene).

The Southwest Oregon Regional Airport provides commercial air service via SkyWest Airlines and Seaport Airlines. Charter service, air freight and express service are available through private companies also located at the airport. In addition, there are rental car and ground transportation services at the airport.

The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay is the public port authority for the Bay Area, operating in partnership with private sector firms that own and operate deep-draft and shallow-draft cargo terminals. The Coos Bay harbor also headquarters firms that provide marine services, including ocean towing, ship assist and stevedoring.

The Coos Bay Rail Link provides freight rail service connecting the south Oregon Coast to the Class 1 national rail system via the Union Pacific at Eugene. Shipments include bulk and manufactured wood products, steel, aggregate and agricultural commodities.

A variety of trucking companies also operate in the Bay Area, providing scheduled freight shipments, as well as overnight express mail and parcel services. Scheduled passenger and freight bus services in the Bay Area are provided by Porter Stage Lines (541) 269-7183. Charter services are also available through Mid Columbia Bus Company and Laidlaw Transit.

Other public transportation is provided by the Coos County Area Transit/Dial-A-Ride (CCAT). Private taxi, rental car, and limousine services are also available within the community.