Coos Bay is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 16,182 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Coos Bay is the 33rd largest community in Oregon.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Coos Bay is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Coos Bay is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Coos Bay who work in office and administrative support (13.05%), personal care services (10.44%), and food service (7.91%).
Coos Bay is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 16.04 minutes getting to work every day.
The education level of Coos Bay citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 20.80% of adults 25 and older in Coos Bay have a college degree.
The per capita income in Coos Bay in 2010 was $21,335, which is middle income relative to Oregon and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $85,340 for a family of four. However, Coos Bay contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Coos Bay is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Coos Bay home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Coos Bay residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Coos Bay include Irish, English, Italian, and French .
The most common language spoken in Coos Bay is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.