Florence is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 8,649 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Florence is the 60th largest community in Oregon.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Florence is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Florence is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Florence who work in sales jobs (13.44%), office and administrative support (12.03%), and food service (9.48%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.54% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Residents will find that the city is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Florence is worth considering.
Florence 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
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 13.70 minutes getting to work every day.
The citizens of Florence are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 22.94% of adults in Florence having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Florence in 2010 was $24,362, which is upper middle income relative to Oregon, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $97,448 for a family of four. However, Florence contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Florence home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Florence residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Florence include English, Irish, Italian, and French .
The most common language spoken in Florence is English. Other important languages spoken here include German and Spanish.