Depoe Bay : Oregon

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What it's Like to Retire in Depoe Bay

Depoe Bay is a small village of 1,400 on the northern coast of Oregon.  It boasts the smallest harbor in the world, according to locals. The average age is almost 57 years old, so it is clear that is popular for retirees.  Winters are wet here. Photo of the harbor courtesy of Wikipedia and EncMstr.  Picture of Arch Rock courtesy of Wikipedia and Rear Admiral Harley D. Nygren, NOAA Corps.


Where to Retire in Depoe Bay and Home Prices

There are at least 2 active communities here (see Oregon Directory under Find a Community). The median price of a home is volatile due to very few sales, but Zillow reports the median list price of a home was $381,000 in mid-2017.


What is special about Depoe Bay

Cute town on the coast. Great for nature, beauty, and a quiet lifestyle in a little coastal town. In 2008, restaurant scenes from The Burning Plain were filmed in Depoe Bay, at the Tidal Raves restaurant (this is one of your editor's favorite movies!)


What is not special about Depoe Bay

Long drive along the coast or across the mountains to get anywhere. A Tsunami damaged the port in 2011.


Who will like retirement in Depoe Bay

Retirees who want coastal living and enjoy fishing, boating or whale watching.


Local economy is driven by

Tourism, fishing


Climate and Physical Environment

Depoe Bay is cool with the average January temperature 46 degrees and the average July temperature about 58 degrees.  December is the wettest month, and on average, the sun only shines 156 days a year.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There is not much of a cultural scene in Depoe Bay. There are boat shows and whale watching excursions.



The crime rate is below the national average.


Medical facilities

Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital is 8 miles away.



A bus station is 13 miles away; Airport in Portland is two-hours away; Depoe is below average in walkability when compared to other communities.


Valuable Links

Depoe Bay Chamber of commerce


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