Located on the Oregon coast between Portland and Eugene on the north side of the Yaquina Bay, is the waterfront town of Newport, with a population of about 10,000 year-round residents. Newport is the county seat of Lincoln county and is home to beaches, lighthouses, and its iconic landmark, the Yaquina Bay Bridge. It is considered “The Dungeness Crab Capital of the World”, as commercial crabbers and Oregon's largest fishing fleet have been harvesting them in record numbers. As a tourist destination, visitors come to enjoy scenic beaches, the marina, ocean life, lighhouses, the arts, and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Hatfield Marine Science Center, operated by Oregon State University, conducts research in marine environment, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has research ships based here. Oregon Coast Community College is also located in Newport. Photo of the Port of Newport and Yaquina Bay Bridge courtesy of Wikipedia and Becherka (public domain); photo of the Campus of the Hatfield Marine Science Center is operated by Oregon State University in cooperation with state and federal agencies, courtesy of Wikipedia and OSU, NOAA, USDA, USFWS, OSFW (public domain).
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Where to Retire in Newport and Home Prices
Newport is made up of several neighborhoods with restaurants, antique shops and galleries. It offers many types of housing including a couple of RV parks. Zillow reports the median home value to be $406,411 in late 2021 up about 23% over the past year.
What Is Special about Newport
Newport is a small waterfront town that is home to scenic beaches, boating, kayaking, hiking, and fishing. There are trails throughout the town that lead to parks and Newport's two lighthouses which are popular tourist spots. Boat tours and whale watching are popular, as is the town's 9-hole golf course that is just across the street from the Pacific Ocean. The Performing Arts Center is home to a group of resident companies and visiting performers.
What Is Not Special about Newport
Newport is a bit isolated, with Eugene about 90 miles away and Portland over 130 miles away. The weather is not ideal as there are a lot of overcast days and about 190 days with precipitation.
Who Will Like Retirement in Newport
Retirees, especially fishermen, who want a waterfront community with a marina, boating, kayaking, fishing, beaches and parks, would enjoy living here. Newport has a hospital, library, performing arts center and a science center. Oregon Coast Community College offers many Community Education Classes that include birding, gardening, guitar, and painting. A shuttle service provides transportation to the town's unique shops, restaurants, and galleries. Fishing charters and whale watching are also popular in Newport.
Local Economy Is Driven by
Tourism, fishing, and wood products drive the economy.
Climate and Physical Environment
Newport experiences mild weather throughout the year with January's average 45 degrees, and July's average only 58 degrees. The average annual rainfall is 70 inches, most of it occurring during the winter months, and just a trace of snow occurs.
Restaurants & Cultural Scene
Newport boasts over 80 restaurants, cafes and pubs, many with great reviews from TripAdvisor.com. Culturally, the Newport Performing Arts Center and the Visual Arts Center provide many productions and exhibits. The 400-seat Silverman Theater produces music, theater, and dance performances year-round. The Oregon Coast Aquarium features indoor and outdoor exhibits and overlooks the scenic Yaquina Bay. The Aquarium plays an active role in conservation, education and rehabilitation efforts.
The crime rate is above the national average with most crimes involving theft.
Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital is located here.
The Newport City Loop Shuttle offers service to over 40 stops within the town; The Newport Municipal Airport is for private planes, and the nearest large airport is in Eugene, about 80 miles away; Newport is considered to be very bike-friendly.
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