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Lincoln City is a city in Lincoln County on the Oregon Coast between Tillamook and Newport. It is named after the county, which was named in honor of former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. The population was estimated to be 8,452 in 2016. During the solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, this city was the first in the path of totality to view a total solar eclipse.
The area where the downtown region now lies was historically home to land belonging to the Siletz Tribe.
Lincoln City was incorporated on March 3, 1965, uniting the cities of Delake, Oceanlake and Taft, and the unincorporated communities of Cutler City and Nelscott. These were adjacent communities along U.S. Route 101, which serves as Lincoln City's main street. The name "Lincoln City" was chosen from contest entries submitted by local school children. The contest was held when it was determined that using one of the five communities' names would be too controversial.
Cutler City is located on the east shore of Siletz Bay. The community was started by Mr. and Mrs. George Cutler. It is claimed they received the property from Chief Charles "Charley" DePoe of the Siletz tribe (part of the present-day Confederated Tribes of the Siletz). Cutler City post office ran from 1930 until the formation of Lincoln City.
Delake is near Devils Lake, and was named for the way the local Finnish people pronounced the name of the lake. Delake post office was established in 1924, and reestablished as Oceanlake (see below) in 1927.
Nelscott was named by combining the surnames of Charles P. Nelson and Dr. W.G. Scott, who founded the community in 1926. Nelscott post office ran from 1929 until incorporation as Lincoln City. Nelscott Reef is known for its surf and was in Surfer Magazine in 2003 as one of the Pacific Ocean's best places to surf.
Oceanlake was named for its position between Devils Lake and the Pacific Ocean. Its post office ran from 1927 until incorporation as Lincoln City. In 1945, Oceanlake annexed Wecoma Beach and incorporated as a city. The neighborhood is home to Oceanlake Elementary School.
Taft was named for the 27th U.S. president William Howard Taft. Taft post office was established in 1906, and was named when Taft was Secretary of War. The post office ran until incorporation as Lincoln City.
Oceanlake annexed Wecoma Beach, a community to the north, and was incorporated on November 3, 1945. Wecoma is a Chinook jargon word meaning "sea". The post office at this locale was originally named Wecoma. It was changed to Wecoma Beach in 1949. The office is no longer in operation.
On July 1, 2013, Lincoln City forcibly annexed the Roads End community to its north, by informing homeowners they would not receive water service, unless the owner consented to the annexation.
The city operates under a city charter, with a paid city manager, Ron Chandler, acting as chief executive, and a non-paid mayor, Don Williams, who is elected for a four-year term, and six-member city council. The city council is elected from three wards and serves four-year terms.
Lincoln City has two primary economic resources: tourism and retirement.
In 1995 the Confederated Tribes of Siletz opened Chinook Winds Casino at the northern end of the city on property overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Major employers include Chinook Winds Casino, city government, Lincoln County School District, Meredith Lodging and Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital.
The Salishan Spa & Golf Resort, located south of Siletz Bay in Gleneden Beach, has numerous dining opportunities, a shopping complex, cabin lodging, and a five-star golf course offering views of the Pacific Ocean. A realtor's association affiliated with the resort has homes situated on the Salishan Spit.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.68 square miles (14.71 km2), of which, 5.65 square miles (14.63 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.
Lincoln City is home to one of the world's shortest rivers, the D River, connecting Devil's Lake with the Pacific Ocean.
The average low temperature in December, the coldest month, is 36 °F (2 °C), and in August, the warmest month, the average high is 72 °F (22 °C). The driest month on average is July, with December the wettest. The average annual precipitation is 97.27 inches (2,471 mm). The average July afternoon humidity is 75%, and the average January afternoon humidity is 84%.
As of the census of 2010, there were 7,930 people, 3,645 households, and 1,959 families residing in the city. The population density was about 1,404 inhabitants per square mile (542.1/km2). There were 6,025 housing units at an average density of about 1,066 per square mile (411.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 83.7% White, 0.4% African American, 3.5% Native American, 1.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 7.1% from other races, and 3.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.2% of the population.
There were 3,645 households of which about 22% had children under the age of 18 living with them, about 37% were married couples living together, 12% had a female householder with no husband present, about 5% had a male householder with no wife present, and about 46% were non-families. About 37% of all households were made up of individuals and about 16% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.74.
The median age in the city was about 46 years. About 18% of residents were under the age of 18; about 8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; about 23% were from 25 to 44; about 31% were from 45 to 64; and about 20% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was about 47% male and 53% female.
The Lincoln City Cultural Center, housed in the historic DeLake School building, offers a wide variety of classes and events year-round.
Two kite festivals are held annually in Lincoln City, the Summer Kite Festival in June and the Fall Kite Festival in October. Both festivals are each held at D River Wayside, where several other world-class kite events are held. The city is known by some as the "Kite Capital of the World". Lincoln City also provides seasonal glass float drops through Finders Keepers from October to May.
The Siletz Bay Music Festival is held in Lincoln City, in late June and into July, at different locations throughout the city.
Public schools in Lincoln City are served by the Lincoln County School District. There are a variety of private school options including, Faith Baptist Preschool and Kindergarten, Little Lighthouse Preschool, Saint James Santiago School and the Lincoln City Seventh Day Adventist School.
Lincoln City is served by a weekly newspaper, The News Guard, a semi-weekly newspaper, the News-Times (Newport), and a daily news source, the Lincoln City Homepage, where coverage of Taft High School sports is provided by Sports Editor Jim Fossum.
KBCH AM 1400 is in Lincoln City and provides Lincoln County news coverage as well as coverage of local sports.
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