Living In Brookings

Life in Brookings is full of outdoor activities like fishing, surfing, hiking, a vibrant art scene, musical events, and a genuinely friendly small town atmosphere. Brookings may be small, but provides quality education and health care resources. Once people move to Brookings they never want to leave. Mild temperatures, low crime, an easily walkable town and port, Brookings Harbor feels like home the day you get here.

The Brookings-Harbor area is located in the middle of America’s Wild Rivers Coast, at the southwestern corner of Oregon. We are bordered on the south by California’s Del Norte County, on the west by the Pacific Ocean, on the east by the Siskiyou National Forest, which includes the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area, and on the north by the Cape Sebastian headland. We are the southern gateway to the fabled, beautiful and world-famous Oregon Coast. Our Curry County Coastline is generally acknowledged as the most pristine, ruggedly spectacular, picturesque and accessible coastline on all of the West Coast.


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Our Climate

Our mild climate is extraordinary! Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and protected by the Cape Ferrelo headland, Brookings-Harbor is warmed by the “Chetco Effect” and faces south to catch the sunshine. Brookings-Harbor is known as the “Banana Belt” of the Oregon Coast.

In the summer, expect foggy, cool mornings, and pleasant afternoons. Rain is rare, and temperatures usually range from the upper 60’s or mid 70’s to the mid 50’s at night. The ocean stays cool at around 60 degrees while the rivers in the area warm up to around 70 degrees.

Most of the rain in Brookings falls during the winter months between November and April. But even during the winter you can expect pleasant sunny days in between storms; and don’t be surprised if the temperature reaches into the 70’s. Temperatures usually range between the upper 50’s or low 60’s down to the mid 40’s at night. Snow and freezing temperatures are extremely rare.

Average high temperatures                                
December: 55                                                                               
July: 67

Record high temperatures
December: 79
July: 102

Average low temperatures
December: 42
July: 51
December: 17
July: 39

Avg. Ann. Rainfall: 73.44 inches                                                                               
Avg. days with measurable rain: 141 days per year                                                
Avg. growing season: 250 days a year, mid April to mid November

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Population (latest U.S. Census Estimates)                    

Curry County                                        22,300                                                                     
City of Brookings                                   6,450                                              
Brookings & Harbor Area (estimated)                                                         
Pistol River to California Border   14,051
Curry & Del Norte Counties           50,282

Crime Statistics 2012

Property Crime     
Brookings                  3.3%
Curry County        2.99%

Violent Crime
Brookings                .09%
Curry County          16%

Median Age 2012

Brookings            46.9                          
Oregon                 47.4                            

Household Information

Households                                    6,310
Household Size                    2.19 people

Household Income

Brookings                                    $37,331
Oregon                                         $46,816

Median Real Estate Property Taxes

Brookings-Harbor                    $1,506

Median House/Condo Value (est.)

Brookings                                $249,312
Oregon                                     $232,900
Median Gross Rent, Brookings     $778

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In 1902, William James Ward, a forestry civil engineer recommended securing a town site and extensive lumbering operations in Brookings including a mill and shipping center.  In 1913 John E. Brookings was responsible for founding Brookings as a company town; his cousin Robert S. Brookings was responsible for its design.  Bernard Maybeck, an architect based in San Francisco was later hired to lay out the plat of the townsite.

Wikipedia-Brookings, Oregon
City of Brookings – History
Chetco – History Of the Chetco