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Living in Brookings Oregon - EVERYTHING You Need to Know

What is Living in Brookings Oregon Like?

Located on the breathtaking Southern Oregon Coast, Brookings sits just six miles north of the California border on U.S. Highway 101. It is surrounded by the Chetco River and Port of Brookings Harbor on the south and by Harris Beach State Park to the north. Brookings initially thrived on the lumber and commercial sports fishing industries. Although dwindling, lumber and fishing are still decisive factors in the City's economy. Lily bulb farming was introduced in the 1920s. The lily bulb farms in a 12-mile area between Brookings and Smith River, California, produce 100% of the lily bulbs grown in North America. Because of these stable industries, Brookings is less dependent on the tourist trade than many Oregon coast cities.


There's a lot to do living in Brookings, Oregon. Azalea Park, with its picnic areas, a bandshell, snack shack, playground, disc golf course, softball and soccer fields, and gazebo, is Brookings's premier outdoor gathering place for everything from quiet strolls, picnics, birthday parties, ball games, small and large weddings, reunions, summer concerts, and more. The park hosts Nature's Coastal Holiday Light Show in December; with the lights, sculptures, and music, the park is packed nightly from the day after Thanksgiving to Christmas Day. Certainly a must for anyone living in Brookings, Oregon.

Harris Beach State Park, another popular spot, is located on Highway 101 at the north end of Brookings. With its 173 acres of breathtaking coastal access, RV and tent camping facilities, and rest area, you'll surely want to check it out if visiting or living in Brookings, Oregon.

Living in Brookings, Oregon, you'll find there a number of annual events, including the Slippery Banana Softball Tournament, the free summer Sunday American Music Festival - Concerts held at the bandshell from June to September; the Wild Rivers Music Festival -  a one-day music extravaganza, and Oktoberfest. 

With all that info, moving to and living in Brookings, Oregon, probably seems like a good idea. Take a look at some of the living in Brookings, Oregon, FAQs to learn more about what it's like to live in Brookings, Oregon.

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Are you thinking of moving to Brookings, Oregon? Reach out to our moving to Brookings Team. With their real estate and lending experience they can help make relocating to Brookings, Oregon, easy and stress-free for you.  Reach out to them today to help make moving to and living in Brookings, Oregon, a reality. To get added to home tracker and get alerted when a home matching your criteria comes live on the market CLICK HERE. Need to sell a home before moving? CLICK HERE to sign up and receive a free market analysis to see what your home is worth.

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FAQs About Moving to and Living in Brookings Oregon

What is Brookings, Oregon, known for? 

Brookings, Oregon, is known for a number of things, but the thing that stands out most is the weather. Known as "Oregon's Banana Belt," Brookings has a milder climate than other cities on the Oregon Coast. Warm air flows inland California pushing the cooler coastal air away from the town, making it much warmer than other cities on the Oregon Coast. There are times in the summer living in Brookings, Oregon, you'll find the weather is going to be hotter than in the Willamette Valley or Portland Metro Area.

What cities are nearby Brookings, Oregon?

If visiting or living in Brookings, Oregon, some of the closest cities are Crescent City CA - 26 Miles, Gold Beach - 28 miles, Port Orford - 56 Miles, Grants Pass - 96 miles, Medford - 125 Miles, Eugene - 222 Miles, Portland - 329 Miles.

What is the weather like in Brookings, Oregon?

Living in Brookings, Oregon, you can expect temperatures during the summer to range from 52°F to 67°F and winter from 42°F to 55°F. It's the Banana Belt of Oregon, so temperatures are typically warmer than in other coastal cities. Do you like rain? Living in Brookings, you'll get your fair share. It rains close to 80 inches a year there.

What is the cost of living in Brookings, Oregon, like?

I've calculated the REAL cost of living in Brookings, Oregon. I've taken today's rent, utilities, food costs, transportation, healthcare, and the other necessities to live, and figured out you need to make $54,000 a year to live in Brookings, Oregon and rent. To move to Brookings, Oregon, and buy a home, you'll need to make $66,000 a year to afford the house payment, maintenance and other living expenses. For more info on the cost of living on the Oregon Coast and its various cities, including how we calculated, check out my blog post, "The REAL Cost of Living on the Oregon Coast."

What are home prices like if I'm thinking of moving to Brookings, Oregon?

There's a good amount of homes for sale in Brookings, Oregon, at the time of writing. The sweet spot is around $600,000. There's a little inventory below and a little inventory above. If looking to move to Brookings, Oregon, and want to buy, I'd expect to pay somewhere close to that.

Is living in Brookings Oregon safe?

Living in Brookings, Oregon, you'll find it a very safe city. The crime rate is lower than both the state and national averages. You'll find that property and violent crime rates are lower living in Brookings, Oregon, than in other areas of the state and nationally.

I'm thinking of retiring in Brookings, Oregon. Is it a good idea?

Are you thinking of retiring in Brookings, Oregon? There's a lot to do and beautiful scenery with the beaches, rivers, parks, trails, and mountains. Retiring in Brookings, Oregon, might not be so bad. The community has a high percentage of retirees. If you're younger and thinking of living in Brookings, Oregon, the schools aren't as good as you'll find in other areas of Oregon, and there are fewer opportunities for younger people than you'd find in other areas of the state.


I want to move to Brookings, Oregon. How do I make that happen?

If you're considering a move to Brookings, Oregon, we're here to help! The information on this website, including the helpful links below, should give you some good information to aid your research. If you want to ask questions, try our Facebook Group > Moving to Oregon, where we have a broad group of locals and Oregon transplants to answer any question you might have about moving to and living in Brookings, Oregon. If you're looking to buy a home in Brookings or another community on the Oregon Coast, getting pre-approved for a mortgage should be your first step. For Mortgage Info, reach out to me. I specialize in working with people moving to Oregon and the Brookings area and would love to help you buy a home and move to Brookings, Oregon.

For FAQs about moving to Oregon or living in Oregon, check out my blog, 31 FAQs About Living in Oregon. For more information about living in Oregon, check out the homepage of LIVING IN OREGON.

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