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Living in Florence Oregon - EVERYTHING You Need to Know

Sunset at Heceta Head Lighthouse near Florence, Oregon

Are you Living in or Considering Moving to Florence, Oregon?

Florence is a scenic seaside community at the confluence of the Siuslaw River and the Pacific Ocean. With approximately 9,600 residents at the time of writing, Florence is conveniently located along the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway (Highway 101), about midway between Newport and Coos Bay, and only one hour west of Eugene, Oregon.

Florence offers visitors a full agenda of fun adventures and sightseeing with its walkable Historic Old Town, the Three Rivers Casino Resort, and ocean and lakeside recreational activities. Bay Street is lined with Victorian-style storefronts selling saltwater taffy, ice cream, and souvenirs. Order a bowl of clam chowder and some local seafood at one of the many Historic Old Town Florence restaurants. Besides bordering the Pacific Ocean, the largest natural wonder that defines Florence is the Oregon Sand Dunes National Recreation Area. Part of the Siuslaw National Forest, these dunes are the most extensive coastal dunes in North America and attract tourists from throughout the world. The Heceta Head Lighthouse and Sea Lion Caves are other popular attractions if visiting or living in Florence, Oregon.

Florence is rich with outdoor pursuits. Beaches, parks, hiking trails, lakes, and rivers are interwoven throughout the coastal community. Get outdoors on a seaside golf course, explore the world's first-ever sandboard park, or take a guided dune buggy ride.

Living in Florence, Oregon, might be the perfect spot for you if you've ever entertained the idea of moving to the Oregon Coast. Read on to learn more about what living in Florence, Oregon, looks like.

Are You Considering Buying a Home in Florence Oregon?

Would you like to buy a home in Florence, Oregon? Let our team of trusted professionals help you buy or/and sell a home in the Florence area. To connect with a local expert/real estate professional in Florence, Oregon, to help you navigate your home buying journey, CLICK HERETo start receiving emails with homes that match your criteria, CLICK HERE and sign up for Listing Alert. With a little info on what, where, and how much, you'll get newly listed homes matching your criteria sent to your inbox as they hit the market. This can give you a big leg up in your home search.

The first step in the home-buying process is getting pre-approved for a mortgage. Todd Davidson is an experienced mortgage broker and can help you get the best financing option for your home purchase. Not quite ready yet? Todd can help you put together a plan to get you there. Whether you're thinking a few months or a year or more if you want to buy a home, reach out to Todd and he can help. CLICK HERE to email Todd and set up a call to get the process started or just call at 971-275-2465. 

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FAQs About Moving to and Living in Florence Oregon

What is Florence, Oregon, known for? 

Florence, Oregon, is known most for its sand dunes. Covering over 40 miles and 32,000 acres from Florence to North Bend, the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America and is famous among ATV and Dune Buggy riders worldwide.

What cities are nearby Florence, Oregon?

If visiting or living in Florence, Oregon, some of the closest cities are Reedsport - 22 Miles, Coos Bay - 48 Miles, Newport - 49 Miles, North Bend - 59 Miles, Eugene - 61 Miles, Springfield - 69 Miles, and  Portland - 222 Miles.

What is the weather like in Florence, Oregon?

Living in Florence, Oregon, you can expect about 78 inches of yearly rainfall. The rainy and sunny days are evenly split as you get 160 days of each living in Florence, Oregon. Typically summers are comfortable dry, and mostly clear, and winters are cold, wet, and mostly cloudy. Temperature ranges, on average, are about 41 degrees to 67 degrees. It rarely bets below 33 degrees or above 71 degrees.

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

You can look at a dozen sites for the cost of living in Florence, Oregon, or other cities throughout the state, and almost all give you a number that's completely unrealistic. If you factor in today's rent, utilities, food costs, transportation, healthcare, and the other necessities to live, you need to make $48,000 a year to live in Florence, Oregon. And that's not necessarily living the way you may want to live. To move to Florence, Oregon, and buy a home, you'll need to make $65,000 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 Florence, Oregon?

If looking to move to Florence, Oregon, you'll find home prices pretty modest compared to the rest of the Oregon Coast. At the time of writing, there are a few homes for sale in the $320,000 range, a lot in the $400,000 - $500,000 range, and just a few houses at $500,000+. If looking to move to and retire in Florence, Oregon, you'll find it's one of the more affordable spots on the Oregon Coast to purchase a home.

What is there to do and see in Florence, Oregon?

There's a lot to do and see if visiting or living in Florence, Oregon. Check out these attractions!: Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Heceta Head Lighthouse, Sea Lion Caves, Oregon Coast Military Museum, Siuslaw River Bridge, Florence Boardwalk Market, The Hobit Trail, Jessie M Honeyman Memorial State Park, Strawberry Hill Wayside, and Three Rivers Casino. 

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

If looking to retire in Oregon, the Oregon Coast is a very popular option. Retiring in Florence, Oregon, would be great for anyone desiring a more active lifestyle and craving breathtaking scenery. With the lower cost of living in Florence, Oregon, compared to other areas on the Oregon Coast, Florence, Oregon, would be a great spot to retire. The average age of residents in Florence, Oregon, is close to 60, giving it one of the higher concentration of retirees in the state of Oregon.

How is the healthcare in Florence, Oregon?

Living in Florence, Oregon, you'll have decent access to healthcare and hospitals. The 21-bed Peace Harbor Medical Center located in Florence is a smaller DNV-accredited hospital with a level IV trauma center. For more specialized care, the state's seventh largest hospital, PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Centre, is 69 miles away in Springfield. PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Centre is rated as high-performing in adult procedures and conditions related to heart and kidney failure, lung, colon, and ovarian cancer surgery, diabetes, stroke management, COPD, and hip and knee replacement. It admits more than 23,000 patients and performs close to 15,000 surgeries each year. 


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

If you're considering moving to Florence, 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. If you're looking to buy a home in Florence or other communities 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 Florence area and would love to help you buy a home and move to Florence, 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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