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Living in Lincoln City Oregon - EVERYTHING You Need to Know

What is Living in Lincoln City Oregon Like?

Are you thinking of visiting or possibly living in Lincoln City, Oregon? Lincoln City, located on the central Oregon Coast, has a population of just over 10,000 residents. With Devil's Lake and the Pacific Coast Range serving as borders to the east, the Pacific Ocean bordering to the west, the Cascade Head bordering to the north, and the Siletz Bay bordering to the South, Lincoln City is surrounded by recreation and natural beauty. Combine this with the 7½ miles of spectacular beaches, and it's no wonder why the town economy is driven by tourism. During peak summer months, more than 30,000 tourists a month flock to this amazing coastal town.

There is plenty of things to do and see if visiting or living in Lincoln City, Oregon. It's known as the artsy town on the Coast, and the world-class kite festivals draw thousands in the summer. Local glass blowers create distinctive and colorful glass floats, then hide them along the shoreline for beachcombers. They're designed to evoke old glass net floats that washed up on Oregon beaches carried by ocean currents from Japan.

With consistent breezes enjoyed at the Lincoln City beaches, it is one of the best places to fly a kite on the coast. Prevailing winds usually come from the northwest in the summer and from the southwest in the winter. Surfing and kite-boarding conditions are also world-class, and the air quality is usually excellent for those visiting or living in Lincoln City, Oregon.

The Moving to Lincoln City Oregon Team

Are you considering a move to Lincoln City, Oregon? Our Moving to Lincoln City, Oregon, Team is here to help you in any way we can. With our real estate and lending experience we can will make relocating to Lincoln City, Oregon, easy and stress-free for you.  Call or email us today and we will help make moving to and living in Lincoln City, Oregon, a reality for you.

Elizabeth Davidson Oregon Realtor

Elizabeth Davidson


Todd Davidson Mortgage Broker in Oregon

Todd Davidson

Mortgage Broker

FAQs About Moving to and Living in Lincoln City Oregon

What is Lincoln City, Oregon, known for? 

Lincoln City, Oregon, is well know for a great place to fly a kite but what it's most known for is the glass floats that are hidden on the beach. Every year more than 3,000 glass orbs are hidden for those visiting the beach to find. Find one and it's yours. You can even register it online to prove authenticity.

What cities are nearby Lincoln City, Oregon?

If visiting or living in Lincoln City, Oregon, there are a lot of great towns in close proximity: Depoe Bay - 12 Miles, Pacific City - 22 Miles, Newport - 25 Miles, Tillamook - 43, Dallas - 48 Miles, Salem - 58 Miles, Corvallis - 75 Miles, and  Portland - 88 Miles.

What is the weather like in Lincoln City, Oregon?

Living in Lincoln City, Oregon, you'll enjoy a mild maritime climate, with daytime highs of 50 degrees in the winter and low temperatures rarely dipping below freezing. Living in Lincoln City, Oregon, you can expect summertime highs to be around 60-70°F on the beaches and 80-90°F inland a few miles. Living in Lincoln City, you'll get quite a bit of rain, around 76 inches to be exact, with most of the rainfall occurring during the winter months.

What is the cost of living in Lincoln City, Oregon, like?

You can look at a dozen sites for the cost of living in Lincoln City, 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 $47,000 a year to live in Lincoln City, Oregon and rent a home. And that's not necessarily living the way you may want to live. If you're looking to move to Lincoln City, Oregon, and buy a home you'll need to make at least $72,000 a year to afford the house payment, maintenance and other living expenses. This puts the cost of living in Lincoln City, Oregon, near the higher end of towns on the Oregon Coast. 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 Lincoln City, Oregon?

If looking to move to Lincoln City, Oregon, and buy a home you'll find a good selection of homes and prices available to choose from. At the time of writing, there are a few homes for sale in the $380,000 - $400,000 range, a lot in the $400,000 - $500,000 range, and even more at $500,000+. It's at the higher end but not the most expensive spot to buy a home on the Oregon Coast.

What is there to do and see in Lincoln City, Oregon?

If visiting or living in Lincoln City, Oregon, there are many fun things to do. To name just a handful: Enjoy the 7+ miles of spectacular beaches; search for the 3,000+ glass floats hidden on Lincoln City beaches each year; kayaking, fishing, hiking, swimming, and paddle boarding at Devils Lake; crabbing and clam digging in Siletz Bay; check out Roads Ends State Recreation Site; fly a kite at the annual Kite Flying Festival, and try your luck at Chinook Winds Casino.

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

With a median age of just over 50, there's undoubtedly a good amount of retirees living in Lincoln City. I can certainly see why. With the abundance of beautiful scenery, tons of outdoor recreation nearby, charming downtown, beautiful beaches, and laid-back lifestyle, there's a lot to like about retiring in Lincoln City, Oregon. A few things that might give you pause about retiring in Lincoln City, Oregon are the rainfall, higher cost of living, the concentration of tourism in the summer, and the closest large hospitals are an hour away in Salem or an hour and a half away in Portland, if you need them. There are several small hospitals nearby, so you do have options.

How is the healthcare in Lincoln City, Oregon?

Living in Lincoln City, Oregon, you live next door to the Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital, a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital and level IV trauma center. If looking for a specialist not available in Lincoln City, Salem, an hour away, or Portland, an hour and a half away, have some of the state's largest hospitals and would likely be where you'd need to go for more specialized medical care.


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

If you're considering moving to Lincoln City, 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 Lincoln City 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 Lincoln City area and would love to help you buy a home and move to Lincoln City, 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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