Newport is a city in Lincoln County, Oregon, United States. Take a look below for 20 fun and fascinating facts about Newport, Oregon, United States.
1. It was incorporated in 1882, though the name dates back to the establishment of a post office in 1868.
2. Newport was named for Newport, Rhode Island.
3. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 9,989, an increase of nearly 5% over its 2000 population; as of 2019, it had an estimated population of 10,853.
4. The area was originally home to the Yacona tribe, whose history can be traced back at least 3000 years.
5. White settlers began homesteading the area in 1864.
6. The town was named by Sam Case, who also became the first postmaster.
7. Newport has been the county seat of Lincoln County since 1952, when voters approved a measure to move the center of government from nearby Toledo to Newport.
8. It is also home of the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Nye Beach, Yaquina Head Light, Yaquina Bay Light, Pacific Maritime Heritage Center and Rogue Ales, and is notable as the western terminus of U.S. Route 20, the longest road in the United States.
9. Newport has mild, wet weather throughout the year with the heaviest precipitation falling during the winter months.
10. The city averages 0.4 afternoons annually with maximum temperatures equalling or exceeding 90 °F or 32.2 °C and 29 mornings with minimum temperatures of 32 °F or 0 °C or lower.
11. Historic extreme temperatures have varied between 1 °F (−17.2 °C) in winter and 100 °F (37.8 °C) in summer.
12. The average annual precipitation between 1961 and 1990 was 70.99 inches (1,803 mm), with the wettest period being from July 1968 to June 1969 with 102.15 inches (2,594.6 mm) and the driest, like most of Oregon, from July 1976 to June 1977 with 38.94 inches (989.1 mm).
13. There are an average of 187 days a year with precipitation equalling or exceeding 0.01 inches or 0.3 millimetres.
14. In October 1962, wind gusts at Newport reached 138 miles per hour (222 km/h) before the wind gauge stopped working. This occurred during the Columbus Day Windstorm, which the National Weather Service has named one of Oregon’s top 10 weather events of the 20th century.
15. In August 2011, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration moved its base for research ships from Seattle to Newport.
16. The base boasts about 110 marine officers and a total of 175 employees. It bases four ships, including the NOAAS Bell M. Shimada and the NOAAS Rainier, and it provides support for up to two itinerant vessels.
17. NOAA has personnel at the Hatfield Marine Science Center which support the fisheries science centers for Alaska and the Northwest. The ships join the R/V Oceanus and R/V Elakha research vessels based at the center.
18. Lincoln County voters established Oregon Coast Community College in 1987, in which year the college held its first classes.
19. The public schools in Newport are part of the Lincoln County School District, and include Newport High School, Newport Preparatory Academy, Newport Intermediate School, and Sam Case Primary School.
20. Newport is also home to the Hatfield Marine Science Center, operated by Oregon State University in collaboration with state and federal agencies. The center conducts research and educational programs associated with the marine environment and serves as a primary field station for the university’s College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences.