Curry County was founded December 18, 1855. Largely rural, Curry spans 1,648 square miles nestled between Oregon’s Southwest Coast and the Siskiyou National Forest. US Highway 101 is coastal and the most accessible route in and out of Curry Count. Relatively isolated, Curry is bordered on the south by California, on the west by the Pacific Ocean, on the North by Coos County, and on the east by the Klamath Mountains and Josephine County. The county also houses four rivers endowed with the Wild and Scenic designation; the Chetco River, Rogue River, Illinois River, and Elk River. There are 3 incorporated cities in Curry County, Port Orford, Gold Beach, and Brookings, which lie along scenic Highway 101.
Curry County is comprised of approximately 22,376 individuals and 10,350 households consisting of an average 2.6 inhabitants (2010 census). Population density is 13.6 people per square mile designating the area rural. Curry’s population growth rate (5.8%) is much lower than the state average rate of 11.97% and the national average rate of 9.71%. Age distribution is as follows: 3.9%>5 year old, 15.7%> 18 years, 11.3% 20 to 34, 15% 35 to 49, and 55.7% 50 years or older. The rate of males to females is 49.3% to 50.7%, respectively.
Curry is largely Caucasian; however its population base diversified significantly over the last decade due to migratory agricultural workers, and the volume of Pelican Bay State Prison employees residing within the Brookings-Harbor area. Ethnic breakdowns are as follows: 93% white, 5.9% Hispanic/Latino, 3.4% bi-racial, 2.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native, 0.4% African American, 0.8% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. 4.6% of the population speaks a language other than English.