Newport, Oregon

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Newport is a city in Lincoln County, Oregon, United States. It was incorporated in 1882, though the name dates back to the establishment of a post office in 1868. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 9,532, an increase of nearly 13% over its 1990 population; an unofficial 2006 estimate listed Newport's population at 10,240 residents.[3]

Newport is the county seat of Lincoln County.[4] It is also the home of the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Nye Beach, Yaquina Head Lighthouse, and Rogue Ales.

In mid-2011, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will move its base for research ships from Seattle to Newport. The base has about 110 marine officers and a total of 175 employees. It will base four ships and provide support for up to two itinerant vessels.[5] NOAA already has some personnel at the Hatfield Marine Science Center which support the Alaska Fisheries Science Center and the Northwest Fisheries Science Center. The ships will join the RV Wecoma which is based at the center.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.4 square miles (27.0 km²), of which 8.9 square miles (23 km²) is land and 4.0 km² (1.6 sq mi or 14.94%) is water.[6]

Climate

Newport has mild, wet weather throughout the year with the heaviest precipitation falling during the winter months. Annually, there is only 0.4 day with maximum temperatures of 90 °F (32 °C) or higher. There are 20.5 days with minimum temperatures of 32 °F (0 °C) or lower. The record high temperature was 100 °F (38 °C) on June 24, 1925, and July 11, 1961. The record low temperature was 1 °F (−17 °C) on December 8, 1972.

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