From young families to retirees, all ages have found Myrtle Point and its surrounding communities to be the perfect place to live. With the moderate climate, reasonable housing prices/taxes and the beautiful countryside to enjoy, this small community offers a safe, quiet environment for by all ages.
As of the U.S. Census of 2000, there were 2,451 people, 988 households, and 674 families residing inside the city limits. But the community of Myrtle Point is composed of a number of outlying settlements including Arago, Broadbent, Bridge, Dora and Sitkum, bringing the total population to nearly 6,000.
Within the city limits the population is spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 19.7% who were 65 years of age or older. Thirty percent of households have children under the age of 18 living with them. The median age is 41 years old. For every 100 female age 18 and over there were 84.7 males. The median income for a household in the city in 2000 was $27,536, and the median income for a family was $31,120.
Myrtle Point operates a volunteer fire station inside the city limits, manned by a paid fire chief and 27 volunteers. They also have satellite stations in the outlying communities of Broadbent and Gravelford. The communities of Bridge and Dora/Sitkum maintain their own volunteer fire departments. For more information call 541-572-5422 or 541-572-2626.
The Myrtle Point branch of the North Bend Medical Center has three doctors on staff. The Coquille Valley Hospital is just 8 miles away, and Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay offers a cancer care treatment center along with their full service hospital.
North Bend Medical Center-Myrtle Point branch – 541-572-2111
Coquille Valley Hospital – 541-396-3101
Bay Area Hospital – 541-269-8111
The city ambulance service offers the AmbMed insurance program. For more information call 541-572-2993.
Public Transportation is offered in Myrtle Point through Dial-A-Ride. For more information call 541-572-3151.
The Myrtle Point Herald is the weekly newspaper in Myrtle Point. They can be contacted at 541-572-2717 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The local TV station is KCBY in Coos Bay. There are several radio stations that cover the local area.
Cable television is provided in the Myrtle Point city limits through Charter Cable. High-speed internet is provided by Webenet and Comspan. Comspan also offers cable and phone service.
The Myrtle Point city library (Flora M. Laird Memorial Library) is part of the Coos County Cooperative Library Service (CCCLS) which funds library services through a tax base. The library is filled with a large variety of materials from the latest magazines, bestselling books and music CDs to children’s books, movie DVDs and books on tape. Whatever they don’t have can be borrowed from any library in the county, or through inter-library loan from libraries across the nation. Their website allows users tobrowse the county library collection as well as request and renew library materials. Open six days a week, the library offers programs for children and Internet access computers for the public’s use.
Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Children’s storytime for preschoolers is held Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Young Reader’s Club for 3rd through 6th grades is held Thursdays at 3:45 p.m. For more information call 541-572-2591 or see their website at www.cooslibraries.org.
Oregon has no general sales tax. Owners of real and business personal property pay property taxes according to the assessed value of taxable residential, commercial, farm, industrial, utility and timber property. The county assessor uses permanent rates set for all taxing districts in fiscal year 1997–98, when taxes were significantly reduced with a statewide average 17 percent cut in tax levies. Certain types of levies are outside this reduction. The tax rates cannot exceed $15 per $1,000 of real market value. For 1997–98, all property was valued by county assessors at 90 percent of the July 1, 1995, levels. For subsequent years, assessed values are limited to a 3 percent annual growth rate. Construction since July 1, 1995, is valued at the average rate of similar properties in the area. Business personal property requires annual filing. One–third payment is due by November 15. If fully paid by November 15, a 3 percent discount is allowed. Special exemptions, tax relief programs and deferrals are available. For more information contact the Coos County assessor’s office at 541–396–3121 x266.
Motor vehicle licenses
Owners and operators of motor vehicles pay a fixed registration fee, driver license fee and renewal. For more information contact the Oregon Driver & Motor Vehicle Services division at 503–945–5000 or on the web at www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV.
Myrtle Point Skate Park
Tennis courts at Rotary Park
Baseball field at Lions Park
Boat ramp at Myrtle Point Boat Ramp
Golf course for Elks Club members four miles west of town
Running track at Myrtle Crest Elementary School