Low Tide at Bandon Beach Canvas Prints
Bandon is a city in Coos County, Oregon, United States, on the south side of the mouth of the Coquille River. It was named by George Bennet, an Irish peer, who settled nearby in 1873 and named the town after Bandon in Ireland, his hometown. The population was 3,066 at the 2010 census. In 2010, Bandon was named one of the "Coolest Small Towns in America" by Budget Travel. Like many communities on the Oregon coast, Bandon had significant fishing and timber industries, which were greatly diminished by the 1980s, though some remnants still exist. Bandon's current economy revolves around wood products, fishing, tourism, and agriculture. The five largest employers in the area include Bandon Dunes Golf Course, Southern Coos Health District, School District #54C, Oregon Overseas Timber, and Hardin Optical. Bandon has a Marine West Coast-Mediterranean climate. Just as is common with the coast of Oregon, rain and overcast conditions are more than common in the winter months, except for the summer when it is mostly dry. Snow can occur during the winter, however, this is not very common and usually occurs about once or twice a season. Below freezing temperatures are rare in the city, usually occurring about once or twice a winter. Extreme temperatures of 20 °F or lower are extremely rare, usually happening about once every five years. Summers are dry and cool with an average July high temperature of about 68 °F while lows are generally in the 50s °F. High temperatures in the mid-70s °F to the low 90s °F occur on average about once or twice every three or four years. Summer is the one time of the year where the temperature is high enough, and the weather is good enough to go to the beach. Bandon's highest reading of 100 °F occurred on September 21, 1990. The lowest reading of 8 °F was observed only three months later on December 21, 1990.