Cost of Living in Florence; Nominations for First Citizen; OCHS Gala; Holiday Travel

Cost of Living in Florence

According to a recent index of cost of living, Florence ranks 60th in the most expensive cities in the state to live.  Based on national averages Florence pays 14% less for the 10 most common bills associated with households including mortgage or rent, utilities, auto insurance and cable and internet. We are about 23% lower than the state average. The study compiled by doxo shows the average Florence household pays about $1,824 per month and household bills account for approximately 37% of annual income. State averages about $2,363 per month. One area that Florence exceeds the national average is Health Insurance.  On average Florence residents pay $21.00 more per month.

Nominations for First Citizen

Nominations for Florence First citizen are coming due.  The last day for applications is Monday, June 24th.  If you know of a Florence resident that is involved in the community, active in volunteering and contributing to the betterment of city and its residents, then submit an application.  Nominations must include name, mailing address and telephone number for the nominee and the contact person in your organization.  The First Citizen for Florence will be announced on July 25th during the annual Florence Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. For more information you can email Lisa Walter-Sedlacek at


The Oregon Coast Humane Society has announced their inaugural Wags and Whiskers Gala.  The organization is looking to the community to help support the shelter.  The event will be held at Three Rivers Casino and resort on September 20th.  OCHS is currently looking for sponsors of the event with 6 levels of  sponsorship from $5,000 to $100.  They are looking to have all the pledges collected by July 15th. The event will include food, beverages, auctions and networking. Contact the OCHS for more information.

Holiday Travel

AAA Oregon estimates that more than 860 thousand Oregonians will be on the road or in the air for the 4th of July holiday.  They expect this to be a record-breaking year.  Oregon residents on average will travel more than 50 miles or more than 1 hour from home. A statistic that is up 5% from last year according to Marie Dodds with AAA Oregon. of the 860 thousand Oregon travelers AAA estimates that about 122 thousand will fly versus drive.