Florence is a coastal city in Lane County, in
the U.S. state of Oregon. It lies at the mouth of the Siuslaw River on the
Pacific Ocean and about midway between Newport and Coos Bay along U.S. Route
101. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 8,466. The
Florence area was originally inhabited by the Siuslaw tribe of Native
Americans. Some claim that the city was named after state senator A. B.
Florence, who represented Lane County from 1858 to 1860; another claim is that
Florence was named after a French vessel that was wrecked at the mouth of the
Siuslaw River on February 17, 1875.