Rockaway Beach, Oregon

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Rockaway Beach is a city in Tillamook County, Oregon, United States. The population was 1,267 at the 2000 census.



The community of "Rockaway" was established in 1911 and renamed "Rockaway Beach" in 1987. [1] Rockaway Beach was connected by train to Portland in 1912.[3]

The Pronto Pup, a brand of corn dog, was invented at Rockaway in the late 1930s.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.2 km²), of which, 1.5 square miles (4.0 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (4.94%) is water.[5]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,267 people, 635 households, and 368 families residing in the city. The population density was 821.0 people per square mile (317.7/km²). There were 1,573 housing units at an average density of 1,019.3/sq mi (394.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.82% White, 0.08% African American, 1.10% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 0.71% from other races, and 1.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.97% of the population.

There were 635 households out of which 12.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.6% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.9% were non-families. 35.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.99 and the average family size was 2.51.

In the city the population was spread out with 14.0% under the age of 18, 3.9% from 18 to 24, 20.1% from 25 to 44, 31.3% from 45 to 64, and 30.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 52 years. For every 100 females there were 96.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,798, and the median income for a family was $35,742. Males had a median income of $30,956 versus $21,776 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,766. About 7.0% of families and 10.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.7% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.

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