Seaside, Oregon

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Seaside is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. The name Seaside is derived from Seaside House, a historic summer resort built in the 1870s by railroad magnate Ben Holladay. The city's population was 5,900 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.4 km²), of which, 3.9 square miles (10.0 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (3.99%) is water.

Seaside lies on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, at the southern end of the Clatsop Plains, about 29 km (18 mi) south of where the Columbia River empties into the Pacific. The Necanicum River bisects the town and flows out to the ocean at the northern edge of town. Tillamook Head towers over the south edge of town.


  • Seaside has two major highways, U.S. Route 101 and U.S. Route 26.
  • Seaside is served by an intercity bus system.
  • Seaside Municipal Airport
  • Seaside is currently working on a Transportation System Plan (TSP). It will serve as the transportation element of the City of Seaside’s Comprehensive Plan. The TSP will describe how the transportation network in Seaside is being used now and how it is expected to be used in the future (in 2030). TSPs need to be developed according to the State of Oregon’s Transportation Planning Rule. At the end of the project, the recommended improvements will be consistent with the Clatsop County TSP and the Oregon Highway Plan.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,900 people, 2,656 households, and 1,511 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,529.4 people per square mile (590.2/km²). There were 4,078 housing units at an average density of 1,057.1/sq mi (407.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.08% White, 0.34% African American, 0.98% Native American, 1.07% Asian, 0.29% Pacific Islander, 2.17% from other races, and 2.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.46% of the population. 14.6% were of German, 13.1% English, 11.9% Irish, 9.5% American and 5.1% Norwegian ancestry according to Census 2000. There were 2,656 households out of which 25.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.6% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.1% were non-families. 35.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.76.

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