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The City of Rockaway Beach had a population of 1,572 as of July 1, 2021. Rockaway Beach ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Oregon. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Rockaway Beach is located at latitude 45.6134 and longitude -123.9429 in Tillamook County. The formal boundaries for the City of Rockaway Beach encompass a land area of 1.6 sq. miles and a water area of 0.11 sq. miles. Tillamook County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 23 feet.

The City of Rockaway Beach has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Oregon is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Rockaway Beach is located within Bay City Division of Tillamook County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Rockaway Beach: City of Rockaway, Rockaway.

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Rockaway Beach, OR Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 1,572 (100%)
Population in Households 1,571 (99.9%)
Population in Families 1,124 (71.5%)
Population in Group Quarters1 1 ( 0.1%)
Population Density 983
Diversity Index2 21


Median Household Income $46,534
Average Household Income $54,295
% of Income for Mortgage4 23%
Per Capita Income $27,123
Wealth Index5 47


Total HU (Housing Units) 2,247 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 547 (24.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 248 (11.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,452 (64.6%)
Median Home Value $257,534
Average Home Value $319,460
Housing Affordability Index3 109


Total Households 795
Average Household Size 1.98
Family Households 447
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 1.62% 1.18%
Households 1.57% 1.16%
Families 1.6% 1.01%
Median Household Income   1.79%
Per Capita Income   2.48%
Owner Occupied HU   1.39%

Rockaway Beach, OR - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Rockaway Beach to the other 378 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Oregon by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 183 52nd
Population Density # 202 47th
Median Household Income # 310 18th
Housing Affordability Index # 193 51st
Per Capita Income # 257 32nd
Diversity Index # 330 13th

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