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Rockaway Beach, Oregon
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Location in Oregon
|• Total||1.71 sq mi (4.43 km2)|
|• Land||1.60 sq mi (4.14 km2)|
|• Water||0.11 sq mi (0.28 km2)|
|Elevation||17 ft (5 m)|
| • Estimate
|• Density||820.0/sq mi (316.6/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-8 (Pacific)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-7 (Pacific)|
|Area code(s)||503 and 971|
|GNIS feature ID||1166705|
The community of Rockaway was established as a seaside resort in 1909 by the Rockaway Beach Company. It was named after Rockaway Beach on Long Island in New York. Rockaway post office was established in 1911. Rockaway was connected by train to Portland in 1912. The name of the city was changed to Rockaway Beach in 1987.
The Pronto Pup, a brand of corn dog, was invented at Rockaway in the late 1930s.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.71 square miles (4.43 km2), of which, 1.60 square miles (4.14 km2) is land and 0.11 square miles (0.28 km2) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,312 people, 667 households, and 374 families residing in the city. The population density was 820.0 inhabitants per square mile (316.6/km2). There were 1,875 housing units at an average density of 1,171.9 per square mile (452.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.4% White, 0.4% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 1.1% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.9% of the population.
There were 667 households of which 16.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.8% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.9% were non-families. 35.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 16% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.97 and the average family size was 2.52.
The median age in the city was 55.1 years. 13.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 16% were from 25 to 44; 37.4% were from 45 to 64; and 29% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.8% male and 51.2% female.
As of the census 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 per square mile (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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