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Rockaway Beach, Oregon
Visitor information center
Visitor information center
Location in Oregon
Location in Oregon
Country United States
State Oregon
County Tillamook
Incorporated 1943
 • Total 1.71 sq mi (4.42 km2)
 • Land 1.60 sq mi (4.14 km2)
 • Water 0.11 sq mi (0.28 km2)
17 ft (5 m)
 • Total 1,312
 • Estimate 
 • Density 885.00/sq mi (341.79/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (Pacific)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 503 and 971
FIPS code 41-62900
GNIS feature ID 1166705

Rockaway Beach is a city in Tillamook County, Oregon, United States. The population was 1,312 at the 2010 census.

The city houses the Rockaway Beach Old Growth Cedar Preserve, a 46-acre wetlands preserve which opened in 2019. The preserve has an elevated walkway, which terminates at a large cedar tree known as The Big Tree, which is estimated to be 500–900 years old.


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.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 300
1950 1,027
1960 771 −24.9%
1970 665 −13.7%
1980 906 36.2%
1990 970 7.1%
2000 1,267 30.6%
2010 1,312 3.6%
2019 (est.) 1,416 7.9%
1930 population
U.S. Decennial Census
Rock Formation at Rockaway Beach, 2020
Rock Formation at Rockaway Beach

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,312 people, 667 households, and 374 families living 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.

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