This Is Pacific City.
If you are looking for a peaceful, serene coastal town where the views are impeccable and the everyday routines of life are simpler, Pacific City is your dream town. In fact, people who visit the town often yearn for quiet, peaceful getaways and despise vacation crowds. And once they leave, they recognize their mistake, decide to say ‘good-bye’ to their old lives and permanently move to Pacific City. I can’t blame them!
In addition to this lovely coastal town offering serenity and privacy, it also contains a special romantic charm that’s reminiscent of a good love story. Imagine that: The places you see in the movies really do exist.
Families also enjoy Pacific City because it offers a safe environment for children. This is more valuable than any amount of gold can buy. In other words, this little gem on the Pacific Coast offers these enticing qualities: impeccable views, coastal activities, serenity, privacy, romance, and safety. What more could you ask for?
Let’s take a look at some things to consider before moving to Pacific City. I want to cover the basics: population statistics, geography, climate, activities, economics, history and real estate.
And by the way, congratulations on considering a move to Pacific City! People never regret it.
Where is Pacific City, Oregon?
If you’re a geography guru and have never heard of Pacific City, Oregon before, don’t worry.
Pacific City is located on the northern Oregon coast just south of Tillamook. It’s approximately 97 miles West of Portland (1 hours and 51 minute drive) and has an elevation of 13 feet. If you fly into Portland and rent a car, you will have a beautiful drive West on Highway 26 then cutting over to Tillamook where you can stop and visit the Tillamook Cheese factory.
The Population of Pacific City
Pacific City is a small town that sits on the coast of Oregon. The population is approximately 1,000 residents. Obviously, it’s a very small town that is packed with incredible charm. And if you want to really break it down, there are approximately 260 people per square mile.
The median age in the town is around 63 years. This is another reason the town has a great reputation for safety: The town is more mature than the average and many folks choose to retire there.
On average, interestingly, statistics show that there are 2 people per household whereas the U.S. average is 2.6 people per household.
And to further break down the population statistics on Pacific City, there are 71% married couples, 12% are divorced, 3% married couples have children and 9% are single with children.
Pacific City and Neighboring Towns
Pacific City is located in the northwestern portion of Oregon in the county of Tillamook. (If you have ever eaten Tillamook cheese or ice cream, this county is the origin!) The town sits in the southwestern portion of the county.
Pacific City has several neighboring towns and cities that are nice to know about. After all, you should always be aware of what’s around you. Listed below are some of the neighboring towns and cities:
Cities and Towns near Pacific City:
Since Portland has the closest international airport, I wanted to include it in this list. However, the second largest city on the list is Lincoln City, and it’s only 18.5 miles away. This is why the residents and visitors enjoy Pacific City so much: They can have a life of serenity, beauty, and privacy without being too far from larger cities. This especially works great for those who are not retired and are employed in the larger, nearby cities.
Geographical Landscape and Climate for Pacific City
January holds the coldest temperatures for Pacific City with the average high hanging around 44 degrees Fahrenheit. (As I said previously, that’s a mild winter temperature compared to other locations in Oregon!)
And since Pacific City resides in a wet portion of the country, it’s only fair to share which month sees the highest amounts of precipitation. December is the wettest month and honestly, should be avoided if you’re only looking for a great time to visit the town. However, if you’re considering a move to Pacific City, be prepared to purchase a few umbrellas, rain boots or galoshes. It gets wet in the northwest!
Recreational Activities in Pacific City
Pacific City is a fairly small town, but that is not to say that there isn’t anything to do. Spending time at the beautiful beach is what most people come here for, but with that said, there are still a few other events and activities to go to as follows.
The Pacific City Dory Days Festival
Cape Kiwanda State Park
The Economics in Pacific City
Cost of Living:
The Most Popular Job Market Occupations based on Population:
- Professional and technical services employ 23.8% of the population.
- Retail trades employ 23.8% of the population.
- Agriculture, forestry, hunting and fishing services employ 12.2% of the population.
- Real estate services employ 11.6% of the population.
- Healthcare services employ 10.2% of the population.
The History of Pacific City
Current day Ferry Street was then lined with flat, wooden planks for the safe travel of automobiles. Can you imagine that? Before the days of pavement and asphalt, wooden planks were used. (In places like New England and Europe, cobblestone streets were used to line streets instead of the Old West method of wooden planks.)
In 1909, the town changed its name from Ocean Park to Pacific City since there was another town in Washington State that also donned the name, “Ocean Park”.
In addition to earning revenue from tourism, Pacific City was also known for its plentiful salmon supply. In fact, the Dory Days Festival celebrates this history every year. Unfortunately, by 1926, the result of overfishing was imminent as the bay no longer had salmon in its waters. The town also ceased at being a tourist mainstay when The Great Depression hit the United States. Thus, these events prevented Pacific City from becoming a large, bustling city and contributed to its small town charm that we know of today.
I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Real Estate in Pacific City
Considering that 11.6% of Pacific City’s population are employed in the real estate sector, it’s safe to say that there are some true deals available to eager home seekers. While you can purchase a large home for nearly a million dollars (if you have that much change), you can also purchase the standard two or three bedroom homes for a decent price.
The median home cost in Pacific City is $341,500. The U.S. median home cost is approximately $231,200. That’s not too bad considering the jaw-dropping location of Pacific City! The homes in Pacific City are relatively newer than the average home age in the U.S. In Pacific City, the median home age is only 25 years! Whereas the U.S. median home age is 40 years. In my opinion, that’s a worthwhile investment!
Most people are homeowners in Pacific City; however, there are a few renters who live in the area. They make up approximately 1.7% of the population.
Be sure to also read our Bend Oregon Real Estate Guide.
We Look Forward to Seeing You in Pacific City!
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