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Living in Astoria Oregon - EVERYTHING You Need to Know

Astoria-Megler Bridge in Astoria Oregon

Is Astoria Oregon a Good Place to Live?

Are you planning to visit or thinking of moving to Astoria, Oregon? Are you wondering "Is Astoria Oregon a good place to live?" Located in the northwest corner of Oregon, Astoria is approximately 95 miles southeast of Portland (1 hour and 53-minute drive) and has an elevation of 23 feet. If you fly into Portland and rent a car, you will have a beautiful drive through Portland on I84, switch to Highway 26 & go through some beautiful forest before you reach the coast. Astoria is home to approximately 41,000 residents.

​If you're living in Astoria or visiting, you want to do the Astoria Riverwalk. This nearly 13-mile stretch along the city's waterfront will give you a great walking tour of the area. You'll have plenty of views of the Astoria-Melger bridge, the longest continuous Truss Bridge in North America, plus tons of shopping and dining options available on the walk. It's a good way to get a feel for the city.

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Other things to do if you're visiting or living in Astoria, Oregon, include: 

  • The Oregon Film Museum. The museum commemorates notable movies filmed in Oregon, including Goonies, which was filmed in Astoria, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and The Shining, to name a few.

  • If you're living in Astoria or just visiting between Early May and October, check out the Astoria Sunday Market. This farmers market is in the middle of downtown and has a good selection of fresh produce, food, arts and crafts, to go along with good music. It's one of the bigger attractions in Astoria. 

  • If you're hungry, some of the best eats can be found at Buoy Beer Company, Bridgewater Bistro, Silver Salmon Grille, Fort George Brewery + Public House, and if you like Fish & Chips, check out Bowpicker Fish & Chips.

If you're visiting or living in Astoria, Oregon, there's certainly no shortage of amazing things to do and see. Not only is Astoria great, but there is also plenty of close by towns along the Oregon coast to explore. Gearhart, Seaside, and Cannon Beach are located close by.  To learn more about living in Astoria, Oregon, read on to get answers to some of the most FAQs about living in Astoria! Hopefully this article will answer the question "Is Astoria Oregon a good place to live?"

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The Moving to Astoria Team

Considering a move to Astoria, Oregon? Our moving to Astoria team is here to assist. With may years of real estate and lending experience they can help make relocating to Astoria, Oregon, easy and stress-free for you.  Reach out to them today to help make moving to and living in Astoria, Oregon, a reality.

Elizabeth Davidson Oregon Realtor

Elizabeth Davidson


Todd Davidson Mortgage Broker in Oregon

Todd Davidson

Mortgage Broker

FAQs About Moving to and Living in Astoria Oregon

What is Astoria, Oregon, known for? 

Besides being a wonderful community on the Oregon Coast, having amazing views, and a wonderful boardwalk, Astoria is often best known for some of the movies that have been filmed there over the years. Goonies, Kindergarten Cop, and Free Willy have all filed in Astoria over the years. If you move to Astoria, Oregon, you might find yourself in the next Astoria movie!

What cities are nearby Astoria, Oregon?

If living in Astoria, Oregon, some of the closest and biggest cities include Warrenton - 6 Miles, Gearhart - 15 Miles, Seaside - 17 Miles, Cannon Beach - 21 Miles, Hillsboro - 83 Miles and Portland- 95 Miles.

What is the weather like in Astoria, Oregon?

If you plan to live in Astoria, Oregon, you better get used to the rain. It rains on average 86 inches a year. More than double the average of a normal US city. It rains on average 190 days a year, is sunny 127 days a year on average. Summers are partly cloudy but comfortable, and the winters are cold, wet, and overcast. The temperature typically varies from 38°F to 69°F throughout the year and is rarely below 29°F or above 77°F.

What is the cost of living in Astoria, Oregon, like?

The cost of living in Astoria, Oregon, is higher than in most areas on the Oregon Coast. If you factor in today's rent, utilities, food costs, transportation, healthcare, and other necessities, you would need to make $56,000 a year to live in Astoria, Oregon, and rent. If you moved to Astoria, Oregon, and wanted to buy a home, you would need a gross annual income of $67,000 to afford a modestly-priced home and other living expenses. For more info on the cost of living on the Oregon Coast and its various cities, including how we calculated, check out my blog post, "The REAL Cost of Living on the Oregon Coast."

Is living in Astoria Oregon safe?

Violent crimes are uncommon in Astoria, but property crimes are frequent in this small town. Due to the higher unemployment rate, property crimes are higher in Astoria than in other parts of Oregon.

What is the healthcare like in Astoria, Oregon?

If living in Astoria, Oregon, the Columbia Memorial Hospital, a level-3, 25-bed hospital, is located in town. Located 17 miles away in Seaside, Oregon, is the Providence Seaside Hospital, a 25-bed smaller hospital. Between those two you should be able to handle most critical care needs. For more specialized medical care not available in the area, you'll find the Hillsboro Medical Center and the Kaiser Westside Medical Center, both in Hillsboro, Oregon, 83 miles away. Or, 95 miles away in Portland, you'll find several of the state's largest hospitals, where you'd have access to just about any specialist you would likely need.


I want to move to Astoria, Oregon. How do I make that happen?

You've come to the right spot if you're looking to move to Astoria, Oregon. There's a lot of information on this website to help, including some helpful links below. If you want to ask questions, try our Facebook Group > Moving to Oregon, where we have a broad group of locals to answer any question you might have. If you're looking to buy a home in Astoria or other communities on the Oregon Coast, getting pre-approved for a mortgage should be your first step. For Mortgage Info, reach out to me. I specialize in working with people moving to Oregon and the Astoria area and would love to help you buy a home and move to Astoria, Oregon.

Is Astoria Oregon a good place to live?

The answer to this is different for everyone. Hopefully the information in this article has answered the question "is Astoria Oregon a good place to live?" for you.

For FAQs about moving to Oregon or living in Oregon, check out my blog, 31 FAQs About Living in Oregon. For more information about living in Oregon, check out the homepage of LIVING IN OREGON.

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