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Living in Cannon Beach Oregon - EVERYTHING You Need to Know

Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach Oregon

What is Living in Cannon Beach Oregon Like?

Located on the northern Oregon Coast, Cannon Beach sits 80 miles west of Oregon's largest city Portland. With a population of around 1,500 at the time of writing. Cannon Beach is surrounded by forests, rivers, ocean beaches, and a mountain range, but the town might be best known for the goliath 253-foot high Haystack Rock that sits just off its shoreline. If you've seen pictures of the Oregon Coast, there's almost no chance that Haystack Rock wasn't in at least one of them.

The natural beauty of Cannon Beach makes it one of the biggest tourist attractions in the state, hosting more than 750,000 visitors annually in a town just four miles in length. The very walkable downtown is flooded with tourists during the summer, all flocking to the downtown area's art galleries, specialty shops, and restaurants. 

With four miles of secluded dog-friendly beaches, state parks such as Ecola State Park, which overlooks Cannon Beach, and Oswald West State Park, a great and walkable downtown, breathtaking beauty, and an abundance of outdoor recreation, it's no wonder people love visiting Cannon Beach. But is living in Cannon Beach, Oregon, for you? Take a look at some of our FAQs about living in Cannon Beach, Oregon, and find out if moving to Cannon Beach, Oregon, might be a good decision for you!

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Thinking of moving to Cannon Beach, Oregon? Reach out to our moving to Cannon Beach Team. With their real estate and lending experience they can help make relocating to Cannon Beach, Oregon, easy and stress-free for you.  Reach out to them today to help make moving to and living in Cannon Beach, Oregon, a reality.

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FAQs About Moving to and Living in Cannon Beach Oregon

What is Cannon Beach, Oregon, known for? 

Cannon Beach has been recognized as Oregon's best beach town, one of the northwest's top art towns, and has a fantastic, walkable downtown. The city attracts 750,000 visitors a year. Yet what this wonderful beach town is most known for is Haystack Rock. Accessible on foot at low tide, Haystack Rock is one of if not the most photographed landmarks in Oregon. If visiting or living in Cannon Beach, Oregon, you must see it up close. It's truly spectacular.

What cities are nearby Cannon Beach, Oregon?

If visiting or living in Cannon Beach, Oregon, some of the closest cities are Seaside - 7 Miles, Gearhart - 9 Miles, Warrenton - 19 Miles, Astoria - 21 Miles, Tillamook - 30 Miles, Vernonia - 37 Miles, Forest Grove - 48 Miles, Hillsboro - 66 Miles and Portland - 78 Miles.

What is the weather like in Cannon Beach, Oregon?

Living in Cannon Beach, Oregon, you can expect a lot of rain. The town receives on average 92 inches of rain a year and rains 185 days. The 128 days of sunshine provide those visiting or living in Cannon Beach with some of the most breathtaking views on the Oregon Coast. Over the course of the year the temperature typically varies between 40 and 67°F and rarely gets below 32 or above 75°F. 

What is the cost of living in Cannon Beach, Oregon, like?

You can look at ten different websites for the cost of living in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Half will say the cost of living in Cannon Beach is lower than the Oregon average, and half will say it's higher. If you factor in today's rent, utilities, food costs, transportation, healthcare, and the other necessities to live, you need to make $55,000 a year to live in Cannon Beach, Oregon. To move to Cannon Beach, Oregon, and buy a home, you'll need to make $90,000 a year to afford the house payment, maintenance and other living expenses. Making buying a home and living in Cannon Beach, Oregon, the most expensive spot to live on the Oregon Coast. 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."

What are home prices like if I'm thinking of moving to Cannon Beach, Oregon?

If looking to move to Cannon Beach, Oregon, and buy a home be prepared to pay a lot. At the time of writing, most homes for sale are over $1M, some well over. There were only a few homes below $1M, and those were 1 or 2 bedrooms, and some were condos.

What is there to do and see in Cannon Beach, Oregon?

Top things to do in Cannon Beach, Oregon include: Check out Haystack Rock, play in the Tide Pools at low tide, Ecola State Park, Hug Point State Park, Oswald West State Park, Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, the great and walkable downtown, and last not but on least, the beach itself. This four-mile walkable, beautiful, dog-friendly beach is worth the trip to Cannon Beach by itself.

I'm thinking of retiring in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Is it a good idea?

The Oregon Coast is a popular option for retirees. Retiring in Cannon Beach, Oregon, would be fantastic for many people. There's a tremendous amount of outdoor recreation at your fingertips, such as hiking, biking, crabbing, and fishing: beautiful restaurants, plenty of arts and culture, fabulous beaches, and spectacular views. A few things to consider if you are considering retiring to Cannon Beach, the town is flooded with tourists in the summer and is pretty slow in the winter. Housing is expensive; don't forget it rains almost 90 inches a year. One way to avoid some cons would be to live in Cannon Beach part-time.


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

If you're considering moving to Cannon Beach, Oregon, we're here to help! The information on this website, including the helpful links below, should give you some good information to aid your research. If you want to ask questions, try our Facebook Group > Moving to Oregon, where we have a broad group of locals and Oregon transplants to answer any question you might have. If you're looking to buy a home in Cannon Beach 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 Cannon Beach area and would love to help you buy a home and move to Cannon Beach, Oregon.

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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