Living in Seaside Oregon - EVERYTHING You Need to Know
Are you Living in or Considering Moving to Seaside Oregon?
Located in the northwestern portion of the Oregon Coast, Seaside Oregon is the most popular tourist spot on the Oregon Coast. You can expect to walk shoulder to shoulder along Broadway street, Seaside's main drag, during the summer months. With an abundance of restaurants, ice cream parlors, an arcade, a miniature golf course, and even a carnival ride, it's a fun spot for kids and families alike to enjoy a summer day.
While there, you can stroll along Seaside's famous promenade, which runs just above the beach along the ocean, and feel the cool ocean breeze and enjoy some breathtaking views. With a 3-mile stretch of beach, there's plenty of room to run around, play, dig, or have a campfire. If you show up at low tide, expect to see the beach littered with clam diggers trying to catch their limit of Razor Clams.
Seaside, Oregon, has been a wonderful place for families to visit and enjoy the Oregon Coast for many generations. But what is it like living in Seaside, Oregon? Or what would it be like to retire in Seaside, Oregon? Read on for some answers to FAQs about living in Seaside, Oregon, and see if living in Seaside, Oregon, might be right for you!
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FAQs About Moving to and Living in Seaside Oregon
What is Seaside, Oregon, known for?
Seaside is well known for its 1.5-mile Promenade that sits above the beach and runs along the Pacific Ocean. Whether you're looking for a casual walk, morning jog, bicycle ride, or sitting on a bench and enjoying the fantastic views, if you're visiting or living in Seaside, Oregon, you'll want to give the Promenade a visit.
What cities are nearby Seaside, Oregon?
If visiting or living in Seaside, Oregon, some of the closest cities are Cannon Beach - 9 Miles, Warrenton - 12 Miles, Astoria- 16 Miles, Tillamook - 48 Miles, Hillsboro - 66 Miles, and Portland - 78 miles.
What is the weather like in Seaside, Oregon?
Living in Seaside, Oregon, you can expect around 75 inches of rain a year, which is pretty middle-of-the-road for the Oregon Coast. In the summer, August is usually the hottest month with an average high temperature of 65°. When it's hot in the Portland area, people flock to Seaside and the surrounding Oregon Coast towns. The coast typically gets ocean winds, and the temperatures remain pretty low and pleasant most of the time. Occasionally winds blow from the east, and Seaside and the surrounding areas can get in the 90s, but it is pretty rare. In the winter, February is the month with the lowest average low of 38°. Snow in the area is very infrequent, but it does happen from time to time.
What is there to do and see in Seaside, Oregon?
If you are visiting or living in Seaside, Oregon, there's a long list of things to do: The Promenade offers 1.5-miles of great views and is a beautiful walk or run; Broadway street is the prime tourist spot with many great businesses and things to do; the 3-mile stretch of beach in Seaside offers plenty of room to roam around, fish, or go clamming; the Seaside Aquarium is a popular spot; Ecola State Park located between Seaside and Cannon Beach is 9-miles of coastline that offers some great sightseeing and hiking; Saddle Mountain State Natural Area has some great hiking and beautiful views; Fishing, clamming, and crabbing is abundant in Seaside and the surrounding towns; Cannon Beach, Astoria, Warrenton are some great towns surrounding Seaside that offer many attractions you'll want to see as well. So there's plenty to keep you busy visiting or living in Seaside, Oregon!
What is the cost of living in Seaside, Oregon, like?
I calculated the REAL cost of living for Seaside, Oregon, as well as 13 other cities on the Oregon Coast. I added up today's costs for housing, utilities, food, transportation, healthcare, and other necessities for each of the towns. A single person would need to make $49,000 a year to live in Seaside, Oregon, and rent a home. If living in Seaside, Oregon, and buying a home, someone would need to make $67,000 a year. The cost of living in Seaside, Oregon, is middle of the pack compared to other towns on the Oregon Coast, tied for #5 out of 14 to rent and #6 out of 14 to buy. 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 Seaside, Oregon?
If you are relocating to Seaside, Oregon, and plan to buy a home, you'll find a good variety of price points. At the time of writing, there's a small selection of homes in the 400s, 500's, 600s, and 700+. If you watch listings as they come on, there are often homes available in the 300's too, though they seem to go quickly.
I'm thinking of retiring in Seaside, Oregon. Is it a good idea?
Retiring on the Oregon Coast is a popular idea. Seaside, Oregon, is one of, if not the most popular beach towns on the Oregon Coast, so perhaps retiring in Seaside, Oregon, has piqued your interest. Here are a few of the pros of retiring in Seaside, Oregon; Cost of living is pretty average for the Oregon Coast; you've got big box retailers like Costco and Home Depot in Warrenton, just up the road; lots of bars and restaurants in Seaside; plentiful outdoor recreation in Seaside and surrounding area; two small hospitals located in Seaside and Astoria, and only an hour and a half from Hillsboro and Portland with much bigger ones, so good access to healthcare. A few of the cons of retiring in Seaside; the town is packed with tourists in the summer and pretty slow in the winter; the weather can be wet and grey for a lot of the year; proximity to hospitals is a pro as there are a couple of small ones close and Hillsboro/Portland are fairly close, but they aren't next door either so you may look at as a con.
What is the healthcare like in Seaside, Oregon?
If living in Seaside, Oregon, the Providence Seaside Hospital, a 25-bed smaller hospital, is located in in town. The Columbia Memorial Hospital, a level-3, 25-bed hospital, is 17 miles away in Astoria. 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, 66 miles away. Or, 78 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 Seaside, Oregon. How do I make that happen?
If you're considering moving to Seaside 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 Seaside 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 Seaside area and would love to help you buy a home and move to Seaside, Oregon.