Cannon Beach Community Profile

PO Box 368, Cannon Beach, OR 97110
Phone 503-436-1581 • Fax 503-436-2050
Web Page • E-Mail:

City Location

County(ies): Clatsop    Incorporated in 1956
Location: Northwest Oregon, along the Oregon Coast
Nearest Major Highway and Distance: Hwy 101–local
Nearest Major City and Distance: Seaside–7 miles
Estimated Drive Time: 10 minutes
Distance to Portland: 81 miles
Source: Oregon Department of Transportation, State of Oregon Map; Oregon Blue Book

Recreational Amenities

Ecola State Park, Pacific Ocean beaches, Haystack Rock, Sand Castle Day (June), Stormy Weather Festival (Nov.), Kite Festival (April), Haystack Holiday Festival (Dec.), art galleries, shopping, whale watching

Planning a vacation or a tour through an area of Oregon? Visit the Oregon Tourism Commission's web site at for more information.

Source: City Administration, local chamber of commerce, local convention and visitor bureau


Elevation: Sea Level
Measurement Location: Seaside

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Monthly Ave. High:

Hottest Month: September Coldest Month: January
Driest Month: August Wettest Month: December
Precipitation—Average annual: 74.760"
Humidity (Hour 10, local time):
Average July
afternoon humidity:

Average January
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Source: Oregon Climate Service


1990 2000
City of Cannon Beach 1,221 1,588
Clatsop County 33,301 35,630

Clatsop County has 843 sq miles and 44 persons/sq mile

Sources: US Census; population per square mile figures based on 2006 PSU population estimates and Oregon Bluebook county square mileage

Community Age Groups

1980 1990 2000
Under 5 years 0 72 79

5-19 years 0 209 292

20-44 years 0 445 442

45-64 years 0 250 510

65+ years 0 245 265

Median Age 0 40 43.7

Source: US Census, 0 or N/A indicates data is not available. Median value is the middle value, not an average.


Total Housing Units 1980 1990 2000 Median Value of
Housing, 2000
City of Cannon Beach 1,005 1,367 1,660 $259,500
Clatsop County 15,086 17,367 19,685 $143,400

City of Cannon Beach 2000 Housing Breakout:
Vacancy Rate: 56.87%

Owner Occupied: 433
Median Owner Cost (mortgaged): $1,221
Renter Occupied: 277
Median Gross Rent: $400

Also visit Housing and Community Services Web Site:

Source: US Census. Median value is the middle value, not an average.

Industry and Manufacturing

Principal Industries of the County(ies):
Clatsop County—Fishing, lumber, agriculture, food and kindred products
Source: Oregon Employment Department, Covered Employment and Payroll Reports, 1998

Agricultural Products of the Area (Top 3 largest gross farm sales):
Clatsop County—Specialty products, miscellaneous animals, cattle and calves
Source: Oregon State University, Extension Economic Information Office

Total Number of Manufacturing Companies in the County:
Clatsop County 97
Source: Oregon Employment Department, Covered Employment and Payroll Reports, 1998

Total Number of Manufacturing Companies in the City:
Source: City Administration

5 Largest Employers, Public and Private as of February, 2003

Employer—Product/Service Number of
Steve Martin Management—Tourist Facilities 240

Cannon Beach Conference Center—Conference Center 80

Hallmark Resort—Tourist Facility 50

City of Cannon Beach—Government 30

Tolavana Inn—Tourism

Source: City Administration

Oregon Employment Labor Market Information

For additional information visit the Oregon Employment Department, Labor Market Analysis database.

Local and Regional Economic Development Organizations

City of Cannon Beach

Port of Astoria

Clatsop Economic Development Council

Columbia-Pacific Economic Development District 503-397-3099

Business Oregon, Regional Development Officer

Source: City Administration, local chamber of commerce, Business Oregon


Public and Private Schools K–12

Public School District:
Seaside School District #10
1801 S Franklin St
Seaside, OR 97138-5299
Phone: 503-738-5591
Fax: 503-738-3471
Web site:

Staff and Enrollments:
District Certified Staff: reported October 2000—109
Total District Enrollment: reported October 2001—1,729

Other Schools in the School District (Private, Parochial)
To see if there are private and/or parochial schools in this district please visit
Source: Oregon Department of Education

Oregon Community Colleges and Public Universities

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Financial Information

Financial Institutions

Commercial Banks: 2
Savings and Loans: 0
Credit Unions: 0
Source: City Administration


Sales Tax—Oregon has no general sales tax.

Property Tax
Who pays? Owners of real and business personal property, according to the assessed value of taxable residential, commercial, farm, industrial, utility and timber property.

County assessors combine permanent operating tax rates (set in fiscal year 1997-98) with other levy rates to determine consolidated tax rates. These rates are applied to the assessed value of each property to determine the tax extended. A constitutional limitation is applied to the tax extended to arrive at the tax imposed for the property. For fiscal year 2009-10, the average tax rate was $9.50 per $1,000 of real market value. Maximum assessed value is limited to a 3% annual growth rate, unless certain changes affect the property. The assessed value of new construction is set at the average rate of similar properties in the area.

Additional and specific county information is available by contacting the Clatsop County assessor's office at 503-325-8522.

Business Taxes

Property—see above

Income—Corporations doing or authorized to do business in Oregon pay excise tax. Corporations not doing or authorized to do business, but having income from an Oregon source, pay income tax.

  • Corporate tax rate is 6.6% of first $10 million of taxable income and 7.6% of any amount of taxable income in excess of $10 million
  • Minimum excise tax for S corporations is $150
  • Minimum excise tax for C corporation is $150 for Oregon sales below $500,000 with a graduated increase up to $100,000 for Oregon sales of $100 or more.

For more information contact the Oregon Department of Revenue, 955 Center St., NE, Salem, OR 97301, 503-378-4988,

Unemployment Insurance—Employers pay this. For 2010, new employers are assigned a fixed rate of 3.1% of taxable wage base. Tax rates for existing employers are based on employers' experience and range from 1.8% to 5.4% of taxable wage base. Taxes are paid quarterly and are due by the end of the month following the quarter. In 2010, the tax is paid on the first $32,100 of wages paid to each employee. The rate schedule in effect depends on the balance in the Trust Fund as of August 31 each year and the amount of revenue needed to maintain the balance at a level adequate to pay benefits. For more information contact the Oregon Employment Department, 875 Union St., NE, Salem, OR 97301, 503-947-1488,

Utilities, Railroad, Weight-mile—Who pays? For-hire and private motor carriers operating into, within and through the state. The weight-mile tax is one of two components of transportation taxes in Oregon; the other is gas, use and jet fuel taxes. In general, vehicles are subject to one tax or the other, not both. Oregon bases its weight-mile tax on the number of miles traveled in Oregon and the weight of the vehicle. Per-mile rates depend on declared combined weight of vehicle. This tax is levied on all trucks weighing more than 26,000 pounds. Trucks subject to the weight-mile tax are exempted from Oregon's diesel fuel tax.

Several classes of trucks have the option of being taxed on an annual, flat-fee basis. Trucks operating under flat-fees can make monthly payments based on the average mileage for trucks of that type operating under the flat fee.

For more information contact the Oregon Department of Transportation, Motor Carrier Transport Branch, 550 Capitol St., NE, Salem, OR 97301-2530, 503-378-6699,


Motor Vehicle Licensing, Driver Licensing, Fuels—Who pays? Owners and operators of motor vehicles. Oil companies importing fuels. Truckers using Oregon highways. Fees—Registration fees, driver license fees and renewals. Contact the Oregon Driver & Motor Vehicle Services Division 503-945-5000,

Hunting and Fishing Licenses—contact Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, PO Box 59, Portland, OR 97207, general information 503-872-5268, licenses/tags/permits 503-872-5275,

Amusement Device Tax—An excise tax is imposed upon every person who operates an amusement device in Oregon. An amusement device is a video lottery game terminal. More information from the Oregon Lottery Commission, 500 Airport Rd SE, Salem, 97301,

Emergency Communications (9-1-1) Tax—Telephone companies providing local exchange access services in Oregon Collect this tax from their customers. The tax, which is $0.75 per line per month, is reported and paid quarterly. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue,

Hazardous Substance Fee—Paid by possessors of nonpetroleum hazardous substance. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue,

Petroleum Load Fee—Paid by petroleum suppliers and importers to Oregon. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue,

Timber Severance Tax—Paid by timber owners on harvested timber's value. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue,

Forest Products Harvest Tax—Paid on timber cut from any land in Oregon. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue,

Dry Cleaning Tax—Paid by operators of dry cleaning facilities. A tax also is imposed on the sale or transfer of dry cleaning solvents within Oregon. More information from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality,

Alcoholic Beverages—Manufacturers and/or import wholesalers of malt beverages and wines pay a privilege tax. Manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers of distilled spirits, malt beverages and wines pay license fees. Employees who serve alcoholic beverages pay for service permits. For more information contact the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, PO Box 22297, Portland, OR 97222, 503-872-5000 or 1-800-452-6522 (in Oregon),

Tobacco Products—Cigarette and tobacco products distributors are required to purchase tax stamps for cigarettes or pay a percentage of the wholesale price on other tobacco products. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue,

Transit Payroll Tax—paid by employers in the Tri-Met (Portland area) and Lane Transit District (Eugene) for mass transit systems. Administered by the Department of Revenue,

State Transient Lodging Tax—Public and private lodging providers who provide temporary overnight lodging must pay 1% state lodging tax. The tax in in addition to and not in place of any local transient lodging tax. Every lodging provider in Oregon collects the tax from the customer at the time the fee for lodging is paid. Contact the Oregon Department of Revenue for more information,

Many local governments in Oregon collect other taxes, such as hotel-motel taxes. Contact the city or county in which you are interested for more complete information about taxes in that area.

Source: Oregon Department of Revenue, "A Summary of Taxes," January 2010; County information—County Assessor's Office


Oregon's Business Incentives.

Community Services and Resources

Public Safety/Emergency Services

Fire Station(s) serving community: Cannon Beach Rural Fire Department, 3 stations
Number of paid and volunteer firefighters: 30
Rating by Insurance Services Organization (ISO): 5*
Comments: 2000 data; *ISO rating unreported in directory
Oregon State Fire Marshal, Oregon Fire Service Resource Directory 2000

Police Department: Cannon Beach Police Department
Number of paid and reserve officers: 12

Nearest Hospital and distance: Providence Seaside Hospital, 9 miles in Seaside
Regional Hospital and distance: Providence Seaside Hospital, 9 miles in Seaside
Emergency services to community: Ambulance Service
General Clinic(s): 1
Source: City Administration

Communications Resources

Local Newspapers: Cannon Beach Gazette

Regional Newspapers: Daily Astoria, Seaside Signal, The Oregonian

Radio Stations: 1 station in Seaside

TV Stations: None

Available Cable Television: Charter Cable

Telephone Service Provider(s): Qwest

Local Internet Service Provider(s): No
Number of Internet Service Providers: Data unavailable at this time.
Source: City Administration

Library System
Cannon Beach Library
Source: City Administration

Planning Service/Regulatory

Regulatory System Year Acknowledged Year Last
Year of Periodic Review Comments
Comprehensive Plan 1980 1998

Zoning Ordinance

Building Permit System

Subdivision Ordinance

Strategic Plan

Territory Covered by Zoning

Municipality Yes
County Yes
Source: City Administration

Industrial Lands

Does the Community seek industrial development? Yes
Access Statewide industrial lands database—
Source: Business Oregon

Special Districts and Associations (ports, water, sewer, etc.)

Name of Special District and the Oregon Revised Statute it was created under:
Arch Cape Domestic Water Supply District, ORS; Arch Cape Sanitary District; Brownsmead R.F.P.D.; CREST; Cannon Beach R.F.P.D.; Clatsop Care Center Health District; Clatsop County 4-H Extension Service District; Clatsop County Ambulance Service District; Clatsop County Dike District #11; Clatsop County Dike District #14; Clatsop County Dike District #7; Clatsop County Dike District #9; Clatsop County Drainage District; Clatsop County Drainage District #16; Clatsop County E.S.D.; Clatsop County S.W.C.D.; Clatsop Solid Waste Disposal Service District; Elsie Vine-Maple R.F.P.D.; #11; Falcon-Cove Beach Water District; Gearhart R.F.P.D.; Hamlet R.F.P.D.; Olney-Walluski Fire and Rescue District; Port of Astoria; Seaside R.F.P.D.; Shoreline Sanitary District; Skipanon Water Control District; Sunset District; Svensen Island Drainage Improvement; Union Health District of Clatsop County; Warrenton R.F.P.D.; Wauna Water District; Westport Sewer Service District; Westport-Wauna R.F.P.D.; Wickiup Water District; Willow Dale Water District; Youngs River-Lewis and Clark Water

Special Districts Association of Oregon—727 Center St., NE Salem, OR 97301, 503-371-8667 or 800-285-5461
Source: City Administration

Community Infrastructure

Water Supply

Operator: City of Cannon Beach
Source: Ground Water Surface Water; Surface influenced springs and Ecola Creek
Supply: Treated; Capacity (MGD)—3.50; Pressure (PSI)—44.00

Current Water Utilization on Meter Size (MGD): 0.20-0.70 MGD

Water Costs per thousand gallons:
Base rate per/thousand = $15.00 (Base rate is $15/month for first 400 cubic feet)

Water Costs for Total Consumption of Residential:
Based on 7,000 gallons =

Age of Water System: 1976

Water System Comment(s): Sys. Dev. charges: $59.55 per water fixture unit

Compliance Issues: None

Water debt repayment included as part of tax assessment? Yes

Date of Current Master Plan: 2000

Plans for Upgrading or Expanding: None
Source: City Administration

Wastewater Treatment System

Operator: City of Cannon Beach
Age of Wastewater Collection System: 1958


System Design Capacity (MGD): 0.83 MGD

System Utilization (MGD): 0.59 MGD

Collection System Fees:

Hook-up or Connection Fee: $350.00 or actual cost

Access Fee or System Development Fee: Typical residential charge $80.75/plumbing fixture unit = approximately $1,300

Comment(s) on Wastewater System: City operates the first wetlands wastewater treatment system in the Pacific Northwest and only the second EPA designated innovative/alternative treatment system in Oregon conceived and constructed under the provisions of Federal Clean Water Act.

Compliance Issues: Out of treatment capacity

Date of Last Facility Plan: 2002

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion: Expanding treatment facility

Storm Drain: Yes

Storm Water Discharge Fee:

Fees or issues related to storm drains: $3.50 single family unit or an impervious surface multiplier of the s.f.u.
Source: City Administration



Is there access to broadband infrastructure? Yes, fiber optic
Is there route diversity? No

Type Access Monthly Fee Other Fee
T1 Yes varies varies
Cable Yes 29.95-54.95 29.95-54.95

For Oregon Telecommunications information and resources, visit

Natural Gas

Provider: Northwest Natural Gas

Lines and Feed: A range of sizes exists. Please contact Northwest Natural Gas at 503-226-4211 for more information.

Rate Structure: Residential rates and cost history. Industrial and commercial rates vary. Visit NW Natural or call 503-226-4211 for more information.

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion:


Provider: Pacific Power and Light

Lines and Feed:

Rate Structure
#4 Residential: $7.00/month + Three phase demand charge of $2.20/kW + three phase minimum demand charge of $3.80 + energy charge of $.034/kwh + ancillary charge of $0.467/kwh

#25 Commercial: minimum charge $9.90/month + 2.26 over 15 kw and $.070/kw for 16-100 kW for all kW in excss of 15 kW + $0.0464/kwh (ancillary charge)

#48 Industrial: $240.00 + $.50/kwh for 4,000kw or less (over 4,000kw $440.00 + $.45/kwh)

Billing demand charge of $2.77 each kwh + energy charge of $.03275/kwh

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion:

Solid Waste Management:

Provider: Sunset Empire Refuse and Recycling

Permit Status: Current

Utility Expansion Plans:

Utilities Sources: City Administration; PGE information supplied by PGE. Note: Utility rates are updated periodically. Actual rates may change more often than that. For the most current rate for any carrier please consult the Department of Energy Web site at



Highways: Hwy 101 N/S route, local access

Transportation Access Fee: $0


Community Air Service: No

If no local service, list closest Air Facility: Seaside Municipal Airport, 7.8 miles

Air Passenger Service: No

Airport Freight Service: No

Air Service Comments:


Rail Service: No

If no local service, list closest Rail Service:

Freight Service: No

Passenger Service: No


Marine: No

Public Transportation

Transportation issues which might confront development, such as non-attainment air shed, etc.:

Public Transportation Comment:

Services Available in the Community

Bus Service

Services Available in the Community: Yes, Sunset Empire Transportation

Scheduled Bus Service Available: Yes

Buses Per Day: 5

Local Charter Services: Yes, Oregon Coachways to Portland Cowlitz Coaches to Longview

Distance to Nearest Bus Service: local

Trucking Service

Scheduled Freight Carrier Services: Yes

Overnight Express Parcel Service Available: Yes, UPS and FedEX

Overnight Express Mail Service Available: Yes

Transportation Comments:

Other Transportation Resources

For more information relating to transportation topics please visit the Department of Transportation Web sites.
Bicycle and Pedestrian information
Public Transportation, bus and rail
Source: City Administration, local chamber of commerce (proprietary information)