Warrenton Community Profile

PO Box 250, Warrenton, OR 97146
Phone 503-861-2233 • Fax 503-861-2351
Web Page http://www.ci.warrenton.or.us/ • E-Mail: citymanager@ci.warrenton.or.us

City Location

County(ies): Clatsop    Incorporated in 1899
Location: Northwest Oregon along the Pacific Ocean
Nearest Major Highway and Distance: Hwy 101 | Local
Nearest Major City and Distance:
Astoria | 5 miles, Estimated Drive Time: 10 mintues
Distance to Portland: 95 miles

Source: Oregon Department of Transportation, State of Oregon Map; Oregon Blue Book

Recreational Amenities

Clatsop State Forest, Fort Clatsop National Memorial, Fort Stevens Historical Area, Fort Stevens State Park, Youngs Bay, Warrenton Trails System, Pacific Coast Beaches, Buoy 10 Fishery, Warrenton/Hammond Mooring Basins.

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

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


Elevation: 5'      Measurement Location: Astoria

Monthly Ave. Low: 36°F           Monthly Ave. High: 69°F
Hottest Month: august                  Coldest Month: January
Driest Month: July                    Wettest Month: December
Average annual precipitation: 66.420"

Humidity (Hour 10, local time):
Average July afternoon humidity: 75%
Average January afternoon humidity: 84%

Source: Oregon Climate Service

Information in the Community Profiles was derived from many sources, including local, state and federal sources. The Oregon Business Development Department cannot accept responsibility for errors or omissions. Questions and comments may be directed to the department by telephone 503-986-0123, by fax 503-581-5115 or by email biz.info@state.or.us.

Profile Topics

Community Age Groups
Industries and Products
Demographic Data
5 Largest Employers
Economic Development Orgs
Financial Institutions
Business Taxes
Public Safety
Community Communications
Water Supply
Wastewater Treatment System
Natural Gas & Electrical

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City of Warrenton2,681 4,096 4,330 4,460
Clatsop County 33,301 35,630 36,640 37,045
Sources: 1990, 2000 US Census; 2205, 2006 Center for Population Research and Census, Portland State University. 0 indicates data is unavailable.

Clatsop County 843 sq miles   44 persons/sq mile Sources: figures based on 2006 PSU population estimates;
Oregon Bluebook county square mileage

Community Age Groups

Under 5 years0 249 190 304

5-19 years0 0 619 888

20-44 years0 488 998 1,452

45-64 years0 1,414 495 917

65+ years0 342 377 535

Median Age34 0 32 36.6

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


Total Housing Units1970198019902000Median Value of
Housing, 2000
City of Warrenton561 968 1,118 1,789 $115,100
Clatsop County 11,453 15,086 17,367 19,685 $143,400

City of Warrenton 2000 Housing Breakout:Also visit Housing and
Community Services Web Site:
Vacancy Rate:9.84%
Median Owner Cost

Owner Occupied:192

Renter Occupied:73
Median Gross Rent:$561

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

Economic Development and Employment

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: 14
Source: City Administration

Economic Indicators

Clatsop CountyOregon


Labor Force17,31317,6651,802,9381,793,7731,840,133
Total Employment1,715,4531,679,9141,701,390
Unemployment Rate5.2%6.5%4.9%6.3%7.5%
Non-Farm Payroll Employment15,40015,2001,606,8001,596,1001,572,500
Total Covered Employment15,33814,9991,607,9441,596,9431,573,083
Total Covered Payroll
($ thousands county/
$ millions state)
Ave. Annual Payroll Per Employee$25,333$26,288$32,776$33,202$33,684
Number of Business Units1,4581,448108,432111,353113,097
Total Personal Income ($ millions)$871,147$898,105$94,999$98,500$101,358
Annual Per Capita Personal Income$$25,196$27,649$28,40028,792
Assessed Value of Property ($ millions)$0$4,352$198,911$210,435$219,878
Residential Construction
  Building Permits
  Value ($ thousands)





Travel Expenditures ($ millions)$0$305,600$6,133$6,128$6,208
Travel-Related Employment04,91089,80091,10090,200

 Preliminary Data
Sources: Oregon Employment Department; Center for Population Research & Census, PSU; U.S. Census Bureau; Bureau of Economic Analysis; Oregon Tourism Commission; Oregon Department of Revenue; Oregon Economic and Community Development Department.

5 Largest Employers, Public and Private as of August, 2004

Employer—Product/ServiceNumber of
Fred Meyer—Retail 220

Weyerhaeuser Co.—Lumber mill 155

Pacific Coast Seafoods Co.—Fish Processing 125

Warrenton School District—Education 100

Costco—Retail 120

Source: City Administration

Oregon Employment Labor Market Information

This link takes you to the Oregon Employment Department, Labor Market Analysis database. County information can be obtained here. http://olmis.emp.state.or.us/—Click on Regional Information.

Local and Regional Economic Development Organizations

City of Warrenton—http://www.ci.warrenton.or.us/ 503-861-2233

Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce—http://www.oldoregon.com/ 503-325-6311

Clatsop Economic Development Council—http://www.JNevan@co.clatsop.or.us/ 503-325-7870

Port of Astoria—http://www.portofastoria.com/ 503-325-4521

Columbia-Pacific Economic Development District 503-397-3099

Economic & Community Development Department Regional Development Officer—http://econ.oregon.gov/ 503-229-5117

Source: City Administration, local chamber of commerce, Oregon Economic and Community Development Department


Public and Private Schools K–12

Public School District:
Warrenton-Hammond School District 30
820 SW Cedar St
Warrenton, OR 97146-9799
Phone: 503-861-2281
Fax: 503-861-2911

Staff and Enrollments:
District Certified Staff: reported October 2000—65
Total District Enrollment: reported October 2001—823

Other Schools in the School District (Private, Parochial)
To see if there are private and/or parochial schools in this district please visit http://www.ode.state.or.us/pubs/directory/

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Oregon Community Colleges and Public Universities

Oregon map with higher ed institutions identified

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For a list of public and private educational institutions in Oregon visit http://www.oregon4biz.com/ed.htm.


Oregon Economic and Community Development Department Workforce Advocate 503–986–0207, or visit http://www.oregon4biz.com/workforce.htm. Locate local workforce assistance at http://www.worksourceoregon.org/.

Financial Information

Financial Institutions

Commercial Banks: 1   Savings and Loans: 0   Credit Unions: 1

Source: City Administration


Sales Tax Oregon has no general sales tax.

Property Tax
Property—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 use permanent rates set for all taxing districts in fiscal year 1997–98, when taxes were significantly reduced with a statewide average 17 percent cut in tax levies. Certain types of levies are outside this reduction. The tax rates cannot exceed $15 per $1,000 of real market value. For 1997–98, all property was valued by county assessors at 90 percent of the July 1, 1995, levels. For subsequent years, assessed values are limited to a 3 percent annual growth rate. Construction since July 1, 1995, is valued at the average rate of similar properties in the area. Business personal property requires annual filing. One–third payment is due by November 15. If fully paid by November 15, a 3 percent discount is allowed. Special exemptions, tax relief programs and deferrals are available. For more information contact the Clatsop County assessor’s office at 503–325–8522.

Tax rates are representative of the largest tax code in the city. The rates are expressed as tax liability per $1,000 of assessed property value.

Clatsop County
Average Compressed Tax Rate 1997-98$11.91
Average Compressed Tax Rate 1998-99$11.78
Average 1999 Housing Value$112,455
Ave Res Property Tax Paid on Ave House 1997-98$1,299.24
Ave Res Property Tax Paid on Ave House 1998-99$1,324.72
Average School rate 1998-99 . . . . . . . . $5.52

Average Non-School Rate 1998-99. . . . $5.35

Average City Rate 1998-99 . . . . . . . . . $2.51

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. For more information contact the Oregon Department of Revenue, 955 Center St., NE, Salem, OR 97301, 503–378–4988, http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

Unemployment Insurance—Employers pay this. For 2002, new employers are assigned a fixed rate of 3 percent of taxable wage base. Tax rates for existing employers are based on employers' experience and range from 1 percent to 5.4 percent of taxable wage base. Taxes are paid quarterly and are due by the end of the month following the quarter. In 2002, the tax is paid on the first $25,000 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, web http://www.employment.oregon.gov/.

Utilities, Railroad, Weight-mile—Who pays? All railroads and investor-owned utilities operating with the state pay an annual fee. For-hire and private motor carriers operating into, within and through the state pay weight-mile taxes. Rates—limit of .25 percent of gross operating revenues of investor-owned utilities; .25 percent charged on 2002 revenues. Limit of .35 percent on gross operating revenues of railroads; .267 percent charged in 2002 revenues. Applications, plate fees and per-mile rates dependent on declared combined weight of vehicle. For more information contact the Oregon Public Utility Commission, 550 Capitol St., NE, Suite 215, Salem, OR 97301–2551, 503–378–6611, web http://www.oregon.gov/PUC/; Oregon Department of Transportation, Rail Section, 555 13th St., NE, Salem, OR 97310–1333, 503–986–4125, web http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/RAIL/; Oregon Department of Transportation, Motor Carrier Transport Branch, 550 Capitol St., NE, Salem, OR 97301–3871, 503–378–6699, web http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/MCT/.

Oregon's Business Incentives.

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, web http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/

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, web http://www.dfw.state.or.us/.

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, web http://www.oregonlottery.org/.

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, web http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

Hazardous Substance Fee—Paid by possessors of nonpetroleum hazardous substance. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

Petroleum Load Fee—Paid by petroleum suppliers and importers to Oregon. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

Timber Severance Tax—Paid by timber owners on harvested timber’s value. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

Forest Products Harvest Tax—Paid on timber cut from any land in Oregon. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

Dry Cleaning Tax—Paid by operators of dry cleaning facilities. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

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), web http://www.oregon.gov/OLCC/.

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, web http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

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, web http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

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 2002; County information–County Assessor’s Office

Community Services and Resources

Public Safety/Emergency Services

Fire Station(s) serving community: Warrenton Fire Dept, 2 stations
Number of paid and volunteer firefighters: 37
Rating by Insurance Services Organization (ISO): 5*
Comments: 2 Career, 35 Volunteers ISO Rating: 5
Fire Department

Police Department: Warrenton Police Department
Number of paid and reserve officers: 15
Comments: 8 Fulltime Officers 7 Reserve Officers

Nearest Hospital and distance: Columbia Memorial, 4 miles in Astoria
Regional Hospital and distance: Columbia Memorial, 4 miles in Astoria
Emergency services to community: Ambulance Service, Life Flight Service
General Clinic(s): 1

Source: City Administration

Communications Resources

Local Newspapers: Columbia Press

Regional Newspapers: The Oregonian, Daily Astorian

Radio Stations: KAST - 1370 AM - 92.9 FM; KCYS 98.1 FM; KMUN - 91.3 Public Radior; 102.3 FM KRCX; 92.9 FM

TV Stations: No local stations- receive Portland stations

Available Cable Television: Charter Cable

Telephone Service Provider(s): Qwest

Local Internet Service Provider(s): Yes
Number of Internet Service Providers: Data unavailable at this time.
Source: City Administration

Library System
1 public library - City of Warrenton Library

Source: City Administration

Planning Service/Regulatory

Regulatory SystemYear AcknowledgedYear Last
Year of Periodic ReviewComments
Comprehensive Plan1983 2003 2003
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—http://www.oregonprospector.com/
Source: Economic and Community Development Department

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 District; Clatsop County Dike District #11, #14, #7 and #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.; John Day Water District; John Day-Fern Hill R.F.P.D.; Knappa-Svensen-Burnside 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 Empire Park and Recreation District; Sunset Empire Transportation District; Sunset Lake Water Service 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 http://www.sdao.com/
Source: City Administration


Water Supply

Operator: City of Warrenton
District: N/A
Source: Surface Water; Lewis & Clark River, Big S Fork, Little S Fork, Camp Creek
Supply: Capacity (MGD)–6.00; Pressure (PSI)–80.00

Current Water Utilization on Meter Size (MGD): 2.34 MGD
Water Costs per thousand gallons: Base rate per/thousand = will not disclose
Water Costs for Total Consumption of Residential: Based on 7,000 gallons =

Age of Water System: 1914

Water System Comment(s): System Development Charges: Nominal Connection Fee $650 for SFR

Compliance Issues: Out of compliance with DEQ

Water debt repayment included as part of tax assessment? Data unavailable at this time.

Date of Current Master Plan:

Plans for Upgrading or Expanding:
Source: City Administration

Wastewater Treatment System

Operator: City of Warrenton          Age of Wastewater Collection System: 1974
District: N/A

System Design Capacity (MGD): 4.50 MGD     System Utilization (MGD): 3.00 MGD
Collection System Fees: City will not disclose    Hook-up or Connection Fee: $1575 for SFR
Access Fee or System Development Fee: Nominal

Comment(s) on Wastewater System:

Compliance Issues:

Date of Last Facility Plan:

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion:

Storm Drain: Yes    Storm Water Discharge Fee:
Fees or issues related to storm drains: City will not disclose
Source: City Administration


Is there access to broadband

If yes, check all that apply:

Is there route diversity? Yes
AccessMonthly FeeOther Fee
T1 Yes varies by mileage varies
Cable Yes 29.95-54.95

For Oregon Telecommunications information and resources, visit http://www.oregon4biz.com/inn.htm.

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 rate is $.87016 per therm. Industrial and commercial rates vary. Please contact Northwest Natural Gas at 503-226-4211 for more information.

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion:

Electrical—Provider: Pacific Power & Light
Lines and Feed:

Rate Structure #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: City of Warrenton

Permit Status:

Utility Expansion Plans:

Utilities Source: City Administration; PGE information supplied by PGE. Note: We update utility rates periodically. Actual rates may change more often than that. For the most current rate for any carrier please consult the Public Utilities Commission web site at http://www.puc.state.or.us/commsion/default.htm Click on the Statistics 200x label (x being the most recent year).


Highways Hwy 101 N/S route, local access   Transportation Access Fee: $0

Community Air Service No
If no local service, list closest Air Facility
Air Passenger Service:
Airport Freight Service:
Port of Astoria Airport used by the Coast Guard and Air National Guard - maybe getting commercial service. Astoria Airport, 3 miles in Warrenton.
Air Service Comments:

Rail Service: No 
Freight Service: No    Passenger Service: No
If no local service, list closest Rail Service: Lewis&Clark Explorer Train - Summers Only - Astoria

Marine Yes
Description: Export/Import Dock (Tansy Point) deep draft marine facility; City owns Warrenton and Hammond Marina
Docks, Port Facilities: Tranist; commercial and sport fishing tie-ups
Plans for Upgrade/Expansion:

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

Public Transportation Comment:

Bus Service Available in the Community: Yes Sunset Empire Transportation District
Scheduled Bus Service Available: Yes    Buses Per Day: 2
Local Charter Services: Yes Oregon Coachways to Portland Cowlitz Coaches to Longview
Distance to Nearest Bus Service:

Trucking Service
Scheduled Freight Carrier Services: Yes  
Overnight Express Parcel Service Available: Yes UPS and FedEX
Overnight Express Mail Service Available: Yes
Transportation Comments:

For more information relating to transportation topics please visit the Department of Transportation web site. Airports (maps and general information) http://www.tripcheck.com/About/airport.htm; Bicycle and Pedestrian Route information http://www.tripcheck.com/About/bicycle.htm; Public Transportation, bus and rail http://www.tripcheck.com/About/busrail.htm.

Source: City Administration, local chamber of commerce (proprietary information)