Seaside, Oregon

Seaside, Oregon
Seaside, Oregon
—  City  —
Seaside Boardwalk
Location in Oregon
Coordinates: 45°59′34″N 123°55′20″W / 45.99278°N 123.92222°W / 45.99278; -123.92222Coordinates: 45°59′34″N 123°55′20″W / 45.99278°N 123.92222°W / 45.99278; -123.92222
Country United States
State Oregon
County Clatsop
Incorporated 1899
 – Mayor Don Larson
 – Total 4.1 sq mi (10.6 km2)
 – Land 3.9 sq mi (10.0 km2)
 – Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation 17 ft (5.2 m)
Population (2010[1])
 – Total 6,457
 – Density 1,641/sq mi (633.6/km2)
Time zone Pacific (UTC-8)
 – Summer (DST) Pacific (UTC-7)
ZIP code 97138
Area code(s) 503 and 971
FIPS code 41-65950[2]
GNIS feature ID 1136735[3]

Seaside is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. The name Seaside is derived from Seaside House, a historic summer resort built in the 1870s by railroad magnate Ben Holladay. The city's population was 6,457 at the 2010 census.[1]



The Gilbert House in Seaside

About January 1, 1806, a group of men from the Lewis and Clark Expedition built a salt-making cairn at the present site of Seaside. The Native American name for the Clatsop village near the cairn was Ne-co-tat. The city was incorporated on February 17, 1899.[4]

In 1912, Alexandre Gilbert (1843–1932) was elected Mayor of Seaside. Gilbert was a French immigrant, a veteran of the Franco Prussian War. After living in San Francisco, California and Astoria, Oregon, Gilbert moved to Seaside where he had a beach cottage (built in 1885). Gilbert was a real estate developer who donated land to the City of Seaside for its one and a half mile long Promenade, or "Prom," along the Pacific beach.

In 1892 he added to his beach cottage. The Gilbert House, since the mid 1980's operated commercially as the Gilbert Inn, still stands at Beach Drive and A Avenue. Gilbert's "Gilbert Block" office building on Broadway also survives.

Gilbert died at home in Seaside and is interred in Ocean View Abbey Mausoleum in Warrenton, Oregon.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10 km2), of which, 3.9 square miles (10 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (3.99%) is water.

Seaside lies on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, at the southern end of the Clatsop Plains, about 29 km (18 mi) south of where the Columbia River empties into the Pacific. The Necanicum River bisects the city and flows out to the ocean at the city's northern edge. Tillamook Head towers over the south edge of the city.


Seaside after sunset.
Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 75
1890 87 16.0%
1900 191 119.5%
1910 1,121 486.9%
1920 1,802 60.7%
1930 1,565 −13.2%
1940 2,902 85.4%
1950 3,886 33.9%
1960 3,877 −0.2%
1970 4,402 13.5%
1980 5,193 18.0%
1990 5,359 3.2%
2000 5,900 10.1%
2010 6,457 9.4%

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 5,900 people, 2,656 households, and 1,511 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,529.4 people per square mile (590.2/km²). There were 4,078 housing units at an average density of 1,057.1 per square mile (407.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.08% White, 0.34% African American, 0.98% Native American, 1.07% Asian, 0.29% Pacific Islander, 2.17% from other races, and 2.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.46% of the population. 14.6% were of German, 13.1% English, 11.9% Irish, 9.5% American and 5.1% Norwegian ancestry according to Census 2000. There were 2,656 households out of which 25.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.6% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.1% were non-families. 35.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.76.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.4% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 19.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 90.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,074, and the median income for a family was $40,957. Males had a median income of $29,400 versus $21,913 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,893. About 11.6% of families and 15.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.2% of those under age 18 and 11.4% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

Seaside holds an art walk the first Saturday of each month.[citation needed]

Annual cultural events

Seaside hosts an annual 4th of July celebration which includes a parade, outdoor concerts, and one of the largest fireworks displays on the west coast.[7]

Every spring, Seaside hosts the Dorchester Conference, a convention of the Oregon Republican Party. This convention was founded in 1964, by then-state representative Bob Packwood as a forum for liberal Republicans, but within the next few years it attracted interest from other Republicans, and in the 1990s was dominated by members of the conservative branch of the party. Over the years the conference has attracted visits from presidential candidates, debates between Republican primary candidates, and discussions of wider political and social issues.[8]

The Miss Oregon Pageant, the official state finals to the Miss America Pageant, takes place annually at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center.[9]

The annual Salt Maker's Return is held in August. The themed event celebrates Seaside history as the site where the Lewis and Clark expedition took five men nearly two months to make the equivalent of 28 gallons of salt necessary to preserve meat for the winter and their journey home.[10]

Museums and other points of interest

Seaside is home to the Seaside Aquarium, featuring living regional marine life, a hands-on discovery center, and a 35-foot Gray Whale skeleton, all within a short walk from the Lewis & Clark monument.[11]

Murals adorn several buildings throughout Seaside, depicting history, marine life, and life in Seaside.[12]





  • Seaside has two major highways, U.S. Route 101 and U.S. Route 26.
  • Seaside is served by an intercity bus system.
  • Seaside Municipal Airport
  • Seaside is currently working on a Transportation System Plan (TSP).[13] It will serve as the transportation element of the City of Seaside's Comprehensive Plan. The TSP will describe how the transportation network in Seaside is being used now and how it is expected to be used in the future (in 2030). TSPs need to be developed according to the State of Oregon's Transportation Planning Rule. At the end of the project, the recommended improvements will be consistent with the Clatsop County TSP and the Oregon Highway Plan.

Notable people


  1. ^ a b c "2010 Census profiles: Oregon cities alphabetically R-S" (PDF). Portland State University Population Research Center. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ Leeds, W. H. (1899). "Special Laws". The State of Oregon General and Special Laws and Joint Resolutions and Memorials Enacted and Adopted by the Twentieth Regular Session of the Legislative Assembly (Salem, Oregon: State Printer): 959. 
  5. ^ Moffatt, Riley. Population History of Western U.S. Cities & Towns, 1850-1990. Lanham: Scarecrow, 1996, 215.
  6. ^ "Subcounty population estimates: Oregon 2000-2007" (CSV). United States Census Bureau, Population Division. 2009-03-18. Retrieved 2009-05-09. 
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  8. ^ Dorchester Conference
  9. ^ Miss Oregon Pageant starts today in Seaside. The Oregonian, July 8, 2004.
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