Cannon Beach is a very small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 1,694 people and just one neighborhood, Cannon Beach is the 144th largest community in Oregon.
Real Estate Prices
Cannon Beach home prices are not only among the most expensive in Oregon, but Cannon Beach real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
Cannon Beach is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Cannon Beach is a city of service providers, sales and office workers and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Cannon Beach who work in management occupations (17.22%), food service (15.13%) and sales jobs (14.15%).
Of important note, Cannon Beach is also a city of artists. Cannon Beach has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Cannon Beach’s character.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.95% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Setting & Lifestyle
Another notable thing is that Cannon Beach is a major vacation destination. Much of the city’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Cannon Beach’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
One of the nice things about Cannon Beach is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Cannon Beach spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 11.86 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
Cannon Beach is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.