Rockaway 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 1,310 people and just one neighborhood, Rockaway Beach is the 154th largest community in Oregon.
Occupations and Workforce
Rockaway Beach is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.15% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Rockaway Beach is a city of service providers, sales and office workers and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Rockaway Beach who work in office and administrative support (17.29%), food service (13.35%) and sales jobs (10.28%).
A relatively large number of people in Rockaway Beach telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.84% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 Rockaway 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, Rockaway Beach’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
The city is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Rockaway Beach has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Rockaway Beach a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
One of the nice things about Rockaway 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.
Being a small city, Rockaway Beach does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.