Introduction to Astoria, Oregon

Astoria, Oregon, in Clatsop county, is 61 miles NW of Hillsboro, Oregon and 72 miles NW of Portland, Oregon.

Astoria History

John Jacob Astor's Pacific Fur Company established Fort Astoria as a fur-trading post in 1810. In fact, the city was also named after John Jacob Astor. American pioneers first arrived in the area in the mid-1840s. The first post office of Astoria was established in 1847. It was incorporated in 1876. The early economy of the area depended upon fishing, lumber and fish processing.

Astoria and nearby Attractions

  • Columbia River Maritime Museum
  • Fort Stevens State Park
  • Fort Clatsop National Memorial
  • Bradley State Scenic Viewpoint
  • Fort Astoria
  • Heritage Museum

Things To Do In Astoria

While in Astoria, a visit to the Astoria Children's Museum, the Columbia River Maritime Museum, the Heritage Museum, the Uppertown Firefighters Museum and Fort Clatsop National Memorial may prove interesting. Tapiola Park, Shively Park and John Warren Field provide amenities for several different types of recreational opportunities. One can also visit the Fort Stevens State Park and Bradley State Scenic Viewpoint. The city hosts the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival every June and the Clatsop County Fair every July.

Astoria Transportation

Portland International is the nearest major airport.

Astoria Higher Education

Clatsop Community College is located in the city. Others offering courses in higher studies include Lower Columbia College, George Fox University and South Puget Sound Community College.


Total Population 9,537
Male Share of the Population 50.8%
Female Share of the Population 49.2%
Senior Citizens 18.6%
Employed Population 16+ 4,443
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 48.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 30.1%
Median Earnings25+ $30,201
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $11,071
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,489


Median Family Income $59,203
% Above Poverty Level 80.3%
% Below Poverty Level 19.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 5.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 10.7%
% Using Public Transportation 1.8%


People Living Alone 38.5%
Median Gross Rent $720
Median House Value $233,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.8%
US/American 0.1%
English 13.6%
Irish 14%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Astoria Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 61 miles NW of Hillsboro, Oregon (center to center)
Nearest Large City 72 miles NW of Portland, Oregon
County Clatsop
Standard Zip Codes 97103
Phone Area Codes 503
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 46.188
Longitude -123.83

Astoria Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 3.7 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 48 F
Apr Temp 41 to 56 F
Jul Temp 53 to 67 F
Oct Temp 44 to 61 F
Annual Precip 67.1 inches
Distance 15.7 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 48 F
Apr Temp 41 to 56 F
Jul Temp 52 to 66 F
Oct Temp 42 to 61 F
Annual Precip 81.1 inches
Distance 18.5 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 48 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 50 to 73 F
Oct Temp 41 to 63 F
Annual Precip 109.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Astoria, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Tongue Point (97103)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cannon Beach 1,549 $64,219
Gearhart 1,462 $57,054
Seaside 6,483 $42,454
Warrenton 5,143 $48,672

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Astoria Public Libraries

Astoria Public Library
Astoria, Oregon
(503) 325-7323

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Astoria Hospitals

(503) 325-4321
Emergency Service: Yes

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Astoria High Schools

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Student/teacher ratio: 20.2

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Serves 214 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

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