The City of Astoria is located in Clatsop County, Oregon. It is situated on a narrow peninsula in the northwest part of the state near where the mouth of the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. Astoria is easily assessable by land, air and water – the Columbia River provides a local deep-water port, the Port of Astoria, which is still active today, there is a local regional airport and there are two U.S. highways that go through the city. U.S. Route 30 runs right through the Historic Downtown and U.S. Route 101 utilizes the Astoria-Megler Bridge to connect Oregon and Washington.
Astoria is a vibrant, authentic and historic town of approximately 10,000 people. Homes stack up the hills in Astoria San Francisco style with awesome bay and river views. The City was on an economic upswing until the economy shifted over the last three years. It has reinvented itself as a tourist destination and draws people from many parts of the world because of its unique history and flavor.
The downtown district that ADHDA is primarily concerned with is comprised of 36 blocks. The boundary lines are 8th and 16th Streets to the east and west and Exchange Street and the River to the south and the north. Downtown there is a good mixture of retail, restaurants, and services. There is also a large arts community in Astoria.