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Grays Harbor County


Grays Harbor County

Grays Harbor County, Washington
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Washington's location in the U.S.
Founded April 14, 1854
Seat Montesano
Largest city Aberdeen
 • Total 2,224 sq mi (5,760 km2)
 • Land 1,917 sq mi (4,965 km2)
 • Water 308 sq mi (798 km2), 13.83%
Population (Est.)
 • (2012) 71,692
 • Density 38/sq mi (14.6/km²)
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Grays Harbor County is a [1]

Grays Harbor County was formed out of Thurston County on April 14, 1854. Originally named Chehalis County, it took its present name in 1915.[2][3]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,224 square miles (5,760.1 km2), of which 1,917 square miles (4,965.0 km2) is land and 308 square miles (797.7 km2) (13.83%) is water.

Geographic features

Adjacent and/or overlapping

State parks

Major highways

  • U.S. Route 12
  • U.S. Route 101
  • State Route 8

Adjacent counties

National protected areas


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201271,692−1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[5]

As of the census of 2000, there were 67,194 people, 26,808 households, and 17,907 families residing in the county. The population density was 35 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 32,489 housing units at an average density of 17 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.30% White, 0.34% Black or African American, 4.66% Native American, 1.22% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 2.27% from other races, and 3.10% from two or more races. 4.85% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 16.3% were of German, 11.9% United States or American, 9.9% English, 9.2% Irish, and 6.1% Norwegian ancestry according to Census 2000. 94.1% spoke English and 3.9% Spanish as their first language.

There were 26,808 households out of which 30.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.70% were married couples living together, 11.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.20% were non-families. 26.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.70% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 26.00% from 25 to 44, 25.00% from 45 to 64, and 15.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 98.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,160, and the median income for a family was $39,709. Males had a median income of $35,947 versus $24,262 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,799. 16.10% of the population and 11.90% of families were below the poverty line. 21.60% of those under the age of 18 and 9. 40% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.


Grays Harbor County is one of the most consistently Democratic in the nation. The last Republican Presidential candidate to carry the county was Herbert Hoover in 1928[6] and the last Republican gubernatorial candidate to carry the county was Daniel J. Evans in 1964.[7]

In the United States House of Representatives Grays Harbor is part of Washington's 6th congressional district, which has a Cook Partisan Voting Index of D+5 and is represented by Norman D. Dicks. In the Washington State Legislature it lies in the 19th, 24th, and 35th districts. In the Washington State Senate it is represented by Brian Hatfield, James Hargrove, and Tim Sheldon. In the Washington House of Representatives it is represented by Brian Blake, Fred Finn, Kathy Haig, Lynn Kessler, Dean Takko, and Kevin Van De Wege. All of these politicians are of the Democratic Party.[8]

Principal Economic Activities

  • Wood and Paper Products
  • Seafood Processing
  • Food Processing
  • Manufacturing

Notable Harborites

Census-recognized communities

Other communities

  • Alder Grove
  • Amanda Park
  • Bay City
  • Carlisle
  • Chenois Creek
  • Copalis Crossing
  • Deckerville
  • Garden City
  • Gray Gables
  • Grays Harbor City
  • Grisdale
  • Heather
  • Melbourne
  • New London
  • Newton
  • Nisson
  • Ocosta
  • Preachers Slough
  • Quinault
  • Saginaw
  • South Elma
  • South Montesano
  • Wishkah

See also

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Grays Harbor County, Washington


External links

  • Official website
  • Harborpedia
  • Pacific Northwest, including the Grays Harbor cities of Aberdeen and Hoquiam.

Coordinates: 47°09′N 123°50′W / 47.15°N 123.83°W / 47.15; -123.83

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