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Belfair
State Route 3 through Belfair
State Route 3 through Belfair
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Coordinates: 47°27′02″N 122°49′33″W / 47.45056°N 122.82583°W / 47.45056; -122.82583Coordinates: 47°27′02″N 122°49′33″W / 47.45056°N 122.82583°W / 47.45056; -122.82583
Country United States
State Washington
County Mason
Area
 • Total 44.9 sq mi (116 km2)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 3,931
 • Density 87.55/sq mi (33.80/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
Area code(s) 360
GNIS feature ID 1516383

Belfair is a census-designated place in Mason County, Washington, United States. Located at the mouth of the Union River at Hood Canal, it serves as the commercial center of North Mason County. The population of the surrounding area swells in the summertime as tourists and nature lovers flock to the Canal and the Olympic Peninsula. The population was 3,931 at the 2010 census.

Education

Belfair has two high schools (North Mason High School and James A. Taylor High School, an alternative school), a middle school (Hawkins Middle School), two elementary schools (Sand Hill Elementary (located on Sand Hill Road) and Belfair Elementary (located across from the Mary E. Theler Community Center in town)), and a co-op preschool.

Notable people

Belfair is the home of former U.S. Representative Norm Dicks. Belfair was also home to Noah Ashenhurst, formerly an English teacher at North Mason High School and award-winning author of the novel Comfort Food. Belfair is also the hometown of 6 Time AMA National Champion Jason Raines and the Illustrator of numerous children's books Daniel Lane.

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