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Coupeville
Coupeville, Washington
The waterfront of Coupeville
The waterfront of Coupeville
Location of Coupeville, Washington
Location of Coupeville, Washington
Coordinates: 48°13′6″N 122°41′1″W / 48.21833°N 122.68361°W / 48.21833; -122.68361Coordinates: 48°13′6″N 122°41′1″W / 48.21833°N 122.68361°W / 48.21833; -122.68361
Country United States
State Washington
County Island
Area
 • Total 1.95 sq mi (5.04 km2)
 • Land 1.27 sq mi (3.29 km2)
 • Water 0.68 sq mi (1.75 km2)
Elevation
75 ft (23 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,831
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,972
 • Density 1,552.76/sq mi (599.72/km2)
Time zone UTC−8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−7 (PDT)
ZIP code
98239
Area code(s) 360
FIPS code 53-15185
GNIS feature ID 1512119
Website Town of Coupeville

Coupeville is a town on Whidbey Island, in Island County, Washington, United States.

It is the county seat of Island County. The population was 1,831 at the 2010 census.

History

Coupeville was laid out in the 1850s by Captain Thomas Coupe, and named for him.

Coupeville was officially incorporated on April 20, 1910.

Coupeville is a historic district is within the federal Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve. The reserve was established by Congress in 1978, as the first and now one of the largest National Historical Reserves in the nation. Its 22 square miles (57 km2) also encompass farmlands, Fort Ebey State Park, Fort Casey State Park, shorelines and beaches, parks, trails, and 91 buildings and structures on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

Coupeville is located at 48°13′6″N 122°41′1″W / 48.21833°N 122.68361°W / 48.21833; -122.68361 (48.218250, -122.683556).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.23 square miles (3.19 km2), all of it land.

Climate

Coupeville experiences significantly lower rainfall than much of western Washington, due to its location within rainshadow of the Olympic Mountains. Due to the significant drying trend in summer, Coupeville's climate is classified as warm-summer Mediterranean, according to the Köppen climate classification system.

Climate data for Coupeville
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 65
(18.3)
69
(20.6)
78
(25.6)
81
(27.2)
86
(30)
92
(33.3)
96
(35.6)
98
(36.7)
91
(32.8)
79
(26.1)
68
(20)
70
(21.1)
98
(36.7)
Average high °F (°C) 44.4
(6.89)
48.1
(8.94)
51.9
(11.06)
57.3
(14.06)
62.7
(17.06)
67.2
(19.56)
71.7
(22.06)
72
(22.2)
67
(19.4)
58.3
(14.61)
49.9
(9.94)
45.5
(7.5)
58
(14.4)
Average low °F (°C) 34.2
(1.22)
35.1
(1.72)
36.9
(2.72)
40.1
(4.5)
44.5
(6.94)
48.3
(9.06)
50.6
(10.33)
50.6
(10.33)
47.2
(8.44)
42.8
(6)
38.2
(3.44)
35.7
(2.06)
42
(5.6)
Record low °F (°C) 3
(-16.1)
5
(-15)
0
(-17.8)
25
(-3.9)
28
(-2.2)
35
(1.7)
40
(4.4)
38
(3.3)
29
(-1.7)
19
(-7.2)
6
(-14.4)
3
(-16.1)
0
(-17.8)
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.36
(59.9)
1.73
(43.9)
1.84
(46.7)
1.57
(39.9)
1.56
(39.6)
1.26
(32)
0.74
(18.8)
0.85
(21.6)
1.28
(32.5)
1.77
(45)
2.56
(65)
2.69
(68.3)
20.22
(513.6)
Snowfall inches (cm) 2.5
(6.4)
1.2
(3)
0.8
(2)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.7
(1.8)
0.9
(2.3)
6.1
(15.5)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 inch) 15 12 13 11 10 9 5 5 8 11 15 17 131

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 90
1890 513 470.0%
1910 310
1920 343 10.6%
1930 277 −19.2%
1940 325 17.3%
1950 379 16.6%
1960 740 95.3%
1970 678 −8.4%
1980 1,006 48.4%
1990 1,377 36.9%
2000 1,723 25.1%
2010 1,831 6.3%
2019 (est.) 1,972 7.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
2015 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,831 people, 806 households, and 428 families living in the town. The population density was 1,488.6 inhabitants per square mile (574.8/km2). There were 933 housing units at an average density of 758.5 per square mile (292.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 87.2% White, 1.6% African American, 0.6% Native American, 1.9% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 4.2% from other races, and 4.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.0% of the population.

There were 806 households, of which 21.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.8% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 46.9% were non-families. 40.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.06 and the average family size was 2.77.

The median age in the town was 51.1 years. 17.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.1% were from 25 to 44; 29.9% were from 45 to 64; and 27.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 44.3% male and 55.7% female.

Economy

In 1987, 42 percent of the county's population were employed by the military. Major employers in Coupeville are Island County and WhidbeyHealth Medical Center.

Service and retail businesses serve the island population and visitors attracted to the town's historic waterfront district and Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve. Retail businesses are located along North and South Main Street, Coveland, and Front Street along the waterfront. In addition to 11 restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops, stores include art galleries, gourmet food, clothing, souvenir, and home decor retailers. With few exceptions, these businesses are operated by individual local owners.

Notable people

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