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George
George, Washington
The Gorge Amphitheatre in George
The Gorge Amphitheatre in George
Location of George, Washington
Location of George, Washington
Country United States
State Washington
County Grant
Area
 • Total 1.38 sq mi (3.57 km2)
 • Land 1.38 sq mi (3.57 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,227 ft (374 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 809
 • Density 374.73/sq mi (144.64/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
98824, 98848
Area code 509
FIPS code 53-26455
GNIS feature ID 1505105

George is a city in Grant County, Washington, United States. The population was 809 at the 2020 census. The "humorous homage" to President George Washington has landed George, Washington on lists of unusual place names.

The city is known for being near the Gorge Amphitheatre, sometimes called "The Gorge at George". The Gorge Amphitheatre was the location of the annual Sasquatch! Music Festival.

The city also celebrates national holidays such as the Fourth of July, and Washington's Birthday, with cherry pies. The world's largest cherry pie is also baked every year on July 4, and served to a crowd.

History

George began as a large irrigation district between Quincy and Moses Lake. In the early 1950s, the need for a town to support the local agriculture business was evident, and the Bureau of Land Management agreed to 339 acres (1.37 km2) for this purpose. The winning (and only) bid was that of the local pharmacist, Charlie Brown. Brown invested his own money into the venture, and with help from a University of Washington instructor, the town structure was planned. The plan included streets, utilities, etc.

When filing the papers for the town with the BLM, Brown decided that the town should be named as a respectably humorous salute to the first President of the United States, George Washington.

Incidentally, the citizens of the town have named their streets after varieties of cherries grown in the area, such as Bing and Royal Anne.

The town was officially incorporated on July 4, 1957 at a ceremony including the governor of Washington.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.33 square miles (3.44 km2), all of it land.

Climate

According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, George has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 273
1980 261 −4.4%
1990 253 −3.1%
2000 528 108.7%
2010 501 −5.1%
2020 809 61.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
2020 Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 501 people, 131 households, and 109 families living in the city. The population density was 376.7 inhabitants per square mile (145.4/km2). There were 168 housing units at an average density of 126.3 per square mile (48.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 38.1% White, 1.4% Native American, 59.9% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 75.0%.

Of the 131 households 60.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.8% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 11.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 16.8% were non-families. 8.4% of households were one person and 2.3% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 3.82 and the average family size was 4.14.

The median age was 24.8 years. 35.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 14.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28% were from 25 to 44; 15% were from 45 to 64; and 6.4% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 54.1% male and 45.9% female.

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