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Gold Bar, Washington
Welcome sign on U.S. Route 2
Welcome sign on U.S. Route 2
Location of Gold Bar, Washington
Location of Gold Bar, Washington
Country United States
State Washington
County Snohomish
Incorporated September 16, 1910
 • Total 1.06 sq mi (2.74 km2)
 • Land 1.06 sq mi (2.74 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
207 ft (63 m)
 • Total 2,075
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,220.96/sq mi (857.19/km2)
Time zone UTC−8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−7 (PDT)
ZIP Code
Area code 360
FIPS code 53-27365
GNIS feature ID 1520077

Gold Bar is a city in Snohomish County, Washington, United States. It is located on the Skykomish River between Sultan and Index, connected by U.S. Route 2. The population was 2,075 at the 2010 census.


Gold Bar started as a prospectors camp in 1889, named by a miner who found traces of gold on a river gravel bar. After Gold Bar became a construction camp for the Great Northern Railway, anti-Chinese sentiment was inflamed by a shooting fray started by disreputable camp followers. To save the lives of the threatened Chinese, construction engineer Eduard Bauer slipped them out of camp in hastily constructed coffins. Gold Bar was officially incorporated on September 16, 1910. The 1940 population was 307.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.03 square miles (2.67 km2), all of it land.

Gold Bar is adjacent to Wallace Falls State Park.


The climate in this area has mild differences between highs and lows, and there is adequate rainfall year-round. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Gold Bar has a marine west coast climate, abbreviated "Cfb" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 353
1930 304 −13.9%
1940 307 1.0%
1950 305 −0.7%
1960 315 3.3%
1970 504 60.0%
1980 794 57.5%
1990 1,078 35.8%
2000 2,014 86.8%
2010 2,075 3.0%
2019 (est.) 2,352 13.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
U.S. Census Estimate (2019)

2010 census

As of the 2010 U.S. census, there were 2,075 people, 782 households, and 519 families living in the city. The population density was 2,014.6 inhabitants per square mile (777.8/km2). There were 837 housing units at an average density of 812.6 per square mile (313.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 85.1% White, 0.6% African American, 0.7% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.7% Pacific Islander, 7.0% from other races, and 4.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.1% of the population.

There were 782 households, of which 37.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.1% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.6% were non-families. 27.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.20.

The median age in the city was 36.6 years. 26.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.1% were from 25 to 44; 28.8% were from 45 to 64; and 7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 52.8% male and 47.2% female.


Gold Bar is known as a white-water rafting destination for those seeking to float the Skykomish River. One of the most popular low elevation hikes in the metro Seattle area, the trail to Wallace Falls, is located on the north margin of the city. More than 160,000 people visit Wallace Falls State Park annually.

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