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Grays Harbor County
Grays Harbor County Courthouse
Grays Harbor County Courthouse
Map of Washington highlighting Grays Harbor County
Location within the U.S. state of Washington
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Washington's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Washington
Founded April 14, 1854
Named for Grays Harbor
Seat Montesano
Largest city Aberdeen
Area
 • Total 2,224 sq mi (5,760 km2)
 • Land 1,902 sq mi (4,930 km2)
 • Water 322 sq mi (830 km2)  14%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 72,797
 • Estimate 
(2020)
75,950
 • Density 38.3/sq mi (14.8/km2)
Time zone UTC−8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−7 (PDT)
Congressional district 6th

Grays Harbor County is a county in the U.S. state of Washington. As of the 2010 census, the population was 72,797. Its county seat is Montesano, and its largest city is Aberdeen. Grays Harbor County is included in the Aberdeen Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,224 square miles (5,760 km2), of which 1,902 square miles (4,930 km2) is land and 322 square miles (830 km2) (14%) is water.

Geographic features

State parks

Major highways

  • US 12.svg U.S. Route 12
  • US 101.svg U.S. Route 101
  • WA-8.svg State Route 8

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 285
1870 401 40.7%
1880 921 129.7%
1890 9,249 904.2%
1900 15,124 63.5%
1910 35,590 135.3%
1920 44,745 25.7%
1930 59,982 34.1%
1940 53,166 −11.4%
1950 53,644 0.9%
1960 54,465 1.5%
1970 59,553 9.3%
1980 66,314 11.4%
1990 64,175 −3.2%
2000 67,194 4.7%
2010 72,797 8.3%
2020 (est.) 75,950 4.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2020

2010 census

As of the 2010 Census, there were 72,797 people, 28,579 households, and 18,493 families living in the county. The population density was 38.3 inhabitants per square mile (14.8/km2). There were 35,166 housing units at an average density of 18.5 per square mile (7.1/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 84.9% white, 4.6% American Indian, 1.4% Asian, 1.1% black or African American, 0.3% Pacific islander, 3.9% from other races, and 3.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 8.6% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 21.0% were German, 13.5% were Irish, 11.7% were English, 6.8% were Norwegian, and 4.2% were American.

Of the 28,579 households, 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 35.3% were non-families, and 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.94. The median age was 41.9 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,899 and the median income for a family was $49,745. Males had a median income of $42,998 versus $34,183 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,656. About 11.7% of families and 16.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.1% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

Economy

Principal economic activities in Grays Harbor County include wood and paper production, food processing (especially seafood), and manufacturing.

Notable people

  • Robert Arthur, actor
  • Elton Bennett, artist
  • Adam Bighill, CFL player
  • Gail Brown, actress
  • Trisha Brown, choreographer
  • Mark Bruener, NFL player
  • Robert Eugene Bush, Medal of Honor recipient
  • Kurt Cobain, musician
  • Colin Cowherd, ESPN Radio host (The Herd with Colin Cowherd)
  • Dale Crover, musician
  • Reuben H. Fleet, aviation pioneer
  • Clarence Chesterfield Howerton, circus performer
  • Jerry Lambert, actor
  • Robert Motherwell, artist
  • Peter Norton, software developer (Norton Utilities)
  • Krist Novoselic, musician
  • Buzz Osborne, musician
  • Douglas Osheroff, Nobel-winning physicist
  • Patrick Simmons, musician
  • Kurdt Vanderhoof, musician
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