Mason County, Washington facts for kids
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Mason County Courthouse
Location within the U.S. state of Washington
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|Founded||March 13, 1854|
|Named for||Charles H. Mason|
|• Total||1,051 sq mi (2,720 km2)|
|• Land||959 sq mi (2,480 km2)|
|• Water||92 sq mi (240 km2) 8.7%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||63/sq mi (24/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−8 (Pacific)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−7 (PDT)|
|Congressional districts||6th, 10th|
Mason County is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington. As of the 2020 census, the population was 65,726. The county seat and only incorporated city is Shelton. The county was formed out of Thurston County on March 13, 1854. Originally named Sawamish County, it took its present name in 1864 in honor of Charles H. Mason, the first Secretary of Washington Territory.
Mason County comprises the Shelton, WA Micropolitan Statistical Area and is included in the Seattle-Tacoma, WA Combined Statistical Area.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,051 square miles (2,720 km2), of which 959 square miles (2,480 km2) is land and 92 square miles (240 km2) (8.7%) is water.
- U.S. 101
- SR 3
- SR 108
- SR 106
- Jefferson County - northwest
- Kitsap County - northeast
- Pierce County - east/southeast
- Thurston County - southeast
- Grays Harbor County - southwest
National protected areas
- Olympic National Forest (part)
- Olympic National Park (part)
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the 2010 census, there were 60,699 people, 23,832 households, and 16,057 families living in the county. The population density was 63.3 inhabitants per square mile (24.4/km2). There were 32,518 housing units at an average density of 33.9 per square mile (13.1/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 86.1% white, 3.7% American Indian, 1.2% Asian, 1.1% black or African American, 0.4% Pacific islander, 3.4% from other races, and 4.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 8.0% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 19.7% were German, 13.8% were English, 13.5% were Irish, 6.7% were Norwegian, and 4.9% were American.
Of the 23,832 households, 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.5% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.6% were non-families, and 25.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.87. The median age was 44.4 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $48,104 and the median income for a family was $56,809. Males had a median income of $44,992 versus $33,982 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,530. About 11.1% of families and 15.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.0% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.
- Shelton (county seat)
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