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North Bend, Washington
Aerial view of North Bend with Mount Si
Aerial view of North Bend with Mount Si
Official seal of North Bend, Washington
Seal
Motto(s): 
"Excellence in Government - Pride in Service"
Location of North Bend, Washington
Location of North Bend, Washington
Country United States
State Washington
County King
Government
 • Type Incorporated
Area
 • Total 4.41 sq mi (11.43 km2)
 • Land 4.35 sq mi (11.26 km2)
 • Water 0.07 sq mi (0.17 km2)
Elevation
440 ft (134 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 5,731
 • Estimate 
(2019)
7,423
 • Density 1,707.22/sq mi (659.16/km2)
Time zone UTC−08:00 (PST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−07:00 (PDT)
ZIP Code
98045
Area code(s) 425
FIPS code 53-49485
GNIS feature ID 1523724

North Bend is a city in King County, Washington, United States, on the outskirts of the Seattle metropolitan area. The population was 5,731 at the 2010 census and an estimated 7,136 in 2018.

Since the closure of Weyerhaeuser's Snoqualmie sawmill, North Bend has become a prosperous bedroom community for Seattle, which is located about 30 miles (48 km) to the west. The town was made famous by David Lynch's television series Twin Peaks, which was partially filmed in North Bend. The community is also home to Nintendo North Bend, the main North American production facility and distribution center for the video game console manufacturer Nintendo.

History

Mt Si behind QFC
Mt. Si and Little Si behind food store.

The Native Americans who inhabited the Snoqualmie Valley, led by Chief Patkanim, sided with settlers in the wars of the 1850s and, with the Treaty of Point Elliott, lost such title as settlers acknowledged. Some of the soldiers in those wars, such as the brothers and sisters Kellogg, established cabins near their blockhouses; however the first permanent settler in the valley was Jeremiah Borst, in 1858.

In 1865, Matts Peterson homesteaded the site that ultimately became North Bend. Deeply in debt, he sold the property to Borst and moved east of the mountains. Borst wrote to Will Taylor, who had left the area to go mining in California, and offered him the Peterson place in exchange for labor. Taylor returned and prospered as a farmer and operator of a trading post. He platted North Bend as Snoqualmie but because another nearby town had the same name, renamed it Mountain View. However, the Post Office Department objected to the name Mountain View, so it was renamed North Bend after its location near the north bend of the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River. North Bend was officially incorporated on March 12, 1909.

Geography

North Bend is located at 47°29′38″N 121°47′10″W / 47.49389°N 121.78611°W / 47.49389; -121.78611 (47.493831, -121.786247). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.31 square miles (11.16 km2), of which, 4.27 square miles (11.06 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.

North Bend is located in the foothills of the Cascade Range just 31 miles (50 km) east of Seattle in the upper valley of the Snoqualmie River. The nearest town, Snoqualmie, Washington, is located about 3 miles (4.8 km) to the northwest. Both towns lie near the center of the Mountains to Sound Greenway. The most prominent geological feature nearby, Mount Si looms over the town. To the south is Rattlesnake Ridge. Mount Si stands at 4,167 feet (1,270 m) and towers above the town, itself at around 440 ft (130 m). A 4-mile (6.4 km) trail zig zags up to the summit with a vertical climb of 3,500 feet (1,100 m).

North Bend annexed Tanner, Washington and the Stilson area July 6, 2009.

Surrounding communities

Climate

North Bend's climate is warm and generally dry during the summer when high temperatures tend to be in the 70s and 80s and mild to cold during the winter when high temperatures tend to be in the 30s and 40s. The all-time record high temperature is 105 °F (41 °C) set in 2009. The warmest month of the year is July with an average maximum temperature of 77 °F (25 °C), while the coldest month of the year is January with an average minimum temperature of 33 °F (1 °C). The annual average precipitation in North Bend is 59.1 inches (1,500 mm) with 12.8 inches (330 mm) of snowfall. Winter months tend to be wetter than summer months.

Climate data for North Bend, Washington
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 67
(19.4)
75
(23.9)
79
(26.1)
90
(32.2)
97
(36.1)
99
(37.2)
105
(40.6)
102
(38.9)
98
(36.7)
95
(35)
75
(23.9)
67
(19.4)
105
(40.6)
Average high °F (°C) 44
(6.7)
48
(8.9)
53
(11.7)
59
(15)
66
(18.9)
71
(21.7)
77
(25)
76
(24.4)
70
(21.1)
60
(15.6)
51
(10.6)
45
(7.2)
60
(15.56)
Average low °F (°C) 29
(-1.7)
34
(1.1)
35
(1.7)
39
(3.9)
44
(6.7)
49
(9.4)
51
(10.6)
51
(10.6)
47
(8.3)
42
(5.6)
37
(2.8)
34
(1.1)
41
(5)
Record low °F (°C) −1
(-18.3)
−3
(-19.4)
8
(-13.3)
24
(-4.4)
26
(-3.3)
31
(-0.6)
36
(2.2)
35
(1.7)
30
(-1.1)
23
(-5)
2
(-16.7)
3
(-16.1)
−3
(-19.4)
Precipitation inches (mm) 8.25
(209.6)
5.88
(149.4)
5.88
(149.4)
4.41
(112)
3.49
(88.6)
2.84
(72.1)
1.31
(33.3)
1.49
(37.8)
2.97
(75.4)
5.46
(138.7)
8.49
(215.6)
8.61
(218.7)
59.1
(1,501)
Source: http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/cliMAIN.pl?wa7773

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 299
1920 387 29.4%
1930 548 41.6%
1940 646 17.9%
1950 787 21.8%
1960 945 20.1%
1970 1,625 72.0%
1980 1,701 4.7%
1990 2,578 51.6%
2000 4,746 84.1%
2010 5,731 20.8%
2019 (est.) 7,423 29.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 5,731 people, 2,210 households, and 1,487 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,342.2 inhabitants per square mile (518.2/km2). There were 2,348 housing units at an average density of 549.9 per square mile (212.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.7% White, 0.5% African American, 0.9% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 2.5% from other races, and 3.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.4% of the population.

There were 2,210 households, of which 39.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.7% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.10.

The median age in the city was 38.7 years. 26.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.6% were from 25 to 44; 29.4% were from 45 to 64; and 9.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.3% male and 50.7% female.

Culture

Historic McGrath Hotel

The McGrath Hotel is located on the site of the cabin of William Henry Taylor, who platted North Bend in 1889. In October 1921, Jack McGrath and his wife Caroline purchased the site of their future venture, McGrath's Café; construction was completed as a one story restaurant in 1922. In early 1926 the building was expanded two window bays westward, creating the hotel lobby (now the restaurant bar) and a second story was added to the entire structure to accommodate the hotel rooms of the new McGrath Hotel. After several years of deferred maintenance, the McGrath was purchased in 2000 by a local couple who spent two years rehabilitating the building. It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The first floor currently houses a popular Brew Pub, Brickyard Brewing.

North Bend Theatre

On April 9, 1941 the North Bend Theatre opened its doors. It has continued operating as an independent movie theater since that day. In 1999, the theatre underwent a major renovation to make it more modern. In 2013, the theater was once more saved from extinction by a successful $100,000+ fundraiser to convert the theater from 35mm cellulose to 4K digital video. During this series of renovations every part of the building was improved without sacrificing the distinctive character of this 1941 Art Deco theater.

North Bend Movie Theater
North Bend Theater

Valley Center Stage

Valley Center Stage is a community theater that promotes the performing arts in all its aspects. The theater has regular shows featuring classics and comedy. In addition, the theater offers opportunities to valley residents to participate in the theater's productions.

Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum

The Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum, operated by the Snoqualmie Valley Historical Society, has been sharing the history of the Snoqualmie Valley for over 50 years.

Transportation

North Bend is located 30 miles (48 km) east of Seattle on Interstate 90 freeway, which runs from Seattle to Boston. There is regular bus service provided by King County Metro Transit on route 208. Metro buses are outfitted with bike racks. There are a number of van pools to Redmond, Bellevue, Seattle, and Renton. Snoqualmie Valley Transportation provides door-to-door transportation for the public in North Bend, Snoqualmie, Preston, Fall City, Carnation, Duvall and Monroe.

North Bend has a fairly modest trail system. The Snoqualmie Valley Regional Trail stretches from Duvall, WA through Carnation, WA, Fall City, WA, Snoqualmie, WA, through North Bend, WA to Rattlesnake Lake. This 31.5-mile (50.7 km) trail connects to the John Wayne Pioneer Trail (which goes clear across Washington to the Idaho border) and to the City of Snoqualmie's extensive trail network. North Bend also has its own city trail system in downtown, the Si View neighborhood and along the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River in several places.

Gallery

Landmarks

King County and the City of North Bend have designated the following landmarks:

Landmark Built Listed Address Photo
Camp Waskowitz
Namesake of Fritz Waskowitz
1935 1992 45509 SE 150th Street, North Bend Camp Waskowitz - 05.jpg
Si View Pool and Activity Center (WPA Park Building) 1938-40 1984 400 SE Orchard Dr., North Bend North Bend, WA - Si View Park 02.jpg
North Bend Historic Commercial District 1889–1960 2000 Bendigo Blvd. & No. Bend Way North Bend, WA - Cook Building.jpg
Tollgate Farmhouse c.1890 2002 SR 202 (near Boalch Avenue) Tollgate Farm House.jpg

Economy

Throughout the 20th century North Bend has maintained gradual growth with an early economic focus on logging, sawmill production, agricultural and dairy farming. Currently, North Bend is for the largest part a bedroom community to Bellevue and Seattle. In addition, North Bend has a growing tourism economy centered around the North Bend Premium Outlet Mall, Northwest Railway Museum train activities and Snoqualmie Pass recreational commerce related to hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing. North Bend also has approximately 400 employees working for Nintendo North Bend.

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