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Pacific County
Pacific County Courthouse, South Bend
Pacific County Courthouse, South Bend
Map of Washington highlighting Pacific County
Location within the U.S. state of Washington
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Country  United States
State  Washington
Founded February 4, 1851
Named for Pacific Ocean
Seat South Bend
Largest city Raymond
Area
 • Total 1,223 sq mi (3,170 km2)
 • Land 933 sq mi (2,420 km2)
 • Water 291 sq mi (750 km2)  24%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 20,920
 • Estimate 
(2020)
22,984
 • Density 22/sq mi (8/km2)
Time zone UTC−8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−7 (PDT)
Congressional district 3rd

Pacific County is a county in the U.S. state of Washington. As of the 2010 census, the population was 20,920. Its county seat is South Bend, and its largest city is Raymond. The county was formed by the government of Oregon Territory in February 1851 and is named for the Pacific Ocean.

Pacific County is centered on Willapa Bay, a region that provides twenty-five percent of the United States oyster harvest, although forestry, fishing, and tourism are also significant elements of the county's economy.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,223 square miles (3,170 km2), of which 933 square miles (2,420 km2) is land and 291 square miles (750 km2) (24%) is water.

Geographic features

Major highways

  • US 101.svg U.S. Route 101

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 420
1870 738 75.7%
1880 1,645 122.9%
1890 4,358 164.9%
1900 5,983 37.3%
1910 12,532 109.5%
1920 14,891 18.8%
1930 14,970 0.5%
1940 15,928 6.4%
1950 16,558 4.0%
1960 14,674 −11.4%
1970 15,796 7.6%
1980 17,237 9.1%
1990 18,882 9.5%
2000 20,984 11.1%
2010 20,920 −0.3%
2020 (est.) 22,984 9.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2020

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 20,920 people, 9,499 households, and 5,707 families living in the county. The population density was 22.4 inhabitants per square mile (8.6/km2). There were 15,547 housing units at an average density of 16.7 per square mile (6.4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 87.4% white, 2.3% American Indian, 2.0% Asian, 0.4% black or African American, 0.1% Pacific islander, 4.4% from other races, and 3.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 8.0% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 23.4% were German, 13.8% were English, 11.9% were Irish, 7.6% were American, 6.2% were Norwegian, and 5.8% were Swedish.

Of the 9,499 households, 20.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.6% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 39.9% were non-families, and 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.72. The median age was 50.8 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,642 and the median income for a family was $51,450. Males had a median income of $44,775 versus $34,538 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,326. About 12.4% of families and 16.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.4% of those under age 18 and 9.9% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

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