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Sumas, Washington
The city's welcome sign, pictured in 2009
The city's welcome sign, pictured in 2009
Location of Sumas, Washington
Location of Sumas, Washington
Sumas, Washington is located in Washington (state)
Sumas, Washington
Sumas, Washington
Location in Washington (state)
Country United States
State Washington
County Whatcom
Area
 • Total 1.47 sq mi (3.81 km2)
 • Land 1.47 sq mi (3.80 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation
43 ft (13 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,307
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,534
 • Density 1,045.67/sq mi (403.64/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
98295
Area code 360
FIPS code 53-68330
GNIS feature ID 1512699
Website City of Sumas

Sumas (SOO-mas) is a city in Whatcom County, Washington, United States. It had a population of 1,307 as of the 2010 census. Sumas is located adjacent to the Canada–U.S. border and borders the city of Abbotsford, British Columbia. The Sumas-Huntingdon port of entry at the north end of State Route 9 operates 24 hours a day. Sumas shares Nooksack Valley School District with the cities of Nooksack and Everson. It is the northernmost settlement on Washington State Route 9.

History

A post office called Sumas has been in operation since 1897. The community was named after the Sumas First Nation. Sumas was officially incorporated on June 18, 1891.

Geography

Sumas is located at 48°59′50″N 122°15′56″W / 48.99722°N 122.26556°W / 48.99722; -122.26556 (48.997278, -122.265522).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.48 square miles (3.83 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 319
1910 902 182.8%
1920 854 −5.3%
1930 647 −24.2%
1940 650 0.5%
1950 658 1.2%
1960 629 −4.4%
1970 722 14.8%
1980 712 −1.4%
1990 744 4.5%
2000 960 29.0%
2010 1,307 36.1%
2019 (est.) 1,534 17.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
Border crossing at Sumas Washington
Sumas border crossing

2010 census

At the 2010 census, there were 1,307 people, 482 households and 329 families living in the city. The population density was 883.1 inhabitants per square mile (341.0/km2). There were 531 housing units at an average density of 358.8 per square mile (138.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 83.7% White, 1.5% African American, 2.4% Native American, 1.5% Asian, 6.6% from other races, and 4.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.8% of the population.

There were 482 households, of which 39.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.6% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.7% were non-families. 26.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.27.

The median age in the city was 30.6 years. 28.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 12.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.2% were from 25 to 44; 21.3% were from 45 to 64; and 10.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.2% male and 50.8% female.

Notable residents

  • Gale Bishop, professional basketball player
  • Harry Delmar Fadden, sailor and U.S. Medal of Honor recipient
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