Ferndale, Washington

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Ferndale, Washington
City
Downtown Ferndale
Downtown Ferndale
Location of Ferndale, Washington
Location of Ferndale, Washington
Coordinates: 48°50′56″N 122°35′25″W / 48.84889°N 122.59028°W / 48.84889; -122.59028Coordinates: 48°50′56″N 122°35′25″W / 48.84889°N 122.59028°W / 48.84889; -122.59028[1]
Country United States
State Washington
County Whatcom
Government
 • Mayor Gary Jensen
 • City Council Cathy Watson, Melvin Hansen, Keith Olson, Paul Ingram, Jon Mutchler, Carol Bersch, Brent Goodrich
Area[2]
 • Total 6.69 sq mi (17.33 km2)
 • Land 6.61 sq mi (17.12 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.21 km2)
Elevation 36 ft (11 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 11,415
 • Estimate (2013)[4] 12,343
 • Density 1,726.9/sq mi (666.8/km2)
Demonym Ferndaler,
Ferndalian[5]
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 98248
Area code 360
FIPS code 53-23620
GNIS feature ID 1512205[6]
Website City of Ferndale

Ferndale is a city in Whatcom County, Washington, United States. The population was 11,415 at the 2010 census.[7]

History[edit]

First settled in 1872, Ferndale was given its name because of the ferns that once grew around the original school house.[8] Ferndale was originally called Jam because the town was located next to a log jam on the Nooksack River. The original schoolteacher decided it needed a more picturesque name. Ferndale was officially incorporated on March 19, 1907.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.69 square miles (17.33 km2), of which, 6.61 square miles (17.12 km2) is land and 0.08 square miles (0.21 km2) is water.[2]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 691
1920 759 9.8%
1930 752 −0.9%
1940 717 −4.7%
1950 979 36.5%
1960 1,442 47.3%
1970 2,164 50.1%
1980 3,855 78.1%
1990 5,398 40.0%
2000 8,758 62.2%
2010 11,415 30.3%
Est. 2013 12,343 8.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
2013 Estimate[4]

As of 2010 the median household income in the city was $52,831, and the median income for a family was $64,638. Males had a median income of $47,917 versus $37,447 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,837. About 13.3% of families and 16.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.2% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 11,415 people, 4,210 households, and 3,025 families residing in the city. The Washington state Office of Financial Management estimated for its April 1 annual population estimate that Ferndale had grown to 12,710 residents in 2014.[10]

The population density was 1,726.9 inhabitants per square mile (666.8 /km2). There were 4,428 housing units at an average density of 669.9 per square mile (258.6 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 83.1% White, 1.0% African American, 2.6% Native American, 3.6% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 5.2% from other races, and 4.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.0% of the population.

There were 4,210 households of which 40.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.7% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.1% were non-families. 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% 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 3.20.

The median age in the city was 34.2 years. 29.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.2% were from 25 to 44; 24% were from 45 to 64; and 10.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.6% male and 51.4% female.

Climate[edit]

This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Ferndale has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[11]

Economy[edit]

Grain storage and rail line

Originally, Ferndale's economy was based on timber, and shortly after, agriculture of the surrounding land. Dairy processing was a significant employer for the town, and the old Carnation dairy plant has since been converted to offices. The construction of the Ferndale Refinery west of town in the 1950s caused a population boom in the town. The Cherry Point Refinery was constructed to the northwest in the 1970s.

Rail bridge over the Nooksack River

The main highway serving Ferndale is Interstate 5. There are no other state highways in the town. The town also receives industrial rail service through Burlington Northern.

Local culture[edit]

Events[edit]

  • Downtown Trick or Treat in October[12]
  • Community Wide Garage Sale (Always the First Saturday of May)[13]
  • May 2011 Ferndale Business Expo[14]
  • Annual Citywide Cleanup - Headquartered at City Hall, hosted by the Ferndale Downtown Association (a Saturday in May)
  • Chamber of Commerce 'Street Festival' & 'Music Festival' (Held the last weekend of August)
  • Old Settlers Picnic, Grand Parade, 5k race (last weekend in July every year)[15]
  • Muds To Suds Race

Sister city[edit]

Ferndale has the following sister city relationship:

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  4. ^ a b "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-07-21. 
  5. ^ Sam Taylor (April 28, 2008). "Ferndale Skatepark lightning rod volunteer also manning anti-school bond campaign". The Bellingham Herald. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ "Ferndale - Census 2010". Spokane Spokesman Review. Retrieved 2011-03-05. 
  8. ^ Majors, Harry M. (1975). Exploring Washington. Van Winkle Publishing Co. p. 20. ISBN 978-0-918664-00-6. 
  9. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved July 21, 2014. 
  10. ^ http://www.ofm.wa.gov/pop/april1/ofm_april1_population_final.pdf
  11. ^ Climate Summary for Ferndale, Washington
  12. ^ "Ferndale Chamber of Commerce". 
  13. ^ "Ferndale Chamber of Commerce". 
  14. ^ "Ferndale Business Expo". 
  15. ^ "Whatcom County Old Settlers Association". 
  16. ^ "Sister Relationships". 

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