Freeland, Washington

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Freeland, Washington
CDP
Location of Freeland, Washington
Location of Freeland, Washington
Coordinates: 48°0′56″N 122°32′1″W / 48.01556°N 122.53361°W / 48.01556; -122.53361Coordinates: 48°0′56″N 122°32′1″W / 48.01556°N 122.53361°W / 48.01556; -122.53361
Country United States
State Washington
County Island
Area
 • Total 4.7 sq mi (12.3 km2)
 • Land 3.4 sq mi (8.7 km2)
 • Water 1.4 sq mi (3.6 km2)
Elevation 115 ft (35 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,045
 • Density 390.4/sq mi (150.7/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 98249
Area code(s) 360
Telephone exchanges 321, 331, 730
FIPS code 53-25510[1]
GNIS feature ID 1505034[2]

Freeland is a census-designated place (CDP) on Whidbey Island in Island County, Washington, United States. At the time of the 2010 census the population was 2,035. The town received its name based on its origins as a socialist commune in the early 1900s—. Literally, in the eyes of its founders, the land of the town was to be free for all people. Some of the first settlers were veterans of a prior experiment in socialism, the nearby Equality Colony.[3]

Geography[edit]

Freeland is located at 48°0′56″N 122°32′1″W / 48.01556°N 122.53361°W / 48.01556; -122.53361 (48.015556, -122.533622.)[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.7 square miles (12 km2), of which, 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2) of it is land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) of it (28.90%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,313 people, 561 households, and 379 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 390.4 people per square mile (150.9/km2). There were 664 housing units at an average density of 197.4/sq mi (76.3/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.36% White, 0.46% African American, 0.99% Native American, 0.84% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.38% from other races, and 2.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.67% of the population.

There were 561 households out of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.79.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 21.9% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 30.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 88.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.4 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $38,409, and the median income for a family was $47,212. Males had a median income of $39,205 versus $22,708 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $20,848. About 10.1% of families and 12.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.9% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.

Outdoor recreation[edit]

Double Bluff Beach Access and Double Bluff State Park is a popular beach on the Southend of Whidbey Island with its offering of shellfish harvest and at times total solitude along the shores of Useless Bay, Admiralty Inlet, and Double Bluff to the North of the Puget Sound.

South Whidbey State Park provides both beach access and forested trails through a mixture of second growth and old growth timber.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Charles Pierce LeWarne, Utopias on Puget Sound, 1885–1915, Seattle, University of Washington State Press, 1975; pp. 114-28.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.