Kingston, Washington

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Kingston Ferry Terminal at dusk
Kingston, Washington
CDP
Nickname(s): Little City by the Sea
Location of Kingston, Washington
Location of Kingston, Washington
Coordinates: 47°47′56″N 122°29′57″W / 47.79889°N 122.49917°W / 47.79889; -122.49917Coordinates: 47°47′56″N 122°29′57″W / 47.79889°N 122.49917°W / 47.79889; -122.49917
Country United States
State Washington
County Kitsap
Area
 • Total 2.4 sq mi (6.3 km2)
 • Land 1.6 sq mi (4.3 km2)
 • Water 0.8 sq mi (2.0 km2)
Elevation 69 ft (21 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,099
 • Density 977.2/sq mi (377.3/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 98346
Area code(s) 360
FIPS code 53-35870[1]
GNIS feature ID 1512350[2]

Kingston (formerly Appletree Cove[3]) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kitsap County, Washington, United States. The population was 2,099 at the 2010 census. Kingston is along the shores of Appletree Cove and the Puget Sound, and is home to a major Washington State Ferries terminal linking it to Edmonds.

Geography[edit]

Kingston is located at 47°47′56″N 122°29′57″W / 47.79889°N 122.49917°W / 47.79889; -122.49917 (47.798764, −122.499071).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.3 km²), of which, 1.6 square miles (4.3 km²) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²) of it (32.10%) is water.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Kingston, Washington
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 64
(18)
66
(19)
78
(26)
83
(28)
89
(32)
92
(33)
96
(36)
93
(34)
93
(34)
87
(31)
66
(19)
62
(17)
96
(36)
Average high °F (°C) 47
(8)
50
(10)
54
(12)
59
(15)
64
(18)
70
(21)
76
(24)
76
(24)
71
(22)
60
(16)
51
(11)
46
(8)
60.3
(15.8)
Average low °F (°C) 37
(3)
37
(3)
39
(4)
43
(6)
48
(9)
52
(11)
56
(13)
57
(14)
53
(12)
47
(8)
41
(5)
36
(2)
45.5
(7.5)
Record low °F (°C) 18
(−8)
19
(−7)
28
(−2)
32
(0)
35
(2)
42
(6)
48
(9)
47
(8)
42
(6)
29
(−2)
20
(−7)
10
(−12)
10
(−12)
Precipitation inches (mm) 4.81
(122.2)
3.43
(87.1)
3.51
(89.2)
2.77
(70.4)
2.16
(54.9)
1.63
(41.4)
0.79
(20.1)
0.97
(24.6)
1.52
(38.6)
3.41
(86.6)
5.84
(148.3)
5.43
(137.9)
36.27
(921.3)
Source: [5]

History[edit]

Founded in 1853 by Benjamin Bannister the community was originally known as Appletree Cove, By 1880 it was a lumber town until the mill closed down in the early 20th century. But the local lumber yard is still in business today, owned by Tom Wagoner. Known as the "Little city by the sea", Kingston is the northern gateway to the Olympic Peninsula. Now it is the social and economic center of the north end of the Kitsap Peninsula.

King's Town[edit]

In 1869, W.S. Ladd and his wife, Caroline built a cabin on Appletree Cove. Michael King then bought the cabin 9 years later. He moved in along with 10 oxen and 10 men. They slowly logged the hills around Appletree Cove. Mr. King built many small buildings and shacks along the shore for his men and animals. In 1882, he was done and moved on. The shacks and bunkhouses were left behind and lived in by drifters, squatters and old loggers. People living in the area often referred to this as King's Town, probably as a joke. The name slowly evolved into Kingston and stuck.

Resort town[edit]

The Kingston townsite was platted on April 24, 1890 by C.C. Calkins and Samuel B. Brierly. Calkins dreamed of Kingston as a resort town for vacationers from Seattle. Calkins called it The Monterey of Washington. Calkins had drawings and designs for a giant hotel on the waterfront, with a boat launch, a church on the hill, along with a college. After Calkins and Brierly platted the town, a lower than expected number of people showed up to settle there. Calkins then gave up and left. The town slowly grew, but not at the pace that Calkins had dreamed.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,611 people, 685 households, and 452 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 977.2 people per square mile (377.0/km²). There were 773 housing units at an average density of 468.9/sq mi (180.9/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 91.06% White, 0.25% African American, 1.18% Native American, 2.30% Asian, 0.99% Pacific Islander, 1.61% from other races, and 2.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.73% of the population.

There were 685 households out of which 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.0% were non-families. 26.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 27.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.6 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $40,347, and the median income for a family was $54,583. Males had a median income of $43,839 versus $25,781 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $24,212. About 9.2% of families and 11.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.9% of those under age 18 and 13.7% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation[edit]

Kingston has a Washington State Ferries terminal for auto/passenger service to Edmonds.[6]

In September, 2012, due to financial losses the Port of Kingston discontinued its SoundRunner Kingston–Seattle passenger-only system.[7] One of the former vessels, the Spirit of Kingston was transferred to the King County Ferry District on March 18, 2013 for service as part of the King County Water Taxi fleet.[8]

Education[edit]

Public education is provided by the North Kitsap School District. Kingston's schools include Kingston Co-op Preschool, Gordon Elementary, Kingston Middle School, Spectrum Community School, Wolfle Elementary and the new Kingston High School.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "Kingston". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  3. ^ http://search.tacomapubliclibrary.org/wanames/wpnv2.asp Washington Place Names
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "weather.com". 
  6. ^ Edmonds terminal, Washington State Ferries, retrieved 2010-10-31 
  7. ^ Kingston Port retires SoundRunner ferry service, Kitsap Sun, September 28, 2012, retrieved 2013-04-05 
  8. ^ Spirit of Kingston now part of water taxi fleet, West Seattle Herald, March 18, 2013, retrieved 2013-04-05 

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