Pacific, Washington

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This article is about the city Pacific, Washington, in King and Pierce counties. For Pacific County, Washington, see Pacific County, Washington.
Pacific, Washington
City
Algona-Pacific Library in Pacific
Algona-Pacific Library in Pacific
Location of Pacific, Washington within King County
Location of Pacific, Washington within King County
Coordinates: 47°15′48″N 122°14′52″W / 47.26333°N 122.24778°W / 47.26333; -122.24778Coordinates: 47°15′48″N 122°14′52″W / 47.26333°N 122.24778°W / 47.26333; -122.24778
Country United States
State Washington
Counties King, Pierce
Government
 • Mayor Leanne Guier [1][2][3]
Area[4]
 • Total 2.43 sq mi (6.29 km2)
 • Land 2.42 sq mi (6.27 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation 79 ft (24 m)
Population (2010)[5]
 • Total 6,606
 • Estimate (2013[6]) 7,034
 • Density 2,729.8/sq mi (1,054.0/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 98047
Area code(s) 253
FIPS code 53-52495
GNIS feature ID 1512545[7]
Website cityofpacific.com

Pacific is a city in King and Pierce counties in the State of Washington. Located primarily in King County, the population was 6,606 at the 2010 census. Like its northern neighbor Algona, Pacific is sometimes mistaken for a part of Auburn.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Platted August 10, 1906 by real estate promoter Clarence Dayton Hillman as "C.D. Hillman's Pacific City Addition to the City of Seattle," Pacific was officially incorporated on August 10, 1909.

Record-breaking rains in November 2006 pushed the White River over its river banks along Pacific City Park, creating a temporary 25-acre (100,000 m2) lake.

In January 2009, release of stormwaters from the Mud Mountain Dam caused even greater flooding, inundating more than a hundred homes.

Geography[edit]

Pacific is located at 47°15′48″N 122°14′52″W / 47.26333°N 122.24778°W / 47.26333; -122.24778 (47.263272, -122.247831).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.43 square miles (6.29 km2), of which, 2.42 square miles (6.27 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.[4] The lower White River, also known as the Stuck River, runs through the east side of Pacific, between Auburn, Washington and Sumner, Washington.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 413
1920 320 −22.5%
1930 347 8.4%
1940 357 2.9%
1950 755 111.5%
1960 1,577 108.9%
1970 1,831 16.1%
1980 2,261 23.5%
1990 4,622 104.4%
2000 5,527 19.6%
2010 6,606 19.5%
Est. 2013 7,034 6.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
2013 Estimate[10]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2010, there were 6,606 people, 2,269 households, and 1,605 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,729.8 inhabitants per square mile (1,054.0 /km2). There were 2,422 housing units at an average density of 1,000.8 per square mile (386.4 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 69.2% White, 3.1% African American, 1.9% Native American, 9.0% Asian, 1.8% Pacific Islander, 8.5% from other races, and 6.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.1% of the population.

There were 2,269 households of which 43.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.5% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 9.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.3% were non-families. 20.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.88 and the average family size was 3.32.

The median age in the city was 32.8 years. 28.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.7% were from 25 to 44; 25.7% were from 45 to 64; and 7.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.0% male and 50.0% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,527 people, 1,992 households, and 1,444 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,158.1 people per square mile (833.6/km²). There were 2,090 housing units at an average density of 816.1 per square mile (315.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 85.38% White, 1.43% African American, 1.61% Native American, 4.72% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 2.95% from other races, and 3.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.48% of the population.

There were 1,992 households out of which 44.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.8% were married couples living together, 15.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.5% were non-families. 19.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the city the population was spread out with 31.2% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 35.2% from 25 to 44, 18.7% from 45 to 64, and 5.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 women there were 99.4 men. For every 100 women age 18 and over, there were 98.9 men.

The median income for a household in the city was $45,673, and the median income for a family was $47,694. Males had a median income of $36,594 versus $28,301 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,228. About 7.9% of families and 10.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.4% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

The town has a mayor, city council and police department.[11]

2009 Flooding[edit]

On January 8, 2009, the Army Corps of Engineers released water from Mud Mountain Dam into the White River. The action was done to relieve pressure in the reservoir, which had reached its capacity due to heavy rain that was causing flooding around the Puget Sound region.[12] A large amount of water was released very quickly, causing rapid and massive flooding in Pacific. Those affected had virtually no notice of the impending disaster. One of those affected by the flooding was noted local and international musician Jerry Miller, a founding member of Moby Grape, who had recently moved to Pacific from Tacoma. Miller lost virtually all of his possessions, including over forty years of memorabilia from his music career.[13] Assistance to those affected by the flooding was provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New mayor in troubled town of Pacific". The Olympian. 2013-07-12. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  2. ^ http://q13fox.com/2013/07/09/sun-sets-in-pacific/
  3. ^ http://blog.thenewstribune.com/politics/2013/04/25/supreme-court-recall-effort-against-pacific-mayor-can-proceed/
  4. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  6. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-06-11. 
  7. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  11. ^ Pacific ousts police chief, by Shawn Skager, Auburn Reporter Sports Reporter, May 30, 2012
  12. ^ http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008670738_floodplain26m.html
  13. ^ John Larson, Friends and fans lend a hand to Jerry Miller; The Tacoma Weekly, February 5, 2009; www.tacomaweekly.com.

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