Royal City, Washington

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Royal City, Washington
City
Location of Royal City, Washington
Location of Royal City, Washington
Coordinates: 46°54′7″N 119°37′38″W / 46.90194°N 119.62722°W / 46.90194; -119.62722Coordinates: 46°54′7″N 119°37′38″W / 46.90194°N 119.62722°W / 46.90194; -119.62722
Country United States
State Washington
County Grant
Area[1]
 • Total 1.35 sq mi (3.50 km2)
 • Land 1.35 sq mi (3.50 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,063 ft (324 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 2,140
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 2,202
 • Density 1,585.2/sq mi (612.0/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 99357
Area code(s) 509
FIPS code 53-60230
GNIS feature ID 1512626[4]

Royal City is a city in Grant County, Washington, United States. The population was 2,140 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

Royal City was founded in 1956 and officially incorporated on February 14, 1962.[5] The townsite was previously named Royal Flats, and the entire area Royal Slope, thus the name Royal City.[5] During the 1960s, there was a Titan I ICBM silo located near the town.[6]

Today, this small farming community is most known for producing a wide variety of crops, thanks to a long growing season. Apples, cherries, peaches, timothy and alfalfa hay, melons, potatoes, onions, wine grapes, pears, mint and corn are grown in this area. The Royal slope area is a popular place for birders, hunters, and golfers as well.

The Royal Knights (Royal High School) have won division 1A state football titles in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2005, and 2007.[7] The Royal High Knight mascot and colors, black and gold, were selected by the ASB class officers of 1965, including ASB President, J. Lamar Gilbert.

Geography[edit]

Royal City is located at 46°54′7″N 119°37′38″W / 46.90194°N 119.62722°W / 46.90194; -119.62722 (46.901899, -119.627220).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.35 square miles (3.50 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 477
1980 676 41.7%
1990 1,104 63.3%
2000 1,823 65.1%
2010 2,140 17.4%
Est. 2012 2,202 2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
2012 Estimate[10]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 2,140 people, 486 households, and 439 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,585.2 inhabitants per square mile (612.0 /km2). There were 494 housing units at an average density of 365.9 per square mile (141.3 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 45.7% White, 1.2% African American, 0.8% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 48.7% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 88.7% of the population.

There were 486 households of which 72.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.1% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 16.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 9.7% were non-families. 4.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.26 and the average family size was 4.20.

The median age in the city was 22.4 years. 40.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 14.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 30.6% were from 25 to 44; 11.8% were from 45 to 64; and 2.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 53.3% male and 46.7% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,823 people, 444 households, and 380 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,445.6 people per square mile (558.6/km²). There were 504 housing units at an average density of 399.7 per square mile (154.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 66.32% White, 0.38% African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 29.90% from other races, and 2.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 78.22% of the population.

There were 444 households out of which 64.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.3% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.4% were non-families. 10.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.10 and the average family size was 4.33.

In the city the population was spread out with 40.3% under the age of 18, 12.4% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 11.0% from 45 to 64, and 4.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 24 years. For every 100 females there were 126.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 132.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,529, and the median income for a family was $29,821. Males had a median income of $19,643 versus $22,917 for females. The per capita income for the city was $9,502. About 24.0% of families and 26.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.0% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-01. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ a b http://royalcitywa.org/history.html
  6. ^ http://historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=7965
  7. ^ http://www.rhs.royal.wednet.edu/sports/football/knightstradition.html
  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 October 2, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Retrieved October 2, 2013. 

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