Grays River, Washington

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Grays River, Washington
CDP
Grays River, Washington is located in Washington (state)
Grays River, Washington
Grays River, Washington
Location in the state of Washington
Coordinates: 46°22′04″N 123°34′53″W / 46.36778°N 123.58139°W / 46.36778; -123.58139Coordinates: 46°22′04″N 123°34′53″W / 46.36778°N 123.58139°W / 46.36778; -123.58139
Country  United States of America
State  Washington
County Wahkiakum
Area[2]
 • Total 20.191 sq mi (52.293 km2)
 • Land 20.125 sq mi (52.122 km2)
 • Water 0.066 sq mi (0.171 km2)  0.33%
Elevation[3] 161 ft (49 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 263[1]
  Population as of 2010 U.S. Census
Time zone PST (UTC−8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC−7)
ZIP code 98621
Area code(s) 360
FIPS code 53-28450
GNIS feature ID 2584977

Grays River is a census-designated place (CDP) in Wahkiakum County, Washington. Grays River stands on the north bank of the lower Grays River, which flows into the Columbia River estuary. The National Register of Historic Places-listed Grays River Covered Bridge crosses the Grays River in the community. It is the only such bridge still in use in Washington.[4] The population was 263 as of the 2010 census.[1] The Grays River community is part of the Naselle-Grays River Valley School District, a K-12 school district of about 670 students.

Geography[edit]

Grays River is located at 46°22′04″N 123°34′53″W / 46.36778°N 123.58139°W / 46.36778; -123.58139 (46.367836, -123.581335).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 20.19 square miles (52.29 km²), of which 20.13 square miles (52.12 km²) of it is land and 0.07 square miles (0.17 km²) of it (0.33%) is water.

Climate[edit]

Grays River has a subtropical Mediterranean climate (Köppen Csb).[5] The average temperature for the year in Grays River is 50.2 °F (10.1 °C). The warmest month, on average, is August with an average temperature of 61.6 °F (16.4 °C). The coolest month on average is January, with an average temperature of 40.1 °F (4.5 °C). The highest recorded temperature in Grays River is 105 °F (41 °C), while the lowest recorded temperature is 2 °F (−17 °C).

Being that Grays River is located only 23 miles (37 km) from the coast and there are no significant hills or mountains between it and the coast, Grays River receives a great deal of precipitation. The average annual precipitation is 107.7 in (2,740 mm). Measurable precipitation falls on Grays River an average of 192 days a year. The most precipitation in one month was 35.2 in (890 mm). The maximum daily rainfall was 6.4 in (160 mm). Average annual snowfall is 4.9 inches (12.4 cm) with the average number of days with snow is 1.7. The highest monthly snowfall was 27 inches (69 cm).

Climate data for Grays River, Washington
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 65
(18)
74
(23)
81
(27)
88
(31)
97
(36)
100
(38)
105
(41)
105
(41)
101
(38)
87
(31)
72
(22)
66
(19)
105
(41)
Average high °F (°C) 47.2
(8.4)
51.2
(10.7)
54.1
(12.3)
58.0
(14.4)
63.6
(17.6)
68.0
(20)
73.4
(23)
74.0
(23.3)
71.7
(22.1)
62.5
(16.9)
52.5
(11.4)
47.1
(8.4)
60.3
(15.7)
Average low °F (°C) 33.1
(0.6)
33.6
(0.9)
35.0
(1.7)
37.4
(3)
42.0
(5.6)
46.4
(8)
49.5
(9.7)
49.3
(9.6)
45.5
(7.5)
40.2
(4.6)
36.6
(2.6)
33.9
(1.1)
40.2
(4.6)
Record low °F (°C) 4
(−16)
3
(−16)
19
(−7)
22
(−6)
29
(−2)
32
(0)
34
(1)
34
(1)
29
(−2)
22
(−6)
9
(−13)
2
(−17)
2
(−17)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 16.7
(424)
11.6
(295)
11.6
(295)
7.7
(196)
4.8
(122)
3.6
(91)
1.8
(46)
2.6
(66)
4.5
(114)
9.6
(244)
16.1
(409)
17.2
(437)
107.7
(2,736)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 2.2
(5.6)
0.9
(2.3)
0.2
(0.5)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.6
(1.5)
1.0
(2.5)
4.9
(12.4)
Average precipitation days 21 18 21 19 16 13 8 8 10 16 21 21 192
Average snowy days 0.8 0.6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 0.2 1.7
Source: WeatherBase[5]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
2010 263
2010 U.S. Census

As of the census of 2010,[1] there were 263 people, 110 households, and 83 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 13.03 people per square mile (5.03/km²). There were 128 housing units at an average density of 6.34/sq mi (2.45/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.3% White, 0.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 1.5% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.7% of the population.

There were 110 households out of which 19.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.2% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.5% were non-families. 20.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.71.

In the CDP, the age distribution of the population shows 18.3% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 13.3% from 25 to 44, 38.0% from 45 to 64, and 24.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 55.5 years. For every 100 females there were 103.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112.9 males.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "American Fact Finder". factfinder2.census.gov. 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-02-12. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "2013 U.S. Gazetteer Files". census.gov. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "USGS—Grays River, Washington". Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Rehabilitation of the historic Grays River Covered Bridge is celebrated at a rededication on September 30, 1989". historylink.org. 29 December 2006. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Climate of Grays River". weatherbase.com. Retrieved 21 June 2014.