Hamilton, Washington

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Hamilton
Town
Hamilton, Washington
Brick Building in Hamilton WA.jpg
Location of Hamilton, Washington
Location of Hamilton, Washington
Coordinates: 48°31′34″N 121°59′20″W / 48.52611°N 121.98889°W / 48.52611; -121.98889Coordinates: 48°31′34″N 121°59′20″W / 48.52611°N 121.98889°W / 48.52611; -121.98889
Country United States
State Washington
County Skagit
Area[1]
 • Total 1.13 sq mi (2.93 km2)
 • Land 1.13 sq mi (2.93 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 95 ft (29 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 301
 • Estimate (2015)[3] 298
 • Density 266.4/sq mi (102.9/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 98255
Area code 360
FIPS code 53-29255[4]
GNIS feature ID 1520479[5]
Highways SR 20

Hamilton is a town in Skagit County, Washington, United States. The population was 301 at the 2010 census. It is included in the Mount Vernon-Anacortes, Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Hamilton was first settled in 1877 by William Hamilton, and was later named for him when Hamilton was officially incorporated on March 19, 1891.[6][7]

Geography[edit]

Hamilton is located at 48°31′34″N 121°59′20″W / 48.52611°N 121.98889°W / 48.52611; -121.98889 (48.526005, -121.988958).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.13 square miles (2.93 km2), all of it land.[1]

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area has mild differences between highs and lows, and there is adequate rainfall year-round. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Hamilton has a marine west coast climate, abbreviated "Cfb" on climate maps.[9]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 203
1900 392 93.1%
1910 405 3.3%
1920 462 14.1%
1930 252 −45.5%
1940 229 −9.1%
1950 294 28.4%
1960 271 −7.8%
1970 196 −27.7%
1980 268 36.7%
1990 228 −14.9%
2000 309 35.5%
2010 301 −2.6%
Est. 2015 298 [10] −1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]
2015 Estimate[3]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 301 people, 116 households, and 80 families residing in the town. The population density was 266.4 inhabitants per square mile (102.9/km2). There were 141 housing units at an average density of 124.8 per square mile (48.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 90.4% White, 2.0% Native American, 3.7% from other races, and 4.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.3% of the population.

There were 116 households of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.0% were non-families. 19.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 2.99.

The median age in the town was 40.5 years. 23.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.9% were from 25 to 44; 30.5% were from 45 to 64; and 10% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 309 people, 117 households, and 80 families residing in the town. The population density was 313.2 people per square mile (120.5/km²). There were 135 housing units at an average density of 136.8 per square mile (52.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 91.91% White, 3.56% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 1.62% from other races, and 2.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.91% of the population.

There were 117 households out of which 35.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.0% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.8% were non-families. 20.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the town, the age distribution of the population shows 27.8% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 34.3% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 8.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 127.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 123.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $31,500, and the median income for a family was $34,063. Males had a median income of $33,542 versus $22,969 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,531. About 21.2% of families and 22.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.0% of those under the age of eighteen and none of those sixty five or over.

Flooding[edit]

As part of the Skagit River floodway, the town of Hamilton faces significant flooding every few years. The flooding is so frequent that many residents have a routine: Move the furniture to the second floor of their home and then move to a local church until the flood subsides. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) estimates it has spent $10 million in the town over the last several years.

Support has been building for a plan to move the entire town to a nearby hill. The Hamilton Public Development Authority was established in 2004 to purchase the land necessary for moving the town.

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. ^ a b "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 14, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ Majors, Harry M. (1975). Exploring Washington. Van Winkle Publishing Co. p. 28. ISBN 978-0-918664-00-6. 
  7. ^ Meany, Edmond S. (1923). Origin of Washington geographic names. Seattle: University of Washington Press. p. 107. 
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ Climate Summary for Hamilton, Washington
  10. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  11. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved August 31, 2014. 

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