Main Street in Langley
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|Incorporated||February 26, 1913|
|• Type||Mayor-council government with 5 Council Members|
|• Mayor||Tim Callison|
|• City||1.58 sq mi (4.09 km2)|
|• Land||1.01 sq mi (2.61 km2)|
|• Water||0.57 sq mi (1.48 km2)|
|• Metro||26.2 sq mi (67.86 km2)|
|Elevation||0–90 ft (0–27.7 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||1,115.08/sq mi (430.54/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-8 (PST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-7 (PDT)|
|Area code(s)||360 564|
|Telephone exchanges||221, 321, 331, 341, 730|
|GNIS feature ID||1512376|
|Annual budget||2012, approximately $5.5 million|
|Website||City of Langley|
Langley is a city in Island County, Washington, United States which is located on the south end of Whidbey Island, overlooking the Saratoga Passage. It is the third largest incorporated area on Whidbey. The population was 1,035 at the 2010 census, while the ZCTA for Langley's post office had a population of 4,878. The geographical area of the city is only 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2) but the ZCTA includes 26.20 square miles (67.9 km2).
Langley is served by South Whidbey Fire/EMS, the Langley Police Department, and is the home of South Whidbey School District #206. The current mayor is Tim Callison, and the police chief is David Marks.
Langley was founded in the 1800s by Jacob Anthes, and was named for J.W. Langley of Seattle. In 1902, Mr. Anthes built a logger bunkhouse that is still standing in the downtown core and currently serves as a museum. Langley was officially incorporated on February 26, 1913.
Government and Politics
The City of Langley operates under a Mayor-Council form of government. The mayor and council are elected to four-year terms. The City Council enacts ordinances and resolutions, holds public hearings, receives citizen comments, authorizes payment of City funds, approves contracts, and creates committees and boards to assist in the operation of city government. The City Council meets on the first and third Monday of each month in City Hall at 5:30pm. The Mayor presides over Council meetings and is responsible for the administration of City government.
There are 11 precincts on South Whidbey. The City of Langley is entirely contained within a precinct named "Langley". The Langley precinct boundaries trace the City of Langley boundaries exactly.
Three city council positions were contested in the 2017 General Election. The incumbents, Dominique Emerson, Thomas Gill, and Bert Beusch ran for reelection. The only incumbent to be reelected was Dominique Emerson, winning the election with an overwhelming 79.72%. Challengers Peter Morton and Christy Korrow defeated two incumbents by 74.74% and 77.18% respectively. 
The current mayor is Tim Callison, elected in 2015 with 52.9% of the vote. 
The Langley City Council passed a "Sanctuary City" ordinance on November 20th, 2017.  This vote concluded a year of debate in the community, which started on November 28th, 2016 when two Langley residents lobbied the city council.  The passage of the ordinance was dismissed by some Langley citizens who felt that it lacked any teeth. Inclusive Langley, a community advocacy group promoting the sanctuary city proposal, took issue with the version of the ordinance that passed. 
In February 2017, Mayor Tim Callison sent the South Whidbey Record, the local newspaper on South Whidbey, an email with a legal bill for $64.
In November, 2017, Police Chief David Marks allegedly engaged in unwarranted and aggressive handling of a trespassing suspect with mental health and cognitive problems. The incident was witnessed by two backup officers who reported that Chief Marks used unnecessary and aggressive force when handcuffing a suspect, causing him to fall face first on the ground. Chief Marks was later terminated by Mayor Callison. 
Mystery Weekend is a yearly event occurring the last weekend in February. A fake newspaper story is run in the South Whidbey Record or a fake newspaper can be purchased from the Visitor & Information Center, detailing the persons involved. The players are instructed to search every store for a box of cards, with a clue to the mystery printed on each card. Various locals play the parts of characters in the story, and players are invited to question them for information. The players who believe they have solved the game may submit their solutions and enter into a drawing of prizes. 
The Welcome the Whales Festival and parade is held at the beginning of April each year.
The Djangofest NW Music Festival is held in September each year. This five-day festival celebrates the gypsy jazz style of Django Reinhardt, and features workshops, concerts, and impromptu jam sessions around town.
The Whidbey Island Area Fair is held in July at the Island County Fairgrounds in Langley. The original Island County Fair Association was formed in 1912, predating the incorporation of Langley itself.
Langley is located at (48.036922, -122.408500).
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,035 people, 555 households, and 271 families residing in the city. The population density was 958.3 inhabitants per square mile (370.0/km2). There were 678 housing units at an average density of 627.8 per square mile (242.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.1% White, 0.1% African American, 0.6% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.7% from other races, and 2.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.2% of the population.
There were 555 households of which 16.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.1% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 51.2% were non-families. 43.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.86 and the average family size was 2.51.
The median age in the city was 57 years. 14% of residents were under the age of 18; 3.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 14.4% were from 25 to 44; 39.8% were from 45 to 64; and 28.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 40.9% male and 59.1% female.
As of the 2000 census, there were 959 people, 486 households, and 268 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,165.9 people per square mile (451.6/km²). There were 542 housing units at an average density of 658.9 per square mile (255.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.25% White, 0.31% African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.42% from other races, and 2.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.88% of the population.
There were 486 households, out of which 24.3% included children under the age of 18, 40.9% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.7% were non-families. 39.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.97 and the average family size was 2.61.
Langley's population is spread out with 19.7% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 15.7% from 25 to 44, 35.5% from 45 to 64, and 23.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females, there are 76.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 72.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $34,792, and the median income for a family was $51,563. Males had a median income of $41,750 versus $30,125 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,940. About 5.2% of families and 10.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.7% of those under age 18 and 6.6% of those age 65 or over.
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