List of cities in Washington

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Washington is a state located in the Western United States. According to the 2010 United States Census, Washington is the 13th most populous state with 6,724,543 inhabitants but the 20th largest by land area spanning 66,455.52 square miles (172,119.0 km2) of land.[1] Washington is divided into 39 counties and contains 281 incorporated municipalities consisting of cities and towns.[2]

Legally, a city in Washington can be described primarily by its class. There are five classes of municipalities in Washington: first class city, second class city, town, unclassified city, and code city.

First class cities are the 10 cities with a population over 10,000 at the time of reorganization and operating under a home rule charter. They are permitted to perform any function specifically granted them by Title 35 RCW (Revised Code of Washington). Second class cities are the 9 cities with a population over 1,500 at the time of reorganization and operating without a home rule charter. Like first class cities, they are permitted to perform any function specifically granted them by Title 35 RCW. Towns are the 69 municipalities with a population of under 1,500 at the time of reorganization. Towns are not authorized to operate under a charter. Like the previously listed cities, they are permitted to perform any function specifically granted them by Title 35 RCW. In 1994, the legislature made 1,500 the minimum population required to incorporate. Unclassified cities are cities that are not operating under any other class. Only one city—Waitsburg, in Walla Walla County—is unclassified. It operates under the 1881 territorial charter under which it was organized, eight years before Washington was admitted to the Union in 1889. Code cities were created by the state legislature in order to grant the greatest degree of local control to municipalities possible under the state constitution and general law. This classification has been adopted by 192 municipalities in Washington. Code cities (shorthand for optional municipal code cities, as encoded by Title 35A RCW) are authorized to perform any function not specifically denied them in the state constitution or by state law. They may perform any function granted to any other city classification under Title 35 RCW.

A city in Washington can be described by its form of government. Cities and towns are specifically authorized three forms of government: Commission, Mayor-Council, Council-Manager. Only the city of Shelton using the three-member commission form of government. Most cities in Washington have the Mayor-Council form of government, which calls for an elected mayor and an elected city council. Cities with Council-Manager system have an elected council and appointed city manager. In addition, if the population of code cites is over 10,000, may incorporate as charter code cities. They may then "set out any plan of government deemed 'suitable for the good government of the city'" (RCW 35A.08.050), which need not be a commission, mayor-council, or council-manager form. No charter code city has opted for a different type of government as of 2012.

The largest municipality by population in Washington is Seattle with 608,660 residents, and the smallest municipality by population is Krupp with 48 residents.[1] The largest municipality by land area is Seattle, which spans 83.84 sq mi (217.1 km2), while Beaux Arts Village is the smallest at 0.08 sq mi (0.21 km2).[1]

List of cities[edit]

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  County seatCounty seat

Name Type[3] County[4] Population Land area[5]
2014 estimate[6] 2010 Census[5] sq mi km2
Aberdeen First Grays Harbor 16,255 16,896 10.65 27.6
Airway Heights Code Spokane 6,545 6,114 5.12 13.3
Algona Code King 3,133 3,014 1.30 3.4
Anacortes Code Skagit 16,232 15,778 11.76 30.5
Arlington Code Snohomish 18,808 17,926 9.30 24.1
Asotin Code Asotin 1,290 1,251 1.05 2.7
Auburn Code King
Pierce[Note 1]
76,347 70,180 29.62 76.7
Bainbridge Island Code Kitsap 23,293 23,025 27.61 71.5
Battle Ground Code Clark 18,930 17,571 7.86 20.4
Bellevue Code King 136,426 122,363 33.48 86.7
Bellingham First Whatcom 83,365 80,885 27.07 70.1
Benton City Code Benton 3,191 3,038 2.43 6.3
Bingen Code Klickitat 719 712 0.62 1.6
Black Diamond Code King 4,338 4,151 6.56 17.0
Blaine Code Whatcom 4,976 4,684 5.63 14.6
Bonney Lake Code Pierce 18,809 17,374 7.94 20.6
Bothell Code King
Snohomish[Note 1]
36,567 33,505 12.10 31.3
Bremerton First Kitsap 38,572 37,729 28.42 73.6
Brewster Code Okanogan 2,354 2,370 1.19 3.1
Bridgeport Code Douglas 2,434 2,409 1.05 2.7
Brier Code Snohomish 6,434 6,087 2.13 5.5
Buckley Code Pierce 4,520 4,354 3.87 10.0
Burien Code King 50,188 33,313 10.06 26.1
Burlington Code Skagit 8,568 8,388 4.25 11.0
Camas Code Clark 21,220 19,355 13.74 35.6
Carnation Code King 1,853 1,786 1.16 3.0
Cashmere Code Chelan 3,137 3,063 1.11 2.9
Castle Rock Code Cowlitz 2,140 1,982 1.99 5.2
Centralia Code Lewis 16,623 16,336 7.49 19.4
Chehalis Code Lewis 7,261 7,259 5.53 14.3
Chelan Code Chelan 3,981 3,890 6.36 16.5
Cheney Code Spokane 11,420 10,590 4.35 11.3
Chewelah Code Stevens 2,602 2,607 2.98 7.7
Clarkston Code Asotin 7,359 7,229 2.01 5.2
Cle Elum Code Kittitas 1,883 1,872 3.82 9.9
Clyde Hill Code King 3,198 2,984 1.06 2.7
Colfax Second Whitman 2,828 2,805 3.79 9.8
College Place Code Walla Walla 8,997 8,765 2.68 6.9
Colville Second Stevens 4,706 4,673 2.97 7.7
Connell Code Franklin 5,388 4,209 7.87 20.4
Cosmopolis Code Grays Harbor 1,589 1,649 1.33 3.4
Covington Code King 19,134 17,575 5.81 15.0
Davenport Second Lincoln 1,665 1,734 1.82 4.7
Dayton Code Columbia 2,460 2,526 1.43 3.7
Deer Park Code Spokane 3,864 3,652 6.89 17.8
Des Moines Code King 31,011 29,673 6.50 16.8
DuPont Code Pierce 9,313 8,199 5.86 15.2
Duvall Code King 7,639 6,695 2.45 6.3
East Wenatchee Code Douglas 13,505 13,190 3.80 9.8
Edgewood Code Pierce 9,749 9,387 8.41 21.8
Edmonds Code Snohomish 40,896 39,709 8.90 23.1
Electric City Code Grant 1,018 968 1.98 5.1
Ellensburg Code Kittitas 18,774 18,174 7.03 18.2
Elma Code Grays Harbor 3,018 3,107 1.89 4.9
Entiat Code Chelan 1,154 1,112 2.11 5.5
Enumclaw Code King
Pierce[Note 1]
11,548 10,669 5.16 13.4
Ephrata Code Grant 8,031 7,664 10.09 26.1
Everett First Snohomish 106,736 103,019 33.11 85.8
Everson Code Whatcom 2,565 2,481 1.31 3.4
Federal Way Code King 93,425 89,306 22.27 57.7
Ferndale Code Whatcom 12,704 11,415 7.03 18.2
Fife Code Pierce 9,550 9,173 5.69 14.7
Fircrest Code Pierce 6,658 6,497 1.58 4.1
Forks Code Clallam 3,717 3,532 3.91 10.1
George Code Grant 505 501 1.33 3.4
Gig Harbor Code Pierce 8,375 7,126 5.95 15.4
Gold Bar Code Snohomish 2,101 2,075 1.03 2.7
Goldendale Code Klickitat 3,428 3,407 2.52 6.5
Grand Coulee Code Grant 1,050 988 1.24 3.2
Grandview Code Yakima 11,140 10,862 6.23 16.1
Granger Code Yakima 3,394 3,246 1.79 4.6
Granite Falls Code Snohomish 3,468 3,364 2.19 5.7
Harrington Code Lincoln 400 424 0.38 0.98
Hoquiam Code Grays Harbor 8,389 8,726 9.08 23.5
Ilwaco Code Pacific 905 936 2.10 5.4
Issaquah Code King 34,056 30,434 11.41 29.6
Kahlotus Code Franklin 191 193 0.47 1.2
Kalama Code Cowlitz 2,347 2,344 2.77 7.2
Kelso Code Cowlitz 11,788 11,925 8.14 21.1
Kenmore Code King 21,839 20,460 6.17 16.0
Kennewick Code Benton 77,421 73,917 26.87 69.6
Kent Code King 125,560 92,411 33.76 87.4
Kettle Falls Code Stevens 1,592 1,595 1.12 2.9
Kirkland Code King 85,763 48,787 17.82 46.2
Kittitas Code Kittitas 1,417 1,381 0.73 1.9
La Center Code Clark 3,099 2,800 2.21 5.7
Lacey Code Thurston 45,446 42,393 16.06 41.6
Lake Forest Park Code King 13,184 12,598 3.53 9.1
Lake Stevens Code Snohomish 30,284 28,069 8.88 23.0
Lakewood Code Pierce 59,610 58,163 17.18 44.5
Langley Code Island 1,052 1,035 1.08 2.8
Leavenworth Code Chelan 1,979 1,965 1.23 3.2
Liberty Lake Code Spokane 8,637 7,591 6.14 15.9
Long Beach Code Pacific 1,346 1,392 1.35 3.5
Longview Code Cowlitz 36,483 36,648 14.54 37.7
Lynden Code Whatcom 13,165 11,951 5.26 13.6
Lynnwood Code Snohomish 36,687 35,836 7.85 20.3
Mabton Code Yakima 2,303 2,286 0.81 2.1
Maple Valley Code King 25,125 22,684 5.73 14.8
Marysville Code Snohomish 65,087 60,020 20.69 53.6
Mattawa Code Grant 4,579 4,437 0.74 1.9
McCleary Code Grays Harbor 1,609 1,653 2.05 5.3
Medical Lake Code Spokane 4,952 5,060 3.40 8.8
Medina Code King 3,188 2,969 1.45 3.8
Mercer Island Code King 24,326 22,699 6.32 16.4
Mesa Code Franklin 491 489 1.64 4.2
Mill Creek Code Snohomish 19,200 18,244 4.66 12.1
Millwood Code Spokane 1,776 1,786 0.70 1.8
Milton Code Pierce
King[Note 1]
7,360 6,968 2.62 6.8
Monroe Code Snohomish 17,899 17,304 6.05 15.7
Montesano Code Grays Harbor 3,861 3,976 10.58 27.4
Morton Code Lewis 1,116 1,126 0.82 2.1
Moses Lake Code Grant 21,713 20,366 17.84 46.2
Mossyrock Code Lewis 745 759 0.68 1.8
Mount Vernon Code Skagit 33,132 31,743 12.24 31.7
Mountlake Terrace Code Snohomish 20,817 19,909 4.06 10.5
Moxee Code Yakima 3,784 3,308 2.20 5.7
Mukilteo Code Snohomish 20,993 20,254 6.34 16.4
Napavine Code Lewis 1,778 1,766 2.38 6.2
Newcastle Code King 11,201 10,380 4.45 11.5
Newport Code Pend Oreille 2,123 2,126 1.35 3.5
Nooksack Code Whatcom 1,443 1,338 0.71 1.8
Normandy Park Code King 6,615 6,335 2.52 6.5
North Bend Code King 6,578 5,731 4.37 11.3
North Bonneville Code Skamania 971 956 2.41 6.2
Oak Harbor Code Island 22,306 22,075 9.65 25.0
Oakville Code Grays Harbor 663 684 0.50 1.3
Ocean Shores Code Grays Harbor 5,628 5,569 8.51 22.0
Okanogan Code Okanogan 2,571 2,552 1.99 5.2
Olympia Code Thurston 49,218 46,478 17.82 46.2
Omak Code Okanogan 4,848 4,845 3.46 9.0
Oroville Code Okanogan 1,679 1,686 1.64 4.2
Orting Code Pierce 7,266 6,746 2.73 7.1
Othello Code Adams 7,703 7,364 3.81 9.9
Pacific Code King
Pierce[Note 1]
7,079 6,606 2.41 6.2
Palouse Second Whitman 1,012 998 1.08 2.8
Pasco Code Franklin 68,648 59,781 31.46 81.5
Pateros Code Okanogan 656 667 0.49 1.3
Pomeroy Code Garfield 1,386 1,425 1.78 4.6
Port Angeles Code Clallam 19,256 19,038 10.70 27.7
Port Orchard Second Kitsap 13,266 11,144 9.68 25.1
Port Townsend Code Jefferson 9,255 9,113 6.98 18.1
Poulsbo Code Kitsap 9,702 9,200 4.74 12.3
Prescott Code Walla Walla 309 318 0.40 1.0
Prosser Code Benton 5,802 5,714 4.55 11.8
Pullman Code Whitman 31,682 29,799 9.88 25.6
Puyallup Code Pierce 39,105 37,022 14.11 36.5
Quincy Code Grant 7,355 6,750 4.98 12.9
Rainier Code Thurston 1,948 1,794 1.73 4.5
Raymond Code Pacific 2,787 2,882 4.06 10.5
Redmond Code King 59,285 54,144 16.47 42.7
Renton Code King 98,404 90,927 23.37 60.5
Republic Code Ferry 1,083 1,073 1.59 4.1
Richland First Benton 53,019 48,058 38.56 99.9
Ridgefield Code Clark 6,123 4,763 7.08 18.3
Ritzville Second Adams 1,671 1,673 1.70 4.4
Rock Island Code Douglas 792 788 0.62 1.6
Roslyn Code Kittitas 896 893 4.37 11.3
Roy Code Pierce 805 793 0.49 1.3
Royal City Code Grant 2,217 2,140 1.35 3.5
Ruston Code Pierce 791 749 0.26 0.67
Sammamish Code King 51,229 45,780 18.41 47.7
SeaTac Code King 28,126 26,909 10.03 26.0
Seattle First King 668,342 608,660 83.84 217.1
Sedro-Woolley Code Skagit 10,764 10,540 3.93 10.2
Selah Code Yakima 7,444 7,147 4.51 11.7
Sequim Code Clallam 6,737 6,606 6.31 16.3
Shelton Code Mason 9,777 9,834 5.76 14.9
Shoreline Code King 55,174 53,007 11.67 30.2
Snohomish Code Snohomish 9,544 9,098 3.46 9.0
Snoqualmie Code King 12,630 10,670 7.22 18.7
Soap Lake Code Grant 1,585 1,514 1.30 3.4
South Bend Code Pacific 1,594 1,637 1.63 4.2
Spangle Code Spokane 288 278 0.36 0.93
Spokane First Spokane 212,052 208,916 68.73 178.0
Spokane Valley Code Spokane 91,729 89,755 37.71 97.7
Sprague Code Lincoln 423 446 0.63 1.6
Stanwood Code Snohomish 6,739 6,231 2.82 7.3
Stevenson Code Skamania 1,499 1,465 1.65 4.3
Sultan Code Snohomish 4,769 4,651 3.15 8.2
Sumas Code Whatcom 1,348 1,307 1.48 3.8
Sumner Code Pierce 9,677 9,451 7.51 19.5
Sunnyside Code Yakima 16,140 15,858 6.63 17.2
Tacoma First Pierce 205,159 198,397 49.73 128.8
Tekoa Second Whitman 784 778 1.14 3.0
Tenino Code Thurston 1,729 1,695 1.44 3.7
Tieton Code Yakima 1,247 1,191 0.82 2.1
Toledo Code Lewis 721 725 0.40 1.0
Tonasket Code Okanogan 1,018 1,032 0.80 2.1
Toppenish Code Yakima 8,996 8,949 2.11 5.5
Tukwila Code King 19,920 19,107 9.17 23.8
Tumwater Code Thurston 18,820 17,371 14.32 37.1
Union Gap Code Yakima 6,030 6,047 5.06 13.1
University Place Code Pierce 32,282 31,144 8.43 21.8
Vader Code Lewis 614 621 0.93 2.4
Vancouver First Clark 169,294 161,791 46.78 121.2
Waitsburg Unclassified Walla Walla 1,196 1,217 1.12 2.9
Walla Walla Code Walla Walla 31,910 31,731 12.80 33.2
Wapato Second Yakima 5,051 4,997 1.17 3.0
Warden Code Grant 2,749 2,692 2.66 6.9
Washougal Code Clark 14,999 14,095 5.47 14.2
Wenatchee Code Chelan 33,261 31,925 7.86 20.4
West Richland Code Benton 13,351 11,811 21.97 56.9
Westport Code Grays Harbor 2,018 2,099 3.68 9.5
White Salmon Code Klickitat 2,314 2,224 1.24 3.2
Winlock Code Lewis 1,308 1,339 1.29 3.3
Woodinville Code King 11,372 10,938 5.60 14.5
Woodland Code Cowlitz
Clark[Note 1]
5,708 5,509 4.05 10.5
Woodway Code Snohomish 1,351 1,307 1.11 2.9
Yakima First Yakima 93,357 91,067 27.63 71.6
Yelm Code Thurston 8,223 6,848 5.68 14.7
Zillah Code Yakima 3,118 2,964 1.85 4.8

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  1. ^ a b c d e f The city spans multiple counties. The counties are listed in the order given by GNIS, primary county first.

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