List of cities and towns in Washington

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Washington is a state located in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. As of the 2010 U.S. census, Washington is the 13th most populous state, with 6,724,540 inhabitants, and 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 that are divided into 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. The last city to use the three-member commission form of government was Shelton. In a 2017 Proposition, the residents voted to adopt the council-manager structure. Most cities in Washington have the mayor-council form of government, which calls for an elected mayor and an elected city council. Cities with a council-manager system have an elected council and appointed city manager. In addition, if the population of code cites is over 10,000, they 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]

  State capital and county seat State capital

  County seatCounty seat

Name Type[3] County[4] Population Land area[5]
2019 estimate[6] 2010 Census[5] sq mi km2
Aberdeen First Grays Harbor 16,756 16,896 10.65 27.6
Airway Heights Code Spokane 9,485 6,114 5.12 13.3
Algona Code King 3,208 3,014 1.30 3.4
Anacortes Code Skagit 17,527 15,778 11.76 30.5
Arlington Code Snohomish 20,523 17,926 9.30 24.1
Asotin Code Asotin 1,289 1,251 1.05 2.7
Auburn Code King
Pierce[Note 1]
81,464 70,180 29.62 76.7
Bainbridge Island Code Kitsap 25,298 23,025 27.61 71.5
Battle Ground Code Clark 21,252 17,571 7.86 20.4
Bellevue Code King 148,164 122,363 33.48 86.7
Bellingham First Whatcom 92,314 80,885 27.07 70.1
Benton City Code Benton 3,495 3,038 2.43 6.3
Bingen Code Klickitat 742 712 0.62 1.6
Black Diamond Code King 4,781 4,151 6.56 17.0
Blaine Code Whatcom 5,607 4,684 5.63 14.6
Bonney Lake Code Pierce 21,148 17,374 7.94 20.6
Bothell Code King
Snohomish[Note 1]
47,415 33,505 12.10 31.3
Bremerton First Kitsap 41,405 37,729 28.42 73.6
Brewster Code Okanogan 2,357 2,370 1.19 3.1
Bridgeport Code Douglas 2,613 2,409 1.05 2.7
Brier Code Snohomish 6,970 6,087 2.13 5.5
Buckley Code Pierce 5,058 4,354 3.87 10.0
Burien Code King 51,500 33,313 10.06 26.1
Burlington Code Skagit 9,224 8,388 4.25 11.0
Camas Code Clark 24,418 19,355 13.74 35.6
Carnation Code King 2,282 1,786 1.16 3.0
Cashmere Code Chelan 3,172 3,063 1.11 2.9
Castle Rock Code Cowlitz 2,298 1,982 1.99 5.2
Centralia Code Lewis 17,745 16,336 7.49 19.4
Chehalis Code Lewis 7,654 7,259 5.53 14.3
Chelan Code Chelan 4,237 3,890 6.36 16.5
Cheney Code Spokane 12,522 10,590 4.35 11.3
Chewelah Code Stevens 2,676 2,607 2.98 7.7
Clarkston Code Asotin 7,375 7,229 2.01 5.2
Cle Elum Code Kittitas 2,037 1,872 3.82 9.9
Clyde Hill Code King 3,386 2,984 1.06 2.7
Colfax Second Whitman 2,872 2,805 3.79 9.8
College Place Code Walla Walla 9,317 8,765 2.68 6.9
Colville Second Stevens 4,832 4,673 2.97 7.7
Connell Code Franklin 5,545 4,209 7.87 20.4
Cosmopolis Code Grays Harbor 1,662 1,649 1.33 3.4
Covington Code King 21,175 17,575 5.81 15.0
Davenport Second Lincoln 1,744 1,708 1.82 4.7
Dayton Code Columbia 2,442 2,526 1.43 3.7
Deer Park Code Spokane 4,364 3,652 6.89 17.8
Des Moines Code King 32,348 29,673 6.50 16.8
DuPont Code Pierce 9,516 8,199 5.86 15.2
Duvall Code King 8,107 6,695 2.45 6.3
East Wenatchee Code Douglas 14,219 13,190 3.80 9.8
Edgewood Code Pierce 13,053 9,387 8.41 21.8
Edmonds Code Snohomish 42,605 39,709 8.90 23.1
Electric City Code Grant 1,002 968 1.98 5.1
Ellensburg Code Kittitas 21,111 18,174 7.03 18.2
Elma Code Grays Harbor 3,351 3,107 1.89 4.9
Entiat Code Chelan 1,280 1,112 2.11 5.5
Enumclaw Code King
Pierce[Note 1]
12,190 10,669 5.16 13.4
Ephrata Code Grant 8,136 7,664 10.09 26.1
Everett First Snohomish 111,475 103,019 33.11 85.8
Everson Code Whatcom 2,841 2,481 1.31 3.4
Federal Way Code King 96,289 89,306 22.27 57.7
Ferndale Code Whatcom 14,897 11,415 7.03 18.2
Fife Code Pierce 10,184 9,173 5.69 14.7
Fircrest Code Pierce 6,835 6,497 1.58 4.1
Forks Code Clallam 3,880 3,532 3.91 10.1
George Code Grant 516 501 1.33 3.4
Gig Harbor Code Pierce 10,717 7,126 5.95 15.4
Gold Bar Code Snohomish 2,352 2,075 1.03 2.7
Goldendale Code Klickitat 3,505 3,485 2.52 6.5
Grand Coulee Code Grant 1,048 988 1.24 3.2
Grandview Code Yakima 11,078 10,862 6.23 16.1
Granger Code Yakima 3,830 3,246 1.79 4.6
Granite Falls Code Snohomish 4,234 3,364 2.19 5.7
Harrington Code Lincoln 418 424 0.38 0.98
Hoquiam Code Grays Harbor 8,655 8,726 9.08 23.5
Ilwaco Code Pacific 991 936 2.10 5.4
Issaquah Code King 39,509 30,434 11.41 29.6
Kahlotus Code Franklin 193 193 0.47 1.2
Kalama Code Cowlitz 2,798 2,344 2.77 7.2
Kelso Code Cowlitz 12,417 11,925 8.14 21.1
Kenmore Code King 23,097 20,460 6.17 16.0
Kennewick Code Benton 84,347 73,917 26.87 69.6
Kent Code King 132,319 92,411 33.76 87.4
Kettle Falls Code Stevens 1,635 1,595 1.12 2.9
Kirkland Code King 93,010 48,787 17.82 46.2
Kittitas Code Kittitas 1,497 1,381 0.73 1.9
La Center Code Clark 3,404 2,800 2.21 5.7
Lacey Code Thurston 52,592 42,393 16.06 41.6
Lake Forest Park Code King 13,504 12,598 3.53 9.1
Lake Stevens Code Snohomish 33,911 28,069 8.88 23.0
Lakewood Code Pierce 61,037 58,163 17.18 44.5
Langley Code Island 1,140 1,035 1.08 2.8
Leavenworth Code Chelan 2,029 1,965 1.23 3.2
Liberty Lake Code Spokane 10,956 7,591 6.14 15.9
Long Beach Code Pacific 1,496 1,392 1.35 3.5
Longview Code Cowlitz 38,440 36,648 14.54 37.7
Lynden Code Whatcom 15,223 11,951 5.26 13.6
Lynnwood Code Snohomish 39,141 35,836 7.85 20.3
Mabton Code Yakima 2,268 2,286 0.81 2.1
Maple Valley Code King 27,202 22,684 5.73 14.8
Marysville Code Snohomish 70,298 60,020 20.69 53.6
Mattawa Code Grant 4,758 4,437 0.74 1.9
McCleary Code Grays Harbor 1,764 1,653 2.05 5.3
Medical Lake Code Spokane 4,966 5,060 3.40 8.8
Medina Code King 3,288 2,969 1.45 3.8
Mercer Island Code King 25,894 22,699 6.32 16.4
Mesa Code Franklin 508 489 1.64 4.2
Mill Creek Code Snohomish 20,897 18,244 4.66 12.1
Millwood Code Spokane 1,800 1,786 0.70 1.8
Milton Code Pierce
King[Note 1]
8,299 6,968 2.62 6.8
Monroe Code Snohomish 19,776 17,304 6.05 15.7
Montesano Code Grays Harbor 4,052 3,976 10.58 27.4
Morton Code Lewis 1,199 1,126 0.82 2.1
Moses Lake Code Grant 24,086 20,366 17.84 46.2
Mossyrock Code Lewis 820 759 0.68 1.8
Mount Vernon Code Skagit 36,006 31,743 12.24 31.7
Mountlake Terrace Code Snohomish 21,338 19,909 4.06 10.5
Moxee Code Yakima 4,104 3,308 2.20 5.7
Mukilteo Code Snohomish 21,441 20,254 6.34 16.4
Napavine Code Lewis 2,001 1,766 2.38 6.2
Newcastle Code King 12,292 10,380 4.45 11.5
Newport Code Pend Oreille 2,199 2,126 1.35 3.5
Nooksack Code Whatcom 1,631 1,338 0.71 1.8
Normandy Park Code King 6,604 6,335 2.52 6.5
North Bend Code King 7,423 5,731 4.37 11.3
North Bonneville Code Skamania 1,007 956 2.41 6.2
Oak Harbor Code Island 23,565 22,075 9.65 25.0
Oakville Code Grays Harbor 692 684 0.50 1.3
Ocean Shores Code Grays Harbor 6,494 5,569 8.51 22.0
Okanogan Code Okanogan 2,588 2,552 1.99 5.2
Olympia Code Thurston 52,882 46,478 17.82 46.2
Omak Code Okanogan 4,778 4,845 3.46 9.0
Oroville Code Okanogan 1,675 1,686 1.64 4.2
Orting Code Pierce 8,610 6,746 2.73 7.1
Othello Code Adams 8,386 7,364 3.81 9.9
Pacific Code King
Pierce[Note 1]
7,178 6,606 2.41 6.2
Palouse Second Whitman 1,075 998 1.08 2.8
Pasco Code Franklin 75,432 59,781 31.46 81.5
Pateros Code Okanogan 714 667 0.49 1.3
Pomeroy Code Garfield 1,395 1,425 1.78 4.6
Port Angeles Code Clallam 20,229 19,038 10.70 27.7
Port Orchard Second Kitsap 14,597 11,144 9.68 25.1
Port Townsend Code Jefferson 9,831 9,113 6.98 18.1
Poulsbo Code Kitsap 11,168 9,200 4.74 12.3
Prescott Code Walla Walla 305 318 0.40 1.0
Prosser Code Benton 6,380 5,714 4.55 11.8
Pullman Code Whitman 34,506 29,799 9.88 25.6
Puyallup Code Pierce 42,361 37,022 14.11 36.5
Quincy Code Grant 8,033 6,750 4.98 12.9
Rainier Code Thurston 2,287 1,794 1.73 4.5
Raymond Code Pacific 2,994 2,882 4.06 10.5
Redmond Code King 71,929 54,144 16.47 42.7
Renton Code King 101,751 90,927 23.37 60.5
Republic Code Ferry 1,066 1,073 1.59 4.1
Richland First Benton 58,225 48,058 38.56 99.9
Ridgefield Code Clark 9,153 4,763 7.08 18.3
Ritzville Second Adams 1,654 1,673 1.70 4.4
Rock Island Code Douglas 1,124 788 0.62 1.6
Roslyn Code Kittitas 958 893 4.37 11.3
Roy Code Pierce 822 793 0.49 1.3
Royal City Code Grant 2,237 2,140 1.35 3.5
Ruston Code Pierce 845 749 0.26 0.67
Sammamish Code King 65,892 45,780 18.41 47.7
SeaTac Code King 29,044 26,909 10.03 26.0
Seattle First King 753,675 608,660 83.84 217.1
Sedro-Woolley Code Skagit 12,072 10,540 3.93 10.2
Selah Code Yakima 8,087 7,147 4.51 11.7
Sequim Code Clallam 7,640 6,606 6.31 16.3
Shelton Code Mason 10,655 9,834 5.76 14.9
Shoreline Code King 57,027 53,007 11.67 30.2
Snohomish Code Snohomish 10,154 9,098 3.46 9.0
Snoqualmie Code King 13,622 10,670 7.22 18.7
Soap Lake Code Grant 1,603 1,514 1.30 3.4
South Bend Code Pacific 1,698 1,637 1.63 4.2
Spangle Code Spokane 319 278 0.36 0.93
Spokane First Spokane 222,081 208,916 68.73 178.0
Spokane Valley Code Spokane 101,060 89,755 37.71 97.7
Sprague Code Lincoln 460 446 0.63 1.6
Stanwood Code Snohomish 7,287 6,231 2.82 7.3
Stevenson Code Skamania 1,601 1,465 1.65 4.3
Sultan Code Snohomish 5,388 4,651 3.15 8.2
Sumas Code Whatcom 1,534 1,307 1.48 3.8
Sumner Code Pierce 10,427 9,451 7.51 19.5
Sunnyside Code Yakima 16,796 15,858 6.63 17.2
Tacoma First Pierce 217,827 198,397 49.73 128.8
Tekoa Second Whitman 799 778 1.14 3.0
Tenino Code Thurston 1,865 1,695 1.44 3.7
Tieton Code Yakima 1,308 1,191 0.82 2.1
Toledo Code Lewis 771 725 0.40 1.0
Tonasket Code Okanogan 1,121 1,032 0.80 2.1
Toppenish Code Yakima 8,809 8,949 2.11 5.5
Tukwila Code King 20,347 19,107 9.17 23.8
Tumwater Code Thurston 24,024 17,371 14.32 37.1
Union Gap Code Yakima 6,200 6,125 5.06 13.1
University Place Code Pierce 34,001 31,144 8.43 21.8
Vader Code Lewis 670 621 0.93 2.4
Vancouver First Clark 184,463 161,791 46.78 121.2
Waitsburg Unclassified Walla Walla 1,231 1,217 1.12 2.9
Walla Walla Code Walla Walla 32,900 31,731 12.80 33.2
Wapato Second Yakima 5,010 4,997 1.17 3.0
Warden Code Grant 2,812 2,692 2.66 6.9
Washougal Code Clark 16,107 14,095 5.47 14.2
Wenatchee Code Chelan 34,360 31,925 7.86 20.4
West Richland Code Benton 15,075 11,811 21.97 56.9
Westport Code Grays Harbor 2,100 2,099 3.68 9.5
White Salmon Code Klickitat 2,691 2,224 1.24 3.2
Winlock Code Lewis 1,428 1,339 1.29 3.3
Woodinville Code King 13,263 10,938 5.60 14.5
Woodland Code Cowlitz
Clark[Note 1]
6,495 5,509 4.05 10.5
Woodway Code Snohomish 1,391 1,307 1.11 2.9
Yakima First Yakima 93,637 91,067 27.63 71.6
Yelm Code Thurston 9,456 6,848 5.68 14.7
Zillah Code Yakima 3,140 2,964 1.85 4.8

List of towns[edit]

  County seat

Name Type County[4] Population
(2019 estimate)[6]
Population
(2010 Census)[5]
Land area[5]
sq mi km2
Albion Town Whitman 604 579 0.36 0.93
Almira Town Lincoln 280 284 0.52 1.3
Beaux Arts Village Town King 324 299 0.08 0.21
Bucoda Town Thurston 592 562 0.57 1.5
Carbonado Town Pierce 735 610 0.42 1.1
Cathlamet Town Wahkiakum 572 532 0.49 1.3
Colton Town Whitman 458 418 0.59 1.5
Conconully Town Okanogan 208 210 0.31 0.80
Concrete Town Skagit 738 705 1.17 3.0
Coulee City Town Grant 564 562 0.90 2.3
Coulee Dam Town Okanogan
Douglas
Grant[Note 1]
1,080 1,098 0.72 1.9
Coupeville Town Island 1,972 1,831 1.24 3.2
Creston Town Lincoln 229 236 0.41 1.1
Cusick Town Pend Oreille 217 207 0.53 1.4
Darrington Town Snohomish 1,421 1,347 1.65 4.3
Eatonville Town Pierce 3,026 2,758 1.82 4.7
Elmer City Town Okanogan 248 238 0.21 0.54
Endicott Town Whitman 305 289 0.29 0.75
Fairfield Town Spokane 626 612 0.62 1.6
Farmington Town Whitman 152 146 0.34 0.88
Friday Harbor Town San Juan 2,562 2,162 2.12 5.5
Garfield Town Whitman 609 597 0.88 2.3
Hamilton Town Skagit 310 301 1.12 2.9
Harrah Town Yakima 640 625 0.22 0.57
Hartline Town Grant 154 151 0.33 0.85
Hatton Town Adams 104 101 0.37 0.96
Hunts Point Town King 435 394 0.31 0.80
Index Town Snohomish 211 178 0.23 0.60
Ione Town Pend Oreille 472 447 0.54 1.4
Krupp Town Grant 52 48 0.59 1.5
La Conner Town Skagit 949 891 0.41 1.1
LaCrosse Town Whitman 319 313 0.78 2.0
Lamont Town Whitman 74 70 0.29 0.75
Latah Town Spokane 187 183 0.31 0.80
Lind Town Adams 563 564 1.07 2.8
Lyman Town Skagit 473 438 0.67 1.7
Malden Town Whitman 206 203 0.67 1.7
Mansfield Town Douglas 343 320 0.31 0.80
Marcus Town Stevens 172 183 0.22 0.57
Metaline Town Pend Oreille 183 173 0.31 0.80
Metaline Falls Town Pend Oreille 251 238 0.21 0.54
Naches Town Yakima 847 795 0.69 1.8
Nespelem Town Okanogan 392 236 0.19 0.49
Northport Town Stevens 301 295 0.58 1.5
Oakesdale Town Whitman 439 422 1.04 2.7
Odessa Town Lincoln 894 910 0.82 2.1
Pe Ell Town Lewis 675 632 0.59 1.5
Reardan Town Lincoln 610 571 0.49 1.3
Riverside Town Okanogan 273 280 0.97 2.5
Rockford Town Spokane 486 470 0.68 1.8
Rosalia Town Whitman 558 550 0.62 1.6
St. John Town Whitman 559 537 0.64 1.7
Skykomish Town King 220 198 0.32 0.83
South Cle Elum Town Kittitas 559 532 0.39 1.0
South Prairie Town Pierce 443 434 0.39 1.0
Springdale Town Stevens 300 285 1.14 3.0
Starbuck Town Columbia 128 129 0.21 0.54
Steilacoom Town Pierce 6,390 5,985 2.05 5.3
Twisp Town Okanogan 963 919 1.18 3.1
Uniontown Town Whitman 344 294 0.93 2.4
Washtucna Town Adams 208 208 0.69 1.8
Waterville Town Douglas 1,213 1,138 0.87 2.3
Waverly Town Spokane 109 106 0.41 1.1
Wilbur Town Lincoln 861 884 1.41 3.7
Wilkeson Town Pierce 514 477 0.47 1.2
Wilson Creek Town Grant 215 205 0.96 2.5
Winthrop Town Okanogan 472 394 0.94 2.4
Yacolt Town Clark 1,796 1,566 0.50 1.3
Yarrow Point Town King 1,149 1,001 0.37 0.96

Notes[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "GCT-PH1 – Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 – State — Place and (in selected states) County Subdivision". 2010 United States Census. United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
  2. ^ "Washington: 2010 Population and Housing Unit Counts 2010 Census of Population and Housing" (PDF). 2010 United States Census. United States Census Bureau. September 2012. p. III-2. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  3. ^ "Washington City and Town Profiles". Municipal Research and Services Center. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Domestic and Antarctic Names - State and Topical Gazetteer Download Files: National Federal Codes" (CSV). United States Board on Geographical Names, USGS. Retrieved November 25, 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ a b "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places in Washington: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2019". United States Census Bureau, Population Division. Retrieved May 26, 2020.

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