La Conner, Washington

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La Conner, Washington
Town
Location of La Conner, Washington
Coordinates: 48°23′26″N 122°29′44″W / 48.39056°N 122.49556°W / 48.39056; -122.49556Coordinates: 48°23′26″N 122°29′44″W / 48.39056°N 122.49556°W / 48.39056; -122.49556
CountryUnited States
StateWashington
CountySkagit
Area[1]
 • Total0.51 sq mi (1.32 km2)
 • Land0.41 sq mi (1.06 km2)
 • Water0.10 sq mi (0.26 km2)
Elevation56 ft (17 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total891
 • Estimate (2012[3])902
 • Density2,173.2/sq mi (839.1/km2)
Time zonePacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST)PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code98257
Area code360
FIPS code53-36780[4]
GNIS feature ID1534592[5]
Websitetownoflaconner.org
 
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La Conner, Washington
Town
Location of La Conner, Washington
Coordinates: 48°23′26″N 122°29′44″W / 48.39056°N 122.49556°W / 48.39056; -122.49556Coordinates: 48°23′26″N 122°29′44″W / 48.39056°N 122.49556°W / 48.39056; -122.49556
CountryUnited States
StateWashington
CountySkagit
Area[1]
 • Total0.51 sq mi (1.32 km2)
 • Land0.41 sq mi (1.06 km2)
 • Water0.10 sq mi (0.26 km2)
Elevation56 ft (17 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total891
 • Estimate (2012[3])902
 • Density2,173.2/sq mi (839.1/km2)
Time zonePacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST)PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code98257
Area code360
FIPS code53-36780[4]
GNIS feature ID1534592[5]
Websitetownoflaconner.org

La Conner is a town in Skagit County, Washington, United States with a population of 891 at the 2010 census. It is included in the Mount VernonAnacortes, Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area. In the month of April, the town annually hosts the majority of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival events. The center of town, roughly bounded by Second, Morris and Commercial Streets and the Swinomish Channel, is a historic district and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

History[edit source | edit]

La Conner was first settled in May 1867 by Alonzo Low and was then known by its post office name, Swinomish. In 1869, J.S. Conner bought the settlement's trading post and in 1870 had the name changed to honor his wife, Louisa Ann Conner. The French-appearing "La" representing her first- and middle-initials. La Conner was once the county seat of Skagit County.[6]

Geography[edit source | edit]

La Conner is located at the coordinates 48°23′26″N 122°29′44″W / 48.39056°N 122.49556°W / 48.39056; -122.49556 (48.390495, -122.495646).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.51 square miles (1.32 km2), of which, 0.41 square miles (1.06 km2) is land and 0.10 square miles (0.26 km2) is water.[1]

Demographics[edit source | edit]

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the town was $42,344, and the median income for a family was $52,083. Males had a median income of $40,074 versus $26,875 for females. The per capita income for the town was $24,308. About 8.8% of families and 11.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.3% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.

Part of downtown La Conner, with the Swinomish Channel behind it. Rainbow Bridge at left, fishing port on the Swinomish Reservation across the channel.
A roughly 220° view of the Swinomish Channel, near downtown La Conner. Pier 7 can be seen at right.

2010 census[edit source | edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 891 people, 467 households, and 224 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,173.2 inhabitants per square mile (839.1 /km2). There were 526 housing units at an average density of 1,282.9 per square mile (495.3 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 87.1% White, 0.7% African American, 5.1% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 3.4% from other races, and 2.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.2% of the population.

There were 467 households of which 18.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.6% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 52.0% were non-families. 45.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.91 and the average family size was 2.70.

The median age in the town was 52.8 years. 16.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.3% were from 25 to 44; 34.5% were from 45 to 64; and 26.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 45.1% male and 54.9% female.

Landmarks[edit source | edit]

La Conner's Rainbow Bridge crossing the Swinomish Channel

La Conner's Rainbow bridge connects La Conner to Fidalgo Island which includes, the gated Shelter Bay Community, the Swinomish reservation, and the city of Anacortes. The center of town—roughly bounded by 2nd, Morris and Commercial Sts., and Swinomish Channel—is a historic district, listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). Also on the NRHP is the Bethsaida Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church Parsonage east of town.

Notable natives[edit source | edit]

Author Tom Robbins is a long-time resident of La Conner. Many of his books, most notably Another Roadside Attraction, have chapters set in the vicinity.

Pacific Northwest photographer Art Hupy (1924–2003) settled in La Conner in 1977 and founded the Museum of Northwest Art in 1981. Many influential Northwest artists including Guy Anderson, Clayton James, and Barbara Straker James have close ties to La Conner.

Joe Shell (born in La Conner in 1918) is a former member and floor leader of the California State Assembly and was the intraparty opponent of Richard M. Nixon for the California Republican gubernatorial nomination in 1962. His father was an Indian agent at the time on the Swinomish reservation.

Each spring, La Conner attracts tens of thousands of visitors to view a wide array of tulips. Also, it hosts the Arts Alive! show during the first weekend of November, where local artists display and sell their artwork.

The town is also famous for its many wild turkeys. In 2005, the town named the wild turkey as their "Official Town Bird."[8] On August 8, 2006, however, a debate was heard in town council about whether the birds should be removed because of nuisance complaints about noise, fecal matter, and ingestion of garden materials.[9] As of October 2010, the town council declared the turkeys to be a nuisance and have since taken action to have them removed from the town limits.

Sister cities[edit source | edit]

La Conner has the following sister cities.[10]

References[edit source | 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. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-01. 
  4. ^ "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. ^ Meany, Edmond S. (1920). "Origin of Washington Geographic Names". The Washington Historical Quarterly (Washington University State Historical Society) XI: 52. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ YouTube - La Conner Town Turkeys
  9. ^ Laconner.net
  10. ^ Sister Cities, States, Counties & Ports
  11. ^ Laconner.net

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