Langley, Washington

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City of Langley
City
Official seal of City of Langley
Seal
Nickname(s): "Langley by the Sea"
Location of Langley in Washington
Location of Langley in
Washington
Coordinates: 48°2′12.92″N 122°24′30.6″W / 48.0369222°N 122.408500°W / 48.0369222; -122.408500Coordinates: 48°2′12.92″N 122°24′30.6″W / 48.0369222°N 122.408500°W / 48.0369222; -122.408500
CountryUnited States
StateWashington
CountyIsland
IncorporatedFebruary 26, 1913
Government
 • TypeMayor-council government with 5 Council Members
 • MayorFred McCarthy
Area[1]
 • City1.08 sq mi (2.80 km2)
 • Land1.08 sq mi (2.80 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
 • Metro26.2 sq mi (67.86 km2)
Elevation0–90 ft (0–27.7 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • City1,035
 • Estimate (2012[3])1,045
 • Density958.3/sq mi (370.0/km2)
 • Metro4,878
Time zonePST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST)PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code98260
Area code(s)360
Telephone exchanges221, 321, 331, 341, 730
FIPS code53-38355[4]
GNIS feature ID1512376[5]
Websitewww.langleywa.org
 
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City of Langley
City
Official seal of City of Langley
Seal
Nickname(s): "Langley by the Sea"
Location of Langley in Washington
Location of Langley in
Washington
Coordinates: 48°2′12.92″N 122°24′30.6″W / 48.0369222°N 122.408500°W / 48.0369222; -122.408500Coordinates: 48°2′12.92″N 122°24′30.6″W / 48.0369222°N 122.408500°W / 48.0369222; -122.408500
CountryUnited States
StateWashington
CountyIsland
IncorporatedFebruary 26, 1913
Government
 • TypeMayor-council government with 5 Council Members
 • MayorFred McCarthy
Area[1]
 • City1.08 sq mi (2.80 km2)
 • Land1.08 sq mi (2.80 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
 • Metro26.2 sq mi (67.86 km2)
Elevation0–90 ft (0–27.7 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • City1,035
 • Estimate (2012[3])1,045
 • Density958.3/sq mi (370.0/km2)
 • Metro4,878
Time zonePST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST)PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code98260
Area code(s)360
Telephone exchanges221, 321, 331, 341, 730
FIPS code53-38355[4]
GNIS feature ID1512376[5]
Websitewww.langleywa.org
Downtown Langley from Second Street

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.[6] 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).[6]

Langley is a tourist destination and many businesses in immediate area promote themselves in tourist pamphlets available around the world. Langley is home to a 1930s era movie theatre, a grocery store of the same vintage, and several restaurants.

Langley is served by Island County Fire District#3, the Langley Police Department, and is the home of South Whidbey School District #206. The current mayor is Fred McCarthy, and the police chief is Randy Heston.

Based on per capita income, Langley ranks 92nd of 522 areas in the state of Washington to be ranked.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Langley was founded in the 1800s by Jacob Anthes,[7] and was named for J.W. Langley of Seattle.[8] 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.

Traditional events[edit]

Mystery Weekend[edit]

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.

Choochokam[edit]

The Choochokam Arts & Music Festival is held the weekend after Independence Day each July. The city closes most of First Street and Anthes Ave. south to Third St. Over 100 different artists from around the Northwest showcase their art, while more than 50 musicians from both Whidbey Island and from across the country perform completely original music on multiple stages. The event attracts approximately 15,000 people each year, and will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the festival in 2015. Choochokam Arts & Music Festival is presented by the Choochokam Arts Foundation, a non profit organization dedicated to supporting the arts on Whidbey Island and around the greater Puget Sound area.

Djangofest NW[edit]

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.

Island County Fair[edit]

The third weekend in August Langley hosts the Island County Fair. This is one of the biggest community gatherings of the year. The fair has such a local impact, that Island Transit will run special shuttles between Langley and the Clinton Ferry, as well as Shuttles between Oak Harbor and Langley, and extra ferry trips on the Clinton to Mukilteo run routinely at several hours.

Geography[edit]

Langley is located at 48°2′13″N 122°24′31″W / 48.03694°N 122.40861°W / 48.03694; -122.40861 (48.036922, -122.408500).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.08 square miles (2.80 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] 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.

2000 census[edit]

As of the 2000 census,[4] 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.

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. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-01. 
  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. ^ a b "982 3-Digit ZCTA by 5-digit ZIP Code Tabulation Area". U.S. Census Bureau. 2000. Retrieved 2006-08-04. 
  7. ^ "27 Things to Do (On Whidbey Island)". MacGregor's 2006-2007 Whidbey Island Newcomers' & Visitors' Guide. 2005–2006. Retrieved 2006-08-04. 
  8. ^ Majors, Harry M. (1975). Exploring Washington. Van Winkle Publishing Co. p. 21. ISBN 978-0-918664-00-6. 
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 

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