Port Angeles, Washington

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Port Angeles
—  City  —
Port Angeles harbor and the Olympic Mountains
Motto: The Center of it All on the Olympic Peninsula
Location of Port Angeles, Washington
Coordinates: 48°06′47″N 123°26′27″W / 48.11306°N 123.44083°W / 48.11306; -123.44083Coordinates: 48°06′47″N 123°26′27″W / 48.11306°N 123.44083°W / 48.11306; -123.44083
CountryUnited States
StateWashington
CountyClallam
Incorporated1890
Government
 • TypeCouncil-manager
 • MayorCherie Kidd
Area[1]
 • Total14.52 sq mi (37.61 km2)
 • Land10.70 sq mi (27.71 km2)
 • Water3.82 sq mi (9.89 km2)
Elevation32 ft (17 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total19,038
 • Estimate (2011[3])19,154
 • Density1,779.3/sq mi (687.0/km2)
Time zonePacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST)Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7)
ZIP codes98362, 98363
Area code(s)360
FIPS code53-55365
GNIS feature ID1524581[4]
Websitewww.cityofpa.us
 
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Port Angeles
—  City  —
Port Angeles harbor and the Olympic Mountains
Motto: The Center of it All on the Olympic Peninsula
Location of Port Angeles, Washington
Coordinates: 48°06′47″N 123°26′27″W / 48.11306°N 123.44083°W / 48.11306; -123.44083Coordinates: 48°06′47″N 123°26′27″W / 48.11306°N 123.44083°W / 48.11306; -123.44083
CountryUnited States
StateWashington
CountyClallam
Incorporated1890
Government
 • TypeCouncil-manager
 • MayorCherie Kidd
Area[1]
 • Total14.52 sq mi (37.61 km2)
 • Land10.70 sq mi (27.71 km2)
 • Water3.82 sq mi (9.89 km2)
Elevation32 ft (17 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total19,038
 • Estimate (2011[3])19,154
 • Density1,779.3/sq mi (687.0/km2)
Time zonePacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST)Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7)
ZIP codes98362, 98363
Area code(s)360
FIPS code53-55365
GNIS feature ID1524581[4]
Websitewww.cityofpa.us
Early morning photograph from the pier tower

Port Angeles is the county seat of Clallam County, Washington, United States.[5] The population is 19,038 as of the 2010 census.[6] The population was 19,100 at 2012 Estimate from Office of Financial Management. The City's harbor was dubbed Puerto de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles (Port of Our Lady of the Angels) by Spanish explorer Francisco de Eliza in 1791, but by the mid-19th century the name had been shortened and partially anglicized to its current form,[7] Port Angeles Harbor.[8]

Port Angeles is home to Peninsula College and is the birthplace of football hall of famer John Elway. The city is served by William R. Fairchild International Airport, and ferry service is provided across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on the M/V Coho or Victoria Express.

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Geography

The coordinates of Port Angeles are 48°06′47″N 123°26′27″ (48.112969, -123.440713).[9] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.52 square miles (37.61 km2), of which, 10.70 square miles (27.71 km2) is land and 3.82 square miles (9.89 km2) is water.[1]

The city is situated on the northern edge of the Olympic Peninsula along the shore of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Port Angeles features a long and narrow natural sandspit named Ediz Hook that projects north-easterly nearly three miles into the Strait. Ediz Hook creates a large, natural deep-water harbor shielded from the storms and swells that move predominantly eastward down the Strait from the Pacific Ocean. Coast Guard Air Station / Sector Field Office (SFO) Port Angeles is situated on the end of Ediz Hook. The harbor is deep enough to provide anchorage for large ocean-going ships such as tankers and cruise ships. The south shore of Vancouver Island and the city of Victoria, British Columbia are visible across the Strait to the north.

Port Angeles is located in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, which means the city gets significantly less rain than other areas of western Washington. The average annual precipitation total is approximately 25 inches (640 mm), compared to Seattle's 38 inches (970 mm). Temperatures are heavily modified by the maritime location, with winter lows rarely below 25 degrees Fahrenheit (−4 °C), and summer highs rarely above 80 degrees F (27 °C). However, in winter the city can be vulnerable to windstorms and Arctic cold fronts that sweep across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Port Angeles receives about 4 inches (100 mm) of snow each year, but it rarely stays on the ground for long.

Port Angeles is also the location of the headquarters of Olympic National Park, which encompasses most of the Olympic Mountains, and was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938.

Climate

Climate data for Port Angeles, Washington
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °F (°C)65
(18)
71
(22)
68
(20)
82
(28)
86
(30)
90
(32)
94
(34)
94
(34)
85
(29)
73
(23)
67
(19)
67
(19)
94
(34)
Average high °F (°C)44.9
(7.2)
47.4
(8.6)
50.2
(10.1)
54.9
(12.7)
60.3
(15.7)
64.2
(17.9)
67.9
(19.9)
67.8
(19.9)
65.0
(18.3)
57.1
(13.9)
49.6
(9.8)
45.9
(7.7)
56.3
(13.5)
Daily mean °F (°C)39.5
(4.2)
41.4
(5.2)
43.6
(6.4)
47.6
(8.7)
52.6
(11.4)
56.6
(13.7)
59.8
(15.4)
59.7
(15.4)
56.9
(13.8)
50.3
(10.2)
43.9
(6.6)
40.7
(4.8)
49.4
(9.7)
Average low °F (°C)34.1
(1.2)
35.4
(1.9)
36.9
(2.7)
40.3
(4.6)
44.9
(7.2)
49.1
(9.5)
51.7
(10.9)
51.6
(10.9)
48.7
(9.3)
43.4
(6.3)
38.2
(3.4)
35.5
(1.9)
42.5
(5.8)
Record low °F (°C)7
(−14)
10
(−12)
15
(−9)
25
(−4)
30
(−1)
36
(2)
40
(4)
39
(4)
31
(−1)
24
(−4)
6
(−14)
6
(−14)
6
(−14)
Precipitation inches (mm)3.91
(99.3)
2.69
(68.3)
2.11
(53.6)
1.26
(32)
0.97
(24.6)
0.86
(21.8)
0.53
(13.5)
0.72
(18.3)
1.09
(27.7)
2.51
(63.8)
4.01
(101.9)
4.34
(110.2)
25.00
(635)
Snowfall inches (cm)1.7
(4.3)
0.9
(2.3)
0.4
(1)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.3
(0.8)
0.8
(2)
4.1
(10.4)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in)1714141198568131718140
Source #1: WRCC (normals 1933-2008)[10]
Source #2: The Weather Channel[11]

Media

The local newspaper is the Peninsula Daily News, originally the Port Angeles Evening News (founded 1916). The Peninsula Daily News publishes 6 days a week and hosts the North Olympic Peninsula's most popular website. www.peninsuladailynews.com[citation needed]

Newsradio 1450 KONP is the local radio station offering news, sports, information and talk programming on AM 1450. The station is also broadcast on FM 102.1 (founded 1945).[12]

Port Angeles is also one of several locations in the Olympic Peninsula area of Washington State mentioned in the Twilight series of books and movies, though no filming took place in Port Angeles for the movies. Port Angeles is also the home base of Rygaard Logging, one of the logging companies featured in the second season of the hit History Channel program, Ax Men.

Port Angeles was also used in the last scene of the 1994 movie of Wyatt Earp when Wyatt and Josie were on the boat out from the harbor with the majestic Olympic Mountains in the distance.

Demographics

Historical populations
CensusPop.
19002,321
19102,286−1.5%
19205,351134.1%
193010,18890.4%
19409,409−7.6%
195011,23319.4%
196012,65312.6%
197016,36729.4%
198017,3115.8%
199017,7102.3%
200018,3973.9%
201019,0383.5%
Est. 201119,1540.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]
Historical Population 1890-2000[14]
2011 estimate[15]

2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 19,038 people, 8,459 households, and 4,808 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,779.3 inhabitants per square mile (687.0 /km2). There were 9,272 housing units at an average density of 866.5 per square mile (334.6 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 88.9% White, 0.8% African American, 3.2% Native American, 1.8% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 0.9% from other races, and 4.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.0% of the population.

There were 8,459 households out of which 25.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.9% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.2% were non-families. 35.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.79.

The median age in the city was 41.6 years. 20.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.4% were from 25 to 44; 28.3% were from 45 to 64; and 18% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.6% male and 51.4% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 18,397 people, 8,053 households, and 4,831 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,823.1 people per square mile (704.0/km2). There were 8,682 housing units at an average density of 860.4 per square mile (332.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.35% White, 0.69% Black, 3.26% Native American, 1.29% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 0.38% from other races, and 2.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.34% of the population.

There were 8,053 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.0% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.0% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the city the age distribution of the population shows 23.7% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 92.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was US$33,130, and the median income for a family was $41,450. Males had a median income of $33,351 versus $25,215 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,903. About 9.9% of families and 13.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.3% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.

Public schools

The Port Angeles School District stretches from McDonald Creek in the east to Lake Crescent in the west, and from the northern coastline to the foothills of Olympic National Park in the south. It has an average annual enrollment of about 4,000 students from kindergarten through the 12th grade.

The district operates five elementary schools, one middle school, a high school, an alternative high school and a vocational school.

High schools

Port Angeles High School
Location
Port Angeles, Washington
Information
TypePublic high school
Established1953
School districtPort Angeles School District
Grades9-12
Number of students1,135 [1]
Color(s)green and white         
MascotRoughriders
Athletic FacilitiesCivic Stadium
Website

Port Angeles High School is the largest high school in the North Olympic Peninsula region, with 1,140 students registered in 2013. In addition to core courses, the school offers honors and Advanced Placement courses, a full range of traditional vocational courses, four choirs, five bands, four orchestras, and a full range of fine art courses. Junior and senior students have the option of taking courses at nearby Peninsula College for both high school and college credit.

In state testing, students at Port Angeles High School score 5 to 10 percent above state averages in most categories.

Built in 1953, the facilities are located on 33 acres within a block of Olympic National Park borders. Football, baseball and soccer games are played at Civic Field, a city-owned stadium about 1.5 miles from the school. The school has views of the Olympic Mountain Range and the Strait of Juan de Fuca from the campus buildings.

It is the only high school in the U.S. that offers Klallam language courses, due to its proximity to the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe reservation on the Elwha River delta and high number of tribal members who attend the school.

The high school’s mascot is the Roughriders, depicting Theodore Roosevelt on a horse in his role as commander of the First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry, and the school’s colors are green and white.

Student media controversy

Port Angeles High School is home to the ‘’Timberline’’ student newspaper.[16] The ‘’Timberline’’ came to the center of controversy within the scholastic community when PAHS Principal Garry Cameron nearly prevented distribution of the newspaper because of the appearance of the letters “G-A-Y” in a word search.[17] [18] Students claimed that the letters had been featured in the word search unintentionally, and that Cameron did not have any legitimate basis for restricting distribution. A few pages later in the edition, students had written a story about President Barack Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage.

Lincoln High School is an alternative high school located on the property of Lincoln School, a closed historic schoolhouse currently being converted to a museum. The school offers flexible education options for students in the eighth through 12th grade who have struggled in traditional school settings, allowing them to earn a high school diploma.

North Olympic Peninsula Skills Center is a regional vocational school, averaging 80 students from Port Angeles, Sequim, Crescent, and other area school districts. It offers training 12 fields, including culinary arts, video production, cosmetology and commercial art. It is operated in partnership with Peninsula College, and is also located on the Lincoln School property.

Middle school

Stevens Middle School has an average enrollment of 600 students, has won state honors in science education and was named among the top 22 middle schools in the state fin 2011 and 2012.

Elementary schools

Each of the five elementary schools have enrollments of 300-400 students.

Hamilton Elementary School serves students in west Port Angeles.

Jefferson Elementary School serves students in central Port Angeles.

Franklin Elementary School serves students in east Port Angeles.

Roosevelt Elementary School serves mostly rural students east of Port Angeles.

Dry Creek Elementary School serves mostly rural students west of Port Angeles and from the Lower Elwha Klallam tribal reservation.

Sister city

The city of Mutsu, Aomori, Japan, is a sister city of Port Angeles. The cities have an exchange student program set up through the Port Angeles School District. Port Angeles is also in close distance with Sequim, Joyce, and Forks, Washington.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/files/Gaz_places_national.txt. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/popest/data/cities/totals/2011/files/SUB-EST2011-IP.csv. Retrieved 2013-01-04.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  6. ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=DEC_10_PL_GCTPL2.ST13&prodType=table. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Port Angeles Federal Building". Historic Federal Buildings. General Services Administration. http://w3.gsa.gov/web/p/interaia_save.nsf/0/ccc101f52eb46603852565d90053a193?OpenDocument. Retrieved 2007-04-30.
  8. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Port Angeles Harbor
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  10. ^ "General Climate Summary Tables". Western Regional Climate Center. http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/cliMAIN.pl?wa6624. Retrieved November 25, 2012.
  11. ^ "Monthly Averages for Port Angeles, Washington". Weather.com. 2010. http://www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatology/monthly/graph/USWA0346. Retrieved 2010-04-16.
  12. ^ KONP radio
  13. ^ U.S. Decennial Census
  14. ^ Historical Decennial Population 1890-2000
  15. ^ "Table 3. Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places in Washington: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011 (SUB-EST2011-03-53)" (CSV). United States Census Bureau, Population Division. 2012-09-23. http://www.census.gov/popest/data/cities/totals/2011/tables/SUB-EST2011-03-53.csv. Retrieved 2012-09-23.
  16. ^ "Timberline student newspaper". http://my.hsj.org/Schools/Newspaper/tabid/100/newspaperid/4481/view/frontpage/Default.aspx. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  17. ^ Zweifler, Seth (4 June 2012). "Wash. principal upset by letters G-A-Y in newspaper word search". Student Press Law Center newsflash. http://www.splc.org/news/newsflash.asp?id=2385. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  18. ^ "Timberline word search". http://www.splc.org/pdf/portangeles_wordsearch.pdf. Retrieved 7 June 2012.

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