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George is a city in Grant County, Washington, United States. The population was 501 at the 2010 census. The "humorous homage" to President George Washington has landed George, Washington on lists of unusual place names.[5]

George
George, Washington
The Gorge Amphitheatre in George
The Gorge Amphitheatre in George
Location of George, Washington
Location of George, Washington
Coordinates: 47°4′42″N 119°51′26″W / 47.07833°N 119.85722°W / 47.07833; -119.85722Coordinates: 47°4′42″N 119°51′26″W / 47.07833°N 119.85722°W / 47.07833; -119.85722
CountryUnited States
StateWashington
CountyGrant
Area
 • Total1.38 sq mi (3.57 km2)
 • Land1.38 sq mi (3.57 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,227 ft (374 m)
Population
 • Total501
 • Estimate 
(2017)[3]
507
 • Density368.19/sq mi (142.20/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
98824, 98848
Area code509
FIPS code53-26455
GNIS feature ID1505105[4]
WebsiteCity of George

The city is known for being near the Gorge Amphitheatre, sometimes called "The Gorge at George". The Gorge Amphitheatre was the location of the annual Sasquatch! Music Festival.

The city also celebrates national holidays such as the Fourth of July, and Washington's Birthday, with cherry pies. It bakes the world's largest cherry pie every year on July 4, and serves it to the crowd.[6]

HistoryEdit

George began as a large irrigation district between Quincy and Moses Lake. In the early 1950s, the need for a town to support the local agriculture business was evident, and the Bureau of Land Management agreed to 339 acres (1.37 km2) for this purpose. The sole bid was that of a local pharmacist, Charlie Brown, who invested his own money into the venture and solicited planning help from a University of Washington instructor. The plan included streets, utilities, etc.

When filing the papers for the town with the BLM, Brown decided that the town should be named as a respectably humorous salute to the first President of the United States, George Washington.[7]

The citizens of the town have named their streets after varieties of cherries grown in the area, such as Bing and Royal Anne.[8]

The town was officially incorporated on July 4, 1957 at a ceremony including Governor Albert Rosellini and a 1,000-pound (450 kg) cherry pie.[7][8]

GeographyEdit

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.33 square miles (3.44 km2), all of it land.[9]

ClimateEdit

According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, George has a cold desert climate, abbreviated "BWk" on climate maps.[10]

DemographicsEdit

Census Pop.
1970273
1980261−4.4%
1990253−3.1%
2000528108.7%
2010501−5.1%
Est. 2017507[3]1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]
2015 Estimate[12]

2010 censusEdit

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 501 people, 131 households, and 109 families residing in the city. The population density was 376.7 inhabitants per square mile (145.4/km2). There were 168 housing units at an average density of 126.3 per square mile (48.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 38.1% White, 1.4% Native American, 59.9% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 75.0% of the population.

There were 131 households of which 60.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.8% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 11.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 16.8% were non-families. 8.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.82 and the average family size was 4.14.

The median age in the city was 24.8 years. 35.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 14.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28% were from 25 to 44; 15% were from 45 to 64; and 6.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 54.1% male and 45.9% female.

2000 censusEdit

As of the census of 2000, there were 528 people, 141 households, and 106 families residing in the city. The population density was 879.2 people per square mile (339.8/km²). There were 162 housing units at an average density of 269.8 per square mile (104.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.11% White, 0.57% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 16.10% from other races, and 2.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 60.23% of the population.

There were 141 households out of which 49.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.2% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.8% were non-families. 18.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.74, and the average family size is 4.39. In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 37.7% under the age of 18, 16.5% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 14.0% from 45 to 64, and 4.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 23 years. For every 100 females, there were 118.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 140.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $21,181, and the median income for a family was $23,571. Males had a median income of $21,667 versus $13,875 for females. The per capita income for the city was $7,779. About 33.0% of families and 36.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 46.8% of those under age 18 and 14.0% of those age 65 or over.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  4. ^ "George". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  5. ^ "The Oddest Named Town in Every State". The Active Times. April 19, 2018. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Largest cherry pie: George, Washington sets world record". World Record Academy. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  7. ^ a b City of George website - history "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-08. Retrieved 2008-10-12. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ a b Steigmeyer, Rick (December 2, 2010). "Fields of dreams: George's unrealized potential". Wenatchee World.
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on January 12, 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-19. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
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  11. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved October 2, 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on October 19, 2016. Retrieved July 10, 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)

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