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Overview

Introduction to Aberdeen, Washington

Aberdeen, Washington, in Grays Harbor county, is 62 miles W of Lakewood, Washington (center to center) and 82 miles SW of Seattle, Washington. As of the year 2000 census, 16,461 people lived in Aberdeen.

Aberdeen History

Aberdeen was named after a local salmon cannery, which was a namesake of Aberdeen, Scotland. The first sawmill in the area was built in 1884 by A.J. West. The Northern Pacific Railroad entered the city in 1895. Around 1900, the murder rate of Aberdeen became so high that it became known as the "Port of Missing Men" or the "Hellhole of the Pacific." Though there were several saw mills in Aberdeen, most of them were closed by the 1980s.

Aberdeen and nearby Attractions

  • Olympic National Park
  • Aberdeen Museum of History
  • Westhaven State Park
  • Twin Harbors Beach State Park
  • Polson Park and Museum
  • Westport Maritime Museum

Things To Do In Aberdeen

In Aberdeen, you can spend your leisure hours at the West End Playfield, North Aberdeen Playfield, Stewart Memorial Park, Miller Natatorium and Gym/Stewart Field Complex, Finch Playfield, Franklin Field, and Benn Memorial Park. You can also visit the Aberdeen Museum of History. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Wishkah Mall and Southshore Mall.

Aberdeen Transportation

Air transportation is available from Astoria Regional Airport.

Aberdeen Higher Education

The local college is Grays Harbor College. Facilities for higher education are also provided by South Puget Sound Community College, Lower Columbia College, and Tacoma Community College.

People

Total Population 16,429
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 13.6%
Employed Population 16+ 6,390
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 44.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.3%
Median Earnings25+ $30,578
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,500
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,166

Wealth

Median Family Income $50,039
% Above Poverty Level 76.7%
% Below Poverty Level 23.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.6%
% Using Public Transportation 3.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 30%
Median Gross Rent $694
Median House Value $121,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 34.2%
US/American 0%
English 6.5%
Irish 11%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Aberdeen Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 62 miles W of Lakewood, Washington (center to center)
Nearest Large City 82 miles SW of Seattle, Washington
County Grays Harbor
Standard Zip Codes 98520
Phone Area Codes 360
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 46.975
Longitude -123.814

Aberdeen Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station ABERDEEN
Distance 1.1 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 47 F
Apr Temp 41 to 57 F
Jul Temp 53 to 68 F
Oct Temp 44 to 61 F
Annual Precip 83.7 inches
Station HOQUIAM AP
Distance 5.6 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 47 F
Apr Temp 42 to 56 F
Jul Temp 53 to 67 F
Oct Temp 46 to 60 F
Annual Precip 68.6 inches
Station GRAYLAND
Distance 17.6 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 48 F
Apr Temp 41 to 56 F
Jul Temp 51 to 66 F
Oct Temp 43 to 61 F
Annual Precip 74.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Aberdeen, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bay City (98520)

Bench Drive (98520)

Ocosta (98520)

South Aberdeen (98520)

Wishkah (98520)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cosmopolis 1,547 $63,382
Elma 3,035 $58,413
Hoquiam 8,479 $43,420
Montesano 3,894 $69,922
Ocean Shores 5,637 $53,780
Westport 1,965 $39,722

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Aberdeen Hospitals

GRAYS HARBOR COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
915 ANDERSON DRIVE
(360) 532-8330
Emergency Service: Yes

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Aberdeen High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

J M WEATHERWAX HIGH SCHOOL
213 E 2ND
360-538-2044
Serves 1,062 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

HARBOR HIGH SCHOOL
300 N. WILLIAMS
360-538-2189
A Title I School.
Serves 285 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.4

WISHKAH VALLEY ELEMENTARY/HIGH SCHOOL
4640 WISHKAH RD.
360-532-3128
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 217 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.7

GRAYS HARBOR JUVENILE DETENTION
GRAYS HARBOR JUVENILE DETENTIO
360-538-2189
Serves 29 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

HOMELINK
216 NORTH G STREET
360-538-2035
A Non-traditional School
Serves 28 students.

Aberdeen Colleges

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