Forks, Washington

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Forks is a city in Clallam County, Washington, United States. The population was 3,120 at the 2000 census. It is named after the forks in the nearby Quillayute, Bogachiel, Calawah, and Sol Duc rivers.

For many years, the city's economy was fueled by the local timber industry. With recent declines in the industry, however, Forks has had to rely on the nearby Clallam Bay Correctional Center and Olympic Corrections Center as a source of jobs. Forks is a popular destination for sport fishers who fish for salmon and rainbow trout in nearby rivers. It is also supported by visitors to Olympic National Park. In recent years, the city has gained notoriety for being a key setting in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series.

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History

Forks was officially incorporated on August 28, 1945 following an election of the constituents who would become its first town members.

Forks is the birthplace of Emmy award-winning actress Leann Hunley, who has played Anna DiMera on a recurring basis on NBC's Days of our Lives since 1982. In addition to her long-running role on Days of our Lives, she has appeared in over 40 different primetime television programs and numerous motion pictures. Ms. Hunley still recurs on Days.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,192 people, 1,169 households, and 792 families residing in the city. The population density was 998.6 people per square mile (386.1/km2). There were 1,361 housing units at an average density of 435.6/sq mi (168.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 81.47% White, 0.42% African American, 5.03% Native American, 1.51% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 8.49% from other races, and 2.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.54% of the population.

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