Hoquiam, Washington

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Hoquiam (pronounced /ˈhoʊkwi.əm/, US dict: hō′·kwē·əm) is a city in Grays Harbor County, Washington state, United States. The town borders the city of Aberdeen at Myrtle Street with Hoquiam to the west. The two cities share a common economic history in lumbering and exporting but Hoquiam has maintained its independent identity. Aberdeen is more populated but the two cities have a long rivalry especially in high school sports (see Athletics).

In 2000 the population was 9,097.

Hoquiam (Ho'-kwee-um)or (Ho-kwim, to natives) was incorporated on May 21, 1890. Its name comes from a Native-American word meaning "hungry for wood".[3]

Hoquiam is the home of the internationally acclaimed Loggers' Playday, celebrated with a parade and logging competition every September.

The local airport, Bowerman Airfield (KHQM), is coastal Washington's only jet-capable airport. It has a 5,000-foot (1,524 m) runway and a parallel taxiway located a stone's throw from the inlet that gives Grays Harbor its name. Hoquiam is also home to dozens of species of migratory birds which nest along the water's edge during the milder months.



Hoquiam is located at 46°58′49″N 123°53′8″W / 46.98028°N 123.88556°W / 46.98028; -123.88556 (46.980332, -123.885506),[4] at the mouth of the Hoquiam River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city covers an area of 15.6 square miles (40.4 km²), of which, 9.2 square miles (23.8 km²) is land and 6.4 square miles (16.6 km²) or (41.14%) is water.


Hoquiam experiences an oceanic climate (Köppen climate classification Cfb).

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