La Conner, Washington

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La Conner is a town in Skagit County, Washington, United States with a population of 761 at the 2000 census. It is included in the Mount Vernon-Anacortes, Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area. In the month of April, the town annually hosts the majority of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival events. The center of town, roughly bounded by Second, Morris and Commercial Streets and the Swinomish Channel, is a historic district and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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History

La Conner was first settled in May 1867 by Alonzo Low and was then known by its post office name, Swinomish. In 1869, J.S. Conner bought the settlement's trading post and in 1870 had the name changed to honor his wife, Louisa Ann Conner. The French-appearing "La" representing her first- and middle-initials. La Conner was once the county seat of Skagit County.[3]

Geography

La Conner is located at the coordinates 48°23′26″N 122°29′44″W / 48.39056°N 122.49556°W / 48.39056; -122.49556 (48.390495, -122.495646).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²), of which, 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (15.69%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2006, there were 839 people, 372 households, and 196 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,746.7 people per square mile (667.8/km²). There were 434 housing units at an average density of 996.1/sq mi (380.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 90.80% White, 0.79% African American, 1.71% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 3.81% from other races, and 2.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.18% of the population.

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