Pacific, Washington

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Pacific is a city in King and Pierce counties in the U.S. state of Washington. Located primarily in King County, the population was 5,527 at the 2000 census. Like its northern neighbor Algona, Pacific is sometimes mistaken for a part of Auburn.[citation needed]



Platted August 10, 1906 by real estate promoter Clarence Dayton Hillman as "C.D. Hillman's Pacific City Addition to the City of Seattle," Pacific was officially incorporated on August 10, 1909.

Record-breaking rains in November 2006 pushed the White River over its river banks along Pacific City Park, creating a temporary 25-acre (100,000 m2) lake.

In January 2009, release of stormwaters from the Mud Mountain flood-control dam caused even greater flooding, inundating more than a hundred homes.


Pacific is located at 47°15′48″N 122°14′52″W / 47.26333°N 122.24778°W / 47.26333; -122.24778 (47.263272, -122.247831).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.6 km²).The lower White River, also known as the Stuck River, runs through the east side of Pacific, between Auburn, Washington and Sumner, Washington.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,527 people, 1,992 households, and 1,444 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,158.1 people per square mile (833.6/km²). There were 2,090 housing units at an average density of 816.1/sq mi (315.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 85.38% White, 1.43% African American, 1.61% Native American, 4.72% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 2.95% from other races, and 3.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.48% of the population.

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