Raymond, Washington

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Raymond is a city in Pacific County, Washington, United States. The population was 2,975 at the 2000 census. The town's economy is based on logging and fishing, together with a limited amount of tourism.[citation needed]



Raymond was officially incorporated on August 6, 1907. Raymond was named after L.V. Raymond, who was the first postmaster in Raymond. In the early years, Raymond's business section was built on stilts five or six feet above the tidelands and sloughs that crisscrossed the site. Elevated sidewalks and streets connected most of the buildings. Raymond claimed a population of 6,000 in the year 1913 and had a reputation as a wild and wooly lumber mill town. City fathers resisted the unwanted reputation with promotions of Raymond as "The Empire City of Willapa Harbor" and "The City That Does Things". Raymond was the city where the grunge band Nirvana played their first gig.[citation needed]


Raymond is located at 46°40′47″N 123°44′17″W / 46.67972°N 123.73806°W / 46.67972; -123.73806 (46.679599, -123.738091).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11.4 km²), of which, 3.8 square miles (9.9 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²) of it (12.76%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,975 people, 1,192 households, and 760 families residing in the city. The population density was 776.4 people per square mile (299.9/km²). There were 1,338 housing units at an average density of 349.2/sq mi (134.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 83.70% White, 0.24% African American, 2.72% Native American, 7.06% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 3.16% from other races, and 2.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.18% of the population. 12.0% were of English, 11.6% German, 7.6% Irish, 6.0% American and 5.7% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000.

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