Roy, Washington

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Roy is a city in Pierce County, Washington, United States. The population was 260 at the 2000 census.

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History

Roy was officially incorporated on January 16, 1908. It is a rural city outside Tacoma and primarily features ranch-style homes and farms. Roy was one of the early communities in the area, a prosperous boom-town and a major stop on the railroad line. But 3 major blows reduced this once-thriving town to its current form. A major fire in 1929 wiped out most of the downtown businesses just before the Depression started. The railroad eventually discontinued using Roy as a main stop. The Army annexed most of the surrounding land to the north and west, limiting expansion and the local tax base, and erasing the nearby community of Loveland.

Major features and/or attractions in Roy and the vicinity include the Roy Pioneer Rodeo, attracting participants and spectators from several states and Canada; Roy Elementary School, and many community organizations like 4H, Grange Hall, Scouts, etc.

Geography

Roy is located at 47°0′12″N 122°32′39″W / 47.00333°N 122.54417°W / 47.00333; -122.54417 (47.003382, -122.544171).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²), all of it land.

Although the intersection of SR 7 and SR 507 is known as the Roy "Y", the intersection is in Spanaway, about seven miles northeast of Roy.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 260 people, 102 households, and 68 families residing in the city. The population density was 995.2 people per square mile (386.1/km²). There were 114 housing units at an average density of 436.4/sq mi (169.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 81.15% White, 0.77% African American, 3.46% Native American, 2.31% Asian, 3.85% from other races, and 8.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.08% of the population.

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