Westport, Washington

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Westport is a city in Grays Harbor County, Washington, United States. The city's population was 2,137 at the 2000 census.

Westport is located on a peninsula on the south side of the entrance to Grays Harbor from the Pacific Ocean. The public Westport Marina is the largest marina on the outer coast of the United States's Pacific Northwest. The marina is home to a large commercial fishing fleet and several recreational charter fishing vessels. A summer-only passenger ferry, discontinued in 2008, previously connected the town to Ocean Shores, across the mouth of the harbor to the north.

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History

Westport was officially incorporated on June 26, 1914. Names for the area in the past include Peterson's Point, Chehalis City and Ft. Chehalis. The latter name is for a fort established in 1860 before the town was founded. The area was used regularly during the summer by local Native American tribes (most likely the Shoalwater Bay tribe) before Thomas Barker Speake and his family arrived early in the summer of 1857.

Geography

Westport is located at 46°53′27″N 124°6′36″W / 46.89083°N 124.11°W / 46.89083; -124.11 (46.890803, -124.109926).[3] It is the westernmost "Westport" in the world, the nearest competitor being in California, less than a degree east.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.2 square miles (11.0 km²), of which, 3.6 square miles (9.3 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²) of it (14.86%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,137 people, 983 households, and 547 families residing in the city. The population density was 592.9 people per square mile (229.2/km²). There were 1,358 housing units at an average density of 376.8/sq mi (145.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.75% White, 0.33% African American, 3.09% Native American, 0.94% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.47% from other races, and 2.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.99% of the population. 21.7% were of German, 10.9% English, 9.6% Irish, 7.6% Norwegian, 5.3% American and 5.1% Swedish ancestry according to Census 2000.

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