Port Angeles, Washington

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Port Angeles is a city in and the county seat of Clallam County, Washington, United States.[3] The population was 18,397 at the 2000 census, making it the largest city on the Olympic Peninsula. The area's harbor was dubbed Puerto de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles (Port of Our Lady of the Angels) by Spanish explorer Francisco de Eliza in 1791, but by the mid-19th century the name had been shortened and partially anglicized to its current form, [4] Port Angeles Harbor.[5]

Port Angeles is home to Peninsula College and is the birthplace of football hall of famer John Elway. The city is served by William R. Fairchild International Airport, and ferry service is provided across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on the M/V Coho or Victoria Express.

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Geography

The coordinates of Port Angeles are 48°06′47″N 123°26′27″. (48.112969, -123.440713).[6] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 63.1 square miles (163.3 km2), of which 10.1 square miles (26.1 km2) is land and 53.0 square miles (137.2 km2) (84.00%) is water.

The city is situated on the northern edge of the Olympic Peninsula along the shore of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It features a long and narrow natural sandspit named Ediz Hook that projects north-easterly nearly three miles into the Strait, creating a large, natural deep-water harbor shielded from the storms and swells that move predominantly eastward down the Strait from the Pacific Ocean. The harbor is deep enough to provide anchorage for most kinds of ocean-going ships. The south shore of Vancouver Island and the city of Victoria, British Columbia are visible across the Strait to the north.

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