Rock Island, Washington

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Rock Island is a city in Douglas County, Washington, United States. It is part of the WenatcheeEast Wenatchee Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 863 at the 2000 census.

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History

Rock Island was officially incorporated on December 8, 1930. The site had been previously settled in the late 19th Century and was known as Hammond. The site was thought to be the area where the large city of the area would develop as it was located near the Rock Island Rapids and near the bridge which spanned the Columbia River for the Great Northern Railway. Despite the strategic advantages therein, the large city of the area would become Wenatchee, just seven miles upriver from the site of present-day Rock Island. The nearby Rock Island Rapids would become the site of the first hydroelectric dam on the Columbia River, Rock Island Dam, completed in 1933 and located just southeast of Rock Island. During World War II a silicon smelter would be built in the town of Rock Island closing in 1999.

Geography

Rock Island is located at 47°22′28″N 120°8′36″W / 47.37444°N 120.14333°W / 47.37444; -120.14333 (47.374458, -120.143247).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²), of which, 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (6.35%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 863 people, 270 households, and 204 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,460.9 people per square mile (564.8/km²). There were 276 housing units at an average density of 467.2/sq mi (180.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 74.16% White, 0.81% African American, 1.51% Native American, 0.70% Asian, 20.39% from other races, and 2.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 30.59% of the population.

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