South Bend, Washington

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South Bend is a city in Pacific County, Washington, United States. It is the county seat[3] of Pacific County. The population was 1,807 as of the 2000 census. It is widely known for its oysters and scenery.



South Bend was officially incorporated on September 27, 1890. The name of the city comes from its location on the Willapa River.[4] The county seat was relocated from Oysterville to South Bend in 1893. The Pacific County Courthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places.


South Bend is located at 46°39′49″N 123°48′4″W / 46.66361°N 123.80111°W / 46.66361; -123.80111 (46.663477, -123.801176)[5] on the Willapa river.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 km²), of which, 1.8 square miles (4.7 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it (17.35%) is water.

South Bend is the Oyster Capital of the World.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,807 people, 702 households, and 471 families residing in the city.

The population density was 999.4 people per square mile (385.5/km²). There were 815 housing units at an average density of 450.7/sq mi (173.9/km²).

The racial makeup of the city was 83.45% White, 9.24% Hispanic or Latino, 4.93% Asian, 3.71% Native American, 0.17% African American, and 0.17% Pacific Islander. 3.76% identified themselves as some other race and 3.82% as two or more races. 17.7% were of German, 11.6% American, 9.1% Irish and 7.7% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

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