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Snoqualmie, Washington

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Snoqualmie is a city located in King County, Washington. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 1,631.

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Geography Snoqualmie is located at 47°31'59" North, 121°50'40" West (47.532934, -121.844341)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.4 km² (5.2 mi²). 13.3 km² (5.1 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.58% water.


Until recently, logging and Weyerhaeuser’s milling operations was the mainstay of the local economy. Since 1989, the company has run a much smaller mill operation. While dairying was a significant local industry into the early 1950’s, agriculture is no longer a major economic force in the community. With the completion of I-90 in the 1970’s, Snoqualmie became more accessible to Seattle and the Eastside, resulting in more residents working in the communities to the West. In addition, the Snoqualmie Ridge Business Park now employees close to a thousand people, and continues to expand.

Currently, the City’s scenic and recreational attractions are fostering the growth of a significant local tourism economy. Along with the Falls, the City is home to the Puget Sound Railway Historic Association. The association owns a historic depot and operates a historic tourist train in the City.

Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 1,631 people, 632 households, and 432 families residing in the city. The population density is 122.5/km² (317.2/mi²). There are 656 housing units at an average density of 49.3/km² (127.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 89.88% White, 0.86% African American, 2.58% Native American, 1.90% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.78% from other races, and 2.94% from two or more races. 5.21% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 632 households out of which 38.8% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.4% are married couples living together, 14.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 31.6% are non-families. 25.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 4.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.58 and the average family size is 3.06.

In the city the population is spread out with 28.9% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 39.3% from 25 to 44, 17.7% from 45 to 64, and 6.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 32 years. For every 100 females there are 101.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 99.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $52,697, and the median income for a family is $58,889. Males have a median income of $40,645 versus $30,917 for females. The per capita income for the city is $22,239. 9.4% of the population and 6.1% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 16.9% are under the age of 18 and 1.7% are 65 or older.

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