Coastal Washington

Coastal Washington is the "thumb" part of the mitten shape of the state. It's the yellow part of this map:

Map by Stamen Design. Used under CC BY 3.0. Map Data by OpenStreetMap, under ODbL. Edited by Doreen Traylor.

There are seven counties wholly within the region and three partially within it.

Counties Entirely Within Coastal Washington

  1. Clallum
  2. Jefferson
  3. Kitsap
  4. Mason
  5. Grays Harbor
  6. Pacific
  7. Wahkiakum

Counties Partially Within Coastal Washington

  1. Thurston
  2. Lewis
  3. Cowlitz
In 2021, the population figures for counties wholly within the Coastal Washington region added up to approximately 509,000 people. There were 23 incorporated cities plus 84 Census-designated Places and 110 other unincorporated communities for a total of 217 communities.

The other three counties brought the total up to at least 633,000 people and added 7 more incorporated cities along the I-5 corridor.

In Clallum County, notable cities include Port Angeles and Sequim. Jefferson County is the location of another notable city in the region, Port Townsend.

Kitsap County is the most populous county in this area and had 251,133 people in 2010. Its four incorporated cities are Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, Port Orchard and Poulsbo.

Mason County has one incorporated city, the county seat of Shelton. Grays Harbor County has nine incorporated cities and notably is the location of the largest concentration of population along the entire Pacific Coast of Washington state in the Aberdeen-Hoquiam-Cosmopolis micropolitan area. The county is also the location of an important deep water port in Westport, significant for being a day closer to Asia than any other deep water port on the West Coast.

Pacific County has four incorporated cities: Ilwaco, Long Beach, Raymond and South Bend. Wahkiakum County had just under 4,000 residents in 2010 and one incorporated city, the county seat of Cathlamet.

Thurston County has substantial population but only about half of it would be within the Coastal Washington area. It is notably the location of the state capitol of Olympia (pop. 46k) which falls within this region.
This site began as an ode to Aberdeen, Washington before later being re-envisioned to cover the Coastal Washington region. Aberdeen has good bones but has languished for years. I suspect some of the retirees that are involved in various local boards and what not like it quiet and don't really want it to grow.

It is currently around 17,000 people but I don't see why the town couldn't double or triple in size over the next two or three decades. It already has a very high commercial service level for such a small town but there is plenty of room for it to grow as the downtown area is seriously underdeveloped. It's just not being well-advertised for having excellent access to transit resources, among other things (as profiled in this sample site).
The pink and blue Map on this page and on the landing page are by Stamen Design and are being used under CC BY 3.0. Map Data by OpenStreetMap under CC SA. Edited by Doreen Traylor.

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