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Friday Harbor is a town in San Juan Countymarker, Washingtonmarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 2,130 at the 2008 Census Bureau estimate. Located on San Juan Islandmarker, it is the major commercial center of the San Juan Islandsmarker archipelago. It is the county seat of San Juan Countymarker.


San Juan County District Courthouse
In 1845 the Hudson's Bay Company laid claim to San Juan Islandmarker. In 1850 they built a salmon curing station. A few years later they started a sheep farm.

The harbor got its name from Joseph Poalie (Poalima?) Friday, a Kanaka - a native Hawaiian man who worked at the Hudson's Bay Company's Cowlitzmarker farm from 1841 to 1859-60. He moved north to San Juan Island and raised sheep around the harbor.

After the peaceful settlement of the Pig Warmarker, the islands became a separate county in 1873. Friday Harbor was named the county seat of San Juan County.

Friday Harbor was officially incorporated on February 10, 1909. It is the only incorporated town in the San Juan Islands.

Sailing ships and, later, the steamships of the Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet visited the harbor on a regular basis, hauling passengers, mail and freight. They took the island's bounty: apples, pears, cherries, strawberries, peas, cream, eggs, chickens, grain, salmon, and lime.

The Great Depression, World War II, the pea weevil, and competition from Eastern Washington growers brought about the decline of traditional island industries. Friday Harbor's fortunes declined with them.

The 1960s brought new industries - tourism, retirement, real estate, construction - began to take hold. Today, Friday Harbor is again busy and prosperous.

Osamu Shimomura harvested jellyfish from the docks of the harbor. Eventually he purified the proteins that allow the jellyfish to fluoresce green when exposed to blue light. One of them, Green fluorescent protein is now widely used as a marker of molecular activity.


Friday Harbor is located at (48.535260, -123.031055).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.7 km2), of which, 1.4 square miles (3.5 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km2) of it (4.93%) is water.


Seaplane at Friday Harbor on arrival from Seattle Lake Union
Friday Harbor's primary connection to the mainland is via Washington State Ferries, which sail between the town and Anacortes, Washingtonmarker several times per day. Friday Harbor can also be reached via ferry from Sidney, British Columbiamarker, on Washington State Ferries' only international route. This service is available seasonally, only (i.e., May to October). The Friday Harbor Airportmarker, has a limited airline service.

Friday Harbor is also served by regular daily float plane scheduled services from the down town pier to Seattle's Lake Unionmarker seaplane base.

On the island, there are taxis, shuttles, bicycles and mopeds for rent.


Kids playing on Spring Street
The town of Friday Harbor houses the world famous marine biology facility, Friday Harbor Laboratories, a field station of the University of Washingtonmarker. The town has several schools, including the public Friday Harbor High School, Friday Harbor Middle School, and Friday Harbor Elementary School that are part of the San Juan Island School District; and the private Stillpoint School, Paideia School, and Spring Street School. Also on the island is a branch of Skagit Valley College. The school district also includes the small Stuart Island Elementary School that was established in 1897 and is one of Washington's "remote and necessary" schools.


Friday Harbor has a diverse population - both young and old
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,989 people, 896 households, and 468 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,467.7 people per square mile (564.7/km2). There were 1,053 housing units at an average density of 777.0/sq mi (298.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 92.01% White, 0.65% African American, 1.31% Native American, 1.41% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 2.61% from other races, and 1.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.23% of the population.

There were 896 households out of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.6% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.7% were non-families. 38.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the town the population was spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 84.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $35,139, and the median income for a family was $45,208. Males had a median income of $35,625 versus $24,741 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,792. About 7.7% of families and 12.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.2% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.

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Popular culture

Friday Harbor is featured as the default starting point in the computer game, Microsoft Flight Simulator X.


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