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Pacific is a city in Kingmarker and Piercemarker counties in the U.S. state of Washingtonmarker. Located primarily in King County, the population was 5,527 at the 2000 census. Like its northern neighbor Algonamarker, Pacific is sometimes mistaken for a part of Auburnmarker.

History

Platted August 10, 1906 by real estate promoter Clarence Dayton Hillman as "C.D. Hillman's Pacific City Addition to the City of Seattle," Pacific was officially incorporated on August 10, 1909.

Record-breaking rains in November 2006 pushed the White River over its levy along Pacific City Park, creating a temporary lake.

In January 2009, release of stormwaters from the Mud Mountain flood-control dam caused even greater flooding, inundating more than a hundred homes.

Geography

Pacific is located at (47.263272, -122.247831) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.6 km²).The lower White River, also known as the Stuck River, runs through the east side of Pacific, between Auburn, Washingtonmarker and Sumner, Washingtonmarker.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,527 people, 1,992 households, and 1,444 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,158.1 people per square mile (833.6/km²). There were 2,090 housing units at an average density of 816.1/sq mi (315.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 85.38% White, 1.43% African American, 1.61% Native American, 4.72% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 2.95% from other races, and 3.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.48% of the population.

There were 1,992 households out of which 44.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.8% were married couples living together, 15.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.5% were non-families. 19.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the city the population was spread out with 31.2% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 35.2% from 25 to 44, 18.7% from 45 to 64, and 5.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 99.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $45,673, and the median income for a family was $47,694. Males had a median income of $36,594 versus $28,301 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,228. About 7.9% of families and 10.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.4% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

2009 Flooding

On January 8, 2009, the Army Corps of Engineers released water from Mud Mountain Dam into the White River. The action was done to relieve pressure in the reservoir, which had reached its capacity due to heavy rain that was causing flooding around the Puget Soundmarker region. Too much water was released too quickly, causing rapid and massive flooding in Pacific. Those affected had virtually no notice of the impending disaster. One of those affected by the flooding was noted local and international musician Jerry Miller, a founding member of Moby Grape, who had recently moved to Pacific from Tacomamarker. Miller lost virtually all of his possessions, including over forty years of memorabilia from his music career. Assistance to those affected by the flooding is to be provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

References

  1. John Larson, Friends and fans lend a hand to Jerry Miller; The Tacoma Weekly, February 5, 2009; www.tacomaweekly.com.


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