Place:Island, Washington, United States

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Island County is a county located in the state of Washington. As of the 2010 census, its population was 78,506. Its county seat is Coupeville, while its largest city is Oak Harbor.

Its name reflects the fact that it consists of two large islands, Whidbey and Camano, and seven smaller islands (Baby, Ben Ure, Deception, Kalamut, Minor, Smith, and Strawberry). Island County was created out of Thurston County on December 22, 1852, by the legislature of Oregon Territory, and is the eighth-oldest county in Washington. It originally encompassed what are now Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, and San Juan Counties.

Island County is included in the Seattle metropolitan area.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1853 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1853 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1853 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1853 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1860 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1870 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1891 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1891 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1860 294
1870 626
1880 1,087
1890 1,787
1900 1,870
1910 4,704
1920 5,489
1930 5,369
1940 6,098
1950 11,079
1960 19,638
1970 27,011
1980 44,048
1990 60,195

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