Sequim History & Facts
The area was home to the S’Klallam tribe long before the arrival of Europeans. The descendants of these Native Americans still make their home on Sequim Bay. First homesteaded in 1854, the arid valley had a good natural port and abundant seafood. No doubt early pioneers thought they’d found paradise when they discovered this low rainfall valley. They soon discovered that the same sunshine and lack of water made the area difficult to farm. In 1896, a visionary pioneer proposed to irrigate the valley using water from the Dungeness River. The residents were organized and dug irrigation ditches by hand. These soon spread across the valley bringing life-giving water and prosperity. The town of Sequim flourished. Every year since, Sequim has honored the memory of that first surge of water delivered to the thirsty Dungeness Valley with the Irrigation Festival, the oldest continuous community festival in the state. For more information on the history of Sequim, visit the Museum & Arts Center’s website www.macsequim.org.
Today, about 25,000 wonderful folks live in Sequim and the surrounding Dungeness Valley. Since the city has attracted retirees from all over, an increasing percentage are senior citizens. Even with our growth, we are proud of our home-town sense of community. For more information, you can request a Visitor or Relocation Packet from us at www.sequimchamber.com/contact-info-request as well as finding more information about Sequim at the City of Sequim’s web site www.sequimwa.gov.
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
Each March our community comes together and nominates citizens who have gone above and beyond to serve our community, perhaps donating his or her time or energy for a great cause or to improve our city. One of these nominees is selected to receive the distinction of Sequim’s Citizen of the Year. The finalist is selected by a committee comprised of past Citizen’s of the Year and is recognized at our annual Citizen of the Year luncheon. Below you find the list of our Citizens of the Year from 1968-current:
|1968||Peter Black||1991||Nina Fatherson|
|1969||Carl Klint||1992||Bud Knapp|
|1970||Virginia Keeting||1993||Paul Higgins|
|1971||Virginia Peterson||1994||Rand Thomas|
|1972||Tom Groat||1995||Rochelle McHugh|
|1973||None||1996||Esther Heuhslein Nelson|
|1974||Katie & Bill Merrill||1997||Annette Hansen|
|1975||Jerry Anjuili||1998||Jim & Cathy Carl|
|1976||Chuck Southern, Howard Wood & Lorna McInnes||19992000||Bill FathersonRobert Clark|
|1977||Nellie Tetrude||2001||Don Knapp|
|1978||Marcia Welch||2002||Gil Oldenkamp|
|1979||Ruby Trotter||2003||John Beitzel|
|1980||Iris Marshall||2004||Emily Westcott|
|1981||Howard Herrett||2005||Lee Lawrence|
|1982||Guy Shephard||2006||Bob & Elaine Caldwell|
|1983||Don & Vivian Swanson||2007||Stephen Rosales|
|1984||Bill & Shirley Keeler||2008||Walt & Sherry Schubert|
|1985||Ed & Marcia Beggs||2009||Tom Schaafsma|
|1986||Ruby Mantle||2010||Jim Picket|
|1987||Jeff Shold||2011||Dick Hughes|
|1988||Annette Kuss||2012||Kevin Kennedy|
|1989||Jim Haynes||2013||Gary Smith|
|1990||Bill & Judy Rowland||2014||Cliff Vining|
Proof that Mother Nature Loves Sequim, Read this at Komonews.com.
Sequim is a place to escape the rain, KOMO Meteorologist, Scott Sistek experienced the Olympic Rain Shadow in action.
East end of Clallam County, Washington on US Highway 101 and 65 miles northwest of Seattle.
Approximately 25 square miles, of which 4.8 is in the City of Sequim, 7.8 in the City’s Urban Growth Area and 12.4 in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley.
Approximately 6,606 of the county’s 70,100 residents live in the city (2010).
Median age for this area is approximately 47 (2009)
The quoted median household income is $43,457 (2010).
The current average unemployment rate is 9.5% (2010)
Average single-family home–New $277,434
Average single-family home–Resale $245,000
Average single-family home–Rental $1,000/mo
Sales Tax 8.6% (As of April 1, 2010)
Property tax is generally 1% of Fair Market Value
Peninsula College – 8,737 enrolled for 2009-2010
Sequim School District (Enrollment 2009-2010 School Year)
1–High School (900)
1–Community School (44)
1–Alternative High School (41)
1–Middle School (684)
2–Elementary Schools (1,150)
Home School (140)
(The State of Washington supports home schooling pursuant to 1985 legislation)
Clallam Transit 4:30 am to 11:30 pm Mon.–Fri., 8:00 am to 9:00 pm Sat.
Clallam Paratransit 6:30 am to 11:00 pm, by arrangement
Dungeness (Olympic) Bus Lines Daily service to Silverdale, Seattle, SeaTac
Kenmore Airlines, Daily flights service to Port Angeles and Seattle area
Rocket Transportation, door-to-door service
Major Crime 1.5 violent crimes per 1,000 population (2005)
Ambulance Service, Olympic Ambulance (5 available, 24 hrs/day)
In city response time 2-5 minutes
Banks–Ten banking institutions, four regional
Total Sequim branch deposits $592,995,000.00 (Does not include assets held by retirees with local and national investment firms)
Securities Firms–Seven investment companies
Insurance–Fourteen insurance companies
Olympic Medical Center is located in Port Angeles, fifteen miles west of the City of Sequim.
Sequim Gazette–Weekly each Wednesday
Peninsula Daily News–Daily serving Olympic Peninsula
Sequim This Week–Weekly each Wednesday
KSQM 91.5 FM–Community Radio
KONP Radio Station 1450 AM–Serving Clallam County
KIKN Radio Station AM–Serving Clallam County
NPR Radio Station FM National Public Radio–Serving Clallam County
Wave Broadband Cable/Internet
Places of Worship–37
Places with Overnight Accommodations–54
Restaurants, Food & Beverage Service–68
For more information Sequim please visit the City of Sequim’s or Clallam County Economic Development Council’s website.