Sequim Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce

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

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  as well as finding more information about Sequim at the City of Sequim’s web site


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


Sequim Facts

Rain Shadow

Proof that Mother Nature Loves Sequim, Read this at

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.

Population Profile
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

Educational Facilities
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)
4-Private Schools
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
Sequim Livery

Public Safety
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

Financial Institutions
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

Health Services
Extended Care–4
Assisted Living–6
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
RV Parks–10

For more information Sequim please visit the City of Sequim’s or Clallam County Economic Development Council’s website.

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