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Vashon-Maury Island, usually known as Vashon Island, is Puget Sound's largest island south of Admiralty Inlet. Part of unincorporated King County, Washington, it had a total population of 10,123 as of the 2000 census. At 37 square miles (96 km²), it is about 10 percent larger in area than Manhattan, with about 1/150 the population. Vashon is locally known for its liberal politics. Image File history File links VashonDetailedMap. ... Puget Sound For the liberal arts university located in this region, see University of Puget Sound. ... Admirality Inlet is an arm of the Pacific Ocean in the northwestern United States. ... King County redirects here; you may be looking for King County, Texas. ... This article deals with the U.S. state. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Manhattan is a borough of New York City, New York, USA, coterminous with New York County. ... This article discusses the history and development of various notions of liberalism in the United States. ...


Vashon has two ferry terminals. The southern terminus of the Vashon Highway is the Tahlequah Ferry Terminal, connected to the Point Defiance neighborhood of Tacoma by a Washington State Ferries run. The northern terminus of the Vashon Highway is the Heights Dock at Point Vashon, which services the state ferry docks at Southworth, Fauntleroy in West Seattle, and Downtown Seattle. There are no bridges to connect the island with the mainland. Tahlequah is a community on the southern end of Vashon Island in Puget Sound, Washington state. ... Nickname: Location of Tacoma in Pierce County and Washington State Coordinates: , Country United States of America State Washington County Pierce Government  - Mayor Bill Baarsma (D) Area  - City 62. ... Washington state maintains the largest fleet of passenger and auto ferries in the United States and the third largest in the world. ... Southworth is a community on Puget Sound in unincorporated Kitsap County, Washington. ... Fauntleroy, Seattle, Washington is a neighborhood in the southwest corner of the Seattle city limits. ... West Seattle West Seattle, a hilly district in Seattle, Washington, encompasses all of Seattle west of the Duwamish River. ... Downtown Seattle, from top of Space Needle (looking south) Map of downtown Seattle Downtown is a neighborhood in Seattle, Washington. ... “Seattle” redirects here. ... volcanic rock. ...


The island was named on May 28, 1792, by the explorer George Vancouver after his friend James Vashon of the Royal Navy, who also explored the area on H.M.S. Alert. At that time, Vashon Island was separate from the neighbouring Maury Island, but today the hamlet of Portage sits on an isthmus built by the U.S Army Corps of Engineers that connects the two. Nearby is KVI Beach, a favorite spot among local youth to hang out and spend summer days and summer nights partying and living the island life. May 28 is the 148th day of the year (149th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1792 was a leap year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... A life sized statue covered in gold of George Vancouver on top of the British Columbia Parliament Buildings Captain George Vancouver RN (June 22, 1757 – May 12, 1798) was an officer of the Royal Navy, best known for his exploration of North America, including the Pacific coast along the modern... James Vashon was an officer of the British Royal Navy and the first captain of HMS Dreadnought, in 1801-02. ... The Royal Navy of the United Kingdom is the oldest of the British armed services (and is therefore the Senior Service). ... Maury Island is a island in Washington States Puget Sound connected Vashon Island by a isthmus built by the U.S Army Corps of Engineers that connects the two. ... Portage is an unincorporated community in King County, Washington. ... The Isthmus of Panama connects North and South America. ...


Based on per capita income, one of the more reliable measures of affluence, Vashon ranks 32nd of 522 areas in the state of Washington to be ranked. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

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Geography

Location of Vashon Island, Washington

Vashon Island is located at 47°24′58″N, 122°28′6″W (47.416198, -122.468211)GR1. Image File history File links WAMap-doton-Vashon. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, it has a total area of 95.8 km² (37.0 mi²). The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there are 10,123 people, 4,193 households, and 2,838 families residing on the island. The population density is 105.7/km² (273.9/mi²). There are 4,867 housing units at an average density of 50.8/km² (131.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the island is 93.61% White, 0.45% Black or African American, 0.70% Native American, 1.56% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.87% from other races, and 2.75% from two or more races. 2.56% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There are 4,193 households out of which 30.9% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.2% are married couples living together, 7.9% have a female householder with no husband present, and 32.3% are non-families. 23.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.40 and the average family size is 2.86. The island is reputed locally for having a high percentage of gay and lesbian residents. “Spouse” redirects here. ...


On the island the population is spread out with 23.2% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 34.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 44 years. For every 100 females there are 94.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 91.0 males.


The median income for a household on the island is $58,261, and the median income for a family is $67,010. Males have a median income of $50,201 versus $36,426 for females. The per capita income for the island is $31,983. 6.0% of the population and 4.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 5.2% of those under the age of 18 and 2.2% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Economy

The economy of Vashon Island is heavily based on residents commuting to Seattle and Tacoma. While orchards and strawberry farms formerly played a major role in the Vashon economy, the pressures of suburban residential development have all but eliminated commercial agriculture on the island. “Seattle” redirects here. ... Nickname: Location of Tacoma in Pierce County and Washington State Coordinates: , Country United States of America State Washington County Pierce Government  - Mayor Bill Baarsma (D) Area  - City 62. ... A community apple orchard originally planted for productive use during the 1920s, in Westcliff on Sea (Essex, England) An orchard is an intentional planting of trees or shrubs maintained for food production. ... - Species 20+ species; see text The strawberry (Fragaria) is a genus of plants in the family Rosaceae, and the fruit of these plants. ... Farms, East of Gorgan, Iran. ...


Vashon's economy took another hit in recent years when it lost two of its major industrial employers: K2 Sports moved its manufacturing to China, and the Seattle's Best Coffee roastery operation was closed shortly after SBC was bought by Starbucks. Currently, the largest manufacturer on Vashon is Pacific Research Laboratories, locally referred to as "The Bone Factory." K2 sports was founded in 1961 by brothers Bill and David Kirschner in Vashon Island, in the Puget Sound near Seattle. ... Seattles Best Coffee is a specialty coffee retailer and wholesaler based in Seattle, Washington, USA. It became part of Starbucks Corporation on July 14, 2003. ... Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) is a coffeehouse chain based in the United States. ...


Maury Island is home to numerous AM transmitters. KIRO 710 has two massive antennas for its 50,000 watt transmitter. KTTH 770 operates a three-aerial directional transmitter nearby. Maury Island is a island in Washington States Puget Sound connected Vashon Island by a isthmus built by the U.S Army Corps of Engineers that connects the two. ... Mediumwave radio transmissions (sometimes called Medium frequency or MF) are those between the frequencies of 300 kHz and 3000 kHz. ... KIRO is a radio station based in Seattle, Washington, broadcasting on 710 kHz in the AM radio spectrum. ... KTTH is a conservative radio station broadcasting at 770 KHZ in Seattle, Washington. ...


On Vashon Island, radio station KVI 570 has a single tower on a beach in Tramp Harbor, nicknamed "KVI Beach." KGNW 820 propagates its signal from three towers in the center of the island. Finally, KOMO 1000 has a three antenna setup on the northeast corner of Vashon Island. Only the KOMO station employs anyone full time. In marketing Key Value Item is a term used especially in UK to describe a product that is sold below cost in order to stimulate sales. ... KOMO is a radio station based in Seattle, Washington, broadcasting on 1000 in the AM radio spectrum. ...


People of Note

Vashon Island has been home to many people of note.

  • Gene "Bean" Baxter of the Kevin and Bean morning show on KROQ, an alternative rock-format radio station in Los Angeles, California, lives on Vashon Island.
  • Gene Amondson, 2004 Prohibition Party presidential nominee, lives on Vashon.
  • Berkeley Breathed, author of the political satire comic strip Bloom County, resided on Vashon for some time. He wrote a children's book based on a bicycle in a tree. The real-life tree, growing around a bicycle, can be seen on the island.
  • Felicia Dale grew up on Vashon Island.
  • Booth Gardner, former Washington state governor, lives on Vashon Island.
  • Betty MacDonald once lived on Vashon and used the island as the setting of her book Onions in the Stew.
  • John Ratzenberger, who played Clifford C. Clavin, Jr. on the television show Cheers, and also voiced a character in "Toy Story", once lived on and still owns land on connected Maury Island. He also started a school on the island.
  • Dan Savage, editor of The Stranger and the author of "Savage Love," a syndicated sex advice column, formerly lived on Vashon Island with his partner and adopted son. By his own account, he moved from Vashon because he was unsure that the local public schools would welcome the adopted son of gay partners. This puzzled many locals because Vashon is a very liberal community with many people who are openly gay.
  • Tom Stewart, founder and chairman of Misty Isle Farms [1], once lived on the island and moved to Arizona in 2006. Stewart, a prominent regional Republican leader, rekindled the Quartermaster Harbor fireworks show in 1991 after it was discontinued as Vashon Island's traditional local Independence Day celebration in 1989. In 1998 Stewart pled guilty to federal and local election-finance money laundering charges. He had to pay a $5 million fine and serve 2 months under house arrest wearing an electronic ankle bracelet.
  • Zach Mann, reality tv star from MTV's hit show The Real World
  • Edith Derby Williams, historian, grand-daughter of former US President Theodore Roosevelt, lives on Vashon Island.
  • Eyvind Kang, modern composer, lives on Vashon Island.
  • Paul Seibert, an author and consultant on the design of financial facilities, lives on Vashon on Quartermaster Harbor.

Cover of Kevin and Beans Last Christmas Kevin and Bean is the morning show on KROQ, an alternative rock-format radio station in Los Angeles, California hosted by Kevin Ryder (real name Kevin Ryder) and Gene Bean Baxter. ... KROQ is a commercial rock and roll music radio station in Los Angeles, California, broadcasting on 106. ... Gene Amondson (b. ... National Prohibition Convention, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1892. ... Guy Berkeley Berke Breathed (born June 21, 1957) is an American cartoonist, childrens book author/illustrator, director, and screenwriter, best known for Bloom County, a 1980s cartoon-comic strip which dealt with socio-political issues as seen through the eyes of highly exaggerated characters (e. ... Bloom County was a popular American comic strip by Berke Breathed which ran from December 8, 1980 until August 6, 1989. ... William Pint and Felicia Dale (often billed as Pint & Dale), American folk music singer-songwriters based in Seattle. ... Photo of Booth Gardner, taken 1995 Booth Gardner (born August 21, 1936) was the Governor of the U.S state of Washington between 1985 and 1993. ... Betty MacDonald (1908-1958), born Betty Bard, was an American author who specialized in humorous autobiography, but who is now perhaps best known for the Mrs. ... John Deszo Ratzenberger (born April 6, 1947) is an American actor. ... Clifford C. Clavin, Jr. ... Cheers is a popular American situation comedy produced by Charles-Burrows-Charles Productions in association with CBS Paramount Television for NBC. Cheers was created by the team of James Burrows, Glen Charles, and Les Charles. ... Maury Island is a island in Washington States Puget Sound connected Vashon Island by a isthmus built by the U.S Army Corps of Engineers that connects the two. ... Dan Savage at the 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards, 2006 Daniel Keenan Savage (born October 7, 1964[1] near Chicago, Illinois, USA) is an openly gay American sex advice columnist, author, media pundit, journalist, and newspaper editor. ... The Stranger is a weekly newspaper in Seattle, Washington, noted for its social commentary, political opinion, arts, comics and music coverage, and local news items. ... The Real World: Key West is the seventeenth season of MTVs popular reality television series The Real World, which focuses on seven diverse strangers living together for several months in a different city each season, as camera follow their lives and interpersonal relationships. ... For other uses, see The Real World (disambiguation). ... A historian is an individual who studies history and who writes on history. ... For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ... Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. ... Eyvind Kang (b. ...

External links

  • Maps and aerial photos for 47°24′58″N 122°28′06″W / 47.416198, -122.468211Coordinates: 47°24′58″N 122°28′06″W / 47.416198, -122.468211
  • Vashon Chamber of Commerice
  • Vashon-Maury Island Community Council
  • VashonHistory.com
  • University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections – Oliver S. Van Olinda Photographs A collection of 420 photographs depicting life on Vashon Island, Whidbey Island, Seattle and other communities of Washington State's Puget Sound from the 1880s to the 1930s.
  • Photo of the Bike in the Tree.

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Commuter Guide to Vashon Island Schools (1482 words)
Two school buses are on the Vashon dock to meet the ferries and depart the dock for school after students from both ferries have boarded.
General information about Metro is available at their Web site, and a timetable and route map of Metro bus routes on Vashon Island is available here.
It’s helpful to have a contact person on Vashon Island in case of emergency or if school is closed early for weather reasons.
Vashon Island - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1050 words)
On the island the population is spread out with 23.2% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 34.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who are 65 years of age or older.
The economy of Vashon Island is heavily based on residents commuting to Seattle and Tacoma.
Vashon's economy took another hit in recent years when it lost two of its major industrial employers: K2 Sports moved its manufacturing to China, and the Seattle's Best Coffee roastery operation was closed shortly after SBC was bought by Starbucks.
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