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White Center is a census-designated place (CDP) in King County, Washington, United States. It lies between West Seattle
Seattle
and Burien. The population was 13,495 at the 2010 census. White Center is sometimes referred to by the nickname "Rat City" due to the historical presence of a military Relocation and Training Center during World War II.[4] The Rat City Rollergirls
Rat City Rollergirls
are a Seattle roller derby team that began training in White Center.

Contents

1 Geography 2 Demographics 3 Education 4 Incorporation 5 Notable people 6 References 7 External links

Geography[edit] White Center is located at 47°30′27″N 122°20′51″W / 47.50750°N 122.34750°W / 47.50750; -122.34750 (47.507370, -122.347385). It has a total area of 2.25 square miles (5.83 km²), of which 99.6% is land and 0.4% is water. Demographics[edit]

Historical population

Census Pop.

1980 19,362

1990 20,531

6.0%

2000 20,975

2.2%

2010 13,495

−35.7%

source:[5][6]

As of the census of 2010,[1] there were 13,495 people, 4,920 households, and 3,105 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 5,996.0 people per square mile (2,315.1/km²). There were 5,235 housing units at an average density of 2,326.0/sq mi (898.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 47.0% White (39.6% Non-Hispanic White), 9.0% Black or African American, 1.6% American Indian and Alaska Native, 22.9% Asian, 1.7% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, 11.4% from other races, and 6.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 21.5% of the population. There were 4,920 households, out of which 35.0% had individuals under 18 years, 39.2% were husband-wife families, 16.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.9% were non-families. 26.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.29. In terms of age distribution, 23.7% were under the age of 18, 67.3% from 18 to 64, and 9.0% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36.1 years. For every 100 females there were 102.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.0 males. The median income for a household in the CDP was $35,448, and the median income for a family was $41,433. Males who worked full-time, year-round had a median income of $32,392 versus $28,893 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $19,852. About 23.8% of families and 25.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.3% of those under age 18 and 10.5% of those age 65 or over. The typical home for sale in White Center was built in 1969, which is older than the typical home for sale in Washington.[7] Education[edit]

U.S. and Cambodian flags on the side of the New Angkor Market

White Center is part of the Highline School District, which covers much of southwestern King County. Elementary schools include Beverly Park Elementary, Mount View Elementary, Southern Heights Elementary, and White Center Heights Elementary. Secondary schools include Cascade Middle School, New Start High School, and Evergreen High School. Incorporation[edit] White Center is one of only two heavily urbanized areas in King County that is not incorporated as part of a city (the other being Skyway). Seattle
Seattle
has been working towards incorporating the area since the mid-2000s. An area south of White Center, known as North Highline, was annexed by neighboring Burien on 1 April 2010.[8] The Seattle
Seattle
city council rejected annexation of White Center in 2009, and a measure to annex White Center to Burien was rejected by voters in 2012.[9] Plans to annex White Center got a boost in March 2016 when the state legislature directed that $7 million go to the City of Seattle
Seattle
if it annexes the area. Completing annexation would require approval by the voters in the area as well as Seattle
Seattle
City Council, and would not be completed before 2017.[9] Notable people[edit]

David S. Hogan, actor, Grimm and other TV shows Richard Hugo, poet Floyd Johnson, boxer [10] Sarey Savy, singer-songwriter; contestant on NBC's The Winner Is[11] Jack Thompson, football player

References[edit]

^ a b American FactFinder. Retrieved on 31 July 2012. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  ^ "White Center". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.  ^ "Where exactly is Rat City? « Rat City Rollergirls". ratcityrollergirls.com. Retrieved 2015-09-02.  ^ "CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING (1790-2000)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2010-08-08.  ^ Census area in 1980 & 1990 enumerated as White Center-Shorewood. ^ http://www.estately.com/WA/98146/real-estate-market ^ "Burien to take census of North Highline The Highline Times / Des Moines News". highlinetimes.com. Retrieved 2015-09-02.  ^ a b "White Center could become part of Seattle, thanks to money from Legislature". Seattle
Seattle
Times. March 3, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2016.  ^ " Floyd Johnson
Floyd Johnson
- BoxRec". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2015-09-02.  ^ "Out from the start, gay teen musician building a career West Seattle
Seattle
Herald / White Center News". westseattleherald.com. Retrieved 2015-09-02. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to White Center, Washington.

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for White Center.

White Center Community Development Association

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Municipalities and communities of King County, Washington, United States

County seat: Seattle

Cities

Algona Auburn‡ Bellevue Black Diamond Bothell‡ Burien Carnation Clyde Hill Covington Des Moines Duvall Enumclaw‡ Federal Way Issaquah Kenmore Kent Kirkland Lake Forest Park Maple Valley Medina Mercer Island Milton‡ Newcastle Normandy Park North Bend Pacific‡ Redmond Renton Sammamish SeaTac Seattle Shoreline Snoqualmie Tukwila Woodinville

Towns

Beaux Arts Village Hunts Point Skykomish Yarrow Point

CDPs

Ames Lake Baring Boulevard Park Bryn Mawr-Skyway Cottage Lake East Renton Highlands Fairwood Fall City Hobart Klahanie Lake Holm Lake Marcel-Stillwater Lake Morton-Berrydale Lakeland North Lakeland South Maple Heights-Lake Desire Mirrormont Ravensdale Riverbend Riverton Shadow Lake Snoqualmie Pass‡ Tanner Union Hill-Novelty Hill Vashon White Center Wilderness Rim

Unincorporated communities

Bayne Cumberland East Redmond Edgewick Ernie's Grove Grotto High Point Kanaskat Kangley Krain Lisabeula Magnolia Beach Osceola Palmer Preston Raeco Selleck Stillwater Veazie White

Indian reservation

Muckleshoot Reservation‡

Ghost towns

Barneston Hot Springs Kerriston Lester Nagrom Page Rockdale Sheridan Taylor Wellington Weston

Footnotes

‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county

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