Census snapshot: Darrington
The upper Stillaguamish valley where Darrington is located was once settled by the local Sauk-Suiattle Tribes in the drainage of the Sauk, Suiattle and Whitechuck rivers. In 1870, surveyors for the Northern Pacific railroad came to chart a pass over the Cascades to the Wenatchee Valley. A suitable route was found, but the railroad chose one to the south.
Gold was discovered at Monte Cristo in 1889 and prospectors flooded into the Cascades. A road was built to Monte Cristo from Sauk City on the Skagit River. Where Darrington is now became a halfway point, then a boomtown called "Starve Out."
At one point called "The Portage," the town was renamed Barrington in 1895 following a community meeting. The U.S. Postal Service mistakenly changed the first letter to a "D," resulting in the current name.
Darrington was incorporated in 1945. Today the town is a gateway to Cascade Mountains recreation.
Darrington population vs. Snohomish County and Washington
|Population change, 2000 to 2010||18.6%||17.7%||14.1%|
|Persons under 5 years||6.0%||6.6%||6.5%|
|Persons under 18 years||22.7%||24.4%||23.5%|
|Persons 65 years and over||16.6%||10.3%||12.3%|
|American Indian and Alaska Native persons||2.4%||1.4%||1.5%|
|Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders||0.0%||0.4%||0.6%|
|Persons reporting two or more races||4.2%||4.6%||4.7%|
|Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin||3.2%||9.0%||11.2%|
|White persons not Hispanic||90.8%||74.3%||72.5%|
More about the town of Darrington
Town of Darrington official website
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