This is one of a series of looks at Snohomish and Island county communities based on data from the U.S. Census of 2010.
The Skykomish Indians lived in the Skykomish River valley where the town of Index eventually would be settled.
A gold strike in 1889 at nearby Monte Cristo brought white prospectors and settlers. Amos D. Gunn and his wife, Persis, purchased a claim and a small cabin, according to HistoryLink.org. They constructed a larger building, which became the primary hotel and supply depot for miners. In the 1890s, the Great Northern Railway was built, enabling Index to prosper as a shipping point for timber, copper and granite.
Index population vs. Snohomish County and Washington
|Population change, 2000 to 2010||13.3%||17.7%||14.1%|
|Persons under 5 years||10.1%||6.6%||6.5%|
|Persons under 18 years||22.5%||24.4%||23.5%|
|Persons 65 years and over||12.4%||10.3%||12.3%|
|American Indian and Alaska Native persons||0.0%||1.4%||1.5%|
|Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders||0.6%||0.4%||0.6%|
|Persons reporting two or more races||1.7%||4.6%||4.7%|
|Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin||4.5%||9.0%||11.2%|
|White persons not Hispanic||92.7||74.3%||72.5%|
More about the town of Index
Town of Index official website