Census snapshot: Sultan

This is one of a series of looks at Snohomish and Island county communities based on data from the U.S. Census of 2010.

Sultan lies at the confluence of the Sultan and Skykomish rivers.

The area was settled by whites around 1880 and incorporated in 1905. Both the Sultan River and the town were named by prospectors for the chief of a Snohomish sub-tribe whose members lived on the Skykomish River in the 1870s. The chief’s name was Tsul-tad, or Tseul-tud, which was anglicized by the miners into Sultan. For generations, Sultan was a small logging community.

In 1968, the town was visited by more than 20,000 hippies during The Sky River Rock Festival and Lighter Than Air Fair, one of the first outdoor rock festivals. The event took place on a farm near town. The lineup included Santana, Country Joe &the Fish, the Grateful Dead, Muddy Waters, the Youngbloods and comedian Richard Pryor.

Sultan population vs. Snohomish County and Washington

Sultan County Washington
Population, 2010 4,651 713,335 6,724,540
Population change, 2000 to 2010 28.1% 17.7% 14.1%
Population, 2000 3,344 606,024 5,894,121
Persons under 5 years 8.8% 6.6% 6.5%
Persons under 18 years 30.7% 24.4% 23.5%
Persons 65 years and over 7.3% 10.3% 12.3%
Female persons 48.5% 50.0% 50.2%
White persons 86.2% 78.4% 77.3%
Black persons 0.2% 2.5% 3.6%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons 1.0% 1.4% 1.5%
Asian persons 1.6% 8.9% 7.2%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders 0.2% 0.4% 0.6%
Persons reporting two or more races 3.7% 4.6% 4.7%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin 12.2% 9.0% 11.2%
White persons not Hispanic 82.1% 74.3% 72.5%

More about the city of Sultan

At Wikipedia.org

City of Sultan official website

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