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Published: Sunday, August 12, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Census snapshot: Sultan

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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

Population, 20104,651713,3356,724,540
Population change, 2000 to 201028.1%17.7%14.1%
Population, 20003,344606,0245,894,121
Persons under 5 years8.8%6.6%6.5%
Persons under 18 years30.7%24.4%23.5%
Persons 65 years and over7.3%10.3%12.3%
Female persons48.5%50.0%50.2%
White persons86.2%78.4%77.3%
Black persons0.2%2.5%3.6%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons1.0%1.4%1.5%
Asian persons1.6%8.9%7.2%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders0.2%0.4%0.6%
Persons reporting two or more races3.7%4.6%4.7%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin12.2%9.0%11.2%
White persons not Hispanic82.1%74.3%72.5%

More about the city of Sultan

City of Sultan official website

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