Hoquiam, WA
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Hoquiam is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 8,405 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Hoquiam is the 94th largest community in Washington. Hoquiam has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Hoquiam is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Hoquiam is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Hoquiam who work in office and administrative support (14.61%), sales jobs (10.36%), and food service (5.85%).

One of the nice things about Hoquiam is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

The percentage of people in Hoquiam with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 12.26% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Hoquiam in 2010 was $20,332, which is lower middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $81,328 for a family of four. However, Hoquiam contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Hoquiam is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Hoquiam home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Hoquiam residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Hoquiam also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.34% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Hoquiam include Irish, English, Norwegian, and Swedish.

The most common language spoken in Hoquiam is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Pacific Island languages.

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