at the foot of the Olympic National Park

Port Angeles


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LOCATION: Port Angeles is located in the north central section of the Olympic Peninsula between the Strait of Juan De Fuca and the Olympic Mountains in the State of Washington. It is the county seat of Clallam  County.   Port Angeles is one of the three incorporated cities in Clallam County; the other two are Sequim and Forks.  Unincorporated areas include Clallam Bay, Carlsborg, Joyce, Sekiu and Neah Bay.

 

Port  Angeles is the gateway to Olympic National Park and ferry terminal to Victoria, British Columbia.  Transportation is readily available to the greater Seattle and Victoria areas by bus, air, ferry and auto.  Kenmore  Air provides daily flight  service between Seattle and Port Angeles.  Ferry service is available between Victoria and Port  Angeles.   Driving  time to Seattle is approximately three hours, including ferry passage. Seattle is 76 miles from Port Angeles (via the Bainbridge ferry). Forks is 57 miles west of Port Angeles. Sequim is 15 miles east of Port Angeles

 

CLIMATE: Port Angeles has a predominantly mild climate with mild summers and damp winters.  Average rainfall is 24.98 inches per year. Forks has average rainfall of 117.38 inches per year.

 

POPULATION: County population, as of April  2007, is approximately 68,500, with 19,910 living in Port Angeles, 5,330 in Sequim and 3,120 in Forks. 

  

RECREATION:  Many types of recreation are found on the peninsula. Both freshwater and saltwater fishing are popular during the open seasons.  Many people  take advantage of the hiking, camping, picnicking, cross-country and downhill skiing  in  Olympic National Park and other areas.  There are opportunities for botanists, photographers, naturalists and those who just enjoy watching the wildlife that inhabit the region. 

 

Perhaps the crown jewel of the attractions on the peninsula is Olympic National Park, which has been described as "three parks in one, "on the basis that it includes three distinct ecosystems: glacier topped mountains, in excess of 60 miles of Pacific coast line and large strands of old growth and temperate rain forests. The most notable of the  mountain  areas,  Hurricane  Ridge,  is  seventeen  miles  from  Port  Angeles.  The Pacific beaches are near Forks as is the Hoh Rain Forest.

 

EVENTS:

Port  Angeles is a hub of cultural events on the peninsula. The  Port  Angeles  Light Opera  Association puts on a summer musical and  the  Port  Angeles  Community Players  present five theatrical productions throughout  the  year. Nearby Sequim  has the Olympic Theatre Arts which offers four evening and matinee performances each year during  the  same season. The  Port Angeles Symphony  Orchestra is one  of the oldest and finest small city orchestras in the nation. The orchestra is also noted for its programs  that  benefit the youth of our community.  The symphony collaborates with five Clallam County elementary school districts in bringing live music to students.  Another outreach program by  the symphony is the North Olympic Youth Symphony, designed to assist students to develop their skills.  The symphony holds a  yearly competition for high schools musicians, awarding cash prizes. 

 

The Port Angeles Fine Arts Center offers year-round showings of work by Northwest artists and touring shows and is particularly noted for its outdoor displays. 

 

From June through September, Port Angeles offers free concerts at the City Pier. 

 

Another cultural amenity in Port Angeles is Monday Musicale,  a group which meets for monthly luncheons and programs and has, since 1965,  raised over $65,000 in scholarships for talented local high school students planning music majors in college. 

 

Forks is noted for its traditional Fourth of July celebration, along with being the setting for the current Twilight series of books by Stephanie Meyer.

 

SERVICES:  Library services are provided by the  North  Olympic  Library  System,  which  has branches in Port Angeles, Sequim, Clallam Bay and Forks. 

 

Olympic Medical  Center  in Port  Angeles is a 126 bed facility that serves the entire north central peninsula. The region offers complete health care and ready access to Seattle by ground and air ambulance. Forks Community Hospital is a 35 bed facility.  The 2006 Community Profile for Clallam County listed approximately 120 doctors, 60 dentists and over  225 nurses working  in the area.  Further, there are three assisted living facilities in Port Angeles and six in Sequim. One of the assisted living facilities in  Port  Angeles is St.  Andrews  Place,  affiliated  with us and located south of our church. 

 

Cable  TV,  satellite and high-speed internet services are available.  The  Peninsula Daily News provides daily newspaper service to the peninsula. The Sequim Gazette and the Forks Forum are weeklies.  Radio is available from KONP in Port Angeles and KVAC/KLLM in Forks. 

 

EDUCATION:  Public education in primary and secondary schools is provided by five public school districts in Clallam County.  There are also several private and church schools, including Montessori Schools, Olympic Christian School,  Queen of  Angels School and  Mountain View Christian School.  In addition, there are various  vocational and business schools. 

 

As part of the state community college system, Peninsula College offers opportunities for full-time and part-time students in both academic and technical programs throughout the Olympic Peninsula.  While Peninsula College was previously only a two-year institution,  it now offers a Bachelor's degree in Applied Management.  The University Center at Peninsula College serves students with studies from Peninsula College's Applied Management program, Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment and City University/ Elementary Teacher programs.

 

The University  of  Washington is located nearby in Seattle. Certain programs of

Washington State University in Pullman are available  on-line.   Other institutions

include Evergreen State College in Olympia and Olympic College in Bremerton and Poulsbo.

 

ECONOMY: Our economic base in Clallam County includes lumber, wood products, logging, aerospace, aviation, fishing, tourism and retirement.  The five largest private employers in the county are Wal-Mart, Safeway, Westport Shipyard, Seven Cedars Casino and Nippon Paper.  Major public sector employers include Olympic Medical Center, Port Angeles School District, Peninsula College, Clallam Bay Corrections Center, Clallam County, City of Port Angeles and the United States Coast Guard.  

 

Shopping facilities are commensurate with similar communities. In addition to a good selection of local merchants, various national businesses have facilities in either Port Angeles or Sequim, including Wal-Mart, Sears, Staples, Safeway, Albertsons, QFC, Office Depot, Home Depot, JC Penney, Petco, etc.

 

Our area has experienced moderate growth in the past decade. We strive to retain a "quality of life" that is unique to the north peninsula.