White Center, Washington

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White Center, Washington
Location of White Center, Washington
Location of White Center, Washington
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Country United States
State Washington
County King
 • Total 2.25 sq mi (5.83 km2)
 • Land 2.24 sq mi (5.81 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation 381 ft (116 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 13,495
 • Density 5,996.0/sq mi (2,315.1/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 98106, 98146
Area code(s) 206
FIPS code 53-78225[2]
GNIS feature ID 1512801[3]

White Center is a census-designated place (CDP) in West Seattle, King County, Washington, United States. It lies between West Seattle and Burien part of which was annexed by Burien on 1 April 2010.[4] The population was 13,495 at the 2010 census.

White Center is often referred to with the nickname "Rat City" which may either be due to a proponderence of rats at some point in history or the presence of a military Relocation and Training Center during World War II.[5] The Rat City Rollergirls are a Seattle roller derby team that began training in White Center.


White Center is located at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. (47.507370, -122.347385). It has a total area of 2.25 square miles (5.83 km²), of which 99.6% is land and 0.4% is water.


The south end of Delridge Way SW, at the corner of SW Roxbury Street.
Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 19,362
1990 20,531 6.0%
2000 20,975 2.2%
2010 13,495 −35.7%

As of the census of 2010,[1] there were 13,495 people, 4,920 households, and 3,105 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 5,996.0 people per square mile (2,315.1/km²). There were 5,235 housing units at an average density of 2,326.0/sq mi (898.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 47.0% White, 9.0% Black or African American, 1.6% American Indian and Alaska Native, 22.9% Asian, 1.7% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, 11.4% from other races, and 6.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 21.5% of the population.

There were 4,920 households, out of which 35.0% had individuals under 18 years, 39.2% were husband-wife families, 16.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.9% were non-families. 26.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.29.

In terms of age distribution, 23.7% were under the age of 18, 67.3% from 18 to 64, and 9.0% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36.1 years. For every 100 females there were 102.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.0 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $35,448, and the median income for a family was $41,433. Males who worked full-time, year-round had a median income of $32,392 versus $28,893 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $19,852. About 23.8% of families and 25.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.3% of those under age 18 and 10.5% of those age 65 or over. The typical home for sale in White Center was built in 1969, which is older than the typical home for sale in Washington.[8]


U.S. and Cambodian flags on the side of the New Angkor Market.

White Center is part of the Highline School District, which covers much of southwestern King County. Elementary schools include Beverly Park Elementary, Mount View Elementary, Southern Heights Elementary, and White Center Heights Elementary. Secondary schools include Cascade Middle School, New Start High School, and Evergreen High School. Evergreen hosts three "small schools" on its campus, namely the Arts & Academic Academy, the Health, Science, & Human Services School, and the Technology, Engineering, & Communications Schools.[9]

Notable people


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