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Grays Harbor County, Washington

US county information
NameGrays Harbor County
StateWashington
SeatMontesano
US Area
Total Area2224 sq mi (5760.2 km2)
Land Area1917 sq mi (4965 km2)
Water Area308 sq mi (797.7 km2)
Population72797 (2010)
Density14.6/km2 (37.8/sq mi)
FoundedApril 14, 1854

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Grays Harbor County is a county in the state of Washington, in the United States of America. As of 2010, the population was 72,797. The county seat is at Montesano, and its largest city is Aberdeen. The county is named after a large estuarine bay near its southwestern corner. On May 7, 1792, Boston fur trader Robert Gray crossed the bar into the bay he called Bullfinch Harbor, but which later cartographers would label Chehalis Bay, and then Grays Harbor.

Grays Harbor County was formed out of Thurston County on April 14, 1854. Originally named Chehalis County, it took its present name in 1915.


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