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20 Awesome And Interesting Facts About Langley, Washington, United States

Langley is a city in Island County, Washington, United States. It sits near the south end of Whidbey Island, overlooking the Saratoga Passage. Take a look below for 20 awesome and interesting facts about Langley, Washington, United States.

1. It is the third largest incorporated area on Whidbey.

2. The population was 1,035 at the 2010 census, while the ZCTA for Langley’s post office had a population of 4,878.

3. The geographical area of the city is only 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2) but the ZCTA covers 26.20 square miles (67.9 km2).

4. Langley is served by South Whidbey Fire/EMS, the Langley Police Department and South Whidbey School District #206; the school district offices are located there. The current mayor is Tim Callison.

5. Langley was founded in the 1890s by Jacob Anthes, and was named for J.W. Langley of Seattle.

6. In 1902, Anthes built a logger bunkhouse that still stands in the downtown core (it functions today as the South Whidbey Historical Society Museum).

7. Langley was officially incorporated on February 26, 1913.

8. At some point in the late 1900s, a number of 4H rabbits escaped their enclosures at the Island County Fair and went on to thrive as a large feral population initially residing around the county fairgrounds and later spreading throughout Langley and south Whidbey Island.

9. In the 2010s the rabbits became a controversial issue in local politics, with citizens and groups advocating for public policy positions from removal and relocation to outright eradication.

10. Some favored controlling the rabbit population using raptors, while other voices advocated for a more lenient position of community acceptance.

11. The City of Langley operates under a mayor–council form of government. The mayor and city councilmembers are elected to four-year terms. The City Council enacts ordinances and resolutions, holds public hearings, receives citizen comments, authorizes payment of City funds, approves contracts, and creates committees and boards to assist in the operation of city government. 

12. The City Council meets on the first and third Monday of each month in City Hall at 5:30pm. The Mayor presides over Council meetings and is responsible for the administration of City government.

13. The current mayor is Tim Callison, elected in 2015 with 52.9% of the vote. He was re-elected in 2019.

14. Mystery Weekend is a yearly mystery game event occurring the last weekend in February. A fake newspaper story is run in the South Whidbey Record or a fake newspaper can be purchased from the Visitor & Information Center, detailing the persons involved and instructing players to seek out characters played by local residents.

15. The Welcome the Whales Festival and parade is held at the beginning of April each year.

16. The Djangofest NW Music Festival is held in September each year. This five-day festival celebrates the gypsy jazz style of Django Reinhardt, and features workshops, concerts, and impromptu jam sessions around town.

17. The Whidbey Island Area Fair is held in July at the Island County Fairgrounds in Langley. The original Island County Fair Association was formed in 1912, predating the incorporation of Langley itself.

18. Langley is located at 48°2′13″N 122°24′31″W (48.036922, -122.408500).

19. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.08 square miles (2.80 km2), all of it land.

20. As of the census of 2010, there were 1,035 people, 555 households, and 271 families residing in the city. The population density was 958.3 inhabitants per square mile (370.0/km2). There were 678 housing units at an average density of 627.8 per square mile (242.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.1% White, 0.1% African American, 0.6% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.7% from other races, and 2.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.2% of the population.

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