Incorporated originally in 1945 with a population of 563, Forks was classified as a code city under Washington State law in 1984.
The city operates a full-service police department with patrol and administrative positions. In addition, a jail and 24-hour dispatch services are provided.
Water service is provided to city residents, as well as to most residents of the city’s urban growth area. The city also operates a wastewater treatment plant.
Rounding out the city government functions are city attorney/planner, building inspector, utilities superintendent, economic development director, city clerk, and support staff.
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Chief of Police: Mike Rowley
500 E Division St
Forks, WA 98331
Phone: (360) 374-2223
Clallam County Fire District No. 1
Fire Chief: Bill Paul
11 Spartan Avenue
Forks, WA 98331
Population – City of Forks (incorporated city limits)
3,532 (228th of 277)
Population – Forks, plus surrounding areas (Census County Division)
Population – Clallam County
Population – State of Washington
Median age – Forks
Median age – Port Angeles
Median age – Sequim
Median age – La Push
Median age – Neah Bay
Median age – Clallam County
Median household income – Forks
Median household income – Port Angeles
Median household income – Sequim
Median household income – La Push
Median household income – Neah Bay
Median household income – Clallam County
City of Forks – land area
3.65 sq. miles
City of Forks – population density
967.7 people per sq. mile
Forks, plus surrounding CCD – land area
487.12 sq. miles
Forks, plus surrounding CCD – population density
14.9 people per sq. mile
Clallam County – land area
1,738.33 sq. miles (20th of 39 counties)
Clallam County – population density
41.1 people per sq. mile (18th of 39 counties)
By state definition, a county with a population density of fewer than 100 people per square mile qualifies as a rural county, and that county is therefore entitled to some state tax incentives for businesses locating in a rural county. This definition is reviewed annually by the Office of Financial Management and reflects that office’s population estimates released in June, 2001.