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City Government


Forks City Hall Winter 2015

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.

Jump to: US Census data on area, population, density, median income, and median age.

Forks City Hall

500 E Division St
Forks, WA 98331
Phone: (360) 374-5412
Fax: (360) 374-9430
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m

Police Department

Chief of Police: Mike Rowley
500 E Division St
Forks, WA 98331
Emergency: 911
Phone: (360) 374-2223

Fire Department

Clallam County Fire District No. 1
Fire Chief: Bill Paul
11 Spartan Avenue
Forks, WA 98331
Emergency: 911
Phone: 360-374-5561

District Court II

502 E Division St
Forks, WA 98331
Phone: (360) 374-6383
Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, 12:30 – 4:00 pm
Clallam District Court II

Census 2020 Data: Forks & Surrounding Area

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.