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Forks, Washington

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Welcome to Forks ...

The city of Forks is located on the Olympic Peninsula.

Forks is located in Clallam County<1>.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Forks has a population of 3,896 people<2> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Forks.

The community of Forks is 300 feet [91 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Forks lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

Forks lies within the (360) area code.

The ZIP code for Forks: 98331<4>

Websites for Forks ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Forks had an population of 3,896 people. This is an increase of 10.31% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 24.87% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Forks had a population of 3,532 people. This makes Forks the county's 3rd most populous community.

The population of Forks represents 0.05% of the population of Washington (which has 6,724,540 people), making it the state's 130th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 3,532 people, the population of Forks increased 13.21% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 3,120 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Forks.

Communities Also Named Forks ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 10 communities that are also named Forks - they are located in California, Kentucky, Maine, New Brunswick, New York (2), Ontario, Pennsylvania (2) and Wyoming.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Forks.

Communities near Forks ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Forks.

  • Shuwah [Clallam County]
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    • Shuwah [Clallam County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<5> to the north of Forks
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  • Beaver [Clallam County]
  • La Push [Clallam County]
  • Oil City [Jefferson County]
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    • Oil City [Jefferson County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the south of Forks
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oil City have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Ozette [Clallam County]
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      • Ozette [Clallam County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the northwest of Forks
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    • Clallam Bay [Clallam County]
    • Sekiu [Clallam County]
    • Clearwater [Jefferson County]
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      • Clearwater [Jefferson County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<5> to the south of Forks
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    • Neah Bay [Clallam County]
    • Waatch [Clallam County]
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      • Waatch [Clallam County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<5> to the northwest of Forks
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To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We're compiling a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Forks. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Forks.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Forks. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Forks.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Forks. See our Newspapers Page for Forks.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Forks ...

Looking for more information about Forks? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Forks, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Forks.

Adding Forks to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Forks in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Forks was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Forks on a map titled Mobile Oil Map of Washington (1949).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Forks on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Clallam County

About Washington

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Forks:

The official website for Clallam County:

The official website for State of Washington:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Washington's counties, including Clallam, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Forks.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Forks - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Forks). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Forks or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Forks) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Forks. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from ForksOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Forks. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.9516, Longitude: -124.3854    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






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