Hoquiam means 'hungry for wood'. The Indians named it after the volume of timber that used to float down the river into Grays Harbor. Logging has been the areas main industry since the 1850's.
The City of Hoquiam, the second largest city in Grays Harbor County, lies along the north shore of the Grays Harbor Estuary and straddles the mouth of the Hoquiam River. The Hoquiam River flows from the north and divides the city into East and West Hoquiam. The city limits cover 13.27 square miles and extends over the water to include Rennie and Moon (Bowerman Airfield) Islands and the North Channel.
Grays Harbor Estuary
The Grays Harbor Estuary is perhaps the dominant water feature of the city. The city boundaries extend for approximately one mile into the estuary. Much of the estuary in the city consists of an intertidal zone of relatively shallow depth.
The City of Hoquiam is committed to sustainable growth and development by promoting sound economic standards and environmental quality. Our community fosters sound neighborhoods through diligent planning practices and administration of the City's zoning ordinances. Planning, zoning, building services, economic development, redevelopment, housing and community development are consolidated functions of our building and planning departments.
Hoquiam School are dedicated to be in partnership with the community, committed to providing a quality learning experience to all students emphasizing accountability, achievement and lifelong learning.
Hoquiam is home of six schools: four grade schools, middle school,high school.
Hoquiam School District # 28;
Hoquiam High School 9th-12th grade
Hoquiam Middle School 7th- 8th grade
Central Elementary 2nd-6th grade
Lincoln Elementary 2nd-6th grade
Washington Elementary 2nd-6th grade
Emerson Elementary k-1st grade
Hoquiam has many local attractions that brings tourists to its city. Central Elementary school is the festival headquarters for the Shorebirds Festival. It also celebrates it's 150 years of timber industry with the Loggers Playday which happens every second weekend in September.In the first weekend of June or last weekend of May it host the west side Relay for Life event. The other location is in Elma at the Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds. In July, there's Hoquiam's River Fest and its famous rubber ducky races. The 7th Street Theater also has fun events going on all year long.
Population in July 2008: 8,848. Population change since 2000: -2.7% Males: 4,303 (48.6%) Females: 4,545 (51.4%)
The estimated median household income in 2008 was $35,999 (it was $29,658 in 2000)
Races in Hoquiam: White Non-Hispanic (86.4%) American Indian (5.8%) Hispanic (5.7%) Two or more races (3.2%) Other race (2.1%) Korean (0.7%) (Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)
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The City of Hoquiam operates under a mayor-council form of government. The current Mayor is Jack Durney. The current City Administrator is Brian Shay.
The twelve-member council represents six wards, with two council members serving each ward. The Council meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month in Council Chambers, located on the second floor of the City Hall Building, 609 8th Street. Meetings commence at 7:00 PM. 
To City of Hoquam website can be found at http://www.cityofhoquiam.com/.