Education

Grays Harbor College

Grays Harbor College is a two-year community college, founded in 1930 and serving Grays Harbor and Pacific counties.

To better meet the needs of all residents, Grays Harbor College has established satellite learning centers in Raymond, Ilwaco and the Whiteside Learning Center in Aberdeen. For area residents, enrolling at GHC means receiving quality education at affordable tuition rates. GHC provides:

  • Strong academic programs resulting in Associate degrees that transfer seamlessly to four-year colleges and universities.
  • Strong occupational training programs that focus on current skills demanded in the workplace.

GH College cultivates partnerships with area businesses, community organizations and school districts. Businesses regularly partner with GHC to establish training programs and provide training for their workers.

Elementary and High Schools

Excellent describes the 13 school districts operating in Grays Harbor County. The County's districts have 38 elementary, middle and high schools.

Grays Harbor schools are also progressive and innovative. Students in their final two years of high school can attend courses at Grays Harbor College simultaneously with their high school work; occasionally even gaining College Associate degrees concurrent with their High School diplomas.

PreSchool and After School

The county offers many child care and preschool centers. In addition, a state of the art YMCA in Hoquiam provides after school swimming and sporting activities.

Housing

Much of Grays Harbor County's housing inventory was built in the first half of the 20th century for the owners and workers of the booming natural resource industries.

As a result, the county has beautiful and architecturally distinctive homes and buildings. Modern homes also exist in neighborhoods all over Grays Harbor, and Seabrook is a brand-new community of distinctive homes in the North Beach area.

With relatively low housing prices, you can choose the kind of living space you want, whether in the woods, in town, or the beach. In 2011, the median home cost was $150,200, and the vacancy rate was 18 percent. That leaves buyers with a lot of options, many of them very good.

Rents in Grays Harbor County are also very reasonable. Average rents range around $900-$1200 for 4 bedroom house, $650 for a 2-3 bedroom home, $525 for a 2-Bedroom apartment and $475 for a mobile home.

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