Originally, a smaller island sat to Vashon Island’s southeast side.
Captain Vancouver named the main island Vashon after a fellow captain in 1792.
According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Vashon has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.
of 2000, there were 10,123 people, 4,193 households, and 2,838 families residing in the CDP.
However, archaeological discoveries and cultural histories point to human activity in the region as far back as 10,000 years ago.
Tulalip Indians were one tribe that populated the villages along the shores of both islands.
23.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older.
Fifty years later, the smaller island was given the name Maury Island after a British navy crew-mate.
These two landmasses remained separated by water until local landowners decided to build an earth bridge, or isthmus, linking them together in 1916.
Fishing was abundant in the cold saltwater of the Central Puget Sound Basin, which helped many Native American tribes to thrive here.
Moreover, the many waterways and inlets provided easy travel by way of canoe.
The population was 10,624 at the 2010 census and the size is 37 square miles (96 km Vashon Island sits in the midpoint of southern Puget Sound, between Seattle and Tacoma, Washington.