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Snoqualmie finds a sibling in DuPont

SNOQUALMIE - Think of a small, rural community of about 3,000 people in Western Washington. The community started out as a company town that owes a lot of its culture to the major corporation that shaped its rich history.

In recent years this same city has attracted more young, urban professionals from metropolitan areas within driving distance. In fact, new neighborhoods built on land owned by Weyerhaeuser have attracted a demographic that is different from the longtime locals who have made up the traditionally rural town.

The change will only continue in the coming years as more and more residents move in, causing the city to make important and difficult decisions that will affect how it will look for future generations.

Sound familiar?

It also sounds familiar to DuPont City Administrator Stephen Dinger, because it is a description of his city.

"It's kind of weird how similar they are," he said.

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