The town borders the city of Aberdeen at Myrtle Street, with Hoquiam to the west. The two cities share a common economic history in lumbering and exporting, but Hoquiam has maintained its independent identity. Aberdeen is more populated, but the two cities have a long rivalry, especially in high school sports. Hoquiam was incorporated on May 21, 1890. Its name comes from a Native-American word meaning "hungry for wood", so named from the great amount of driftwood at the mouth of the Hoquiam river.

One of the first logging operations in Hoquiam was established by Ed Campbell in 1872.

Hoquiam experiences a Mediterranean Climate that borders closely on an oceanic climate. Outside of the mild and dry summer season, rainfall is generally very high and monthly totals of over 20 inches (510 mm) are not unknown. Snowfall is rare and indeed does not fall many years, however in the winter of 1964/1965 as much as 40.8 inches (1.0 m) of snow fell in two storms.

Hoquiam is the home of the Loggers' Playday, celebrated with a parade and logging competition every September, in which loggers from around the world come to participate.

Interested in History? Luxurious Hoquiam Castle. Constructed in 1897, the exquisite mansion boasted all the comfort amenities of East Coast mansions of the day. The privately owned mansion is open for tours.The Polson Museum erected in 1924, was designed with twenty-six rooms, with six bathrooms and four fireplaces. The Polsons lived in the mansion to 1965 when they left their Hoquiam home for Seattle. Widowed in 1968, Mrs. Polson donated the property to the city in 1976. It has been the Polson Museum ever since.

Grays Harbor Farmers Market and Craft Fair is one of only two Washington State farmers markets open year round. Discover local produce, delicious pastries, fresh seafood, chowder, fine arts, & quality crafted items. The market is open Wednesdays.