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Aberdeen is a city in the Olympic Peninsula region of Washington. The city is the economic center of Grays Harbor County, bordering the cities of Hoquiam and Cosmopolis. The population was 16,461 according to the 2000 census.

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  1. By the turn of the 20th century, Aberdeen had the distinction of being "the roughest town west of the Mississippi" because of excessive gambling, violence, extreme drug use and prostitution, and the city remained off-limits to military personnel into the early 1980s.
  2. Aberdeen was the birthplace and hometown of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and Bryan Danielson.
  3. Aberdeen is called the "Gateway to the Olympic Peninsula".
  4. Aberdeen was named for a local salmon cannery to reflect its Scottish fishing port namesake of Aberdeen.
  5. Large parts of the 2009 romantic comedy Management, starring Steve Zahn and Jennifer Aniston were set in Aberdeen.

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