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Windpower farm in Yokohama
Location of Yokohama in Aomori Prefecture
|• Total||126.38 km2 (48.80 sq mi)|
(February 1, 2017)
|• Density||37.3/km2 (97/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|- Fish||Sea cucumber|
|Address||Teranoshita 35, Yokohama-machi, Kitakami-gun, Aomori-ken 039-4145|
Yokohama (横浜町 Yokohama-machi) is a town located in Aomori Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 February 2017[update], the town had an estimated population of 4,711, and a population density of 37.3 persons per km², in 2107 households. The total area of the town is 126.38 square kilometres (48.80 sq mi).
Yokohama occupies the northeastern coastline of Mutsu Bay, at the entrance to Shimokita Peninsula. The town has a cold maritime climate characterized by cool short summers and long cold winters with heavy snowfall (Köppen climate classification Cfb). The average annual temperature in Yokohama is 9.1 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1262 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 21.9 °C, and lowest in January, at around -2.6 °C.
Per Japanese census data, the population of Yokohama has declined over the past 40 years.
The area around Yokohama was controlled by the Nambu clan of Morioka Domain during the Edo period. During the post-Meiji restoration cadastral reform of April 1, 1889, it was proclaimed to be a village. Yokohama was elevated to town status on April 1, 1958.
The economy of Yokohama was traditionally heavily dependent on commercial fishing in Mutsu Bay, primarily for sea cucumber, the local specialty, as well as sea urchin roe and scallops. With regards to agriculture, rapeseed and potato farming predominates. Electrical power production via wind farms also contributes to the local economy.
Yokohama has four public elementary schools and one public middle school operated by the town government. The town does not have a high school.
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