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Asotin County, Washington
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Location in the state of Washington
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Washington's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded October 27, 1883
Seat Asotin
Largest City Clarkston
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

641 sq mi (1,660 km²)
636 sq mi (1,647 km²)
4.4 sq mi (11 km²), 0.7%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

22,105
35/sq mi (14/km²)
Time zone Pacific: UTC-8/-7
Website: www.co.asotin.wa.us

Asotin County /əˈstən/ is a county in the U.S. state of Washington. As of the 2010 census, the population was 21,623. The county seat is at Asotin, and its largest city is Clarkston. The county was created out of Garfield County on October 27, 1883 and derives its name from a Nez Perce word meaning "Eel Creek".

Asotin County is part of the Lewiston, ID-WA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Nez Perce County, Idaho, and Asotin County.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 641 square miles (1,660 km2), of which 636 square miles (1,650 km2) is land and 4.4 square miles (11 km2) (0.7%) is water. It is the fifth-smallest county in Washington by area. It is part of the Palouse, a wide and rolling prairie-like region of the middle Columbia basin.

Geographic features

Major highways

  • US 12.svg U.S. Route 12

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Umatilla National Forest (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,580
1900 3,366 113.0%
1910 5,831 73.2%
1920 6,539 12.1%
1930 8,136 24.4%
1940 8,365 2.8%
1950 10,878 30.0%
1960 12,909 18.7%
1970 13,799 6.9%
1980 16,823 21.9%
1990 17,605 4.6%
2000 20,551 16.7%
2010 21,623 5.2%
Est. 2015 22,105 2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 20,551 people, 8,364 households, and 5,654 families residing in the county. The population density was 32 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 9,111 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.62% White, 0.19% Black or African American, 1.27% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.63% from other races, and 1.77% from two or more races. 1.95% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 25.9% were of German, 12.4% English, 11.9% Irish and 11.0% United States or American ancestry. 97.9% spoke English and 1.6% Spanish as their first language.

There were 8,364 households out of which 31.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.40% were married couples living together, 11.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.40% were non-families. 27.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.50% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 26.10% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, and 16.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 91.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,524, and the median income for a family was $40,592. Males had a median income of $35,810 versus $22,218 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,748. About 11.60% of families and 15.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.70% of those under age 18 and 6.70% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 21,623 people, 9,236 households, and 5,914 families residing in the county. The population density was 34.0 inhabitants per square mile (13.1/km2). There were 9,872 housing units at an average density of 15.5 per square mile (6.0/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 94.3% white, 1.4% American Indian, 0.5% Asian, 0.4% black or African American, 0.2% Pacific islander, 0.8% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.0% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 32.4% were German, 14.8% were Irish, 13.7% were English, 7.5% were American, and 6.2% were Norwegian.

Of the 9,236 households, 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.5% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.0% were non-families, and 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.83. The median age was 43.5 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,665 and the median income for a family was $52,250. Males had a median income of $39,633 versus $28,475 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,731. About 9.9% of families and 13.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.1% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

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Asotin, Washington

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities


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