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Brewster
City of Brewster
The outskirts of Brewster
The outskirts of Brewster
Location of Brewster, Washington
Location of Brewster, Washington
Country United States
State Washington
County Okanogan
Area
 • Total 1.51 sq mi (3.90 km2)
 • Land 1.15 sq mi (2.98 km2)
 • Water 0.35 sq mi (0.92 km2)
Elevation
814 ft (248 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 2,370
 • Estimate 
(2019)
2,357
 • Density 2,046.01/sq mi (789.78/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
98812
Area code(s) 509
FIPS code 53-07835
GNIS feature ID 1516938
Website City of Brewster

Brewster is a city in Okanogan County, Washington, United States. The population was 2,370 at the 2010 census.

History

Brewster was founded in 1896. A post office called Brewster has been in operation since 1898. The city derives its name from John Bruster, a pioneer settler.

Geography

Brewster is located on the confluence of the Okanogan and Columbia Rivers.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.19 square miles (3.08 km2), all of it land. The 30–bed Three Rivers Hospital serves the city as the largest hospital in the county. The radio telescope located in Brewster is the northernmost of ten dishes comprising the Very Long Baseline Array.

Climate

Climate data for Brewster, Washington
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 57
(13.9)
64
(17.8)
78
(25.6)
93
(33.9)
103
(39.4)
108
(42.2)
110
(43.3)
110
(43.3)
103
(39.4)
86
(30)
75
(23.9)
59
(15)
110
(-17.8)
Average high °F (°C) 35
(1.7)
42
(5.6)
55
(12.8)
65
(18.3)
74
(23.3)
81
(27.2)
90
(32.2)
90
(32.2)
80
(26.7)
63
(17.2)
45
(7.2)
34
(1.1)
62.8
(17.13)
Average low °F (°C) 23
(-5)
26
(-3.3)
32
(0)
38
(3.3)
45
(7.2)
52
(11.1)
58
(14.4)
57
(13.9)
48
(8.9)
37
(2.8)
30
(-1.1)
22
(-5.6)
39
(3.89)
Record low °F (°C) −19
(-28.3)
−19
(-28.3)
2
(-16.7)
19
(-7.2)
26
(-3.3)
33
(0.6)
35
(1.7)
35
(1.7)
29
(-1.7)
10
(-12.2)
−9
(-22.8)
−19
(-28.3)
-19
(-17.8)
Precipitation inches (mm) 1.38
(35.1)
1.09
(27.7)
0.90
(22.9)
0.55
(14)
0.96
(24.4)
0.90
(22.9)
0.56
(14.2)
0.26
(6.6)
0.39
(9.9)
0.60
(15.2)
1.43
(36.3)
1.86
(47.2)
10.88
(276.4)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 296
1920 394 33.1%
1930 413 4.8%
1940 447 8.2%
1950 851 90.4%
1960 940 10.5%
1970 1,059 12.7%
1980 1,337 26.3%
1990 1,633 22.1%
2000 2,189 34.0%
2010 2,370 8.3%
2019 (est.) 2,357 −0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
2015 Estimate
Columbia River - Brewster, Washington aerial 01A
An aerial view of Brewster, adjacent to the Columbia River.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,370 people, 699 households, and 535 families living in the city. The population density was 1,991.6 inhabitants per square mile (769.0/km2). There were 730 housing units at an average density of 613.4 per square mile (236.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 50.8% White, 0.3% African American, 2.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 43.0% from other races, and 3.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 73.0% of the population.

There were 699 households, of which 54.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 15.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 8.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 23.5% were non-families. 20.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.31 and the average family size was 3.81.

The median age in the city was 27.6 years. 35.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 11.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.4% were from 25 to 44; 17.2% were from 45 to 64; and 10% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.4% male and 49.6% female. For population 25 years and older, 50.2% have a high school diploma or higher, 8.1% have a bachelor's degree or higher, and 3.4% have a graduate or professional degree.

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