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Carson, Washington
Location of Carson, Washington
Location of Carson, Washington
Country United States
State Washington
County Skamania
469 ft (143 m)
 • Total 2,279
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 509
GNIS feature ID 1512068
Hotel St. Martin at Carson Hot Springs

Carson is a small census-designated place in Skamania County in the southwestern part of the U.S. state of Washington.

Carson is located just north of the Columbia River near the towns of Stevenson, Bingen and White Salmon in Washington and Cascade Locks and Hood River in Oregon and just south of Stabler, Washington. One major point of interest is the St. Martin's hot spring and resort, boasting a geothermal steam bath.

A post office called Carson has been in operation since 1894. The community takes its name from nearby Carson Creek.


As of the census of 2000, there were 2,116 people, 797 households, and 572 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 452.8 people per square mile (174.9/km2). There were 894 housing units at an average density of 191.3/sq mi (73.9/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 88.52% White, 0.33% African American, 3.50% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.57% Pacific Islander, 3.64% from other races, and 3.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.10% of the population.

There were 797 households, out of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.5% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.2% were non-families. 23.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the CDP, the age distribution of the population shows 28.7% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.4 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $33,598, and the median income for a family was $40,519. Males had a median income of $31,413 versus $25,478 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $14,922. About 9.4% of families and 13.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.9% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.

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