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College Place, Washington
Location of College Place, Washington
Location of College Place, Washington
Country United States
State Washington
County Walla Walla
 • Type Mayor–council
 • Total 3.00 sq mi (7.76 km2)
 • Land 3.00 sq mi (7.76 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
794 ft (242 m)
 • Total 9,902
 • Density 3,108.78/sq mi (1,200.42/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code 509
FIPS code 53-13855
GNIS feature ID 1512107

College Place is a town in Walla Walla County, Washington, United States. It neighbors the larger city of Walla Walla, and had a population of 9,902 at the 2020 census.

College Place is the home of Walla Walla University (formerly Walla Walla College, thus the city's name), a Seventh-day Adventist operated liberal arts university. Due to the primarily Adventist population, most downtown College Place businesses close on Saturday, reopening in most cases on Sunday. College Avenue is the main street running north to south from Highway 12 to the Milton-Freewater Highway.


Martin Field, to the west of town, was an air training base during World War II. It is now a private airfield.

College Place was officially incorporated on January 19, 1946.


College Place is located at 46°2′42″N 118°22′57″W / 46.04500°N 118.38250°W / 46.04500; -118.38250 (46.045127, -118.382425).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.66 square miles (6.89 km2), all of it land.


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, College Place has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csa" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 1,272
1950 3,174 149.5%
1960 4,031 27.0%
1970 4,510 11.9%
1980 5,771 28.0%
1990 6,308 9.3%
2000 7,818 23.9%
2010 8,765 12.1%
2020 9,902 13.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 8,765 people in 3,523 households, including 2,096 families, in the city. The population density was 3,295.1 inhabitants per square mile (1,272.2/km2). There were 3,764 housing units at an average density of 1,415.0 per square mile (546.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 85.7% White, 1.6% African American, 0.7% Native American, 1.9% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 6.8% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.5%.

Of the 3,523 households 24.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.4% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.5% were non-families. 32.0% of households were one person and 13.2% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.85.

The median age was 32.8 years. 18.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 20.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.9% were from 25 to 44; 21% were from 45 to 64; and 18% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.

Notable people

  • Dr. Charles E. Woodworth - ARS Researcher, Major

See also

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