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Kettle Falls
Kettle Falls, Washington
Welcome sign at the northern end of the city
Welcome sign at the northern end of the city
Location of Kettle Falls, Washington
Location of Kettle Falls, Washington
Country United States
State Washington
County Stevens
 • Total 1.08 sq mi (2.79 km2)
 • Land 1.08 sq mi (2.79 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,631 ft (497 m)
 • Total 1,595
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,518.11/sq mi (585.90/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
Area code 509
FIPS code 53-35485
GNIS feature ID 1530955
Website City of Kettle Falls

Kettle Falls is a city in Stevens County, Washington, United States, named for the nearby Kettle Falls on the Kettle River. The city itself is located on the Colville River immediately upstream from its confluence with the Columbia River. The population of the city was 1,595 at the time of the 2010 census, a 4.5% increase over the 2000 census.


The original Kettle Falls was officially incorporated on December 17, 1891 on the bank of the Columbia. After it was flooded by the Grand Coulee Dam in 1940, city planners relocated the town at a community called Meyers Falls, near the railroad lines, helping to ensure its success as a trans-shipment point for the logging, agriculture, and paper industries. This is its present location, eight miles northwest of Colville and roughly 80 miles northwest of Spokane. It is 30 miles (48 km) south of the Canada–US border at Laurier and adjacent to Lake Roosevelt, the reservoir of the Columbia River. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.07 square miles (2.77 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 297
1910 377 26.9%
1920 276 −26.8%
1930 414 50.0%
1940 560 35.3%
1950 714 27.5%
1960 905 26.8%
1970 893 −1.3%
1980 1,087 21.7%
1990 1,272 17.0%
2000 1,527 20.0%
2010 1,595 4.5%
Est. 2019 1,635 2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
2015 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,595 people, 676 households, and 419 families living in the city. The population density was 1,490.7 inhabitants per square mile (575.6/km2). There were 726 housing units at an average density of 678.5 per square mile (262.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.9% White, 0.1% African American, 2.0% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.6% from other races, and 5.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7% of the population.

There were 676 households, of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.7% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband/wife present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife/husband present, and 38.0% were non-families. 31.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.95.

The median age in the city was 38.6 years. 26.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.9% were from 25 to 44; 25.4% were from 45 to 64; and 16.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.6% male and 52.4% female.

Cougar attack

In 1999, a four-year-old boy was injured in a cougar attack near a house "on U.S. Highway 395 about a mile south of Barstow in Ferry County and about 11 miles northwest of Kettle Falls."

Key geographic points in and near Kettle Falls



  • Blue Gulch Reservoir Dam


  • Kettle Falls School District
    • Kettle Falls Elementary School (Grades K-4, enrollment 279 in October 2003, located at 48°36'27"N, 118°03'05"W)
    • Kettle Falls Middle School
    • Kettle Falls High School


  • Kettle Falls Campground
  • North Lake RV Park and Campground Beautiful forested RV Park and Campground right on North Lake Roosevelt.

Notable people

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