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Klickitat County, Washington
Map

Location in the state of Washington
Map of the USA highlighting Washington
Washington's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded December 20, 1859
Seat Goldendale
Largest City Goldendale
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,904 sq mi (4,931 km²)
1,871 sq mi (4,846 km²)
33 sq mi (85 km²), 1.7%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

21,026
11/sq mi (4/km²)
Time zone Pacific: UTC-8/-7
Website: www.klickitatcounty.org
Named for: Klickitat Tribe

Klickitat County is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington. As of the 2010 census, the population was 20,318. The county seat and largest city is Goldendale. The county is named after the Klickitat tribe of the Yakama Native Americans.

History

Maryhill stonehenge WWI monument
A replica of Stonehenge built by Samuel Hill as a monument to local men killed in World War I called Maryhill Stonehenge.

Klickitat County was created out of Walla Walla County on December 20, 1859. Samuel Hill was an early promoter of the area, promoting better roads and building local landmarks such as a war memorial replica of Stonehenge (Maryhill Stonehenge) and a mansion that would become the Maryhill Museum of Art. The Sam Hill Memorial Bridge across the Columbia River is named after him.

Geography

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Klickitat Log & Lumber train switching, 1964

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,904 square miles (4,930 km2), of which 1,871 square miles (4,850 km2) is land and 33 square miles (85 km2) (1.7%) is water.

Geographic features

Major highways

  • US 97.svg U.S. Route 97
  • WA-14.svg State Route 14
  • WA-142.svg State Route 142

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 230
1870 329 43.0%
1880 4,055 1,132.5%
1890 5,167 27.4%
1900 6,407 24.0%
1910 10,180 58.9%
1920 9,268 −9.0%
1930 9,825 6.0%
1940 11,357 15.6%
1950 12,049 6.1%
1960 13,455 11.7%
1970 12,138 −9.8%
1980 15,822 30.4%
1990 16,616 5.0%
2000 19,161 15.3%
2010 20,318 6.0%
Est. 2015 21,026 3.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 19,161 people, 7,473 households, and 5,305 families residing in the county. The population density was 10 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 8,633 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 87.56% White, 0.27% Black or African American, 3.47% Native American, 0.73% Asian, 0.21% Pacific Islander, 5.02% from other races, and 2.75% from two or more races. 7.81% of the population were Hispanics or Latinos of any race. 17.7% were of German, 14.0% United States or American, 11.1% English and 9.6% Irish ancestry. 90.3% spoke English and 7.8% Spanish as their first language.

There were 7,473 households out of which 32.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.70% were married couples living together, 9.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.00% were non-families. 23.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.99.

The age distribution was 27.10% under the age of 18, 6.50% from 18 to 24, 25.70% from 25 to 44, 27.00% from 45 to 64, and 13.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 99.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,267, and the median income for a family was $40,414. Males had a median income of $36,067 versus $21,922 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,502. About 12.60% of families and 17.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.50% of those under age 18 and 15.10% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 20,318 people, 8,327 households, and 5,626 families residing in the county. The population density was 10.9 inhabitants per square mile (4.2/km2). There were 9,786 housing units at an average density of 5.2 per square mile (2.0/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 87.7% white, 2.4% American Indian, 0.6% Asian, 0.2% black or African American, 0.1% Pacific islander, 5.6% from other races, and 3.3% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 10.7% of the population. In terms of ancestry,

Of the 8,327 households, 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.5% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.4% were non-families, and 26.4% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.88. The median age was 45.3 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,398 and the median income for a family was $46,012. Males had a median income of $43,588 versus $31,114 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,553. About 13.7% of families and 19.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.9% of those under age 18 and 9.4% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Klickitat Valley WA
The Klickitat Valley

Cities

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities


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