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Lewis County, Washington
Map
Map of Washington highlighting Lewis County
Location in the state of Washington
Map of the USA highlighting Washington
Washington's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded December 19, 1845
Seat Chehalis
Largest City Centralia
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

2,436 sq mi (6,309 km²)
2,403 sq mi (6,224 km²)
33 sq mi (85 km²), 1.4%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

75,882
31/sq mi (12/km²)
Time zone Pacific: UTC-8/-7
Website: www.co.lewis.wa.us
Named for: Meriwether Lewis

Lewis County is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington. As of the 2010 census, the population was 75,455. The county seat is Chehalis, and its largest city is Centralia. The county was created on December 19, 1845, by the Provisional Government of Oregon, and originally named after George Vancouver. In 1849 the county was renamed after Meriwether Lewis.

Lewis County comprises the Centralia, WA Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Seattle-Tacoma, WA Combined Statistical Area.

Geography and natural features

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,436 square miles (6,310 km2), of which 2,403 square miles (6,220 km2) is land and 33 square miles (85 km2) (1.4%) is water. One of the world's tallest Douglas fir trees ever recorded was in the town of Mineral within Lewis County, attaining a height of 120 metres (390 ft).

Geographic features

  • Cascade Mountains
  • Chehalis River
  • Cowlitz River
  • Nisqually River
  • Lake Mayfield
  • Riffe Lake
  • Big Horn, the highest place in Lewis county
  • Boistfort Peak, the highest point in the Willapa Hills
  • Walupt Creek Falls

Major highways

  • I-5.svg Interstate 5
  • US 12.svg U.S. Route 12

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

  • Gifford Pinchot National Forest (part)
  • Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (part)
  • Mount Rainier National Park (part)
  • Mount St. Helens Volcanic National Monument (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 558
1860 384 −31.2%
1870 888 131.3%
1880 2,600 192.8%
1890 11,499 342.3%
1900 15,157 31.8%
1910 32,127 112.0%
1920 36,840 14.7%
1930 40,034 8.7%
1940 41,393 3.4%
1950 43,755 5.7%
1960 41,858 −4.3%
1970 45,467 8.6%
1980 56,025 23.2%
1990 59,358 5.9%
2000 68,600 15.6%
2010 75,455 10.0%
Est. 2015 75,882 0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 68,600 people, 26,306 households, and 18,572 families residing in the county. The population density was 28 people per square mile (11/km²). There were 29,585 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.96% White, 0.38% Black or African American, 1.22% Native American, 0.69% Asian, 0.18% Pacific Islander, 2.55% from other races, and 2.01% from two or more races. 5.37% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 18.7% were of German, 11.8% United States or American, 11.1% English, 8.7% Irish and 5.7% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 26,306 households out of which 31.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.90% were married couples living together, 9.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.40% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.50% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 25.20% from 25 to 44, 24.50% from 45 to 64, and 15.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,511, and the median income for a family was $41,105. Males had a median income of $35,714 versus $23,453 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,082. About 10.40% of families and 14.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.60% of those under age 18 and 9.40% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 75,455 people, 29,743 households, and 20,104 families residing in the county. The population density was 31.4 inhabitants per square mile (12.1/km2). There were 34,050 housing units at an average density of 14.2 per square mile (5.5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 89.7% white, 1.4% American Indian, 0.9% Asian, 0.5% black or African American, 0.2% Pacific islander, 4.0% from other races, and 3.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 8.7% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 24.1% were German, 14.9% were Irish, 12.5% were English, 7.7% were American, and 5.1% were Norwegian.

Of the 29,743 households, 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.4% were non-families, and 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.97. The median age was 41.5 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $43,874 and the median income for a family was $53,358. Males had a median income of $43,695 versus $31,720 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,695. About 10.3% of families and 13.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.2% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities


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