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Pend Oreille County, Washington
Map

Location in the state of Washington
Map of the USA highlighting Washington
Washington's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded March 1, 1911
Seat Newport
Largest City Newport
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,425 sq mi (3,691 km²)
1,400 sq mi (3,626 km²)
25 sq mi (65 km²), 1.8%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

13,088
9.3/sq mi (4/km²)
Time zone Pacific: UTC-8/-7
Website: www.pendoreilleco.org
Named for: Pend d'Oreilles people

Pend Oreille County (/pɒndəˈr/ pond-ə-RAY) is a county located in the northeast corner of the U.S. state of Washington, along the Canada–US border. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,001. The county seat and largest city is Newport. The county was created out of Stevens County on March 1, 1911. It is the most recently formed of the state's 39 counties (see list of counties in Washington). It is named after the Pend d'Oreilles tribe, whose name is French for "earring" (literally "hangs from ear"), which refers to the large shell earrings that these people wore.

Pend Oreille County is included in the Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,425 square miles (3,690 km2), of which 1,400 square miles (3,600 km2) is land and 25 square miles (65 km2) (1.8%) is water.

Highways

  • US 2.svg U.S. Route 2
  • WA-20.svg State Route 20
  • WA-31.svg State Route 31
  • WA-41.svg State Route 41
  • WA-211.svg State Route 211
  • International Selkirk Loop

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

  • Colville National Forest (part)
  • Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail (part)
  • Kaniksu National Forest (part)
  • Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 6,363
1930 7,155 12.4%
1940 7,156 0.0%
1950 7,413 3.6%
1960 6,914 −6.7%
1970 6,025 −12.9%
1980 8,580 42.4%
1990 8,915 3.9%
2000 11,732 31.6%
2010 13,001 10.8%
Est. 2015 13,088 0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 11,732 people, 4,639 households, and 3,261 families residing in the county. The population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 6,608 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.53% White, 0.14% Black or African American, 2.88% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 0.57% from other races, and 2.04% from two or more races. 2.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 21.1% were of German, 13.2% English, 10.2% United States or American, 9,2% Irish and 5.7% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 4,639 households out of which 29.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.50% were married couples living together, 8.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.70% were non-families. 25.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.30% under the age of 18, 5.50% from 18 to 24, 23.80% from 25 to 44, 29.50% from 45 to 64, and 14.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 100.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,677, and the median income for a family was $36,977. Males had a median income of $36,951 versus $20,693 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,731. About 13.60% of families and 18.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.60% of those under age 18 and 6.40% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 13,001 people, 5,479 households, and 3,628 families residing in the county. The population density was 9.3 inhabitants per square mile (3.6/km2). There were 7,936 housing units at an average density of 5.7 per square mile (2.2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 91.6% Caucasian, 3.8% American Indian, 0.6% Asian, 0.4% black or African American, 0.1% Pacific islander, 0.7% from other races, and 2.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.0% of the population. In terms of ancestry,

Of the 5,479 households, 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.4% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.8% were non-families, and 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.84. The median age was 47.8 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $ and the median income for a family was $. Males had a median income of $ versus $ for females. The per capita income for the county was $. About of families and of the population were below the poverty line, including of those under age 18 and of those age 65 or over.

Communities

PendOreilleCtyHistMus NewportWA
Pend Oreille County Historical Museum, Newport

Cities

Towns

Unincorporated communities


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