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Pend Oreille County
Pend Oreille County Courthouse (September 2014)
Pend Oreille County Courthouse (September 2014)
Map of Washington highlighting Pend Oreille County
Location within the U.S. state of Washington
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Washington's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Washington
Founded March 1, 1911
Named for Pend d'Oreilles people
Seat Newport
Largest city Newport
 • Total 1,425 sq mi (3,690 km2)
 • Land 1,400 sq mi (4,000 km2)
 • Water 25 sq mi (60 km2)  1.8%%
 • Total 13,401
 • Estimate 
13,886 Increase
 • Density 9.3/sq mi (3.6/km2)
Time zone UTC−8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−7 (PDT)
Congressional district 5th

Pend Oreille County ( 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 2020 census, the population was 13,401. 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. It is named after the Pend d'Oreilles tribe, who in turn were ostensibly named for large shell earrings that members wore. ("Pend d'oreille", while awkward in French, could be translated as "hangs from the ear".)

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


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.


  • 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)


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%
2020 13,401 3.1%
2021 (est.) 13,886 6.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2020

2010 census

As of the 2010 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 $38,896 and the median income for a family was $46,971. Males had a median income of $45,728 versus $26,128 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,546. About 13.6% of families and 18.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.2% of those under age 18 and 13.3% of those age 65 or over.


PendOreilleCtyHistMus NewportWA
Pend Oreille County Historical Museum, Newport



Unincorporated communities

See also

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