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Stevenson
Stevenson, Washington
Main Street in Stevenson, October 2007
Main Street in Stevenson, October 2007
Location of Stevenson, Washington
Location of Stevenson, Washington
Country United States
State Washington
County Skamania
Government
 • Type Mayor-council
Area
 • Total 1.79 sq mi (4.64 km2)
 • Land 1.65 sq mi (4.26 km2)
 • Water 0.15 sq mi (0.38 km2)
Elevation
207 ft (63 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,465
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,601
 • Density 973.25/sq mi (375.87/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
98648
Area code 509
FIPS code 53-67875
GNIS feature ID 1509682
Website City of Stevenson

Stevenson is a city in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area along the Columbia River in Skamania County, Washington, United States. The population was 1,465 at the 2010 census, a 22% increase over 2000. It is the county seat of Skamania County and home to the Skamania County Court House and Sheriff's Office. Stevenson is home to the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, which focuses on several tribes that were once located near the Columbia River.

History

Port entrance - Stevenson, Washington 2
Entrance to the Port of Skamania County in Stevenson
Stevenson Washington city hall
Stevenson city hall building, established in 1906.
Skamania County Washington Court House
Skamania County Court House, one of the most prominent buildings in Stevenson, viewed from the front lawn.
Stevenson Washington elementary school
Stevenson Elementary School

Stevenson is named for early settler George H. Stevenson. The Stevenson family, who settled in the Gorge in the 1800s from Missouri, founded the town of Stevenson on the old Shepard donation land claim. Under the auspices of the Stevenson Land Company, George Stevenson purchased the original town site for $24,000 in 1893, building the town along the lower flat near the river. Settlers expanded the original dock to serve the daily arrivals of sternwheelers unloading passengers, cargo and loading logs.

In 1893, in a dispute over rental fees, an unknown crew transported the county records from the town of Cascades to Stevenson. Stevenson became the county seat of Skamania overnight. Stevenson was officially incorporated on December 16, 1907. In 1908 the SP&S Railroad arrived, pushing the town up the hill away from the river. Streets were graded, wooden sidewalks constructed and the city asked residents to keep their cows from roaming the streets.

Geography

Stevenson is located at 45°41′46″N 121°53′18″W / 45.69611°N 121.88833°W / 45.69611; -121.88833 (45.696203, −121.888424).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.79 square miles (4.64 km2), of which, 1.65 square miles (4.27 km2) is land and 0.14 square miles (0.36 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 387
1920 348 −10.1%
1930 400 14.9%
1940 563 40.8%
1950 584 3.7%
1960 927 58.7%
1970 916 −1.2%
1980 1,172 27.9%
1990 1,147 −2.1%
2000 1,200 4.6%
2010 1,465 22.1%
2019 (est.) 1,601 9.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

Skamania County Washington Court House
Skamania County Court House, one of the most prominent buildings in Stevenson, viewed from the front lawn, October 2007

At the 2010 census there were 1,465 people in 640 households, including 390 families, in the city. The population density was 887.9 inhabitants per square mile (342.8/km2). There were 703 housing units at an average density of 426.1 per square mile (164.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.9% White, 0.6% African American, 1.8% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.5% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.8%.

Of the 640 households, 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.3% were married couples living together, 15.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.1% were non-families. 33.4% of households were one person and 12.8% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.86.

The median age was 42.1 years. 23% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.5% were from 25 to 44; 30.6% were from 45 to 64; and 15.3% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.1% male and 52.9% female.

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