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Walla Walla County
Postcard featuring the Walla Walla Court House in 1906
Postcard featuring the Walla Walla Court House in 1906
Official seal of Walla Walla County
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Map of Washington highlighting Walla Walla County
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Country  United States
State  Washington
Founded April 25, 1854
Named for Walla Walla people
Seat Walla Walla
Largest city Walla Walla
Area
 • Total 1,299 sq mi (3,360 km2)
 • Land 1,270 sq mi (3,300 km2)
 • Water 29 sq mi (80 km2)  2.2%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 58,781
 • Estimate 
(2020)
61,292
 • Density 46/sq mi (17.8/km2)
Time zone UTC−8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−7 (PDT)
Congressional districts 4th, 5th

Walla Walla County is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington. As of the 2010 census, its population was 58,781. The county seat and largest city is Walla Walla. The county was formed on April 25, 1854 and is named after the Walla Walla tribe of Native Americans.

Walla Walla County is included in the Walla Walla, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area. The Walla Walla MSA is the second smallest metropolitan area in the United States, after the Carson City, Nevada MSA.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,299 square miles (3,360 km2), of which 1,270 square miles (3,300 km2) is land and 29 square miles (75 km2) (2.2%) is water.

Geographic features

Major highways

  • US 12.svg U.S. Route 12

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,318
1870 5,300 302.1%
1880 8,716 64.5%
1890 12,224 40.2%
1900 18,680 52.8%
1910 31,931 70.9%
1920 27,539 −13.8%
1930 28,441 3.3%
1940 30,547 7.4%
1950 40,135 31.4%
1960 42,195 5.1%
1970 42,176 0.0%
1980 47,435 12.5%
1990 48,439 2.1%
2000 55,180 13.9%
2010 58,781 6.5%
2020 (est.) 61,292 4.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2020

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 58,781 people, 21,719 households, and 14,132 families living in the county. The population density was 46.3 inhabitants per square mile (17.9/km2). There were 23,451 housing units at an average density of 18.5 per square mile (7.1/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 84.5% white, 1.8% black or African American, 1.3% Asian, 1.0% American Indian, 0.3% Pacific islander, 8.0% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 19.7% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 23.5% were German, 13.3% were English, 12.7% were Irish, and 6.6% were American.

Of the 21,719 households, 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.1% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 34.9% were non-families, and 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.05. The median age was 36.7 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,575 and the median income for a family was $55,773. Males had a median income of $42,704 versus $35,586 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,027. About 12.4% of families and 17.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.6% of those under age 18 and 9.2% of those age 65 or over.

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Cities

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

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