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Whitman County, Washington
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Location in the state of Washington
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Washington's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded November 29, 1871
Seat Colfax
Largest City Pullman
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

2,178 sq mi (5,641 km²)
2,159 sq mi (5,592 km²)
19 sq mi (49 km²), 0.9%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

48,177
22/sq mi (8/km²)
Time zone Pacific: UTC-8/-7
Website: www.whitmancounty.org
Named for: Marcus Whitman

Whitman County is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington. As of the 2010 census, the population was 44,776. The county seat is Colfax, and its largest city is Pullman. The county was formed out of Stevens County on November 29, 1871. It is named after Marcus Whitman, a Presbyterian missionary who, with his wife Narcissa, was killed in 1847 by members of the Cayuse tribe.

Whitman County comprises the Pullman, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,178 square miles (5,640 km2), of which 2,159 square miles (5,590 km2) is land and 19 square miles (49 km2) (0.9%) is water. Whitman County is part of the Palouse, a wide and rolling prairie-like region of the middle Columbia basin.

Rivers

  • Snake River
  • Palouse River
    • Union Flat Creek
    • Rock Creek
    • Pine Creek

Lakes and reservoirs

  • Lake Herbert G. West, formed from Lower Monumental Dam
  • Lake Bryan, named for Dr. Enoch A. Bryan, behind the Little Goose Dam
  • Lower Granite Lake, behind the Lower Granite Dam
  • Rock Lake

Summits and peaks

  • Tekoa Mountain (elevation: 4009')
  • Kamiak Butte (elevation: 3641')
  • Steptoe Butte (elevation: 3612')
  • Bald Butte (elevation: 3369)

Notable parks

  • Steptoe Butte State Park
  • Kamiak Butte County Park
  • Palouse Falls State Park
  • Central Ferry State Park
  • Boyer Park and Marina
  • Wawawai County Park

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • US 195.svg U.S. Route 195
  • WA-23.svg State Route 23
  • WA-26.svg State Route 26
  • WA-27.svg State Route 27
  • WA-127.svg State Route 127
  • WA-270.svg State Route 270
  • WA-271.svg State Route 271
  • WA-272.svg State Route 272

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 7,014
1890 19,109 172.4%
1900 25,360 32.7%
1910 33,280 31.2%
1920 31,323 −5.9%
1930 28,014 −10.6%
1940 27,221 −2.8%
1950 32,469 19.3%
1960 31,263 −3.7%
1970 37,900 21.2%
1980 40,103 5.8%
1990 38,775 −3.3%
2000 40,740 5.1%
2010 44,776 9.9%
Est. 2015 48,177 7.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 40,740 people, 15,257 households, and 8,055 families residing in the county. The population density was 19 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 16,676 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.07% White, 1.53% Black or African American, 0.73% Native American, 5.55% Asian, 0.27% Pacific Islander, 1.22% from other races, and 2.63% from two or more races. 2.99% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 21.9% were of German, 9.8% English, 8.6% Irish, 8.3% United States or American and 6.6% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 15,257 households out of which 24.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.20% were married couples living together, 6.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.20% were non-families. 29.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the county, the population was spread out with 18.10% under the age of 18, 32.60% from 18 to 24, 24.00% from 25 to 44, 16.00% from 45 to 64, and 9.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females there were 102.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,584, and the median income for a family was $44,830. Males had a median income of $33,381 versus $27,046 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,298. About 11.00% of families and 25.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.50% of those under age 18 and 5.50% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 44,776 people, 17,468 households, and 8,130 families residing in the county. The population density was 20.7 inhabitants per square mile (8.0/km2). There were 19,323 housing units at an average density of 8.9 per square mile (3.4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 84.6% white, 7.8% Asian, 1.7% black or African American, 0.7% American Indian, 0.2% Pacific islander, 1.4% from other races, and 3.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 4.6% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 29.4% were German, 14.5% were English, 13.4% were Irish, 7.1% were Norwegian, and 4.1% were American.

Of the 17,468 households, 20.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.4% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 53.5% were non-families, and 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.86. The median age was 24.4 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,368 and the median income for a family was $61,598. Males had a median income of $46,663 versus $34,496 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,506. About 10.7% of families and 27.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.3% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.

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