Mattawa, Washington

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Mattawa
City
Mattawa, Washington
Mattawa City Hall (2008)
Mattawa City Hall (2008)
Location of Mattawa, Washington
Location of Mattawa, Washington
Coordinates: 46°44′10″N 119°54′7″W / 46.73611°N 119.90194°W / 46.73611; -119.90194Coordinates: 46°44′10″N 119°54′7″W / 46.73611°N 119.90194°W / 46.73611; -119.90194
Country United States
State Washington
County Grant
Government
 • Mayor Judy K. Esser
 • Chief of Police Steve Jensen
Area[1]
 • Total 0.74 sq mi (1.92 km2)
 • Land 0.74 sq mi (1.92 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 768 ft (234 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 4,437
 • Estimate (2013)[3] 4,476
 • Density 5,995.9/sq mi (2,315.0/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 99349
Area code(s) 509
FIPS code 53-44165
GNIS feature ID 1506518[4]
Website City of Mattawa

Mattawa is an incorporated city in Grant County, Washington, United States. The population was 4,437 at the 2010 census. An estimated population exists between 4500-6500 residents during peak fruit picking/agricultural season(s) and subsides by approximately 2000 residents during non-picking seasons.

History[edit]

Exterior view of straw bale library in Mattawa, Washington taken in 2008 (constructed 2002 by IronStraw Group).

The town of Mattawa was originally platted in 1909 by E. and Eva Campbell, but was not incorporated at that time.[5] With the construction of nearby Priest Rapids Dam and Wanapum Dam, the town boomed with construction workers.[6] Mattawa was officially incorporated on June 3, 1958. The Port of Mattawa was also established in 1958.[7] Mattawa is also home to the first straw bale library in the United States.[8] On December 3, 2009, the City of Mattawa became a non-charter code city.

Geography[edit]

Mattawa is located at 46°44′10″N 119°54′7″W / 46.73611°N 119.90194°W / 46.73611; -119.90194 (46.736069, -119.901965).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.74 square miles (1.92 km2), all of it land.[1]

Climate[edit]

According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Mattawa has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.[10]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 394
1970 180 −54.3%
1980 299 66.1%
1990 941 214.7%
2000 2,609 177.3%
2010 4,437 70.1%
Est. 2013 4,476 0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]
2013 Estimate[3]

The Mattawa Police Department (MAPD) currently consists of a police chief and three full-time, fully commissioned general authority Washington State police officers.

Mattawa is served by the Wahluke School District.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 4,437 people, 791 households, and 725 families residing in the town. The population density was 5,995.9 inhabitants per square mile (2,315.0 /km2). There were 843 housing units at an average density of 1,139.2 per square mile (439.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 45.0% White, 0.9% African American, 1.1% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 49.7% from other races, and 3.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 95.7% of the population.

There were 791 households of which 82.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.7% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 10.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 8.3% were non-families. 2.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 0.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 5.61 and the average family size was 5.28.

The median age in the town was 22 years. 42% of residents were under the age of 18; 14.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 33.1% were from 25 to 44; 8.7% were from 45 to 64; and 1.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 55.7% male and 44.3% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,609 people, 495 households, and 438 families residing in the town. The population density was 5,281.7 people per square mile (2,055.8/km²). There were 576 housing units at an average density of 1,166.1 per square mile (453.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 29.59% White, 0.19% African American, 0.54% Native American, 0.92% Asian, 65.85% from other races, and 2.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 89.80% of the population.

There were 495 households out of which 66.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.2% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 11.5% were non-families. 5.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 5.27 and the average family size was 4.79.

In the city the population was spread out with 38.1% under the age of 18, 20.4% from 18 to 24, 32.4% from 25 to 44, 7.6% from 45 to 64, and 1.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 22 years. For every 100 females there were 151.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 179.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $31,964, and the median income for a family was $25,921. Males had a median income of $13,669 versus $13,333 for females. The per capita income for the city was $7,510. About 30.6% of families and 34.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.0% of those under age 18 and 42.6% of those age 65 or over.

In popular culture[edit]

A power plant in Mattawa is the setting for the ending of the first-season episode, E.B.E., of TV show, The X-Files.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  3. ^ a b "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-08-31. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ http://ncwportal.com/grant/cities/mattawa
  6. ^ http://www.mattawaareanews.com/
  7. ^ http://www.portofmattawa.org/facts.htm
  8. ^ Pioneering Achievements, IronStraw group, retrieved 2009-06-17 
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  10. ^ Climate Summary for Mattawa, Washington
  11. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved October 2, 2013. 

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