Metaline Falls, Washington

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Metaline Falls, Washington
Town
Location of Metaline Falls, Washington
Location of Metaline Falls, Washington
Coordinates: 48°51′41″N 117°22′15″W / 48.86139°N 117.37083°W / 48.86139; -117.37083Coordinates: 48°51′41″N 117°22′15″W / 48.86139°N 117.37083°W / 48.86139; -117.37083
Country United States
State Washington
County Pend Oreille
Area[1]
 • Total 0.21 sq mi (0.54 km2)
 • Land 0.21 sq mi (0.54 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 2,090 ft (637 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 238
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 238
 • Density 1,133.3/sq mi (437.6/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 99153
Area code(s) 509
FIPS code 53-45320
GNIS feature ID 1523023[4]

Metaline Falls is a town in Pend Oreille County, Washington, United States. The population was 238 at the 2010 census.[5]

History[edit]

Metaline Falls was discovered by natives 12,000 years ago. Eventually by fur traders came in 1810. The town was founded in 1900, with most of its residents then employed by the Mammoth and Morning lead-zinc mines.[6] Metaline Falls was officially incorporated on May 13, 1911.

The 1997 film The Postman was filmed in part in the area.

Geography[edit]

Metaline Falls is located at 48°51′41″N 117°22′15″W / 48.86139°N 117.37083°W / 48.86139; -117.37083 (48.861462, -117.370867).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.21 square miles (0.54 km2), all of it land.[1]

National protected areas[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 153
1930 316 106.5%
1940 453 43.4%
1950 547 20.8%
1960 469 −14.3%
1970 307 −34.5%
1980 296 −3.6%
1990 210 −29.1%
2000 223 6.2%
2010 238 6.7%
Est. 2012 238 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
2012 Estimate[9]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 238 people, 124 households, and 54 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,133.3 inhabitants per square mile (437.6 /km2). There were 206 housing units at an average density of 981.0 per square mile (378.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 94.5% White, 0.4% African American, 2.1% Native American, 0.8% Asian, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7% of the population.

There were 124 households of which 24.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.3% were married couples living together, 4.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 56.5% were non-families. 49.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.92 and the average family size was 2.91.

The median age in the town was 48.3 years. 20.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.9% were from 25 to 44; 37.8% were from 45 to 64; and 18.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 223 people, 122 households, and 52 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,076.1 people per square mile (410.0/km²). There were 192 housing units at an average density of 926.5 per square mile (353.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.86% White, 1.35% Asian, 0.45% from other races, and 1.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.45% of the population.

There were 122 households out of which 18.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.1% were married couples living together, 4.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 56.6% were non-families. 54.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.83 and the average family size was 2.79.

In the town the population was spread out with 19.3% under the age of 18, 3.6% from 18 to 24, 21.1% from 25 to 44, 33.2% from 45 to 64, and 22.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $17,083, and the median income for a family was $35,250. Males had a median income of $36,250 versus $18,333 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,390. About 24.4% of families and 33.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 48.1% of those under the age of eighteen and 16.2% of those sixty five or over.

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