Starbuck, Washington

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Starbuck, Washington
Town
Welcome sign in Starbuck
Welcome sign in Starbuck
Location of Starbuck, Washington
Location of Starbuck, Washington
Coordinates: 46°31′7″N 118°7′36″W / 46.51861°N 118.12667°W / 46.51861; -118.12667Coordinates: 46°31′7″N 118°7′36″W / 46.51861°N 118.12667°W / 46.51861; -118.12667
Country United States
State Washington
County Columbia
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 630 ft (192 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 129
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 127
 • Density 614.3/sq mi (237.2/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 99359
Area code 509
FIPS code 53-67490[4]
GNIS feature ID 1508695[5]
Website starbuckwa.com

Starbuck is a town in Columbia County, Washington, United States. The population was 129 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

Grain elevator in Starbuck.

Named for railroad official W. H. Starbuck, the town was originally a junction on the main line of the Oregon Railroad and Navigation Company. The town was platted in 1894, and built its first bank ten years later. In 1886, the railroad completed a line eastward from Starbuck to Pomeroy and Pataha City in Garfield County (This line remained in operation until 1981). The town was officially incorporated on September 18, 1905. In 1910, a large brick school was built.[6]

In 1914 a bridge over the Snake River was completed downstream from Lyon's Ferry, which greatly diminished the railroad traffic through the town. The economy of the town turned to agriculture, but in 1929 the bank failed. The town's population dwindled steadily until the mid twentieth century. The High School shut down in 1956, and students had to bus to Dayton. In 1961, the railroad station was shut down as well.[6]

In 1968, the Snake River Bridge (originally built over the Columbia at Vantage in 1927, then disassembled in 1963) was re-assembled in the area, providing additional access over the Snake River. In 1970, the Little Goose Dam was completed about nine miles northeast of Starbuck.

Today Starbuck is a quiet, agricultural town with a population of about 130.

Historical Population[edit]

U.S. Census Bureau

  • 1910....761
  • 1920....524
  • 1930....346
  • 1940....251
  • 1950....194
  • 1960....161
  • 1970....216
  • 1980....198
  • 1990....170
  • 2000....130
  • 2010....129

Geography[edit]

Starbuck is located at 46°31′7″N 118°7′36″W / 46.51861°N 118.12667°W / 46.51861; -118.12667 (46.518676, -118.126764).[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]

Climate[edit]

According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Starbuck has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.[8]

Demographics[edit]

Starbuck City Hall

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 129 people, 73 households, and 38 families residing in the town. The population density was 614.3 inhabitants per square mile (237.2 /km2). There were 91 housing units at an average density of 433.3 per square mile (167.3 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 90.7% non-Hispanic White, 0.8% Native American, 4.7% non-Hispanics reporting some other race, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3% of the population.

There were 73 households of which 13.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.5% were married couples living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 47.9% were non-families. 42.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.77 and the average family size was 2.32.

The median age in the town was 58.1 years. 10.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 0.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 16.4% were from 25 to 44; 38% were from 45 to 64; and 34.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 50.4% male and 49.6% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 130 people, 65 households, and 39 families residing in the town. The population density was 639.6 people per square mile (251.0/km²). There were 86 housing units at an average density of 423.1 per square mile (166.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.46% White, 0.77% Native American, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.31% of the population.

There were 65 households out of which 13.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.7% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.5% were non-families. 35.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.00 and the average family size was 2.45.

In the town the population was spread out with 14.6% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 26.9% from 45 to 64, and 28.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females there were 106.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 109.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $18,125, and the median income for a family was $21,875. Males had a median income of $34,063 versus $13,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,770. There were 15.2% of families and 24.3% of the population living below the poverty line, including 100.0% of under eighteens and 23.7% of those over 64.

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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. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-01. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ Climate Summary for Starbuck, Washington