Wahkiakum County, Washington
|Wahkiakum County, Washington|
Location in the state of Washington
Washington's location in the U.S.
|Founded||April 24, 1854|
|• Total||287 sq mi (743 km2)|
|• Land||264 sq mi (684 km2)|
|• Water||22 sq mi (57 km2), 7.83%|
|• Density||15/sq mi (5.8/km²)|
|Time zone||Pacific: UTC-8/-7|
Wahkiakum County // is a county located in the State of Washington. It is named after Chief Wahkiakum ("Tall Timber") of the Chinook. As of the 2010 census, the population was 3,978. The county seat is the town of Cathlamet, which is also the county's largest and only incorporated community. The County operates the Wahkiakum County Ferry, which connects Cathlamet to Westport, Oregon, across the Columbia River.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 287 square miles (740 km2) of which 264 square miles (680 km2) is land and 22 square miles (57 km2) (7.83%) is water. It is the smallest county of Washington by total area and the third smallest by land area, ahead of San Juan County and Island County, which are mostly water by area.
- Pacific County, Washington - northwest
- Lewis County, Washington - north/northeast
- Cowlitz County, Washington - east/southeast
- Columbia County, Oregon - south/southeast
- Clatsop County, Oregon - south/southwest
||Pacific County||Lewis County|
|Clatsop County, Oregon||Columbia County, Oregon|
National protected area
- Krist Novoselic, former bass player of the Seattle grunge band Nirvana
- Robert Michael Pyle, lepidopterist and author
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,824 people, 1,553 households, and 1,108 families residing in the county. The population density was 14 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 1,792 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.46% White, 0.26% Black or African American, 1.57% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 1.65% from other races, and 2.51% from two or more races. 2.56% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 18.7% were of German, 13.1% Norwegian, 10.6% United States or American, 9.1% English, 7.7% Irish, 6.5% Swedish, and 5.9% Finnish ancestry. 96.7% spoke English and 2.5% Spanish as a first language.
There were 1,553 households out of which 26.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.40% were married couples living together, 6.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.60% were non-families. 24.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.83.
In the county, the population was spread out with 23.40% under the age of 18, 5.30% from 18 to 24, 22.20% from 25 to 44, 30.60% from 45 to 64, and 18.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 100.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.10 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $39,444, and the median income for a family was $47,604. Males had a median income of $37,123 versus $27,938 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,063. About 5.90% of families and 8.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.00% of those under age 18 and 2.70% of those age 65 or over.
Wahkiakum County has the second lowest population of any county in Washington state. Its population of 3,978 is 0.2% the size of the population of Washington's largest county, King.
Government and politics
Census-recognized cities and towns
- Cathlamet - county seat
- East Cathlamet
- Deep River
- Grays River
- Lower Elochoman
- Puget Island
- Upper Elochoman
Grays River, Rosburg, and Deep River are sometimes counted as one community. [Wahkiakum]
- United States Census Bureau. "2010 Census Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
- United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved September 26, 2013.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Counties: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Retrieved September 26, 2013.
- Wahkiakum County, official county site
- Media related to Wahkiakum County, Washington at Wikimedia Commons