Walla Walla County, Washington
|Walla Walla County, Washington|
Location in the state of Washington
Washington's location in the U.S.
|Founded||April 25, 1854|
|Largest city||Walla Walla|
|• Total||1,299 sq mi (3,364 km2)|
|• Land||1,271 sq mi (3,292 km2)|
|• Water||29 sq mi (75 km2), 2.21%|
|• Density||46/sq mi (17.8/km²)|
|Time zone||Pacific: UTC-8/-7|
Walla Walla County is a county located in the State of Washington. It is named after the Walla Walla tribe of Native Americans. As of the 2010 census, its population was 58,781. The county seat is Walla Walla, which is also its largest city.
Walla Walla County was formed on April 25, 1854.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,299 square miles (3,360 km2), of which 1,271 square miles (3,290 km2) is land and 29 square miles (75 km2) (2.21%) is water.
- Columbia River
- Snake River
- Blue Mountains
- Touchet River
- Ponderosa Pines
- Banana Belt
- Walla Walla River
- Columbia County, Washington - east
- Umatilla County, Oregon - south
- Benton County, Washington - west
- Franklin County, Washington - northwest
|Benton County||Columbia County|
|Umatilla County, Oregon|
National protected areas
- McNary National Wildlife Refuge
- Umatilla National Forest (part)
- Whitman Mission National Historic Site
As of the census of 2000, there were 55,180 people, 19,647 households, and 13,242 families residing in the county. The population density was 43 people per square mile (17/km²). There were 21,147 housing units at an average density of 17 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 85.32% White, 1.69% Black or African American, 0.84% Native American, 1.11% Asian, 0.22% Pacific Islander, 8.24% from other races, and 2.57% from two or more races. 15.68% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 20.1% were of German, 10.7% English, 7.7% United States or American and 7.3% Irish ancestry.
There were 19,647 households out of which 32.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.00% were married couples living together, 9.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.60% were non-families. 27.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.08.
In the county, the population was spread out with 24.60% under the age of 18, 13.40% from 18 to 24, 26.50% from 25 to 44, 20.80% from 45 to 64, and 14.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 103.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.90 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $35,900, and the median income for a family was $44,962. Males had a median income of $34,691 versus $24,736 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,509. About 10.20% of families and 15.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.80% of those under age 18 and 8.20% of those age 65 or over.
- Frank T. Gilbert, Historic Sketches: Walla Walla, Columbia and Garfield Counties,Washington Territory, (Portland, OR: A.G. Walling Printing House, 1882)
- United States Census Bureau. "2010 Census Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
- United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved September 4, 2013.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Counties: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Retrieved September 4, 2013.
- Walla Walla Washington at HistoryLink.org