Rock Lake, Washington

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Population in July 2007: 2,236.
Males: 1,152  (51.6%)
Females: 1,084  (48.4%)
Median resident age:  37.9 years
Washington median age:  35.3 years

Zip code: 99171

Estimated median household income in 2013: $42,681 (it was $34,267 in 2000)
Rock Lake:

$42,681
WA:

$58,405

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $22,048 (it was $15,940 in 2000)

Rock Lake CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $120,255 (it was $75,900 in 2000)
Rock Lake:

$120,255
WA:

$250,800
  • Races in Rock Lake, WA (2000)

    Rock Lake races chart
    • 2,05492.6%White alone
    • 552.5%Asian alone
    • 562.5%Hispanic
    • 261.2%Two or more races
    • 130.6%American Indian alone
    • 120.5%Black alone
    • 10.05%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Rock Lake: 89.9 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

Current Local Time: PST time zone

Land area: 609.2 square miles.

Population density: 3.7 people per square mile   (very low).

Rock Lake, Washington map

For population 25 years and over in Rock Lake:

  • High school or higher: 89.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 24.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.6%
  • Unemployed: 14.2%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Rock Lake CCD:

  • Never married: 25.2%
  • Now married: 60.7%
  • Separated: 1.4%
  • Widowed: 6.4%
  • Divorced: 7.7%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Rock Lake CCD:  1.0% ($737)
Washington:  1.2% ($1,915)
Rock Lake satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Spokane, WA (45.0 miles , pop. 195,629).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: East Seattle, WA (213.6 miles , pop. 480,100).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (897.4 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities: St. John, WA (2.4 miles ), Endicott, WA (2.9 miles ), Lamont, WA (3.8 miles) , Malden, WA (4.0 miles ), La Crosse, WA (4.3 miles ), Colfax, WA (4.4 miles ), Rosalia, WA (4.4 miles ), Oakesdale, WA (4.6 miles ).

Latitude: 47.05 N, Longitude: 117.69 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 509

Rock Lake household income distribution Rock Lake home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

5.3%
Washington:

5.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (42%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Construction (5%)
  • Repair and maintenance (4%)
  • Warehousing and storage (4%)
  • Farm supplies merchant wholesalers (3%)
  • Educational services (21%)
  • Health care (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Public administration (9%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (6%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (24%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (12%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (3%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (9%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (5%)
  • Other teachers and instructors, education, training, and library occupations (5%)
  • Child care workers (4%)

Work and jobs in Rock Lake: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Rock Lake, Washington

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Rock Lake-area historical earthquake activity is near Washington state average. It is 126% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/28/1983 at 14:06:06, a magnitude 7.3 (6.2 MB, 7.3 MS, 7.0 MW, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 278.6 miles away from the city center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
On 4/13/1949 at 19:55:42, a magnitude 7.0 (7.0 UK) earthquake occurred 226.8 miles away from Rock Lake center, causing $80,000,000 total damage
On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK) earthquake occurred 379.9 miles away from the city center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 2/28/2001 at 18:54:32, a magnitude 6.8 (6.5 MB, 6.6 MS, 6.8 MW, Depth: 32.2 mi, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 230.5 miles away from the city center, causing $2,000,000,000 total damage and $305,000,000 insured losses
On 4/29/1965 at 15:28:43, a magnitude 6.6 (6.6 UK) earthquake occurred 219.2 miles away from Rock Lake center, causing $28,000,000 total damage
On 10/3/1915 at 06:52:48, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK) earthquake occurred 453.2 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Whitman County (12) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Storms: 4, Heavy Rains: 2, Mudslides: 2, Snows: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Drought: 1, Fire: 1, Hurricane: 1, Volcanic Eruption: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Amtrak station near Rock Lake:

  • 20 miles: COLFAX (610 S. MAIN ST.) - Bus Station

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Rock Lake:

  • Eastern Washington University (about 31 miles; Cheney, WA; Full-time enrollment: 11,643)
  • Washington State University (about 34 miles; Pullman, WA; FT enrollment: 25,055)
  • University of Idaho (about 39 miles; Moscow, ID; FT enrollment: 10,416)
  • Spokane Falls Community College (about 45 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 6,052)
  • Gonzaga University (about 45 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 6,780)
  • Spokane Community College (about 46 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 6,482)
  • Whitworth University (about 51 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 2,689)

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Notable locations in Rock Lake: Castleton (A), Whitman County Fire District 5 (B), Whitman County Fire District 2 (C), Lamont Fire District 5 (D), Saint John Volunteer Fire Department (E), Whitman County Fire District 6 (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Grisham Cemetery (1), Pleasant Valley Cemetery (2), Winona Cemetery (3), Caylor Cemetery (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes: Darden Pond (A), Cherry Cove Lake (B), Alkali Lake (C), Miller Pond (D), Brown Lake (E), Lake Sixteen (F), Hergert Lake (G), Mud Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Cherry Creek (A), Cottonwood Creek (B), Downing Creek (C), Imbler Creek (D), Little Valley Creek (E), Negro Creek (F), Pine Creek (G), Pleasant Valley Creek (H), Rebel Flat Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Beach: Johnsons Beach (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Whitman County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2000 was 30.2. This is significantly better than average.

City:

30.2
U.S.:

74.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2000 was 6.91. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 19.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

6.91
U.S.:

9.14
Average household size:
This place:  2.1 people
Washington:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  60.3%
Whole state:  64.4%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  5.0%
Whole state:  7.7%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.5% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

11.4%
Whole state:

10.6%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

4.3%
Whole state:

4.6%
273 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus) in 2000

Rock Lake compared to Washington state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students above state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.9
Washington average:

11.3

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (36%)
  • Electricity (34%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (21%)
  • Wood (6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

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2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Rock Lake CCD (based on Whitman County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant4,78235
Catholic3,6289
Mainline Protestant2,64420
Other2,38810
None31,334-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 12
Whitman County:

2.94 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

2.06 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 3
Whitman County:

0.74 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

1.18 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 8
Whitman County:

1.96 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.67 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 32
Here:

7.85 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.26 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

5.4%
Washington:

7.7%
Adult obesity rate:
Whitman County:

24.1%
Washington:

25.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

8.1%
State:

13.9%

11.94% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($28,653 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

11.94%
Washington average:

6.54%

0.08% of residents moved from foreign countries ($102 average AGI)
Whitman County:

0.08%
Washington average:

0.14%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Spokane County, WA  1.28% ($28,048 average AGI)
from King County, WA  1.17% ($24,725)
from Latah County, ID  0.86% ($41,420)


13.47% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($30,182 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

13.47%
Washington average:

6.20%

0.29% of residents moved to foreign countries ($358 average AGI)
Whitman County:

0.29%
Washington average:

0.14%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Spokane County, WA  1.73% ($31,121 average AGI)
to King County, WA  1.49% ($27,303)
to Latah County, ID  0.92% ($31,902)

Strongest AM radio stations in Rock Lake:

  • KMAX (840 AM; 10 kW; COLFAX, WA; Owner: PALOUSE COUNTRY, INC.)
  • KGA (1510 AM; 50 kW; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KQQQ (1150 AM; 25 kW; PULLMAN, WA; Owner: RADIO PALOUSE, INC.)
  • KXLY (920 AM; 20 kW; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: SPOKANE RADIO, INC.)
  • KMJY (700 AM; 10 kW; NEWPORT, WA; Owner: JAMES E. AND HELEN G. STARGEL)
  • KTBI (810 AM; daytime; 50 kW; EPHRATA, WA; Owner: TACOMA BROADCASTERS, INCORPORATED)
  • KQNT (590 AM; 5 kW; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KWSU (1250 AM; 5 kW; PULLMAN, WA; Owner: WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • KJRB (790 AM; 5 kW; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KTRW (970 AM; 5 kW; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: KTRW, LLC)
  • KDRK (1050 AM; 5 kW; DISHMAN, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KVNI (1080 AM; 10 kW; COEUR D' ALENE, ID; Owner: QUEENB RADIO, INC.)
  • KAQQ (1280 AM; 5 kW; SPOKANE, WA)

Strongest FM radio stations in Rock Lake:

  • KDRK-FM (93.7 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KIXZ-FM (96.1 FM; OPPORTUNITY, WA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KPBX-FM (91.1 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: SPOKANE PUBLIC RADIO, INC.)
  • KMBI-FM (107.9 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: THE MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO)
  • KISC (98.1 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KZZU-FM (92.9 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: QUEENB)
  • KEYF-FM (101.1 FM; CHENEY, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KZBD (105.7 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KRAO-FM (102.5 FM; COLFAX, WA; Owner: PALOUSE COUNTRY, INC.)
  • KHTR (104.3 FM; PULLMAN, WA; Owner: RADIO PALOUSE, INC.)
  • KCDA (103.1 FM; POST FALLS, ID; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KSFC (91.9 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: SPOKANE PUBLIC RADIO)
  • KXLY-FM (99.9 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: SPOKANE RADIO, INC.)
  • KKZX (98.9 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KEEH (104.9 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: UPPER COLUMBIA MEDIA ASSOCIATION)
  • KEWU-FM (89.5 FM; CHENEY, WA; Owner: EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY)
  • KYWL (103.9 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KAGU (88.7 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: GONZAGA UNIVERSITY TELECOMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATION)
  • KICR (102.3 FM; COEUR D'ALENE, ID; Owner: GREAT NORTHERN BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KHTQ (94.5 FM; HAYDEN, ID; Owner: QUEENB RADIO, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Rock Lake:

  • KREM-TV (Channel 2; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: KING BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KHQ-TV (Channel 6; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: KHQ, INCORPORATED)
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