Steptoe, Washington

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Population in July 2007: 2,132.
Males: 1,063  (49.9%)
Females: 1,069  (50.1%)
Median resident age:  40.7 years
Washington median age:  35.3 years

Zip code: 99130

Estimated median household income in 2012: $41,294 (it was $35,625 in 2000)
Steptoe:

$41,294
WA:

$57,573
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $22,700 (it was $17,497 in 2000)

Steptoe CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $117,737 (it was $78,100 in 2000)
Steptoe:

$117,737
WA:

$243,000
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $159,951; Detached houses: $175,982; Townhouses or other attached units: $101,079; Mobile homes: $87,001; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $29,158
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Steptoe races chart
  • White alone - 2,048 (96.9%)
  • Hispanic - 34 (1.6%)
  • Two or more races - 18 (0.9%)
  • American Indian alone - 9 (0.4%)
  • Asian alone - 3 (0.1%)
  • Other race alone - 2 (0.09%)
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Steptoe: 151.1 (very high, U.S. average is 100)

Current Local Time: PST time zone

Elevation: 2311 feet

Land area: 250.7 square miles.

Population density: 8.5 people per square mile   (very low).

Steptoe, Washington map

For population 25 years and over in Steptoe:

  • High school or higher: 88.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 23.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.2%
  • Unemployed: 4.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Steptoe CCD:

  • Never married: 18.8%
  • Now married: 65.0%
  • Separated: 1.3%
  • Widowed: 8.0%
  • Divorced: 8.2%

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

Steptoe CCD:  1.1% ($842)
Washington:  1.2% ($1,915)
Steptoe satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Spokane Valley, WA (42.7 miles , pop. 89,755).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: East Seattle, WA (234.7 miles , pop. 480,100).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (899.1 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities: Garfield, WA (2.3 miles ), Oakesdale, WA (2.3 miles ), Farmington, WA (3.0 miles) , Palouse, WA (3.5 miles ), Colfax, WA (3.7 miles ), Tekoa, WA (3.7 miles ), Rosalia, WA (3.8 miles ), Latah, WA (4.0 miles) .

Latitude: 47.06 N, Longitude: 117.23 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 509

Steptoe household income distribution Steptoe home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

5.3%
Washington:

5.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (25%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Construction (10%)
  • Building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers (4%)
  • Truck transportation (4%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
  • Public administration (3%)
  • Educational services (28%)
  • Health care (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Food and beverage stores (4%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (13%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (8%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)

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

Average climate in Steptoe, Washington

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Steptoe-area historical earthquake activity is near Washington state average. It is 121% 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 264.5 miles away from the city center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK) earthquake occurred 360.5 miles away from Steptoe center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 4/13/1949 at 19:55:42, a magnitude 7.0 (7.0 UK) earthquake occurred 248.4 miles away from the city center, causing $80,000,000 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 252.1 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 240.7 miles away from Steptoe center, causing $28,000,000 total damage
On 10/3/1915 at 06:52:48, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK) earthquake occurred 453.7 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).

Birthplace of: Lyle Smith - Football and basketball player and coach.

Hospitals and medical centers near Steptoe:

  • TEKOA CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; TEKOA, WA)
  • WHITMAN HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTER Critical Access Hospitals (about 15 miles away; COLFAX, WA)
  • WHITMAN HEALTH AND REHAB CENTER (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; COLFAX, WA)

Amtrak station near Steptoe:

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

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Steptoe:

  • Washington State University (about 23 miles; Pullman, WA; Full-time enrollment: 25,055)
  • University of Idaho (about 25 miles; Moscow, ID; FT enrollment: 10,416)
  • Eastern Washington University (about 35 miles; Cheney, WA; FT enrollment: 11,643)
  • Spokane Community College (about 44 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 6,482)
  • Gonzaga University (about 44 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 6,780)
  • Spokane Falls Community College (about 45 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 6,052)
  • Lewis-Clark State College (about 46 miles; Lewiston, ID; FT enrollment: 3,199)

Public elementary/middle school in Steptoe:

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Notable location: Whitman County Fire District 11 (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemetery: Bethel Cemetery (1). 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 2001 was 22.5. This is significantly better than average.

City:

22.5
U.S.:

74.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2001 was 5.33. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 13.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

5.33
U.S.:

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

Percentage of family households:
This place:  54.1%
Whole state:  66.5%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  3.5%
Whole state:  6.1%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.1% of all households

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

11.7%
Whole state:

10.6%

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

4.3%
Whole state:

4.6%

Steptoe compared to Washington state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting 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 below state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (48%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (30%)
  • Wood (14%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (5%)
  • Other fuel (2%)
  • Utility gas (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Steptoe CCD (based on Whitman County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 33.46%
Here: 33.5%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchLDS (Mormon) ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in America Charismatic Churches Independent
Adherents31.0%11.0%8.5%7.8%6.6%
Congregations14.5%7.2%10.1%5.8%1.4%
NameAssemblies of GodUnited Church of ChristAmerican Baptist Churches in the USASouthern Baptist ConventionOther
Adherents5.6%3.7%3.6%3.5%18.8%
Congregations7.2%5.8%5.8%2.9%39.1%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables 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 Steptoe:

  • KMAX (840 AM; 10 kW; COLFAX, WA; Owner: PALOUSE COUNTRY, INC.)
  • KQQQ (1150 AM; 25 kW; PULLMAN, WA; Owner: RADIO PALOUSE, INC.)
  • KGA (1510 AM; 50 kW; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • 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)
  • KWSU (1250 AM; 5 kW; PULLMAN, WA; Owner: WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • KCLX (1450 AM; 1 kW; COLFAX, WA; Owner: PALOUSE COUNTRY, INC.)
  • KQNT (590 AM; 5 kW; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KTBI (810 AM; daytime; 50 kW; EPHRATA, WA; Owner: TACOMA BROADCASTERS, INCORPORATED)
  • KVNI (1080 AM; 10 kW; COEUR D' ALENE, ID; Owner: QUEENB RADIO, INC.)
  • 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)

Strongest FM radio stations in Steptoe:

  • KRAO-FM (102.5 FM; COLFAX, WA; Owner: PALOUSE COUNTRY, INC.)
  • KHTR (104.3 FM; PULLMAN, WA; Owner: RADIO PALOUSE, INC.)
  • 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)
  • KCDA (103.1 FM; POST FALLS, ID; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KZBD (105.7 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KEYF-FM (101.1 FM; CHENEY, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KSFC (91.9 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: SPOKANE PUBLIC RADIO)
  • KKZX (98.9 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KEEH (104.9 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: UPPER COLUMBIA MEDIA ASSOCIATION)
  • KXLY-FM (99.9 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: SPOKANE RADIO, INC.)
  • KZZL-FM (99.5 FM; PULLMAN, WA; Owner: PALOUSE COUNTRY, INC.)
  • KEWU-FM (89.5 FM; CHENEY, WA; Owner: EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY)
  • KICR (102.3 FM; COEUR D'ALENE, ID; Owner: GREAT NORTHERN BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KHTQ (94.5 FM; HAYDEN, ID; Owner: QUEENB RADIO, INC.)
  • KYWL (103.9 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)

TV broadcast stations around Steptoe:

  • KREM-TV (Channel 2; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: KING BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KHQ-TV (Channel 6; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: KHQ, INCORPORATED)
  • KAYU-TV (Channel 28; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: MOUNTAIN LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KWSU-TV (Channel 10; PULLMAN, WA; Owner: WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • K40EE (Channel 40; PULLMAN, WA; Owner: SPOKANE TELEVISION, INC.)

Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2011 (per 100,000 population)

Steptoe, Washington:
  • Fatal accident count: 1
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 2
  • Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 0
  • Fatalities: 1
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents: 4
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 0
Washington average:
  • Fatal accident count: 118
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 178
  • Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 53
  • Fatalities: 126
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents: 298
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 19

Steptoe fatal accident list:

Sep 28, 1988 10:15 AM, 195, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 4, Fatalities: 1
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