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Ferry County, Washington (WA)


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County population in 2012: 7,705 (all rural); it was 7,260 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,070
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,225
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 2,060
Renter-occupied apartments: 895 (it was 763 in 2000)
% of renters here:

27%
State:

36%

Land area: 2204 sq. mi.
Water area: 53.5 sq. mi.
Population density: 3 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Ferry County: 85.9 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (24.2%), Public administration (16.0%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (13.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 55%
  • Government: 35%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 9%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Ferry County, Washington:


Median resident age:  47.0 years
Washington median age:  37.0 years

Males: 3,905  (49.8%)
Females: 3,646  (50.2%)

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Ferry County,WA real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Ferry County:

2.0 people
Washington:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $37,538 ($30,388 in 1999)
This county:

$37538
Washington:

$56548

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $434 (lower quartile is $242, upper quartile is $591)
This county:

$434
State:

$801


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $138,117 (it was $87,200 in 2000)
Ferry County:

$138,117
Washington:

$287,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $92,257 - $208,517

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $301,962
Here:

$301,962
State:

$367,029

Townhouses or other attached units: $544,155
Here:

$544,155
State:

$319,220

In 2-unit structures: $905,425
Here:

$905,425
State:

$407,598

Mobile homes: $164,629
Here:

$164,629
State:

$80,529

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $14,206
Here:

$14,206
State:

$62,453
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,219
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $298

Institutionalized population: 50

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Ferry County, WA map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $832 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $856 (0.6%)


Ferry County household income distribution in 2009 Ferry County home values distribution


Ferry County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 19.1%
(16.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Black residents, 43.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 25.4% for American Indian residents, 90.3% for other race residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 47 years old
(Males: 46 years old, Females: 48 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 50 years old, Black residents: 19 years old, American Indian residents: 32 years old, Asian residents: 39 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25 years old, Other race residents: 35 years old)

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

19.0%
Whole state:

10.6%

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

8.8%
Whole state:

4.6%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Ferry County is $433 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $559 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $750 a month.

Cities in this county include: Colville Reservation, Curlew, Orient-Sherman, Republic, Curlew Lake, Inchelium, Keller, Barney's Junction, Orient, Barstow.

Ferry County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Ferry County: Snowshoe Camp (A), Lynx Creek Lookout (B), Chief Barnaby Ranch (C), Lake Ellen Campground (D), Orient Ranger Station (E), Nicolas Ranch (F), Kettle River Campground (G), Orient Work Center (H), Vulcan Lookout (I), Banning Ranch (J), Davis Lake Campground (K), Long Lake Campground (L), Ferry Lake Campground (M), Swan Lake Campground (N), Sherman Pass Campground (O), Canyon Creek Campground (P), Trout Lake Campground (Q), Curlew Civilian Conservation Center (R), Bangs Mountain Vista (S), Sherman Creek Campground (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Ferry County include: Seventh Day Adventist Church (A), Rogers Bar Church (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Kewa Cemetery (1), Eagle Cliff Cemetery (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Cody Lake (A), Trout Lake (B), Fish Lake (C), Apex Lake (D), Malo Lake (E), Ward Lake (F), Bourgeau Lake (G), Sugar Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Bailey Creek (A), Bamber Creek (B), Barnaby Creek (C), Beaver Dam Creek (D), Betty Creek (E), Boulder Creek (F), Bracken Creek (G), Bulldog Creek (H), Butte Fork (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Ferry County include: Sherman Creek State Wildlife Recreation Area (1), Dollar Mountain Burn Game Preserve (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Lincoln County , Okanogan County , Stevens County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 230
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 82.7%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 13.5%

Number of foreign born residents: 181 (51% naturalized citizens)

Ferry County:

2.5%
Whole state:

10.4%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.0 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 78.6%

Ferry County marital status for males
Ferry County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Ferry County with a mortgage: 443 (31 second mortgage, 44 home equity loan, 14 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 362

Here:

55.0% with mortgage
State:

75.4% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 16.71%
Here16.7%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 1,213
Total congregations: 14

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchSeventh-Day Adventist ChurchLDS (Mormon) ChurchChurch of the NazareneOther
Adherents478 (39.4%)196 (16.2%)196 (16.2%)104 (8.6%)239 (19.7%)
Congregations4 (28.6%)2 (14.3%)1 (7.1%)1 (7.1%)6 (42.9%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Ferry County - Colville Reservation, Curlew, Orient-Sherman, Republic, Curlew Lake

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
This county:

2.72 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

2.06 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Ferry County:

1.36 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

1.18 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
This county:

9.53 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

2.67 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 4
Ferry County:

5.45 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

8.26 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

8.7%
Washington:

7.7%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

23.4%
Washington:

25.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Ferry County:

15.7%
State:

13.9%


Agriculture in Ferry County:

Average size of farms: 3862 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $20,997
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $78.56
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.00%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 78.84%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $25,233
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 1.46%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 32.84%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $32,160
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 86.96%
Average age of principal farm operators: 60 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 1.11
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.06%

Earthquake activity:

Ferry County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Washington state average. It is 73% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/24/1997 at 14:23:12, a magnitude 4.6 (3.9 MB, 4.6 MD, Depth: 4.9 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 63.0 miles away from the county center
On 11/11/2001 at 16:00:29, a magnitude 4.0 (4.0 MD, Depth: 2.9 mi) earthquake occurred 76.2 miles away from the county center
On 6/25/2001 at 14:15:23, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 MD, 3.5 ML, Depth: 6.8 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 76.3 miles away from the county center
On 6/24/1997 at 14:36:02, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 MD, Depth: 2.5 mi) earthquake occurred 63.2 miles away from Ferry County center
On 4/15/1991 at 05:31:13, a magnitude 3.6 (3.0 MB, 3.6 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 70.9 miles away from the county center
On 7/4/1997 at 10:45:38, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 MD, 3.3 ML, Depth: 4.0 mi) earthquake occurred 87.6 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Ferry County (9) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (14%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (14%)
  • Public administration (12%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (7%)
  • Wood products (7%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (4%)
  • Public administration (17%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Health care (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Social assistance (8%)
  • Food and beverage stores (7%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Carpenters (4%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4%)
  • Fishing and hunting, and forest and logging workers (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Other teachers and instructors, education, training, and library occupations (5%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (4%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):




Most common first ancestries reported in Ferry County (%):





Ferry County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 1,771 (69%)
  • Carpooled: 342 (13%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 10 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 4 (0%)
  • Walked: 218 (8%)
  • Other means: 21 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 206 (8%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Ferry County, Washington in 2000:

People in group quarters in Ferry County, Washington in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $35,723.

9.78% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($34,829 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.78%
Washington average:

7.86%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
6.63% relocated from other counties in Washington ($23,284 average AGI)
3.15% relocated from other states ($11,540 average AGI)
Ferry County:

3.15%
Washington average:

3.90%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Spokane County, WA  1.25% ($30,519 average AGI)
from Stevens County, WA  1.16% ($30,200)
from Okanogan County, WA  0.65% ($23,000)
from King County, WA  0.56% ($53,000)
from Snohomish County, WA  0.56% ($12,167)


9.61% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($26,198 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.61%
Washington average:

7.07%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
6.64% relocated to other counties in Washington ($17,353 average AGI)
2.97% relocated to other states ($8,841 average AGI)
Ferry County:

2.97%
Washington average:

3.17%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Spokane County, WA  1.63% ($19,457 average AGI)
to Stevens County, WA  1.21% ($32,692)
to King County, WA  0.70% ($20,200)
to Okanogan County, WA  0.70% ($21,133)
to Snohomish County, WA  0.51% ($10,455)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.0
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.5

Births per 1000 population in Ferry County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.7
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.6

Deaths per 1000 population in Ferry County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 16.7
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 8.0

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Ferry County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,144 (907 aged, 237 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 20%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 18%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 13.22
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 3701.260
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 330.470
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 25287.51

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 954.650
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1180.060
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 13.26

EPA green book nonattainment status in 2004-2006: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 7,299

Size of family households: 1,171 2-persons, 388 3-persons, 290 4-persons, 128 5-persons, 57 6-persons, 36 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 908 1-person, 187 2-persons, 15 3-persons, 7 4-persons, 3 5-persons.

96.3% of residents of Ferry County speak English at home.
1.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (78% speak English very well, 7% speak English well, 15% speak English not well).
0.9% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (94% speak English very well, 3% speak English well, 3% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).
0.8% of residents speak other language at home (91% speak English very well, 5% speak English well, 4% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $46,188,000 ($6105 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,139,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $22,036,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $6,052,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $668,000
Federal grants: $7,279,000
Federal procurement contracts: $3,003,000 ($7,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $7,150,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $43,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $760,000
Federal Government insurance: $2,542,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 366
Here:

49 per 1000 residents
State:

66 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 331
Here:

44 per 1000 residents
State:

38 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +18
Here:

+2 per 1000 residents
State:

+21 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +244
Here:

+32 per 1000 residents
State:

+13 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Ferry County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.52 millions of gallons per day (94% from ground, 6% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.3
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.6
State:

3.9

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Ferry County, Washington
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 46
  • 2 rooms: 72
  • 3 rooms: 141
  • 4 rooms: 341
  • 5 rooms: 548
  • 6 rooms: 383
  • 7 rooms: 233
  • 8 rooms: 120
  • 9+ rooms: 176
  • 1 room: 18
  • 2 rooms: 51
  • 3 rooms: 122
  • 4 rooms: 179
  • 5 rooms: 195
  • 6 rooms: 104
  • 7 rooms: 39
  • 8 rooms: 32
  • 9+ rooms: 23
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Ferry County, Washington
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 46
  • 1 bedroom: 183
  • 2 bedrooms: 638
  • 3 bedrooms: 917
  • 4 bedrooms: 191
  • 5+ bedrooms: 85
  • no bedroom: 20
  • 1 bedroom: 146
  • 2 bedrooms: 264
  • 3 bedrooms: 260
  • 4 bedrooms: 63
  • 5+ bedrooms: 10
Cars and other vehicles available in Ferry County, Washington in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 70
  • 1 vehicle: 518
  • 2 vehicles: 781
  • 3 vehicles: 428
  • 4 vehicles: 190
  • 5+ vehicles: 73
  • no vehicle: 107
  • 1 vehicle: 314
  • 2 vehicles: 237
  • 3 vehicles: 63
  • 4 vehicles: 26
  • 5+ vehicles: 16

55% of Ferry County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 43% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 68% lived in Washington.

Ferry County:

55.1%
State average:

50.2%


Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $45,000


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 11%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 10%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Ferry County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Wood (55.1%)
  • Electricity (29.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (7.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (5.8%)
  • Other fuel (1.8%)
  • Wood (50.2%)
  • Electricity (37.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (8.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2.0%)
  • Other fuel (1.0%)
  • Utility gas (0.7%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 61
Here:

6.9%
Washington:

9.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 50
Here:

8.8%
Washington:

7.0%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 17
Here:

8.1%
Washington:

15.7%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Ferry County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Ferry County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Ferry County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Ferry County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Ferry County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Ferry County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Ferry County, WA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John2672.7 years
James2274.5 years
Robert2270.0 years
Mary1781.2 years
George1769.3 years
William1673.5 years
Charles1471.3 years
Edward1477.1 years
Clarence1177.2 years
Richard1061.1 years
Most common last names in Ferry County, WA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith1183.1 years
Anderson974.2 years
Davis976.7 years
Hougland982.6 years
Seymour863.0 years
Finley769.2 years
Stensgar767.4 years
Bremner676.5 years
Johnson678.7 years
Butler667.0 years

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