Garfield County, Washington (WA)

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County population in 2012: 2,228 (all rural); it was 2,397 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 359
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 372
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 728
Renter-occupied apartments: 258 (it was 259 in 2000)
% of renters here:

26%
State:

36%

Land area: 711 sq. mi.

Water area: 7.6 sq. mi.

Population density: 3 people per square mile   (very low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Garfield County: 85.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (52.7%), Educational, health and social services (15.5%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (14.5%), Wholesale trade (10.9%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 26%
  • Government: 0%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 74%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Garfield County, Washington:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (92.8%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (4.0%)
  • Asian alone (1.7%)
  • Two or more races (1.1%)
Median resident age:  49.0 years
Washington median age:  37.0 years
Males: 1,118  (52.3%)
Females: 1,148  (47.7%)
Average household size:
Garfield County:

2.0 people
Washington:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $50,618 ($33,398 in 1999)

This county:

$50618
Washington:

$58405

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $486 (lower quartile is $414, upper quartile is $708)
This county:

$486
State:

$867


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $133,486 (it was $70,800 in 2000)
Garfield:

$133,486
Washington:

$250,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $79,740 - $202,343
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $902
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $388

Institutionalized population: 36

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):

Garfield County, WA map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 8 buildings, average cost: $47,400
  • 2008: 10 buildings, average cost: $59,300
  • 2009: 4 buildings, average cost: $53,700

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,322 (1.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,343 (0.9%)

Garfield County household income distribution in 2009 Garfield County home values distribution Garfield County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 12.1%
(9.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 72.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 46.5% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 12.8%
Garfield County:

12.8%
Washington:

14.1%
(10.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 71.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 51.1% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 52 years old
(Males: 52 years old, Females: 52 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 55 years old, Asian residents: 52 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 19 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Garfield County is $440 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $581 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $785 a month.

Cities in this county include: Pomeroy, Snake River.

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

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Garfield County: Alder Thicket Campground (A), Offield Landing (B), Willow Landing (C), H A McEachan Ranch (D), F Kessler Ranch (E), Pataha Research Natural Area (F), Columbia Center (G), First Creek Cabin (H), Berlin (I), Misery Spring Campground (J), Pataha Campground (K), Pataha Valley Grange (L), Powell Camp (M), Ruchert Camp (N), Clearwater Lookout (O), Cecil Bott Ranch (P), C H Neal Ranch (Q), J R Evans Ranch (R), Sheephead Corral (S), Spruce Spring Campground (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Kirby Cemetery (1), Mayview Cemetery (2), Owsley Cemetery (3), Pataha Flat Cemetery (4), Pioneer Cemetery (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lake: Baker Pond (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Creeks: Bear Creek (A), Casey Creek (B), Cherry Creek (C), Coyote Creek (D), Deadman Creek (E), Donaldson Creek (F), Dry Pataha Creek (G), First Creek (H), Meadow Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Garfield County: Grouse Flat State Wildlife Recreation Area (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Neighboring counties: Asotin County , Columbia County , Wallowa County, Oregon , Whitman County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

5.6%
Washington:

5.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 54
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 84.4%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 17.0%

Number of foreign born residents: 23 (70% naturalized citizens)

Garfield County:

1.0%
Whole state:

10.4%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 0
  • 1990 to 1994: 5
  • 1985 to 1989: 1
  • 1980 to 1984: 2
  • 1975 to 1979: 2
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 13

Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.3 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 79.5%

Garfield County marital status for males Garfield County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Garfield County with a mortgage: 209 (16 second mortgage, 12 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 272

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

75.4% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Garfield County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic7771
Evangelical Protestant3072
Mainline Protestant2752
Other2-
None905-
Garfield County Religion Details
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.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 1
Garfield County:

4.89 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.06 / 10,000 pop.




Number of full-service restaurants: 3
This county:

14.68 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.26 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Garfield County:

11.7%
Washington:

7.7%

Adult obesity rate:
Garfield County:

29.9%
State:

25.7%

Agriculture in Garfield County:

Average size of farms: 1578 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $99,887
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $152.21
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: 20.73%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $92,832
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 32.97%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.61%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $135,321
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 75.76%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 3.37
All wheat for grain: 68013 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 4 acres

Tornado activity:

Garfield County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Washington state average. It is 35563715.7 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Garfield County-area historical earthquake activity is near Washington state average. It is 135% 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 243.5 miles away from Garfield County 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 357.6 miles away from the county center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 4/13/1949 at 19:55:42, a magnitude 7.0 (7.0 UK) earthquake occurred 241.3 miles away from the county 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 243.0 miles away from the county center, causing $2,000,000,000 total damage and $305,000,000 insured losses
On 10/3/1915 at 06:52:48, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK) earthquake occurred 408.7 miles away from Garfield County center
On 4/29/1965 at 15:28:43, a magnitude 6.6 (6.6 UK) earthquake occurred 234.8 miles away from the county center, causing $28,000,000 total damage
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Garfield County (10) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 1

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

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

  • Germany (30%)
  • Mexico (22%)
  • Canada (17%)
  • Korea (13%)
  • Ireland (9%)
  • Philippines (9%)

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

  • German (29%)
  • United States or American (18%)
  • English (11%)
  • Irish (9%)
  • Norwegian (3%)
  • French (except Basque) (3%)
  • Dutch (3%)

Garfield County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 755 (78%)
  • Carpooled: 72 (7%)
  • Bicycle: 5 (1%)
  • Walked: 73 (8%)
  • Other means: 5 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 52 (5%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

33 people in nursing homes
4 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
36 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $50,529.

6.48% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($43,000 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.48%
Washington average:

6.54%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.49% relocated from other counties in Washington ($26,038 average AGI)
2.99% relocated from other states ($16,981 average AGI)
Garfield County:

2.99%
Washington average:

3.33%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries



7.18% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($29,810 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.18%
Washington average:

6.20%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.34% relocated to other counties in Washington ($13,345 average AGI)
3.84% relocated to other states ($16,466 average AGI)
Garfield County:

3.84%
Washington average:

2.98%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.9
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 7.8

Births per 1000 population in Garfield County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 12.7

Deaths per 1000 population in Garfield County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 0.0
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 10.2

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Garfield County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 558 (493 aged, 65 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 511.950
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 981.230

Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 42.66

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 42.66

Household type by relationship:

Households: 2,230

Size of family households: 369 2-persons, 123 3-persons, 93 4-persons, 42 5-persons, 14 6-persons, 9 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 299 1-person, 38 2-persons, 2 3-persons.

434 married couples with children.
121 single-parent households (40 men, 81 women).

98.0% of residents of Garfield County speak English at home.
0.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (60% speak English very well, 5% speak English well, 20% speak English not well, 15% don't speak English at all).
0.9% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (90% speak English very well, 10% don't speak English at all).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $28,038,000 ($12132 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $5,342,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $8,138,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $3,531,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $7,172,000
Federal grants: $1,360,000
Federal procurement contracts: $3,558,000 ($3,215,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $4,279,000 ($1,863,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $207,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $1,431,000
Federal Government insurance: $12,111,000

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

Births: 97
Here:

41 per 1000 residents
State:

66 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 131
Here:

56 per 1000 residents
State:

38 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: 0
Here:

0 per 1000 residents
State:

+21 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -14
Here -6 per 1000 residents
State +13 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Garfield County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.33 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.5
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

5.4
State:

3.9

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 0
  • 2000 to 2004: 74
  • 1990 to 1999: 137
  • 1980 to 1989: 108
  • 1970 to 1979: 101
  • 1960 to 1969: 29
  • 1950 to 1959: 113
  • 1940 to 1949: 111
  • 1939 or earlier: 622
Rooms in houses/apartments in Garfield County, Washington
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 1
  • 2 rooms: 6
  • 3 rooms: 16
  • 4 rooms: 97
  • 5 rooms: 120
  • 6 rooms: 125
  • 7 rooms: 130
  • 8 rooms: 66
  • 9+ rooms: 167
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 11
  • 3 rooms: 32
  • 4 rooms: 33
  • 5 rooms: 60
  • 6 rooms: 47
  • 7 rooms: 32
  • 8 rooms: 12
  • 9+ rooms: 32
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Garfield County, Washington
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 1
  • 1 bedroom: 32
  • 2 bedrooms: 154
  • 3 bedrooms: 256
  • 4 bedrooms: 217
  • 5+ bedrooms: 68
  • no bedroom: 4
  • 1 bedroom: 34
  • 2 bedrooms: 77
  • 3 bedrooms: 74
  • 4 bedrooms: 42
  • 5+ bedrooms: 28
Cars and other vehicles available in Garfield County, Washington in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 18
  • 1 vehicle: 227
  • 2 vehicles: 264
  • 3 vehicles: 170
  • 4 vehicles: 39
  • 5+ vehicles: 10
  • no vehicle: 27
  • 1 vehicle: 100
  • 2 vehicles: 104
  • 3 vehicles: 12
  • 4 vehicles: 10
  • 5+ vehicles: 6

63% of Garfield County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 46% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 64% lived in Washington.

Garfield County:

63.3%
State average:

50.2%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $38,800


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 10%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 10%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Garfield County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (51.4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (21.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (14.3%)
  • Wood (10.0%)
  • Other fuel (2.2%)
  • No fuel used (0.5%)
  • Electricity (58.3%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (25.5%)
  • Wood (9.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (5.8%)
  • Other fuel (1.2%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


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

2.7%
Washington:

9.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 0
Here:

0.0%
Washington:

7.0%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 5
Here:

9.6%
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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Garfield County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $91,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $1,622,000
    General - Other: $376,000
    Health Services - Other: $365,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $348,000
    Police Protection: $304,000
    Financial Administration: $206,000
    Solid Waste Management: $116,000
    Central Staff Services: $107,000
    Corrections - Other: $70,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $55,000
    Elementary & Secondary Education: $54,000
    General Public Buildings: $48,000
    Transit Utilities: $41,000
    Libraries: $23,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $57,000
    Police Protection: $56,000
    Financial Administration: $11,000
    Libraries: $7,000
    Judicial: $6,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $1,304,000

Garfield County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $80,000
    Solid Waste Management: $11,000
    Housing & Community Development: $0
    Parks & Recreation: $0
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Support: $95,000
    All Other: $50,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $143,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $239,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $95,000
    Special Assessments: $27,000
    Rents: $16,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $1,351,000
    All Other: $1,258,000
    Health & Hospitals: $362,000
    General Support: $3,000
  • Tax - Property: $505,000
    Total General Sales: $145,000
    NEC: $39,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $31,000
    Other Selective Sales: $21,000

Garfield County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Bond Fund - Cash & Deposits: $0
  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $5,343,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Garfield County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Garfield County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Garfield County, WA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John2679.6 years
Mary2585.1 years
James2075.0 years
William1875.3 years
George1377.5 years
Richard1275.5 years
Helen1282.2 years
Hazel1082.6 years
Doris976.2 years
Henry978.1 years
Most common last names in Garfield County, WA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Kimble1677.9 years
Ruark1584.1 years
Watson1277.1 years
Slaybaugh1270.2 years
Fitzsimmons1179.9 years
Baker1075.9 years
Brown1080.3 years
Johnson1073.1 years
Porter980.9 years
Dixon979.0 years

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