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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. 2012 cost of living index in Garfield County: 84.7 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (22.4%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (15.9%), Retail trade (11.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 49%
  • Government: 34%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 16%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Garfield County, Washington:


Median resident age:  49.0 years
Washington median age:  37.0 years

Males: 1,118  (52.3%)
Females: 1,148  (47.7%)

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Average household size:
Garfield County:

2.0 people
Washington:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $41,257 ($33,398 in 1999)
This county:

$41257
Washington:

$56548

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $416 (lower quartile is $334, upper quartile is $542)
This county:

$416
State:

$801


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $117,425 (it was $70,800 in 2000)
Garfield County:

$117,425
Washington:

$287,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $78,493 - $190,293

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $196,723
Here:

$196,723
State:

$367,029

Mobile homes: $165,977
Here:

$165,977
State:

$80,529

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $138,000
Here:

$138,000
State:

$62,453
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,439
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $250

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:


Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $1,034 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $935 (0.8%)


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 2009: 12.3%
(12.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 18.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 49 years old
(Males: 48 years old, Females: 50 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 50 years old, American Indian residents: 60 years old, Asian residents: 35 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 19 years old, Other race residents: 20 years old)

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

14.2%
Whole state:

10.6%

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

6.9%
Whole state:

4.6%

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 .

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


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:

43.5% with mortgage
State:

75.4% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 65.29%
Here65.3%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 1,565
Total congregations: 7

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchChristian Churches and Churches of ChristChurch of the NazareneOther
Adherents702 (44.9%)316 (20.2%)226 (14.4%)148 (9.5%)173 (11.1%)
Congregations1 (14.3%)1 (14.3%)1 (14.3%)1 (14.3%)3 (42.9%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Garfield County - Pomeroy, Snake River

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 1
This county:

4.89 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

2.06 / 10,000 pop.




Number of full-service restaurants: 3
Garfield County:

14.68 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

8.26 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

11.7%
Washington:

7.7%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

29.9%
Washington:

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 above Washington state average. It is 5.8 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

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

On 11/28/1991 at 01:08:58, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.0 ML, 4.3 MD, Depth: 5.9 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 46.8 miles away from the county center
On 7/14/1992 at 20:01:51, a magnitude 4.1 (3.8 ML, 4.1 MD, Depth: 7.2 mi) earthquake occurred 46.3 miles away from the county center
On 6/28/1998 at 07:35:32, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 MD, 3.6 ML, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 32.4 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 88.8 miles away from Garfield County center
On 6/25/2001 at 14:15:23, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 MD, 3.5 ML, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 88.7 miles away from the county center
On 6/17/2004 at 09:16:42, a magnitude 3.4 (3.4 MD, Depth: 22.4 mi) earthquake occurred 35.9 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 Garfield County (10) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 1

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (31%)
  • Farm supplies merchant wholesalers (9%)
  • Construction (8%)
  • Public administration (8%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Motor vehicle and parts dealers (5%)
  • Food and beverage stores (3%)
  • Health care (18%)
  • Educational services (16%)
  • Public administration (12%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (20%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (4%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (10%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Registered nurses (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (4%)

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




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





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 2005 was $39,389.

7.10% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($31,291 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.10%
Washington average:

7.86%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.65% relocated from other counties in Washington ($23,418 average AGI)
2.45% relocated from other states ($7,873 average AGI)
Garfield County:

2.45%
Washington average:

3.90%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries



8.16% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($28,859 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.16%
Washington average:

7.07%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.87% relocated to other counties in Washington ($20,984 average AGI)
2.30% relocated to other states ($7,875 average AGI)
Garfield County:

2.30%
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 Asotin County, WA  1.40% ($27,091 average AGI)

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 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.

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

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 (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Garfield County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Garfield County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Garfield County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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

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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