County population in 2012: 29,854 (43% urban, 57% rural); it was 25,953 in 2000 County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 5,988 County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 4,445 County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 8,865 Renter-occupied apartments: 3,616 (it was 2,780 in 2000)
% of renters here:
Land area: 1814 sq. mi. Water area: 369.3 sq. mi.
Population density: 16 people per square mile
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Jefferson County: 89.3 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (20.7%), Retail trade (12.9%), Professional,scientific,management,administrative,and waste management services (10.7%).
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $1,886 (0.6%) Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $2,039 (0.7%)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 12.8%
(12.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 17.4% for Black residents, 10.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 16.9% for American Indian residents, 4.2% for other race residents, 18.1% for two or more races residents) Median age of residents in 2010: 53 years old
(Males: 53 years old, Females: 54 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 55 years old, Black residents: 32 years old, American Indian residents: 33 years old, Asian residents: 49 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 29 years old, Other race residents: 29 years old)
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Jefferson County is $579 a month. Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $708 a month. Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $1029 a month.
Notable locations in this county outside city limits:
Notable locations in Jefferson County: Whitney Point Boat Launch Ramp (A), Lower Hoh Fire Camp (B), Corrigenda Guard Station (C), Chevy Chase Inn (D), Two Bear Camp (E), Twelve Mile Shelter (F), Trapper Shelter (G), North Fork Campground (H), Halfway House Campsite (I), Enchanted Valley Ranger Station (J), Francis Creek Campsite (K), Low Divide Ranger Station (L), Lingerlonger Boat Launch Ramp (M), Tenmile Camp (N), Interrorem Picnic Area (O), Honeymoon Meadows Ranger Station (P), Gamm Creek Camp (Q), Tenmile Camp (R), Graves Creek Ranger Station (S), Graves Creek Campground (T). Display/hide their locations on the map
Churches in Jefferson County include: Calvary Community Church (A), Gardiner Community Church (B), Community United Methodist Church (C), Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses (D), Lutheran Church of the Redeemer (E), Oak Bay Baptist Church (F), Spirit of Life Christian Fellowship Church (G). Display/hide their locations on the map
Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Lake of the Angels (A), Silent Lake (B), Buck Lake (C), Lake Margaret (D), Buckhorn Lake (E), Buckmans Lake (F), Lost Lake (G), Reflection Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map
Streams, rivers, and creeks: Big Creek (A), Bob Creek (B), Boulevard Creek (C), Braden Creek (D), Brokenfinger Creek (E), Buckinghorse Creek (F), Bull Creek (G), Burdick Creek (H), Butler Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Average size of farms: 59 acres Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $32,232 Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $284.75 The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 8.25% The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 85.38% Average total farm production expenses per farm: $31,350 Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 27.91% Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 13.43% Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $24,513 The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 88.41% Average age of principal farm operators: 58 years Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 26.93 Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 25.41% Vegetables: 28 harvested acres Land in orchards: 51 acres
Jefferson County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Washington state average. It is 113% greater than the overall U.S. average.
On 4/13/1949 at 19:55:42, a magnitude 7.0 (7.0 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 53.0 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 60.3 miles away from the county 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 54.8 miles away from the county center, causing $28,000,000 total damage On 7/3/1999 at 01:43:54, a magnitude 5.8 (5.4 MB, 5.5 MS, 5.8 MW, 5.3 ME, Depth: 25.2 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 55.3 miles away from Jefferson County center On 5/3/1996 at 04:04:22, a magnitude 5.5 (5.2 MB, 5.3 MD, 5.5 ML, Depth: 2.5 mi) earthquake occurred 67.1 miles away from the county center On 1/29/1995 at 03:11:22, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MB, 4.5 MS, 5.1 MW, 5.0 MD, Depth: 10.7 mi) earthquake occurred 50.4 miles away from the county center Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), energy magnitude (ME), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)
Most recent natural disasters:
Washington Severe Winter Storm, Landslides, Mudslides, and Flooding, Incident Period: January 6, 2009 to January 16, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1817): January 30, 2009, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1817, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
Washington Severe Winter Storm and Record and Near Record Snow, Incident Period: December 12, 2008 to January 5, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1825): March 2, 2009, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1825, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Snow
Washington Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: December 1, 2007 to December 17, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1734): December 8, 2007, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1734, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
Washington Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: November 2, 2006 to November 11, 2006, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1671): December 12, 2006, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1671, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
Washington Severe Storms, Flooding, Tidal Surge, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: January 27, 2006 to February 4, 2006, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1641): May 17, 2006, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1641, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
Washington Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3227): September 7, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3227, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
Washington Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: October 15, 2003 to October 23, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1499): November 7, 2003, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1499, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
Washington Earthquake, Incident Period: February 28, 2001 to March 16, 2001, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1361): March 1, 2001, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1361, Natural disaster type: Earthquake
Washington Severe Storms/Flooding/Landslides/Mudslides, Incident Period: March 18, 1997 to March 28, 1997, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1172): April 2, 1997, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1172, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
Washington Severe Winter Storms/Flooding, Incident Period: December 26, 1996 to February 10, 1997, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1159): January 17, 1997, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1159, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Flood
6 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.
The number of natural disasters in Jefferson County (16) is greater than the US average (12). Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 15 Emergencies Declared: 1
Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 11, Storms: 10, Mudslides: 6, Landslides: 5, Winter Storms: 3, Snow: 1, Wind: 1, Earthquake: 1, Hurricane: 1, Volcanic Eruption: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.4 Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 7.5
Births per 1000 population in Jefferson County
Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.2 Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.3
Deaths per 1000 population in Jefferson County
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 9.1 Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 4.7
Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Jefferson County
Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 6,372 (5,738 aged, 634 disabled) Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 14% Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%
Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 3.56 Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 4393.450 Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 88.94 Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 30448.24
General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 634.9 Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1039.560 Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 13.95
Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 49.56 Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 80.23
Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 24.42
EPA green book nonattainment status in 2004-2006: 1
Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 155.5. This is more than state average.
Household type by relationship:
In family households: 22,257 (6,079 male householders, 2,315 female householders)
6,904 spouses, 5,283 children (4,737 natural, 227 adopted, 319 stepchildren), 372 grandchildren, 156 brothers or sisters, 157 parents, 174 other relatives, 686 non-relatives
In nonfamily households: 6,984 (2,616 male householders (2,036 living alone)), 3,039 female householders (2,491 living alone)), 1,329 nonrelatives
In group quarters: 631 (507 institutionalized population)
Size of family households: 5,456 2-persons, 1,418 3-persons, 919 4-persons, 351 5-persons, 139 6-persons, 111 7-or-more-persons.
96.0% of residents of Jefferson County speak English at home.
1.0% of residents speak Spanish at home (57% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 26% speak English not well).
1.9% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (72% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 8% speak English not well).
0.8% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (47% speak English very well, 50% speak English well, 2% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (66% speak English very well, 11% speak English well, 23% speak English not well).
In fiscal year 2004:
Federal Government expenditure: $210,761,000 ($7498 per capita) Department of Defense expenditure: $24,638,000 Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $117,257,000 Federal other direct payments to individuals: $35,229,000 Federal direct payments not to individuals: $310,000 Federal grants: $40,052,000 Federal procurement contracts: $9,989,000 ($8,309,000 Department of Defense) Federal salaries and wages: $7,924,000 ($2,827,000 Department of Defense) Federal Government direct loans: $2,125,000 Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $9,347,000 Federal Government insurance: $26,156,000
Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:
39 per 1000 residents
66 per 1000 residents
53 per 1000 residents
38 per 1000 residents
Net international migration: +125
+4 per 1000 residents
+21 per 1000 residents
Net internal migration: +2,696
+94 per 1000 residents
+13 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Jefferson County
Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 2.64 millions of gallons per day (52% from ground, 48% from surface)
Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Median number of rooms in apartments:
Year house built
2005 or later: 555
2000 to 2004: 1,775
1990 to 1999: 4,194
1980 to 1989: 2,258
1970 to 1979: 3,542
1960 to 1969: 921
1950 to 1959: 732
1940 to 1949: 594
1939 or earlier: 1,501
Rooms in houses/apartments in Jefferson County, Washington
54% of Jefferson County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago. Out of people who lived in different houses, 38% lived in this county. Out of people who lived in different counties, 55% lived in Washington.
Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:
This state: 11464
Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $179,200
Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 4%
Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 4%
Year Householders Moved Into Unit:
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Jefferson County