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Skamania County, Washington (WA)


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County population in 2012: 11,187 (all rural); it was 9,872 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,178
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,174
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 2,775
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,170 (it was 980 in 2000)
% of renters here:

26%
State:

36%

Land area: 1656 sq. mi.
Water area: 27.4 sq. mi.
Population density: 7 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Skamania County: 88.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (22.6%), Manufacturing (12.4%), Arts,entertainment,recreation,accommodation and food services (11.0%), Construction (10.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 68%
  • Government: 22%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 10%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Skamania County, Washington:


Median resident age:  44.0 years
Washington median age:  37.0 years

Males: 5,565  (44.9%)
Females: 5,501  (55.1%)

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Skamania County,WA real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Skamania County:

2.0 people
Washington:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $48,569 ($39,317 in 1999)
This county:

$48569
Washington:

$56548

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $644 (lower quartile is $500, upper quartile is $840)
This county:

$644
State:

$801


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $233,505 (it was $144,400 in 2000)
Skamania County:

$233,505
Washington:

$287,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $165,804 - $340,470

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $350,521
Here:

$350,521
State:

$367,029

Townhouses or other attached units: $273,733
Here:

$273,733
State:

$319,220

In 2-unit structures: $363,660
Here:

$363,660
State:

$407,598

Mobile homes: $188,811
Here:

$188,811
State:

$80,529

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $73,465
Here:

$73,465
State:

$62,453
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,486
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $385

Institutionalized population: 25

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):


Skamania County, WA map from a distance

Health of residents in Skamania County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2009:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.4. This is worse than average.
72.8% of residents exercised in the past month. This is about average.
52.4% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is more than average.
98.5% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is more than average.
Average weight of males is 199 pounds. This is more than average.
Average weight of females is 166 pounds. This is more than average.


Single-family new house construction building permits:

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)


Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $1,535 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $1,336 (0.6%)


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


Skamania County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 7.8%
(7.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents, 5.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 37.3% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 9.6% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 44 years old
(Males: 44 years old, Females: 44 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 45 years old, Black residents: 17 years old, American Indian residents: 39 years old, Asian residents: 45 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 23 years old, Other race residents: 28 years old)

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

13.1%
Whole state:

10.6%

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

6.3%
Whole state:

4.6%

Area name: Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Skamania County is $625 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $723 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $1053 a month.

Cities in this county include: Wind River, Bonneville, Carson, Carson River Valley, Stevenson, North Bonneville, Gifford Pinchot.

Skamania 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 Skamania County: South Campground (A), Spencer Butte Lookout (B), Smith Creek Butte Lookout (C), Sunrise Peak Lookout (D), Little Goose Campground (E), Hickmans Cabin (F), Willard Work Center (G), Oklahoma Campground (H), Council Lake Campground (I), Camp Wind Mountain (J), Washougal Radio Fan Marker Beacon (K), Little Baldy LOH (L), Willard National Fish Hatchery (M), Home Guard Station (N), Government Spring Guard Station (O), Cold Spring Campground (P), Smoky Creek Campground (Q), Peterson Guard Station (R), Lake Camp (S), Takhlakh Forest Camp (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Little Ashes Lake (A), Shovel Lake (B), Green Mountain Lake (C), Larson Lakes (D), Lake Kwaddis (E), Brush Lake (F), Little Brush Lake (G), Crescent Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Bean Creek (A), Berry Creek (B), Big Hollow Creek (C), Big Huckleberry Creek (D), Black Creek (E), Bolin Creek (F), Boulder Creek (G), Bourbon Creek (H), Brush Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Skamania County include: Beacon Rock State Park (1), Fringe Viewpoint (2), Mount Saint Helens Viewpoint (3), Wind River Natural Area (4), Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument (5), Cedar Flats Natural Area (6), Big Cedars County Park (7), Upper Wind River Winter Sports Area (8), Sister Rocks Research Natural Area (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Clark County , Cowlitz County , Hood River County, Oregon , Klickitat County , Lewis County , Multnomah County, Oregon , Yakima County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 283
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 85.9%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 16.8%

Number of foreign born residents: 347 (46% naturalized citizens)

Skamania County:

3.5%
Whole state:

10.4%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 29.2 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 47.7%

Skamania County marital status for males
Skamania County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Skamania County with a mortgage: 1,043 (91 second mortgage, 110 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 536

Here:

66.1% with mortgage
State:

75.4% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 24.17%
Here24.2%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 2,386
Total congregations: 8

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSeventh-Day Adventist ChurchCatholic ChurchChurch of the NazareneLDS (Mormon) ChurchOther
Adherents760 (31.9%)720 (30.2%)313 (13.1%)250 (10.5%)343 (14.4%)
Congregations1 (12.5%)-2 (25.0%)1 (12.5%)4 (50.0%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Skamania County - Wind River, Bonneville, Carson, Carson River Valley, Stevenson

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
This county:

1.87 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

2.06 / 10,000 pop.


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

0.93 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

1.18 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 5
This county:

4.67 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

2.67 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 7
Skamania County:

6.54 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

8.26 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

7.8%
Washington:

7.7%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

32.1%
Washington:

25.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Skamania County:

15.2%
State:

13.9%


Agriculture in Skamania County:

Average size of farms: 58 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $116,446
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $1368.99
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 86.09%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $63,379
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 20.50%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 37.23%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $89,038
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 85.86%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 10.96
Land in orchards: 510 acres

Earthquake activity:

Skamania County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Washington state average. It is 909% 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 96.8 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 87.5 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 99.6 miles away from the county center, causing $28,000,000 total damage
On 3/25/1993 at 13:34:35, a magnitude 5.7 (5.5 MB, 5.4 MS, 5.6 MW, 5.7 ML, Depth: 12.8 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 64.9 miles away from Skamania County center
On 2/14/1981 at 06:09:27, a magnitude 5.5 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.5 ML) earthquake occurred 38.7 miles away from the county center
On 10/8/2006 at 02:48:26, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.3 MW, 4.5 MD, Depth: 2.4 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 67.8 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Skamania County (14) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Mudslides: 5, Winter Storms: 5, Landslides: 4, Storms: 4, Heavy Rain: 1, Snow: 1, Earthquake: 1, Fire: 1, Flood: 1, Hurricane: 1, Volcanic Eruption: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (17%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Wood products (5%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Paper (4%)
  • Accommodation and food services (17%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Health care (11%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Social assistance (4%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (3%)
  • Finance and insurance (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (4%)
  • Top executives (3%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4%)
  • Other teachers and instructors, education, training, and library occupations (4%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)

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




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





Skamania County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 3,238 (76%)
  • Carpooled: 631 (15%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 6 (0%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 5 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 3 (0%)
  • Taxi: 7 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 3 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 6 (0%)
  • Walked: 98 (2%)
  • Other means: 23 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 241 (6%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

25 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities

Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $55,304.

9.80% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($53,396 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.80%
Washington average:

7.86%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.70% relocated from other counties in Washington ($22,757 average AGI)
5.10% relocated from other states ($30,639 average AGI)
Skamania County:

5.10%
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 Clark County, WA  2.67% ($52,435 average AGI)
from Klickitat County, WA  0.90% ($39,032)
from Multnomah County, OR  0.73% ($71,120)
from Hood River County, OR  0.70% ($42,292)


7.77% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($36,378 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.77%
Washington average:

7.07%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.27% relocated to other counties in Washington ($21,729 average AGI)
3.50% relocated to other states ($14,649 average AGI)
Skamania County:

3.50%
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 Clark County, WA  2.34% ($37,519 average AGI)
to Klickitat County, WA  0.74% ($46,800)
to Multnomah County, OR  0.42% ($27,429)
to Hood River County, OR  0.39% ($35,692)
to Clackamas County, OR  0.36% ($31,917)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.7
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.5

Births per 1000 population in Skamania County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 7.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 7.0

Deaths per 1000 population in Skamania County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.3
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.5

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Skamania County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,032 (858 aged, 174 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 14%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 684.550
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 740.810

Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 28.13

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 18.75

EPA green book nonattainment status in 2004-2006: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 11,041

Size of family households: 1,573 2-persons, 567 3-persons, 522 4-persons, 252 5-persons, 96 6-persons, 62 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,156 1-person, 270 2-persons, 16 3-persons, 6 4-persons, 2 5-persons.

95.1% of residents of Skamania County speak English at home.
3.2% of residents speak Spanish at home (71% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 7% speak English not well, 6% don't speak English at all).
0.9% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (94% speak English very well, 6% speak English well).
0.5% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (74% speak English very well, 24% speak English well, 2% speak English not well).
0.3% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $46,318,000 ($4391 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $7,038,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $19,448,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $5,332,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $5,000
Federal grants: $5,939,000
Federal procurement contracts: $8,625,000 ($6,066,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $6,969,000 ($49,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $920,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $6,140,000
Federal Government insurance: $10,323,000

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

Births: 560
Here:

53 per 1000 residents
State:

66 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 336
Here:

32 per 1000 residents
State:

38 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +35
Here:

+3 per 1000 residents
State:

+21 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +550
Here:

+52 per 1000 residents
State:

+13 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Skamania County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.17 millions of gallons per day (32% from ground, 68% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.0
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.5
State:

3.9

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Skamania County, Washington
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 37
  • 2 rooms: 46
  • 3 rooms: 194
  • 4 rooms: 240
  • 5 rooms: 531
  • 6 rooms: 687
  • 7 rooms: 404
  • 8 rooms: 284
  • 9+ rooms: 352
  • 1 room: 25
  • 2 rooms: 77
  • 3 rooms: 128
  • 4 rooms: 254
  • 5 rooms: 185
  • 6 rooms: 155
  • 7 rooms: 59
  • 8 rooms: 62
  • 9+ rooms: 35
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Skamania County, Washington
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 42
  • 1 bedroom: 176
  • 2 bedrooms: 602
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,402
  • 4 bedrooms: 436
  • 5+ bedrooms: 117
  • no bedroom: 29
  • 1 bedroom: 203
  • 2 bedrooms: 351
  • 3 bedrooms: 295
  • 4 bedrooms: 76
  • 5+ bedrooms: 26
Cars and other vehicles available in Skamania County, Washington in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 53
  • 1 vehicle: 522
  • 2 vehicles: 1,164
  • 3 vehicles: 733
  • 4 vehicles: 165
  • 5+ vehicles: 138
  • no vehicle: 79
  • 1 vehicle: 368
  • 2 vehicles: 377
  • 3 vehicles: 113
  • 4 vehicles: 13
  • 5+ vehicles: 30

53% of Skamania 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, 52% lived in Washington.

Skamania County:

53.3%
State average:

50.2%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $75,000


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 5%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Skamania County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (52.4%)
  • Wood (26.3%)
  • Utility gas (12.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (4.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2.7%)
  • Other fuel (1.4%)
  • Electricity (61.2%)
  • Wood (19.6%)
  • Utility gas (9.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (4.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (3.8%)
  • Other fuel (0.7%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 55
Here:

4.5%
Washington:

9.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 52
Here:

8.0%
Washington:

7.0%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 36
Here:

15.3%
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

Skamania County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Skamania County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Skamania County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Skamania County, WA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Robert1977.4 years
Charles1870.9 years
John1677.4 years
Frank1376.6 years
James1275.3 years
William1280.1 years
Edward1179.4 years
Richard1074.8 years
Mary969.0 years
Donald971.9 years
Most common last names in Skamania County, WA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Miller876.3 years
Baxter674.0 years
Johnson674.2 years
Wright681.3 years
Aalvik578.2 years
Barnes588.8 years
Anderson569.6 years
Chase580.4 years
Nelson577.2 years
Young564.4 years
Businesses in Skamania County, WA
NameCountNameCount
FedEx1Subway1
H&R Block1U-Haul1
Rodeway Inn1UPS1

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