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:
Land area: 1656 sq. mi. Water area: 27.4 sq. mi.
Population density: 7 people per square mile
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%).
Estimated median household income in 2009: $48,569 ($39,317 in 1999)
Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $644 (lower quartile is $500, upper quartile is $840)
Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $233,505 (it was $144,400 in 2000)
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $165,804 - $340,470
Mean price in 2009:
Detached houses: $350,521
Townhouses or other attached units: $273,733
In 2-unit structures: $363,660
Mobile homes: $188,811
Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $73,465
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):
Auto thefts: 15
Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):
Auto thefts: 29
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:
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%)
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:
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
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.
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
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
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:
Washington Severe Winter Storm, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: January 11, 2011 to January 21, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1963): March 25, 2011, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1963, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
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 Broughton Fire, Incident Period: September 20, 2007 to September 23, 2007, Fire Management Assistance Declared: September 21, 2007, FEMA Id: FEMA-FM-2731, Natural disaster type: Fire
Washington Severe Winter Storm, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: December 14, 2006 to December 15, 2006, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1682): February 14, 2007, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1682, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Mudslide, Landslide
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 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 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 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
Washington Severe Storms/Flooding, Incident Period: January 26, 1996 to February 23, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1100): February 9, 1996, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1100, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
4 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.
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).
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:
In family households: 9,263 (2,236 male householders, 836 female householders)
2,457 spouses, 2,899 children (2,636 natural, 107 adopted, 156 stepchildren), 242 grandchildren, 53 brothers or sisters, 67 parents, 105 other relatives, 293 non-relatives
In nonfamily households: 1,778 (813 male householders (625 living alone)), 637 female householders (531 living alone)), 328 nonrelatives
In group quarters: 25 (all institutionalized)
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.
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:
53 per 1000 residents
66 per 1000 residents
32 per 1000 residents
38 per 1000 residents
Net international migration: +35
+3 per 1000 residents
+21 per 1000 residents
Net internal migration: +550
+52 per 1000 residents
+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:
Median number of rooms in apartments:
Year house built
2005 or later: 169
2000 to 2004: 300
1990 to 1999: 1,046
1980 to 1989: 776
1970 to 1979: 1,389
1960 to 1969: 416
1950 to 1959: 263
1940 to 1949: 138
1939 or earlier: 612
Rooms in houses/apartments in Skamania County, Washington
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.
Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:
This state: 3739
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