Garfield, Washington

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Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 21.7%
(17.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 91.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 41.4% for two or more races residents)

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2007, including police officers: 1 (1 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.66
Washington average:

1.60
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Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

5.1%
Washington:

5.9%
Population change in the 1990s: +84 (+15.1%).
Most common industries in Garfield, WA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (23.9%)
  • Construction (7.6%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.6%)
  • Health care (5.0%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (4.3%)
  • Food & beverage stores (4.0%)
  • Social assistance (3.7%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Educational services (15.9%)
  • Construction (12.6%)
  • Electrical equipment, appliances, components (6.0%)
  • Building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers (5.3%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (5.3%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (4.6%)
  • Motor vehicle & parts dealers (4.6%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (32.0%)
  • Accommodation & food services (8.7%)
  • Health care (8.0%)
  • Food & beverage stores (6.0%)
  • Social assistance (6.0%)
  • Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, similar organizations (4.7%)
  • Finance & insurance (3.3%)
Most common occupations in Garfield, WA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (6.0%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.3%)
  • Top executives (4.7%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.7%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (4.3%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (3.7%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (3.7%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (6.0%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (6.0%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6.0%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (6.0%)
  • Top executives (4.6%)
  • Engineers (4.6%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4.6%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (9.3%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7.3%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7.3%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (6.0%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (6.0%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.3%)
  • Top executives (4.7%)

Average climate in Garfield, Washington

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 57.4. This is better than average.

City:

57.4
U.S.:

74.2
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 5.28. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 13.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

5.28
U.S.:

8.46

Earthquake activity:

Garfield-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Washington state average. It is 1048% 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 259.4 miles away from Garfield 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 355.4 miles away from Garfield center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 4/13/1949 at 19:55:42, a magnitude 7.0 (7.0 UK) earthquake occurred 252.6 miles away from the city 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, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 256.3 miles away from Garfield center, causing $2,000,000,000 total damage and $305,000,000 insured losses
On 2/28/2001 at 18:54:32, a magnitude 6.8 (6.8 MD, Depth: 32.2 mi) earthquake occurred 263.2 miles away from the city center
On 3/31/2020 at 23:52:30, a magnitude 6.5 (6.5 MW, Depth: 7.5 mi) earthquake occurred 201.3 miles away from Garfield center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Whitman County (14) is near the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 5, Mudslides: 3, Heavy Rains: 2, Snows: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Drought: 1, Fire: 1, Hurricane: 1, Landslide: 1, Volcanic Eruption: 1, Wind: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Garfield topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Garfield:

  • WHITMAN HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTER Critical Access Hospitals (about 15 miles away; COLFAX, WA)
  • WHITMAN HEALTH AND REHAB CENTER (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; COLFAX, WA)
  • TEKOA CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; TEKOA, WA)

Amtrak stations near Garfield:

  • 14 miles: COLFAX (610 S. MAIN ST.) - Bus Station
  • 19 miles: PULLMAN (1002 NYE ST.) - Bus Station . Services: enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, free short-term parking, call for taxi service.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Garfield:

  • Washington State University (about 20 miles; Pullman, WA; Full-time enrollment: 25,055)
  • University of Idaho (about 21 miles; Moscow, ID; FT enrollment: 10,416)
  • Eastern Washington University (about 40 miles; Cheney, WA; FT enrollment: 11,643)
  • Lewis-Clark State College (about 42 miles; Lewiston, ID; FT enrollment: 3,199)
  • Spokane Community College (about 48 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 6,482)
  • Gonzaga University (about 48 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 6,780)
  • Spokane Falls Community College (about 49 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 6,052)

Public elementary/middle schools in Garfield:

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Points of interest:

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Notable location: Whitman County Fire District 3 City of Garfield Fire Department (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Whitman County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Average household size:
This town:

2.1 people
Washington:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

58.8%
Whole state:

64.4%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

7.2%
Whole state:

7.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 1.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

Banks with branches in Garfield (2011 data):

  • State Bank Northwest: Garfield Branch at 301 W. California Street, branch established on 2007/03/01. Info updated 2007/03/30: Bank assets: $96.7 mil, Deposits: $86.1 mil, headquarters in Spokane Valley, WA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 3 total offices, Holding Company: State Bancorp Northwest
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.9
Washington average:

11.4

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Garfield, WA (based on Whitman County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant4,78235
Catholic3,6289
Mainline Protestant2,64420
Other2,38810
None31,334-
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. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 12
Whitman County:

2.94 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

2.06 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 3
Whitman County:

0.74 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

1.18 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 8
Here:

1.96 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

2.67 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 32
This county:

7.85 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.26 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Whitman County:

5.4%
State:

7.7%
Adult obesity rate:
Whitman County:

24.1%
State:

25.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Whitman County:

8.1%
State:

13.9%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Garfield:

48.8%
Washington:

49.9%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

44.8%
State:

47.2%

Average BMI:
This city:

29.1
Washington:

28.4

People feeling badly about themselves:
Garfield:

21.6%
Washington:

20.9%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Garfield:

10.6%
State:

10.5%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.8
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
Garfield:

38.0%
Washington:

32.8%

General health condition:
This city:

54.1%
Washington:

56.8%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

76.1%
State:

79.4%

More about Health and Nutrition of Garfield, WA Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2017)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Firefighters 3$27,931$111,7240$0
Financial Administration 3$13,966$55,8640$0
Totals for Government 6$41,897$83,7940$0

Garfield government finances - Expenditure in 2017 (per resident):

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $15,000 ($24.63)
  • Current Operations - Sewerage: $111,000 ($182.27)
    Water Utilities: $78,000 ($128.08)
    Solid Waste Management: $70,000 ($114.94)
    Regular Highways: $58,000 ($95.24)
    Financial Administration: $42,000 ($68.97)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $14,000 ($22.99)
    Local Fire Protection: $14,000 ($22.99)
    Central Staff Services: $13,000 ($21.35)
    Parks and Recreation: $11,000 ($18.06)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $1,000 ($1.64)
    Police Protection: $1,000 ($1.64)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $14,000 ($22.99)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Police Protection: $76,000 ($124.79)
    Other - Solid Waste Management: $31,000 ($50.90)
    Other - Judicial and Legal Services: $2,000 ($3.28)
    Other - General - Other: $1,000 ($1.64)
    Other - Financial Administration: $1,000 ($1.64)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Sewerage: $15,000 ($24.63)
    Water Utilities: $5,000 ($8.21)
    Solid Waste Management: $5,000 ($8.21)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $139,000 ($228.24)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $9,000 ($14.78)

Garfield government finances - Revenue in 2017 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $142,000 ($233.17)
    Solid Waste Management: $111,000 ($182.27)
    Other: $6,000 ($9.85)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $1,000 ($1.64)
    Interest Earnings: $0 ($0.00)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $112,000 ($183.91)
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $27,000 ($44.33)
    Highways: $13,000 ($21.35)
    General Local Government Support: $7,000 ($11.49)
  • Tax - Property: $129,000 ($211.82)
    Public Utilities Sales: $55,000 ($90.31)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $33,000 ($54.19)
    Other License: $1,000 ($1.64)

Garfield government finances - Debt in 2017 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $566,000 ($929.39)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $503,000 ($825.94)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $78,000 ($128.08)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $14,000 ($22.99)

10.58% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($40,293 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

10.58%
Washington average:

7.39%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Spokane County, WA  1.04% ($37,281 average AGI)
from Latah County, ID  0.99% ($50,872)
from King County, WA  0.89% ($34,874)


14.63% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($42,536 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

14.63%
Washington average:

6.40%

2.23% of residents moved to foreign countries ($7,086 average AGI)
Whitman County:

2.23%
Washington average:

0.13%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Spokane County, WA  1.35% ($43,558 average AGI)
to King County, WA  1.31% ($30,408)
to Latah County, ID  0.98% ($45,949)

Strongest AM radio stations in Garfield:

  • KMAX (840 AM; 10 kW; COLFAX, WA; Owner: PALOUSE COUNTRY, INC.)
  • KQQQ (1150 AM; 25 kW; PULLMAN, WA; Owner: RADIO PALOUSE, INC.)
  • KGA (1510 AM; 50 kW; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KXLY (920 AM; 20 kW; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: SPOKANE RADIO, INC.)
  • KWSU (1250 AM; 5 kW; PULLMAN, WA; Owner: WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • KMJY (700 AM; 10 kW; NEWPORT, WA; Owner: JAMES E. AND HELEN G. STARGEL)
  • KCLX (1450 AM; 1 kW; COLFAX, WA; Owner: PALOUSE COUNTRY, INC.)
  • KTBI (810 AM; daytime; 50 kW; EPHRATA, WA; Owner: TACOMA BROADCASTERS, INCORPORATED)
  • KQNT (590 AM; 5 kW; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KVNI (1080 AM; 10 kW; COEUR D' ALENE, ID; Owner: QUEENB RADIO, INC.)
  • KJRB (790 AM; 5 kW; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KERR (750 AM; 50 kW; POLSON, MT; Owner: ANDERSON RADIO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KOZE (950 AM; 5 kW; LEWISTON, ID; Owner: 4-K RADIO, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Garfield:

  • KRAO-FM (102.5 FM; COLFAX, WA; Owner: PALOUSE COUNTRY, INC.)
  • KHTR (104.3 FM; PULLMAN, WA; Owner: RADIO PALOUSE, INC.)
  • KDRK-FM (93.7 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KIXZ-FM (96.1 FM; OPPORTUNITY, WA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KPBX-FM (91.1 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: SPOKANE PUBLIC RADIO, INC.)
  • KMBI-FM (107.9 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: THE MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO)
  • KZZL-FM (99.5 FM; PULLMAN, WA; Owner: PALOUSE COUNTRY, INC.)
  • KCDA (103.1 FM; POST FALLS, ID; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KISC (98.1 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KZZU-FM (92.9 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: QUEENB)
  • KZBD (105.7 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KEYF-FM (101.1 FM; CHENEY, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KZFN (106.1 FM; MOSCOW, ID; Owner: KRPL, INC.)
  • KRFA-FM (91.7 FM; MOSCOW, ID; Owner: WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • KSFC (91.9 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: SPOKANE PUBLIC RADIO)
  • KXLY-FM (99.9 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: SPOKANE RADIO, INC.)
  • KKZX (98.9 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KEEH (104.9 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: UPPER COLUMBIA MEDIA ASSOCIATION)
  • KICR (102.3 FM; COEUR D'ALENE, ID; Owner: GREAT NORTHERN BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KHTQ (94.5 FM; HAYDEN, ID; Owner: QUEENB RADIO, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Garfield:

  • KWSU-TV (Channel 10; PULLMAN, WA; Owner: WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • KREM-TV (Channel 2; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: KING BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KHQ-TV (Channel 6; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: KHQ, INCORPORATED)
  • K40EE (Channel 40; PULLMAN, WA; Owner: SPOKANE TELEVISION, INC.)
  • KUID-TV (Channel 12; MOSCOW, ID; Owner: STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, STATE OF IDAHO)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 14Number of bridges
  • 102ft / 31.4mTotal length
  • $22,091,000Total costs
  • 5,704Total average daily traffic
  • 607Total average daily truck traffic
  • 6,285Total future (year 2032) average daily traffic
New bridges in Garfield, WA - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 31920-1929
  • 21970-1979
  • 31980-1989
  • 31990-1999
  • 22000-2009
  • 12010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Garfield, WA

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

2
  • On Hwy 27 1.7 Mi N Of (Lat: 47.038500 Lon: -117.153222), Call Sign: WSG509, Licensee ID: L00968232,
    Assigned Frequencies: 152.915 MHz, Grant Date: 01/05/2000, Expiration Date: 01/20/2005, Cancellation Date: 03/26/2005, Registrant: Schroetlin, Alfred:schroetlin, Larry, Rt 1 Box 86, Garfield, WA 99130, Phone: (509) 635-1385
  • GARFIELD SCHOOL, Lat: 47.013556 Lon: -117.140167, Call Sign: WRDZ978,
    Assigned Frequencies: 467.212 MHz, Grant Date: 08/31/2019, Expiration Date: 08/31/2029, Certifier: Marvin R Pillers, Registrant: Innovation Wireless, 5306 Beethoven St, Los Angeles, CA 90066, Phone: (888) 559-5565, Fax: (310) 482-3480, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

1
  • STEPTOE MW SITE, Steptoe Butte Approx 3.1 Miles Ne Of (Lat: 47.032389 Lon: -117.297139), Type: Ltower, Structure height: 42.1 m, Call Sign: WAV95,
    Assigned Frequencies: 5935.32 MHz, 6805.00 MHz, 6735.00 MHz, 6197.24 MHz, 6197.24 MHz, 6197.24 MHz, 6197.24 MHz, 959.700 MHz, Grant Date: 12/20/2017, Expiration Date: 01/28/2028, Registrant: Prokarma, 222 So 15th St. Suite 505n, Omaha, NE 68102, Phone: (402) 522-5068, Fax: (402) 346-6676, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

3
  • Call Sign: KC7BJ, Previous Call Sign: WB7CLS, Licensee ID: L00289191, Grant Date: 10/03/2000, Expiration Date: 10/03/2010, Cancellation Date: 02/27/2007, Registrant: James C Shelden, 608 W. Main St., Garfield, WA 99130
  • Call Sign: KF7NTG, Licensee ID: L01616616, Grant Date: 02/04/2011, Expiration Date: 02/04/2021, Certifier: Gerald P Victor, Registrant: Gerald P Victor, Garfield, WA 99130
  • Call Sign: KJ7FSP, Licensee ID: L02259068, Grant Date: 04/17/2019, Expiration Date: 04/17/2029, Certifier: Richard D Wride, Registrant: Richard D Wride, Garfield, WA 99130


FAA Registered Aircraft:

16 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Garfield)
Most common first names in Garfield, WA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary1181.9 years
Charles871.6 years
William773.8 years
Robert775.6 years
George679.8 years
Margaret569.8 years
Roy572.2 years
Earl483.7 years
Grace486.5 years
Florence484.0 years
Most common last names in Garfield, WA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Byrne977.1 years
Johnson971.6 years
Miller772.6 years
Hanson670.1 years
Anderson582.2 years
Kriebel588.6 years
Walters576.0 years
Peterson478.0 years
Neal475.0 years
Liebe474.8 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Garfield, WA
  • 63.8%Electricity
  • 13.5%Wood
  • 9.2%Other fuel
  • 8.7%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 2.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.0%Utility gas
  • 1.0%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Garfield, WA
  • 59.6%Electricity
  • 19.3%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 14.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 7.0%Wood


Garfield compared to Washington state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
There are 10 pilots and 2 other airmen in this city.
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