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Ferry County, Washington

Ferry County, Washington
Map of Washington highlighting Ferry County
Location in the state of Washington
Map of the United States highlighting Washington
Washington's location in the U.S.
Founded February 21, 1899
Named for Elisha P. Ferry
Seat Republic
Largest city Republic
 • Total 2,257 sq mi (5,846 km2)
 • Land 2,203 sq mi (5,706 km2)
 • Water 54 sq mi (140 km2), 2.4%
Population (est.)
 • (2014) 7,667
 • Density 3.5/sq mi (1/km²)
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Pacific: UTC-8/-7
Website .com.ferry-countywww

Ferry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington. As of the 2010 census, the population was 7,551,[1] making it the fourth-least populous county in Washington. The county seat and largest city is Republic.[2] The county was created out of Stevens County on February 21, 1899[3] and is named for Elisha P. Ferry, the state's first governor.[4]


  • Geography 1
    • Geographic features 1.1
    • Major rivers and lakes 1.2
    • Adjacent counties 1.3
    • National protected areas 1.4
  • Demographics 2
  • Communities 3
    • City 3.1
    • Census-designated places 3.2
    • Unincorporated communities 3.3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • Further reading 6
  • External links 7


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,257 square miles (5,850 km2), of which 2,203 square miles (5,710 km2) is land and 54 square miles (140 km2) (2.4%) is water.[5] Most of the county is covered by the rugged Kettle River Range, which extends from the Canadian border at the north, all the way to its southernmost perimeter bounded by the Columbia River and Lake Roosevelt. Only a narrow north–south strip running the length of the county on the west between the San Poil River and the Okanogan County line is covered by the Okanogan Highland. Except for the town of Republic, the county is very sparsely populated.

Geographic features

  • Kettle River Range
  • Copper Butte, highest point: 7,140 feet (2,176 m)
  • Snow Peak, 7,103 feet (2,165 m)
  • Scar Mountain, 7,046 feet (2,148 m)
  • Wapaloosie Mountain, 7,018 feet (2,139 m)
  • Sherman Peak, 7,011 feet (2,137 m)
  • Bald Mountain, 6,940 feet (2,115 m)
  • White Mountain, 6,923 feet (2,110 m)
  • Columbia Mountain, 6,782 feet (2,067 m)
  • Midnight Mountain, 6,660 feet (2,030 m)
  • King Mountain, 6,634 feet (2,022 m)
  • Edds Mountain, 6,540 feet (1,993 m)
  • Sherman Pass, 5,575 feet (1,699 m), highest mountain pass open all year in the state
  • Okanogan Highland

Major rivers and lakes

The Sanpoil River flows south to the Columbia

Adjacent counties

National protected areas


As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 7,260 people, 2,823 households, and 1,987 families residing in the county. The population density was 3 inhabitants per square mile (1.2/km2). There were 3,775 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 75.48% White, 0.21% Black or African American, 18.28% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 2.23% from other races, and 3.46% from two or more races. 2.82% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 14.1% were of German, 9.5% United States or American, 9.1% Irish, and 7.6% English ancestry. 96.7% spoke English and 1.9% Spanish as their first language.

There were 2,823 households out of which 30.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.70% were married couples living together, 10.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.60% were non-families. 24.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.90% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 23.40% from 25 to 44, 29.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 107.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,388, and the median income for a family was $35,691. Males had a median income of $32,103 versus $23,371 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,019. About 13.30% of families and 19.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.40% of those under age 18 and 10.30% of those age 65 or over.



Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 125. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder".  

Further reading

  • An illustrated history of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties, State of Washington. Western Historical Pub. Co. 1904. Available online through the Washington State Library's Classics in Washington History collection

External links

  • Ferry County, Washington at
  • Official website of Ferry County Government
  • Kettle River Range (Washington State),
  • Ferry County, Washington at DMOZ

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