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Lewis County, Washington

Lewis County, Washington
Lewis County Historic Courthouse
Map of Washington highlighting Lewis County
Location in the state of Washington
Map of the United States highlighting Washington
Washington's location in the U.S.
Founded December 19, 1845
Named for Meriwether Lewis
Seat Chehalis
Largest city Centralia
 • Total 2,436 sq mi (6,309 km2)
 • Land 2,403 sq mi (6,224 km2)
 • Water 33 sq mi (85 km2), 1.4%
Population (est.)
 • (2014) 75,128
 • Density 31/sq mi (12/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Pacific: UTC-8/-7
Website .us.wa.lewis.cowww

Lewis County is a Meriwether Lewis.[4]

Lewis County comprises the Centralia, WA Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Seattle-Tacoma, WA Combined Statistical Area.


  • Geography and natural features 1
    • Geographic features 1.1
    • Major highways 1.2
    • Adjacent counties 1.3
    • National protected areas 1.4
  • Demographics 2
  • Government and politics 3
    • National level 3.1
    • Gubernatorial races 3.2
    • State representation 3.3
    • County level 3.4
  • Communities 4
    • Cities 4.1
    • Towns 4.2
    • Census-designated places 4.3
    • Unincorporated communities 4.4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • Further reading 7
  • External links 8

Geography and natural features

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,436 square miles (6,310 km2), of which 2,403 square miles (6,220 km2) is land and 33 square miles (85 km2) (1.4%) is water.[5] One of the world's tallest Douglas fir trees ever recorded was in the town of Mineral within Lewis County, attaining a height of 120 metres (390 ft).[6]

Geographic features

Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected areas


As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 68,600 people, 26,306 households, and 18,572 families residing in the county. The population density was 28 people per square mile (11/km²). There were 29,585 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.96% White, 0.38% Black or African American, 1.22% Native American, 0.69% Asian, 0.18% Pacific Islander, 2.55% from other races, and 2.01% from two or more races. 5.37% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 18.7% were of German, 11.8% United States or American, 11.1% English, 8.7% Irish and 5.7% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 26,306 households out of which 31.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.90% were married couples living together, 9.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.40% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.50% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 25.20% from 25 to 44, 24.50% from 45 to 64, and 15.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,511, and the median income for a family was $41,105. Males had a median income of $35,714 versus $23,453 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,082. About 10.40% of families and 14.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.60% of those under age 18 and 9.40% of those age 65 or over.

Government and politics

National level

Lewis County is arguably the most conservative county in western Washington. It is significantly more Republican than the counties it borders, with the possible exception of John McCain defeated Barack Obama by over 18 percent—his only victory in a county west of the Cascades. McCain lost all the neighboring counties except Yakima. The Republican candidate has won by over 10% in every Presidential election since 1992.[13] In the last 64 years the only Democratic candidate to win the county was Lyndon B. Johnson.[14] As part of Washington's Third Congressional District it is represented by Republican Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler.

Gubernatorial races

In the 1970s Democratic candidates for governor won the county, but this was something of an anomaly. The last Democratic candidate for Governor to win the county was Booth Gardner in 1984.[15]

State representation

The county's government is the 20th district of the state. It is represented solely by Republicans.[16]

  • Senator John Braun—Republican
  • Representative Richard DeBolt—Position 1, Republican
  • Representative Ed Orcutt—Position 2, Republican

County level

The county's government is solely Republican.

  • Lewis County Assessor: Dianne Dorey—R
  • Lewis County Auditor: Gary Zandell—R
  • Lewis County Clerk: Kathy Brack—R
  • Coronor Warren Mcleod—R
  • Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney: Jonathan Meyer—R
  • Lewis County Sheriff: Rob Snaza—R
  • Lewis County Treasurer: Rose A. Bowman—R
  • Edna Fund, District #1 - Republican
  • P.W. 'Bill' Schulte, District #2 - Republican
  • F. Lee Grose, District #3 - Republican




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. ^ Oregon Spectator (Oregon City, OR), "Name of Counties Changed", 18 October 1849, p. 3. Online at the University of Oregon Digital Archives
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 
  5. ^ C. Michael Hogan (2008) ,, ed. Nicklas StrõmbergDouglas-fir: Pseudotsuga menziesii
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  12. ^ The New York Times Electoral Map (Zoom in on Washington state)
  13. ^ Geographie Electorale
  14. ^ David Leip's US Election Atlas
  15. ^ Lewis County, Democrats

Further reading

  • Ware, Louisa Jackson (1865). Daily journal of Louisa Jackson, 1865. Available online through the Washington State Library's Classics in Washington History collection Daily diary for the entire year of 1865, recording the details of pioneer life in Washington Territory from the perspective of a 12-year-old girl who was part of a prominent Lewis County family. Brief entries document the activities of running the farm and the number of visitors and immigrants that stopped at the Jackson home
  • Early history of Lewis County on

External links

  • Lewis County Official Website
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