Lewis County, Washington

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Lewis County, Washington
Lewis County Historic Courthouse.jpg
Lewis County Historic Courthouse
Map of Washington highlighting Lewis County
Location in the U.S. 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 www.co.lewis.wa.us

Lewis County is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington. As of the 2010 census, the population was 75,455.[1] The county seat is Chehalis,[2] and its largest city is Centralia. The county was created on December 19, 1845, by the Provisional Government of Oregon,[3] and originally named after George Vancouver. In 1849 the county was renamed after 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

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


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 558
1860 384 −31.2%
1870 888 131.3%
1880 2,600 192.8%
1890 11,499 342.3%
1900 15,157 31.8%
1910 32,127 112.0%
1920 36,840 14.7%
1930 40,034 8.7%
1940 41,393 3.4%
1950 43,755 5.7%
1960 41,858 −4.3%
1970 45,467 8.6%
1980 56,025 23.2%
1990 59,358 5.9%
2000 68,600 15.6%
2010 75,455 10.0%
Est. 2014 75,128 [7] −0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790–1960[9] 1900–1990[10]
1990–2000[11] 2010–2014[1]

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 Yakima County. Unlike much of western Washington, it has a strong tinge of social conservatism. In 2000 George W. Bush received over 60% of the county's vote. In 2008 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
  • Coroner 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


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  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. C. Michael Hogan (2008) Douglas-fir: Pseudotsuga menziesii, globalTwitcher.com, ed. Nicklas Strõmberg
  6. "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 7, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 7, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 7, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 7, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  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

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