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Population

At 10,570 residents, the Office of Financial Management ranks Lincoln County 35th of 39 counties in Washington State. (11) The 2000-2010 population percent change was 3.8% while the State’s percent change was 14.1%. The population was predominantly white (95.2%) and 50% female.  56.7% of the population ranges between ages of 18 years old and 64 years old with 22.1% under 18 and 21.2% 65 and over.   Of residents over the age of 25, 91.3% are high school graduates (State average is 89.6%) and 20.3% hold a 4-year college degree or higher.

Of the multiple communities in Lincoln County, eight are recognized by the 2010 US census.  These communities are Almira (population: 284), Creston (population: 236), Davenport (population: 1734, largest, and County Seat), Harrington (population: 424), Odessa (population: 910), Reardan (population: 571), Sprague (population: 446), and Wilbur (population: 884). (11)  These communities account for approximately half of the County population.  The rest of the population (5,081) either lives on farms or ranches or in unincorporated areas including the communities of Seven Bays, Lincoln, and Hanson Harbor along Lake Roosevelt, and Edwall, Lamona, and Irby to the south.

Workforce

According to Employment Security Department statistics for 2011, Lincoln County had a total civilian labor force of 4,770 and an average unemployment rate of 8.5 percent. Lincoln County’s unemployment rate fluctuates throughout the year, reflecting seasonal employment, with lows in September or October and highs in January or February. While 2011 employment levels are slightly below peak levels in 2008, they are above early 2000 figures. The average nonfarm labor force in 2011 was 2,760, an increase over 2010. This increase is largely attributed to the Goods-Producing sector, driven by the increase in agricultural production and the strength of agriculture’s subsidiary industries. In addition to agriculture support services, the top nonfarm job producers are health care; government; education; construction; biodiesel manufacturing; and green waste recovery. 

Housing

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 5,834 housing units in Lincoln County in 2011. Of those units, 4,649 were occupied with the average household at 2.26 persons. Of the 1,185 vacant units, 821 were for seasonal, recreational or occasional use. The homeownership rate for the period 2006-2010 was 78.5%, well above the statewide average of 64.8%. The median value of owner-occupied homes is $145,000.

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