is a county
located in the U.S. state
. As of 2000, the population was 19,161 and 20,325 in 2008, according to Sperling's Best Places. The county seat
and largest city is Goldendale
It is named after the Klickitat tribe of the Yakama Indian Nation.
Klickitat County was created out of Walla Walla County on December 20, 1859.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau
, the county has a total area of 1,904 square miles
), of which, 1,872 square miles (4,849 km²) of it is land and 32 square miles (82 km²) of it (1.67%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 19,161 people, 7,473 households, and 5,305 families residing in the county. The population density
was 10 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 8,633 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 87.56% White
, 0.27% Black
or African American
, 3.47% Native American
, 0.73% Asian
, 0.21% Pacific Islander
, 5.02% from other races
, and 2.75% from two or more races. 7.81% of the population were Hispanic
of any race. 17.7% were of German
, 14.0% United States
or American, 11.1% English
and 9.6% Irish
ancestry according to Census 2000. 90.3% spoke English
and 7.8% Spanish
as their first language.
There were 7,473 households out of which 32.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.70% were married couples living together, 9.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.00% were non-families. 23.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.99.
In the county, the population was spread out with 27.10% under the age of 18, 6.50% from 18 to 24, 25.70% from 25 to 44, 27.00% from 45 to 64, and 13.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 99.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.80 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $34,267, and the median income for a family was $40,414. Males had a median income of $36,067 versus $21,922 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,502. About 12.60% of families and 17.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.50% of those under age 18 and 15.10% of those age 65 or over.
Census Designated Places