The town is currently trying attract tourism by trying to revive the health aspect of the lake to attract the spa crowd. The minerals in the lake are said to have a healing properties for Buerger's disease. Two older brick buildings along the main street northbound have been renovated to house an art museum and a coffee shop. Another tourism effort is to install a novel roadside attraction: a 52,000 pound lava lamp , formerly a Target advertisement in Times Square.
There were 778 households out of which 22.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.6% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.0% were non-families. 38.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.91.
In the city the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 21.0% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 24.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 90.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $20,459, and the median income for a family was $25,000. Males had a median income of $27,656 versus $21,771 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,753. About 26.3% of families and 30.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 50.5% of those under age 18 and 15.2% of those age 65 or over.
Soap Lake draws those in search of health cures; Grant County; Water, mud, sun seem to help some with skin issues, arthritis, aches.(NWMonday)
Oct 11, 2010; Byline: K.C. Mehaffey; Wenatchee World SOAP LAKE -- When Mary Olson arrived at Soap Lake last month, about two-thirds of her body...