County Transportation Metrics is a project of the Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC) and will provide a roadmap for setting transportation priorities.

Klickitat County

Located in south central Washington, Klickitat County was once home to the Klickitat and Wishram tribes. The county seat is Goldendale, which is also the county's largest city.

Klickitat County's economic history includes sheep and cattle -raising, wheat, orchards, timber and aluminum. The county has three distinct economic regions. The western third of the county relies on advanced manufacturing, orchards and fruit packing, and wood products. Vegetable farming, an increasing number of wineries, and the Roosevelt regional landfill dominate the eastern third of the county. The central third boasts the county seat, the Maryhill Museum, and windsurfing and kite boarding beaches.

In recent years local government (publicly owned hospitals, K-12 education, and public utilities), agriculture (wheat, hay, and dairy farming and cattle ranching), and manufacturing (aluminum smelting and wood processing) have been the major Klickitat County industries. New industries, such as windmill farms that generate electricity using the Columbia Gorge's wind power, small entrepreneurial companies, and the Roosevelt Regional Landfill, are beginning to repair economic damage caused by the timber industry's slowdown and the closure of aluminum smelters. Land values near the Columbia River Gorge have increased steadily since the mid-1980s as newcomers discover the area's scenic appeal.

Population (OFM Databook, 2011) 

Population (2011) 20,500
Population Change (2000 to 2010)      1.7%
Land Area (Sq. Mi.) 1,871.31
Density (Population/Sq. Mi.) 10.95


Bingen                                                      720
Goldendale 3,425
White Salmon 2,235

Major Highways

  • US Route 97
  • State Route 14

County Roads (CRAB and OFM, 2011)

Total Center Lane Miles
Maintenance Expenditures
$ 4,585,824
Performance Expenditures
$ 1,190,795
Improvement Expenditures

County Revenues  & Expenditures (OFM Databook, 2011)

Total Revenues
$ 35,091,163
Total Expenditures
$ 36,822,770
Transportation Expenditures
$1 2,131,576


Performance Measures

Links & Sources

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