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

Lewis County Profile

Located in southwestern Washington, Lewis County is the sixth largest county in the state. It was name for Meriwether Lewis and created as a county in 1845. The Chehalis and Meshall tribes inhabited this area prior to white explorers and settlers. The county seat is at Chehalis, and its largest city is Centralia.

Once the railroad was established, logging and milling attracted immigrants to the area. Post-war years saw completion of the White Pass Highways and the four-lane Pacific Highway linking Portland to Seattle (which would later become I-5).  The county's largest employers are Providence Centralia Hospital and the TransAlta coal-fired steam plant, Lewis County government and Wal-Mart.


Population (OFM Databook, 2011)

Population (2011) 76,000
Population Change (2000 to 2010)       0.6%
Land Area (Sq. Mi.) 2,402.80
Density (Population/Sq. Mi.) 31.63

Municipalities/Population 

Centralia                                         
16,440
Chehalis 7,310
Morton 1,125
Mossyrock
760
Napavine   
1,780
Pe Ell
635
Toledo
725
Vader
625
Winlock
1,340

Major Highways

  • Interstate 5
  • US Route 12

County Roads (CRAB and OFM, 2011)

Total Center Lane Miles
1,046.21
Maintenance Expenditures
$10,457,909
Improvement Expenditures
$3,962,338
Improvement Expenditures
$80,864
 

County Revenues  & Expenditures (OFM Databook, 2011)

Total Revenues
$90,565,988
Total Expenditures
$94,958,640
Transportation Expenditures
$19,064,060

 


Performance Measures

Sources & Links

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