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

Okanogan County

Okanogan County borders Canada on the north. The Columbia River Basin and Lake Roosevelt form its southern and eastern borders, and the North Cascade Mountains form its western border. Physically, it is the largest county in the state but has the fifth fewest residents per square mile. It is an agricultural county with many outdoor recreation activities that draw many tourists. The Colville Confederated Tribes occupy much of Okanogan County and part of Ferry County. The Okanogan County seat is at Okanogan and the largest city is Omak.

Originally Okanogan County was a trading center for furs and pelts, but eventually became part of the gold rush. Timer and logging were also an important industry. Even with the closing of the large sawmill, small scale woodworkers remain in the area.

Tourism in the area is diverse – rodeos in the spring and summer, a wine festival in the summer and a salmon festival in the fall. Grand Coulee Dam is also a major attraction. Agriculture (tree fruit and wheat) continues to be important to the economy and the retail industry has been growing as visiting Canadians have boosted sales.

Population (OFM Databook, 2011) 

Population (2011) 41,200
Population Change (2000 to 2010)      .7%
Land Area (Sq. Mi.) 5,267.98
Density (Population/Sq. Mi.) 7.82

Municipalities/Population 

Brewster                                                       2,365
Conconully 200
Elmer City 240
Nespelem 235
Okanogan 2,585
Omak
4,845
Oroville
1,690
Pateros
665
Riverside
280
Tonasket
1,025
Twisp
925
Winthrop
410

Major Highways

  • US Route 97
  • State Route 20
  • State Route 153

County Roads (CRAB and OFM, 2011)

Total Center Lane Miles
1,368.07
Maintenance Expenditures
 $ 4,851,79
Performance Expenditures
 $ 4,851,79
Improvement Expenditures
0
 

County Revenues  & Expenditures (OFM Databook, 2011)

Total Revenues
$ 37,289,893
Total Expenditures
$ 37,289,893
Transportation Expenditures
$ 8,184,569

 


Performance Measures

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