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Pend Oreille County

Pend Oreille County is named after the Pend d'Oreilles tribe, whose name is French for "earring.” The county seat is at Newport, which is also the county's largest city. Pend Oreille County was created out of Stevens County in 1911.

Located in the northeast corner of Washington, most of the county is dominated by the rugged, mountainous Colville National Forest. The southern part of the county has forested foothills as well as drier hills and valleys. The Pend Oreille River runs the length of the county, providing electric power and recreation for the area.

Land policies influence economic development in the area, especially changes regarding timber land management and mining. Only 36 percent of land in the county is privately owned, an about 58 percent is owned by the federal government.

Pend Oreille County is unique in terms of population density, transportation, industries and infrastructure. It is very rural and similar to a frontier economy with limited transportation and dependence on resource extraction, specifically, gold, led and zinc mining followed by timber and cement manufacturing.

Pend Oreille County is now part of a Tri-County Development District (with Ferry and Stevens counties) to create jobs and a sustainable diverse economy. The hospital complex at Newport, paper and fiber mills at Usk, the multi-state Stimson Lumber Company and the recently reopened Pend Oreille Mine are among the major employers.

Population (OFM Databook, 2011) 

Population (2011) 13,000
Population Change (2000 to 2010)      0.5%
Land Area (Sq. Mi.) 1,399.99
Density (Population/Sq. Mi.) 9.29


Cusick                                                      210
Ione 445
Metaline 175
Metaline Falls 240
Newport 2,140

Major Highways

  • US Route 2
  • State Route 20
  • State Route 31
  • State Route 41
  • State Route 211
  • International Selkirk Loop

County Roads (CRAB and OFM, 2011)

Total Center Lane Miles
Maintenance Expenditures
$ 2,209,090
Preservation Expenditures
$ 2,360,645
Improvement Expenditures

County Revenues  & Expenditures (OFM Databook, 2011)

Total Revenues
$ 20,459,998
Total Expenditures
$ 29,686,307
Transportation Expenditures
$ 4,662,862

Performance Measures

Links & Sources

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