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

Stevens County

Named after Washington Territory's first governor, Isaac Stevens, Stevens County stretches 100 miles along the east bank of Lake Roosevelt, once the left bank of the Columbia, above the Spokane River in the Selkirk Mountains. Its northern order is British Columbia. Before white settlement, Kettle Falls on the Columbia River was a gathering place for tribes who fished there for salmon. In 1811, white explorers embarked downriver from Kettle Falls to what became the Fort Colville trading post – a principal outpost for Hudson's Bay company operations stretching from the Mississippi River to the Cascade Mountains. Americans were attracted to the area by mineral riches in the 1850s and within 60 years, Stevens County was one of the state's top silver and copper producers.  Most of the Spokane Indian Reservation is located in Stevens County. Colville is the largest town, and the county seat.

Over the last 20 years, Stevens County's economy has diversified from dependence on resource extraction. Lumber and plywood companies are still major employers but the county is now also a healthcare and retail hub for the region. Manufacturing of non-wood products has been increasing and total manufacturing diversity has occurred.

The county is predominantly rural, but commuters are making the southern portion of the county a bedroom community of Spokane.

Population (OFM Databook, 2011) 

Population (2011) 43,600
Population Change (2000 to 2010)      -.1%
Land Area (Sq. Mi.) 2,477.76
Density (Population/Sq. Mi.) 17.60


Chewelah                                                    2,610
Colville 4,690
Kettle Falls 1,605
Marcus 174
Northport   295

County Roads (CRAB and OFM, 2011)

Total Center Lane Miles
Maintenance Expenditures
$ 8,134,701
Preservation Expenditures
$ 830,596
Improvement Expenditures

County Revenues  & Expenditures (OFM Databook, 2011)

Total Revenues
Total Expenditures
Transportation Expenditures


Performance Measures

Links & Sources

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