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Encyclopedia > Battle Ground, Washington

Battle Ground is a city located in Clark County, Washington. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 9,296. Clark County is a county located in the southwestern part of the state of Washington, across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon. ... This article is about the year 2000. ...

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Origin of the Name "Battle Ground"

The city is ironically named for the absence of a battle. In 1855 many of the soldiers at nearby Fort Vancouver were away fighting an uprising by the Yakima Indian tribe. Nervous settlers organized a company of volunteers to guard the undermanned fort. Fearing that the friendly Klickitat Tribe on the Lewis River would join the uprising, the volunteers ordered them into the Vancouver Barracks near the fort. Fort Vancouver Fort Vancouver was a 19th century fur trading outpost along the Columbia River that served as the headquarters of the Hudsons Bay Company in the Oregon Country. ... The Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakima Nation, or Yakama Nation, is a Native American group with nearly 9,000 enrolled members, living in Washington (state). ... The Klickitat (also spelled Klikitat) are a Native American tribe of the Pacific Northwest. ... The Lewis River is a tributary of the Columbia River, approximately 95 mi (153 km), in southwestern Washington in the United States It drains part of the Cascade Range north of the Columbia River. ...


When some of the Klickitats escaped, Captain William Strong, the post commander, led a detachment of volunteers to bring them back. They overtook the Klickitats near the current location of the city, but rather than engaging them in battle, Captain Strong talked them into agreeing to return to the fort peacefully. Somehow at this time the Klickitat leader, Chief Umtuch, was killed. The circumstances of his death are unclear: some said he was killed by a soldier, others by an accidental gunshot from his own men. In any case, the Klickitats promised to return to the fort after burying their chief, a ceremony that would take several days, so Strong returned without them.


The settlers had been expecting a battle, and when Strong returned empty-handed, they accused him of cowardice. So again he set forth and met with the Klickitats, again he received assurances that they would return to the fort peacefully, and again he returned without them.


The Klickitats did return as promised, but criticism of Strong continued. The women of the fort awarded him a petticoat of many colors in mock celebration of his bravery. And the area where the Klickitats were encountered became known derisively as "Strong's Battle Ground," and later simply "Battle Ground." To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


History

Battle Ground was officially incorporated on June 18, 1951. June 18 is the 169th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (170th in leap years), with 196 days remaining. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ...


Geography

Location of Battle Ground, Washington

Battle Ground is located at 45°46'50" North, 122°32'22" West (45.780595, -122.539408)GR1. Image File history File links Adapted from Wikipedias WA county maps by Bumm13. ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of Wikipedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.4 km² (3.6 mi²). 9.4 km² (3.6 mi²) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... A square mile is an Imperial unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (5,280 feet, 1,760 yards, 1,609. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there are 9,296 people, 3,071 households, and 2,346 families residing in the city. The population density is 986.0/km² (2,552.6/mi²). There are 3,196 housing units at an average density of 339.0/km² (877.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 93.81% White, 0.49% African American, 0.86% Native American, 0.72% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 1.72% from other races, and 2.28% from two or more races. 4.14% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of Wikipedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There are 3,071 households out of which 50.4% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.9% are married couples living together, 12.0% have a female householder with no husband present, and 23.6% are non-families. 18.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.99 and the average family size is 3.43. To meet Wikipedias quality standards and appeal to a wider international audience, this article may require cleanup. ...


In the city the population is spread out with 36.2% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 32.9% from 25 to 44, 13.5% from 45 to 64, and 7.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 27 years. For every 100 females there are 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 90.5 males.


The median income for a household in the city is $45,070, and the median income for a family is $49,876. Males have a median income of $41,133 versus $25,215 for females. The per capita income for the city is $17,139. 9.3% of the population and 7.3% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 11.1% of those under the age of 18 and 8.4% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


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