Kittitas County is a county located in the state of Washington. As of 2000, the population is 33,362. Its county seat is Ellensburg6. There are numerous interpretations of the name, which is of Kittitas Indian origin. According to Jennifer Cochran (http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/about/history.asp), it "has been said to mean everything from 'white chalk' to 'shale rock' to 'shoal people' to 'land of plenty'. Most anthropologists and historians concede that each interpretation has some validity depending upon the particular dialect spoken."
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 6,043 km˛ (2,333 mi˛). 5,950 km˛ (2,297 mi˛) of it is land and 93 km˛ (36 mi˛) of it is water. The total area is 1.54% water.
- Chelan County, Washington - north
- Douglas County, Washington - northeast
- Grant County, Washington - east
- Yakima County, Washington - south
- Pierce County, Washington - west
- King County, Washington - northwest
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 33,362 people, 13,382 households, and 7,788 families residing in the county. The population density is 6/km˛ (14/mi˛). There are 16,475 housing units at an average density of 3/km˛ (7/mi˛). The racial makeup of the county is 91.77% White, 0.71% Black or African American, 0.91% Native American, 2.19% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 2.30% from other races, and 1.97% from two or more races. 5.00% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 13,382 households out of which 26.20% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.80% are married couples living together, 7.20% have a female householder with no husband present, and 41.80% are non-families. 28.40% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.60% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.33 and the average family size is 2.90.
In the county, the population is spread out with 20.60% under the age of 18, 21.60% from 18 to 24, 24.60% from 25 to 44, 21.60% from 45 to 64, and 11.60% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 31 years. For every 100 females there are 98.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 97.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $32,546, and the median income for a family is $46,057. Males have a median income of $36,257 versus $25,640 for females. The per capita income for the county is $18,928. 19.60% of the population and 10.50% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 15.60% of those under the age of 18 and 8.20% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Cities and towns
- Cle Elum
- Snoqualmie Pass
- South Cle Elum
- Kittitas County official website (http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/)