Palouse, Washington

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Palouse, Washington

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High Points

Palouse strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Washington):

Category Trophy
Low Violent Crime
(vs. State)
Top 7% Palouse Low Violent Crime
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Palouse College Educated Adults
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 18% Palouse Affordability of Property Taxes
Low Property Crime
(vs. State)
Top 19% Palouse Low Property Crime

Comparative Profile of Palouse, Washington

Comparing Palouse to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Washington (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 6 4
Age of the Population 6 7
Female Share of the Population 5 7
Well-Paid Single Men 5 3
Racial Diversity 4 1
Senior Citizens 4 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 6
Average Household Size 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 8
People Above Poverty 6 7
People in Middle Class or Better 6 6
Median Family Income 6 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 8 6
Short Commute Times 7 6
Working at Home 5 3
Public Transportation Use 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 9
People Living Alone 4 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 2
Affordability of Rents 3 6
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 2
Housing Recently Built 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 9 10
Low Property Crime 5 9

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Palouse Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 54 miles S of Spokane, Washington (center to center)
Nearest Large City 251 miles E of Seattle, Washington
County Whitman
Standard Zip Codes 99161
Phone Area Codes 509
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 46.91
Longitude -117.074

Palouse Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 9.4 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 36 F
Apr Temp 33 to 57 F
Jul Temp 45 to 80 F
Oct Temp 31 to 60 F
Annual Precip 26.6 inches
Station PULLMAN 2 NW
Distance 12.2 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 50 to 82 F
Oct Temp 37 to 60 F
Annual Precip 21 inches
Station COLFAX
Distance 13.1 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 37 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 50 to 83 F
Oct Temp 33 to 62 F
Annual Precip 20 inches
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Palouse Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,011 100%
Male 490 48.5%
Female 521 51.5%
Under 18 272 26.9%
18+ 739 73.1%
65+ 132 13.1%
Median Age 38.2
Average Family Size 2.88
White 970 95.9%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 3 0.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 10 1%
Other 10 1%
Mixed Race 18 1.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 17 1.7%

Estimated Palouse Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 945
Growth -66
Growth % -6.5%

Palouse Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 21.2%
US/American 17.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.7%
Irish 10.1%
English 9.7%
Norwegian 5.4%
Scottish 4.3%
Italian 3.3%
European 2.6%
French (except Basque) 2.3%
Scotch-Irish 2.2%
Basque 1.5%
Swedish 1.3%
Polish 1.2%
French Canadian 1.2%
Dutch 0.9%
Scandinavian 0.6%
Swiss 0.6%
Austrian 0.6%
Welsh 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
British 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Palouse 1,011 $41,125
Albion 616 $45,893
Colfax 2,844 $47,589
Farmington 153 $39,063
Garfield 641 $41,923
Oakesdale 420 $42,813
Pullman 24,675 $46,165
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Palouse High Schools (2004)

(Sorted by Number of Students)

Serves 111 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.3

600 E. ALDER
Serves 40 students.

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