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Mattawa, Washington
—  City  —
Mattawa City Hall (2008)
Location of Mattawa, Washington
Coordinates: 46°44′10″N 119°54′7″W / 46.73611°N 119.90194°W / 46.73611; -119.90194Coordinates: 46°44′10″N 119°54′7″W / 46.73611°N 119.90194°W / 46.73611; -119.90194
Country United States
State Washington
County Grant
 - Mayor Judy K. Esser
 - Chief of Police Steve Jensen
 - Total 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)
 - Land 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 768 ft (234 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 2,609
 Density 5,281.7/sq mi (2,039.3/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 99349
Area code(s) 509
FIPS code 53-44165[1]
GNIS feature ID 1506518[2]

As of December 3, 2009 Mattawa officially became a non-charter code city in Grant County, Washington, United States. The population was 2,609 at the 2000 census. An estimated population exists between 4500-6500 residents during peak fruit picking/agricultural season(s) and subsides by approximately 2000 residents during non-picking seasons.



Exterior view of straw bale library in Mattawa, Washington taken in 2008 (constructed circa 2000).

The town of Mattawa was originally platted in 1909 by E. and Eva Campbell, but was not incorporated at that time.[3] With the construction of nearby Priest Rapids Dam and Wanapum Dam, the town boomed with construction workers.[4] Mattawa was officially incorporated on June 3, 1958. The Port of Mattawa was also established in 1958.[5] Mattawa is also currently home of the first straw bale library in the United States.[6]


Mattawa is located at 46°44′10″N 119°54′7″W / 46.73611°N 119.90194°W / 46.73611; -119.90194 (46.736069, -119.901965)[7].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,609 people, 495 households, and 438 families residing in the town. The population density was 5,281.7 people per square mile (2,055.8/km²). There were 576 housing units at an average density of 1,166.1/sq mi (453.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 29.59% White, 0.19% African American, 0.54% Native American, 0.92% Asian, 65.85% from other races, and 2.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 89.80% of the population. Currently, there is a 98% population of Latino origin person(s) residing in the city.

There were 495 households out of which 66.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.2% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 11.5% were non-families. 5.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 5.27 and the average family size was 4.79.

In the city the population was spread out with 38.1% under the age of 18, 20.4% from 18 to 24, 32.4% from 25 to 44, 7.6% from 45 to 64, and 1.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 22 years. For every 100 females there were 151.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 179.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $31,964, and the median income for a family was $25,921. Males had a median income of $13,669 versus $13,333 for females. The per capita income for the city was $7,510. About 30.6% of families and 34.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.0% of those under age 18 and 42.6% of those age 65 or over.

The Mattawa Police Department (MAPD) currently consists of a police chief and three full-time, fully commissioned general authority Washington State police officers.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
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  6. ^ Pioneering Achievements, IronStraw group,, retrieved 2009-06-17 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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