Career College Search

Online Schools

Campus Schools


Have you begun your college search? Find a college that's right for you. Acess over 8500 Colleges, Universities, and Trade Schools in the US.

Begin Now!



Washington Counties
Washington County map
Click Image to Enlarge

Washington Counties

There are thity-nine counties in the state of Washington. Washington was carved out of the western part of Washington Territory and admitted to the Union as the 42nd state in 1889. The first counties were created from unorganized territory in 1845.

Get Your Degree!

Find schools and get information on the program that’s right for you.

Powered by Campus Explorer

Columbia County, Washington

Columbia County Education, Geography, and History

Columbia County, Washington Courthouse

Columbia County is a county located in the state of Washington. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 4,078, making it the third-least populous county in Washington. The county seat and largest city is Dayton. The county was created out of Walla Walla County on November 11, 1875 and is named after the Columbia River.

Columbia County is included in the Walla Walla, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Columbia County Name

The Columbia River.

Demographics:

County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

Columbia County History

Columbia County was created 11 November 1875 from Walla Walla County.

Columbia County, in southeastern Washington, has a population of 4,064 (in 2000), making it one of the more sparsely populated of Washington's 39 counties. At 868.8 square miles, it is the ninth-smallest county in the state.

Economic

Follow the fast track to Columbia County and you'll find out eastern Washington's economic engine is humming along. Dayton, the county seat, is all about connections: Railroads, highways, rivers, telecommunications, and people.


The Snake River, our northern border, connects Columbia County with the world via barge access to ports along the Columbia River and in Portland; Highway 12 connects trucking companies with major transportation routes such as Interstates 82 and 84; Blue Mountain Railroad connects Dayton with the hump yards of two major railroads; High-speed internet connects our citizens with world-wide commuting possibilities; and the Blue Mountains, our southern border, connects the people in our region with fantastic outdoor recreation opportunities right in our backyard.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 874 square miles (2,262 km2), of which, 869 square miles (2,250 km2) of it is land and 5 square miles (12 km2) of it (0.54%) is water. It is part of the Palouse, a wide and rolling prairie-like region of the middle Columbia basin.

It is bordered by Whitman County and the Snake River to the north, Walla Walla County to the west, Garfield County to the east, and the Oregon state line to the south.

The mainly agricultural county was carved out of Walla Walla County in 1875. It is known for asparagus, green peas, and especially wheat, with ranching and logging also playing a significant role. Agriculture and food processing still dominate the economy, with manufacturing and government representing the majority of the county's nonagricultural employment. Dayton, the largest town and county seat, recorded a population of 2,655 in the 2000 Census. Dayton is well known for the historic preservation of its downtown.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Whitman County, Washington - north
  • Garfield County, Washington - east
  • Wallowa County, Oregon - southeast
  • Umatilla County, Oregon - southwest
  • Walla Walla County, Washington - west
  • Franklin County, Washington - northwest

Education

Washington Colleges, Universities, & Schools
Compare More Colleges and Universities
Find the Right School

Find more schools to match to your needs.


County Resources
US Counties
Names given the counties, our most locally based jurisdictions, reflects the "characteristic features of this country!"
Hunting for a new job? Get advice or search over 1.6 million jobs on the largest job site
Colleges & Universities
Colleges & Universities: Search or Browse over 8500 Colleges, Universities, and Trade Schools in the US..

Find and Compare!

With access to over 8,500 schools to choose from!
Provides pricing transparency, scholarship information as well as numerous other key details on over 8,500 US colleges, universities and trade schools

Get Your Degree!

Find schools and get information on the program that’s right for you.

Powered by Campus Explorer

Support for eReferenceDesk
More information at
Support eReferenceDesk

Please click the "DONATE" button and enter the amount you wish to contribute:
PayPal