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Waitsburg, Washington

Waitsburg is a city located in Walla Walla County, Washington. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 1,212. Waitsburg has a unique city classification in the State of Washington. It is the only city which still operates under its territorial charter.


Waitsburg is located at 46°16'5" North, 118°9'15" West (46.268060, -118.154278)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.5 km² (0.9 mi²). 2.5 km² (0.9 mi²) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 1,212 people, 490 households, and 314 families residing in the city. The population density is 492.6/km² (1,279.5/mi²). There are 522 housing units at an average density of 212.2/km² (551.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 94.80% White, 0.58% African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.66% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 1.16% from other races, and 2.39% from two or more races. 2.81% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 490 households out of which 32.9% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% are married couples living together, 9.0% have a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% are non-families. 31.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 15.9% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.47 and the average family size is 3.13.

In the city the population is spread out with 29.7% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there are 97.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 92.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $33,527, and the median income for a family is $40,865. Males have a median income of $31,625 versus $21,518 for females. The per capita income for the city is $16,803. 14.0% of the population and 10.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 14.8% are under the age of 18 and 10.0% are 65 or older.