Skamania County

Your Resource To Moving to Skamania County, Washington

Skamania county consists of 1,672 square miles of the most scenic and diverse landscape in the world. We have the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, and an abundance of wilderness areas in which to enjoy the great outdoors. You can windsurf, mountain bike, kayak and boating, snowmobile, cross-country ski, hunting and fishing, or rest and relax in one of our quiet hideaways. If you find that you are in need of the big city life you are only minutes away from the hustle and bustle. The community's cultural heritages can be seen in the local museum the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center. For a list of events this month please visit: Skamania County Chamber of Commerce.

Demographics of Skamania County

County, State / Factor 1980 1990 2000 2004 (estimate)
Columbia Gorge Region
Population 63,480 65,409 75,169 76,250
Labor Force 31,520 32,840 39,407 41,317
Unemployment 3,245 2,768 2,591 3,967
Unemployment Rate 10.3 8.4 6.4 7.9
Skamania, WA
Population 7,919 8,289 9,872 10,100
Labor Force 4,380 3,900 4,830 4,920
Unemployment 561 359 300 330
Unemployment Rate 12.8 9.2 6.2 6.7
Source: Oregon / Washington State Employment Depts., US Census Information provided by: MCEDD Important Contact Info:
  • Assessor: 509-427-9400
  • Building: 509-427-9484
  • Planning: 509-427-9448
  • Public Works: 509-427-9448
  • Treasurer: 800-766-5403

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History of Skamania County

Skamania County on the Columbia River in Southwest Washington is home to several of the state's most famous features including Mount St. Helens in the northwest and Bonneville Dam in the southeast. It has the distinction of having been created by the Washington Territorial Legislature, abolished, then recreated. The county's story was shaped by the river and particularly by the rapids called The Cascades B that divided the lower from the middle Columbia. Skamania has always been tied to the economy and politics of Oregon and of Portland, the principal seaport on the Columbia. In the last years of the twentieth century, the economy shifted away from logging, and tourism became the dominant industry. Half of Skamania County's workers are employed outside the county. In 2005, the estimated population was 10,664. Read more: Skamania County's Website