Clarkston, Washington

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Clarkston is a city in Asotin County in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Washington. It is part of the Lewiston ID-WA Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 7,337 in 2000.

In 1993, Walla Walla Community College opened a Branch Campus in Clarkston that serves the surrounding area, Lewiston, Idaho. It is still a major draw for the surrounding area.

With a ZIP code of 99403, Clarkston has the highest zip code of any area in the contiguous United States.



Clarkston was officially incorporated on August 14, 1902. Before becoming an official town, the area was called Jawbone Flats. The name Clarkston is a reference to William Clark, of Lewis and Clark fame. Lewiston, across the Idaho state line from Clarkston, is named for Meriwether Lewis, and is the larger and older of the two cities (founded in 1861.)


Clarkston is in the Lewis-Clark Valley, at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers.

Clarkston is located at 46°24′49″N 117°2′55″W / 46.41361°N 117.04861°W / 46.41361; -117.04861 (46.413545, -117.048742).[3] Immediately across the Snake River from Clarkston is the town of Lewiston, Idaho.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.3 km²), of which, 1.9 square miles (5.0 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (4.93%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,337 people, 3,120 households, and 1,790 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,805.4 people per square mile (1,467.8/km²). There were 3,414 housing units at an average density of 1,770.7/sq mi (683.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.43% White, 0.34% African American, 1.61% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.79% from other races, and 2.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.56% of the population.

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