Colville, Washington

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Colville is a city in Stevens County, Washington, United States. The population was 4,988 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Stevens County[3].



The Hudson's Bay Company established Fort Colville near the Kettle Falls fur trading site in 1825. The Oregon boundary dispute (or Oregon question) arose as a result of competing British and American claims to the Pacific Northwest of North America in the first half of the 19th century. In 1859, the US Army established a new Fort Colville at Pinkney City, about 1.5 miles NE of the current city of Colville. That fort was abandoned in 1882 and the city was moved to the present location on the Colville River Valley.

Colville, as a town, is claimed to be founded by John U. Hofstetter,[4] was officially incorporated on June 7, 1890.


Colville is located at 48°32′42″N 117°54′3″W / 48.545°N 117.90083°W / 48.545; -117.90083 (48.545094, −117.900841).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,988 people, 2,090 households, and 1,262 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,079.8 people per square mile (802.4/km²). There were 2,219 housing units at an average density of 925.2/sq mi (357.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.74% White, 0.16% African American, 2.17% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.24% Pacific Islander, 0.88% from other races, and 3.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.35% of the population.

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