Mattawa, Washington

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Mattawa is an incorporated city in Grant County, Washington, United States. The population was 2,609 at the 2000 census. An estimated population exists between 4500-6500 residents during peak fruit picking/agricultural season(s) and subsides by approximately 2000 residents during non-picking seasons.



The town of Mattawa was originally platted in 1909 by E. and Eva Campbell, but was not incorporated at that time.[3] With the construction of nearby Priest Rapids Dam and Wanapum Dam, the town boomed with construction workers.[4] Mattawa was officially incorporated on June 3, 1958. The Port of Mattawa was also established in 1958.[5] Mattawa is also home to the first straw bale library in the United States.[6] December 3, 2009, the City of Mattawa became a non-charter code city.


Mattawa is located at 46°44′10″N 119°54′7″W / 46.73611°N 119.90194°W / 46.73611; -119.90194 (46.736069, -119.901965).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,609 people, 495 households, and 438 families residing in the town. The population density was 5,281.7 people per square mile (2,055.8/km²). There were 576 housing units at an average density of 1,166.1/sq mi (453.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 29.59% White, 0.19% African American, 0.54% Native American, 0.92% Asian, 65.85% from other races, and 2.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 89.80% of the population.

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