Okanogan, Washington

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Okanogan (pronounced /ˌoʊkəˈnɒɡən/, US dict: ōk′·ə·nŏg′·ən, derived from a word in the Syilx'tsn language meaning "rendezvous" or "meeting place") is a city in Okanogan County, Washington, United States. The population was 2,484 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Okanogan County.[3]



Okanogan was officially incorporated on October 29, 1907.

Okanogan was the home of Colonel Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, founder of the The Black Sheep Squadron.


Okanogan is located at 48°22′0″N 119°34′52″W / 48.366667°N 119.58111°W / 48.366667; -119.58111 (48.366694, -119.581139).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.8 km²), of which, 1.8 square miles (4.7 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (2.14%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,484 people, 909 households, and 599 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,354.8 people per square mile (524.1/km²). There were 997 housing units at an average density of 543.8/sq mi (210.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.60% White, 0.36% African American, 8.17% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 6.64% from other races, and 3.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.10% of the population.

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