Rosalia, Washington

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Rosalia is a town in Whitman County, Washington, U.S.A. It is an agricultural community in the Palouse region, at an elevation of 2238 feet (682 m) above sea level. Its population was 648 at the 2000 census.



Rosalia was officially incorporated on March 23, 1894.

Historical population

Historical population statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau

  • 2000: 648
  • 1990: 552
  • 1980: 572
  • 1970: 569
  • 1960: 585
  • 1950: 660
  • 1940: 596
  • 1930: 633
  • 1920: 714
  • 1910: 764
  • 1900: 379

Outdoor scenes for the 1992 film Toys were filmed in the Palouse region of the eastern part of the state, near Rosalia.[3]


Rosalia is located at 47°14′11″N 117°22′13″W / 47.23639°N 117.37028°W / 47.23639; -117.37028 (47.236503, -117.370227).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 648 people, 246 households, and 167 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,059.1 people per square mile (410.2/km²). There were 272 housing units at an average density of 444.6/sq mi (172.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.14% White, 0.15% African American, 2.16% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.31% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.77% of the population.

There were 246 households out of which 39.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 28.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.30.

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