Vader, Washington

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Vader is a city in Lewis County, Washington, United States. The population was 590 at the 2000 census.



Vader was originally named Little Falls and incorporated as such on Jaunary 12, 1906. The name was changed to Sopenah by the Northern Pacific Railway because there was already a Little Falls on their rail lines, Little Falls, Minnesota. The townspeople did not like the new name and petitioned the state legislature to change it to Toronto. A dispute then arose which was resolved by a compromise agreement to name the town after a German resident named Vader. The town name was changed to Vader by the legislature on March 25, 1913. Mr. Vader later moved to Florida.[3]


Vader is located at 46°24′5″N 122°57′29″W / 46.40139°N 122.95806°W / 46.40139; -122.95806 (46.401425, -122.958090).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 590 people, 208 households, and 151 families residing in the city. The population density was 654.4 people per square mile (253.1/km²). There were 230 housing units at an average density of 255.1/sq mi (98.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.56% White, 0.34% Native American, 1.86% from other races, and 4.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.61% of the population. 16.2% were of German, 12.5% American, 10.7% Irish, 9.5% English and 5.3% Swedish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 208 households out of which 38.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.4% were non-families. 23.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.36.

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