Wasco County, Oregon

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Wasco County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oregon. The county is named for a local tribe of Native Americans, the Wasco, a Chinook tribe who lived on the south side of the Columbia River. In 2000, its population was 23,791. Its county seat is The Dalles.



The county's economy is based upon agriculture (orchards, wheat farming, livestock ranching), lumber, manufacturing, electric power, transportation, and tourism. Aluminum production was previously a major support of the local economy, but electrical price fluctuations and a slump in global aluminum prices has forced the closing of a number of local aluminum foundries.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,395 square miles (6,204 km²), of which 2,381 square miles (6,167 km²) is land and 14 square miles (37 km²) (0.60%) is water. The northern boundary is the Columbia River (the state line).

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