Dayton, Washington

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Dayton is a city in and the county seat of Columbia County, Washington, United States.[3] The population was 2,655 at the 2000 census.



Dayton was founded in the 1860s. A town site plat was filed by Jesse N. and Elizabeth Day on November 23, 1871. The town was officially incorporated by Jesse Day on November 10, 1881. The name is in honor of Mr. Day.[4] Dayton boasts the oldest train depot (1881) in Washington State as well as the oldest continuously used courthouse (1887).

Historical population

  • 1890...1,880
  • 1900...2,216
  • 1910...2,389
  • 1920...2,695
  • 1930...2,528
  • 1940...3,026
  • 1950...3,979
  • 1960...2,913
  • 1970...2,596
  • 1980...2,565
  • 1990...2,468
  • 2000...2,655


Dayton is located at 46°19′11″N 117°58′40″W / 46.31972°N 117.97778°W / 46.31972; -117.97778 (46.319608, -117.977699).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.8 km²), all of it land. The Touchet River runs through Dayton.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,655 people, 1,081 households, and 695 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,803.0 people per square mile (697.3/km²). There were 1,181 housing units at an average density of 802.0/sq mi (310.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.58% White, 0.30% African American, 1.05% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 3.54% from other races, and 2.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.17% of the population.

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