Desert Aire, Washington

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Desert Aire is a census-designated place (CDP) in Grant County, Washington, United States. Desert Aire's elevation is 560 ft (170 m) The population was 1,124 at the 2000 census.



Desert Aire is located at 46°41′6″N 119°55′29″W / 46.685°N 119.92472°W / 46.685; -119.92472 (46.685121, -119.924811).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.0 square miles (15.5 km²), of which, 3.3 square miles (8.5 km²) of it is land and 2.7 square miles (7.0 km²) of it (45.39%) is water.


In the early 1970s, a group of investors led by Harry Davidson, of Harry Davidson, Inc., bought 3,200 acres (13 km2) of land along the Columbia River near the Priest Rapids Dam for some $1,000,000. They developed a planned Community of some 1600 homes centered around a Golf Course and Marina. In 1994 the Grant County Airport District was formed and now maintains the small public-use airstrip in the community.

The area is sometimes referred to as 'The Palm Springs of Washington', a moniker also proclaimed by a billboard at the entrance to the community.


Desert Aire has some of the hottest temperatures in Washington during the summer and is one of the driest places in the state, being located in the rain shadow of the Cascades.

Average temperatures in July are a maximum of 91 and a minimum of 64. In January, the average maximum is 40 and the minimum is 26. Rainfall averages only 7 inches (180 mm) per year and the average snowfall is 6 inches (150 mm).


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,124 people, 371 households, and 296 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 344.0 people per square mile (132.7/km²). There were 723 housing units at an average density of 221.3/sq mi (85.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 64.50% White, 0.18% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 30.96% from other races, and 3.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 46.89% of the population.

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