Metaline Falls, Washington

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Metaline Falls is a town in Pend Oreille County, Washington, United States. The population was 223 at the 2000 census.



Metaline Falls was officially incorporated on May 13, 1911. The 1997 film The Postman was filmed in part in the area.


Metaline Falls is located at 48°51′41″N 117°22′15″W / 48.86139°N 117.37083°W / 48.86139; -117.37083 (48.861462, -117.370867).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 223 people, 122 households, and 52 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,076.1 people per square mile (410.0/km²). There were 192 housing units at an average density of 926.5/sq mi (353.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.86% White, 1.35% Asian, 0.45% from other races, and 1.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.45% of the population.

There were 122 households out of which 18.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.1% were married couples living together, 4.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 56.6% were non-families. 54.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.83 and the average family size was 2.79.

In the town the population was spread out with 19.3% under the age of 18, 3.6% from 18 to 24, 21.1% from 25 to 44, 33.2% from 45 to 64, and 22.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $17,083, and the median income for a family was $35,250. Males had a median income of $36,250 versus $18,333 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,390. About 24.4% of families and 33.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 48.1% of those under the age of eighteen and 16.2% of those sixty five or over.


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