Minnehaha, Washington

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Minnehaha is a census-designated place (CDP) in Clark County, Washington, United States. The population was 7,689 at the 2000 census.


Name meaning

This area got its name from Columbian newspaper editorial in 1891. The editor wrote about Burnt Bridge Creek and called it "Minnehaha, laughing water," from Longfellow's poem, "Hiawatha". The name appealed to the citizenry and they kept it. Before that the area was called the Black Forest for its thick timber.

While "Minnehaha", an American Indian word, is often translated as "Laughing Water", the correct translation is "curling water" or "waterfall". The name comes from the Dakota language. See entry for Minnehaha Falls, Minnesota.


Minnehaha is located at 45°39′21″N 122°37′19″W / 45.65583°N 122.62194°W / 45.65583; -122.62194 (45.655925, -122.621983)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.8 km²), of which, 2.2 square miles (5.7 km²) of it is land and 0.45% is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,689 people, 2,795 households, and 2,031 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,464.1 people per square mile (1,337.3/km²). There were 2,907 housing units at an average density of 1,309.7/sq mi (505.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 88.28% White, 2.20% African American, 0.95% Native American, 2.81% Asian, 0.62% Pacific Islander, 2.09% from other races, and 3.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.10% of the population. 15.0% were of German, 13.2% English, 8.2% American and 7.8% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

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