Newport, Washington

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Newport is a city in Pend Oreille County, Washington, United States. The population was 1,921 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Pend Oreille County[3].



Newport was officially incorporated on April 16, 1903.


Newport is located at 48°10′50″N 117°2′51″W / 48.18056°N 117.0475°W / 48.18056; -117.0475 (48.180634, -117.047407)[4] at an elevation of 2,160 feet (658.5 m).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.7 km²), all of it land.

The town of Oldtown, Idaho is just to the east of Newport, and on the Pend Oreille River. There are no natural or physical barriers between the two towns, and it is strictly a political division, separated by the straight-line state boundary.

The topography of the Newport area is somewhat unusual. About one-half mile north of Newport, the Pend Oreille River enters Washington State and flows north to Canada. Very few rivers in the Northern Hemisphere flow north in a similar manner. In addition, the watershed of the Pend Oreille in the Newport area is extremely limited. This is due to a small depression of no more than 50 feet (15 m), which begins one-half mile to the west and south of the river. Unable to flow uphill, the waters (from natural springs, rainfall runoff, etc.) eventually form the Little Spokane River, and flow southwest towards Spokane.

Diamond Lake, WA (elevation 2,345 ft.) is about 7 miles (11 km) to the southwest, and is also part of the Little Spokane River watershed (outflow only) via a creek runoff from the uninhabited far west end of the lake.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,921 people, 760 households, and 471 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,814.7 people per square mile (699.7/km²). There were 820 housing units at an average density of 774.6/sq mi (298.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.64% White, 0.57% Native American, 0.88% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 1.15% from other races, and 2.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.97% of the population.

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