Omak, Washington

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Omak is the largest city in Okanogan County, Washington, United States. The population was 4,721 at the 2000 census. It is just south of the Canadian border where more populated cities are located (Kelowna, Penticton, and Kamloops).



The town of Omak was platted in 1907, and officially incorporated on February 11, 1911.[3] Shortly after being formed, the city of Omak waged a battle trying to get the county seat to be located there, but it lost to the nearby community of Okanogan.

Since 1933, Omak has hosted the World Famous Omak Stampede, with the Suicide Race added in 1935.


Omak is located at 48°24′38″N 119°31′29″W / 48.410554°N 119.524649°W / 48.410554; -119.524649 (48.410554, -119.524649).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.6 km2), of which, 2.9 square miles (7.4 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km2) of it (2.38%) is water.

Omak is located in the Mid-Valley area of the Okanogan Valley at the foot of the Okanogan Highlands. Approximately a quarter of the incorporated part of Omak lies in the Colville Indian Reservation. The Okanogan River meanders through the city of Omak on its way to the Columbia River.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,721 people, 1,861 households, and 1,220 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,646.0 people per square mile (635.1/km2). There were 2,016 housing units at an average density of 702.9/sq mi (271.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 69.52% White, 0.17% African American, 15.21% Native American, 0.91% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 10.02% from other races, and 4.02% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.01% of the population.

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