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The Town of Northport was officially incorporated on June 1, 1898; however, its history dates back to the 1880s when it was a port and shipbuilding center for steamboat services running northwards into British Columbia during construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Northport, once nearly named "Little Dalles", is located north of a stretch in the Columbia River where the river narrows and its rapids presented a navigation barrier.

Once known as one of the rowdiest mining camps in Washington, the town was destroyed by fire and rebuilt several times in it's history. LeRoi Smelter was constructed to refine the ore from the famous LeRoi Mine and others in the area. The original smokestack from the smelter stood for many years, until the EPA deemed it a hazard, and removed it.

The latitude of Northport is 48.916N. The longitude is -117.78W. The elevation is 1,365 feet.

Compared to the rest of the country, Northport's cost of living is 7.79% lower than the U.S. average, based on 2007 estimates.

Furthermore, in 2007, Northport public schools spent approximately $7,289 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $6,058. There were about 16 students per teacher in Northport.

Air quality in Northport, WA is 59 on a scale to 100 (higher is better). This is based on ozone alert days and number of pollutants in the air, as reported by the EPA.

Water quality in Northport, WA is 60 on a scale to 100 (higher is better). The EPA has a complex method of measuring watershed quality using 15 indicators.


  Northport Colville Stevens County

2000 Population

336 4,988 40,066

2008 Population

360 5,007 44,080

2013 Population Estimate

384 5,175 47,438

Median Age

50.0 40.2 41.5


164 2,123 16,721

Average Household Size

2.20 2.25 2.61

Percent of Owner Occupied Homes

78% 62% 80%

Average Household Income

$38,399 $48,708 $51,757

Average Home Value

-- -- $255,918

Source: STDBonline, January 2008