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Asotin County is located at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers. It is known as the gateway to Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest gorge.  This national showcase contains acres of beauty and adventure, where one’s senses can run as wild as the landscape.

The river system is home to a thriving aluminum jet boat manufacturing industry and provides the wood processing and other industrial users direct barge transportation to the West Coast.

There are three ports within the immediate area and industrial land for business growth and expansion.

The highway grid supports access to Idaho and the southern tier of Washington, as well as the northern tier of Oregon, with connections to north-south and east-west interstates.

The warm climate, excellent health care facilities, year-round golfing and other recreational opportunities provide exceptional amenities for those looking for an active community.

Our lifestyles are a mixture of outdoor recreational leisure, community events, arts and festivals.

The region boasts a safe, rural, educated lifestyle, attracting businesses with its small town hospitality and impressing them with its commitment to area commerce.

Population (2017)

Population grew by 484 over the last 5 years and is projected to grow by 322 over the next 5 years.

Jobs (2017)

Jobs grew by 595 over the last 5 years and are projected to grow by 828 over the next 5 years.

Median Income (2016)

Median household income is $9.8K below the national median household income of $55.3K.

Median Household Income


Health Services

Asotin County is served by an area-wide coordinated dispatch center with enhanced 911 service and wireless GPS locator capabilities. Paramedics cover the area and have access to regional air ambulance services.

The area has two hospitals. St. Joseph Regional Medical Center is a Level 2 Trauma Center and has a Level 3 Pediatrics Unit. Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston, WA is a Level 4 Trauma Center and has a Dialysis Center. Both facilities are JCAHO accredited.

Health care and social assistance in Asotin County is the largest industry making up 19.8 percent of total employment in 2016. It has been and continues to be a key source of jobs for the county.

Civil Services

Fire Department

The Asotin County Fire Department is the only fire district in the county to guarantee a fire and EMS response 24‐hours a day. Thirty-two volunteer firefighters, 28 emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and 35 paramedics are proud to respond to an average of 2,600 calls per year – 90% of which are EMS-related.

Police and Sheriff Departments

The Asotin County Sheriff Department and Clarkston Police Department have an outstanding group of people who have dedicated themselves to improving the quality of life in the community.

Business & Labor Market

As a means to retain intellectual wealth and economic vitality, there are many programs in the area looking to keep entrepreneurial talent in Washington’s rural and urban areas. These programs focus on providing practical education, tools, and resources to entrepreneurs who are looking to embark on an exciting, yet challenging, experience of their business career.

Asotin County labor market has enjoyed a steady increase for the past few years, marking a continuous supply and demand in the area.

Asotin County goods-producing industry has grown over the year with an increase of 48 jobs. It has been the main leader of job growth over the last 20 years. Export-related manufacturing continues to be a source of very positive growth for the economy.

High Speed Internet Access

For the past five years, the Port of Clarkston has been investing in fiber optic cable to assure high-speed internet connections across the community.

Income By Location



The Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport offers direct flights daily to and from Seattle through Alaska Airlines. A wide variety of general aviation aircraft are able to utilize the airport for daily flights in and out of the region.

The Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport has been instrumental in the growth and prosperity of the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley.

Public Transit

As a means to reduce the number of cars in street, improve air quality, alleviate traffic congestion, Asotin County welcomes the use of public transit. Valley Transit offers fixed route and on-call services to the Lewiston-Clarkston and City of Asotin area. Northwestern Trailways provides service to the area through Lewiston.

Inland Port Facilities

A series of reservoirs behind Snake River dams provide a low cost alternative to shipping commodities and manufactured goods from the Port of Clarkston and the Port of Wilma to the West Coast. Barge service includes bulk and container shipments.

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