Pend Oreille County Profile
The population of Pend Oreille County is approximately 12,000, leaving ample space for wildlife to thrive. There are 55 lakes, thousands of acres of forest, and mountains climbing to heights of 7,300 feet. The county is a magnet for those who enjoy the outdoors, and everywhere are scenes that catch the eye. Throughout the county, students of history can explore old mines, logging camps, pioneer homes, and historical buildings. Deer, elk, black bear, mountain goat, caribou, bighorn sheep, mountain lion, moose and even grizzly bear make the mountains and valleys their home. The Pend Oreille River and the County's many lakes are a natural habitat for a variety of game fish as well as the bald eagle, osprey, geese, duck and heron.
Average precipitation ranges from 24 to 30 inches, depending on the location.
Retail Sales: Combined State and local retail sales tax is 7.6% Real Property/School Levy/Bond
$13.14 per $1,000 assessed valuation
Water: Provided by local municipalities in the incorporated areas.
Sanitary Sewer: Provided by local municipalities in the incorporated areas.
Electricity: Provided by Pend Oreille Public Utility District. Base charge is $20.00. Energy rate is $0.0033 per kWh.
Three phone companies serve Pend Oreille County. Qwest operates in the southern portion, Verizon serves Newport and vicinity and Pend Oreille Telephone serves the County from Cusick north.
Air: Spokane International Airport is the regional commercial and freight airport. Private plane airport south of Ione.
Rail: The offices of the Pend Oreille Valley Railroad are located in Usk , a mile south of Cusick. The railroad, serving many of the industries in the Kalispel Valley, is owned by the Port of Pend Oreille and connects with the main lines of Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific in Sandpoint, Idaho.
The growing season ranges from 90 to 120 days, depending on location. Commercial agriculture consist of hay, beef & poultry.