Malden, Washington

Malden is a town in Whitman County, eastern Washington, United States. The population was 203 at the 2010 census. 80 percent of the buildings were destroyed by a wildfire on September 7, 2020.

Malden, Washington
Malden (1912)
Malden (1912)
Location within Washington and Whitman County
Location within Washington and Whitman County
Coordinates: 47°13′39″N 117°28′32″W / 47.22750°N 117.47556°W / 47.22750; -117.47556Coordinates: 47°13′39″N 117°28′32″W / 47.22750°N 117.47556°W / 47.22750; -117.47556
CountryUnited States
StateWashington
CountyWhitman
Area
 • Total0.66 sq mi (1.70 km2)
 • Land0.66 sq mi (1.70 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
2,139 ft (652 m)
Population
 • Total203
 • Estimate 
(2019)[3]
206
 • Density313.07/sq mi (120.91/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
99149
Area code509
FIPS code53-42275[4]
GNIS feature ID1512423[5]

HistoryEdit

Malden was officially incorporated on December 20, 1909. Established as a station stop, it was named by railway officials after Malden, Massachusetts.[6] The rural town had a small population.

On September 7, 2020, a large wildfire destroyed approximately 80 percent of buildings in Malden and nearby Pine City. The town's fire station, post office, city hall, library, Masonic Lodge, and several houses were among the buildings destroyed.[7] Most of the town's population was evacuated as the fire approached, while access after the fire was restricted due to a leaking propane tank.[8][9]

GeographyEdit

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.67 square miles (1.74 km2), all of it land.[10]

ClimateEdit

This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Malden has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[11]

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910798
19201,00525.9%
1930375−62.7%
1940325−13.3%
19503322.2%
1960292−12.0%
1970219−25.0%
1980200−8.7%
1990189−5.5%
200021513.8%
2010203−5.6%
2019 (est.)206[3]1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]
2015 Estimate[13]

2010 censusEdit

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 203 people, 90 households, and 57 families residing in the town. The population density was 303.0 inhabitants per square mile (117.0/km2). There were 118 housing units at an average density of 176.1 per square mile (68.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 92.1% White, 2.0% Native American, 1.0% from other races, and 4.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.9% of the population.

There were 90 households, of which 27.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.7% were non-families. 34.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.91.

The median age in the town was 50.8 years. 23.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.7% were from 25 to 44; 28.2% were from 45 to 64; and 25.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 50.7% male and 49.3% female.

2000 censusEdit

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 215 people, 93 households, and 65 families residing in the town. The population density was 326.1 people per square mile (125.8/km2). There were 108 housing units at an average density of 163.8 per square mile (63.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.28% White, 0.47% African American, 2.33% Native American, and 0.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.93% of the population.

There were 93 households, out of which 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 15.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.1% were non-families. 29.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the town, the age distribution of the population shows 26.5% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 23.3% from 25 to 44, 26.0% from 45 to 64, and 18.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $26,250, and the median income for a family was $26,250. Males had a median income of $30,000 versus $31,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,477. About 18.0% of families and 17.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.9% of those under the age of eighteen and 4.7% of those 65 or over.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ Meany, Edmond S. (1923). Origin of Washington geographic names. Seattle: University of Washington Press. p. 157.
  7. ^ Burnside, Tina; Silverman, Hollie (September 8, 2020). "80% of the buildings in an eastern Washington town were destroyed during a Labor Day firestorm". CNN. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  8. ^ "'A lifetime of my family memories are all gone': Fires burn Malden, Pine City". KREM. September 7, 2020. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  9. ^ Sokol, Chad; Quinlan, Maggie (September 8, 2020). "'It all happened so fast': Malden, Pine City residents describe fleeing Monday's inferno". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
  11. ^ Climate Summary for Malden, Washington
  12. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  13. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on October 19, 2016. Retrieved July 12, 2016.