Grant County Trends
Grant County Trends
Eastern Washington University
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The goal of this website is to create more vibrant communities throughout Grant County by providing easy access to current data for anyone at any time. The trends should promote more informed decision making by individuals and organizations.

The data on this website is offered as neutral information. It is left up to the citizens of Grant County to apply the information according to their own value judgment.

The indicators were chosen by eight focus groups consisting of a broad range of community leaders, from local government agencies, non-profits, educators, and businesses. Over time, the trends chosen may change, as the preferences of the residents of Grant County change.

The development and initial maintenance of the Grant County Trends website has been funded by a federal appropriation from the U.S. Congress. Please feel free to use the "Contact Us" button to make any suggestions or comments about the site.


The Grant County Trends project seeks to improve local, public decision making by providing relevant data in an easily navigable website. The data provided on this website is offered as neutral information. We leave it up to the citizens to apply the information according to their individual value judgment.

More specifically, the goals are:

  • To collect and share a broad
  • spectrum of information to support informed decision making by individual community members, governmental policy makers, non-governmental organizations, businesses, researchers and the press.
  • To benchmark Grant County Trends against Washington State trends or other comparable communities.
  • To enable analysis of these trends.

Our Approach

In determining which data sets would be used, the Grant County focus groups followed these guidelines:

  • Important to large numbers of the community
  • Valid measurements defined by good science and social science
  • Understandable to a lay audience

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Located in the center of Washington State, rural Grant County is home to 140 lakes, the world's largest carbon fiber manufacturing facility, the most extensive agricultural irrigation project in the United States, the Grand Coulee Dam, thirteen cities and towns, and over 90,000 residents.

With one of the lowest electric rates in the world and the fastest internet speeds in the nation; Microsoft, Yahoo, Dell, and four other companies have high tech data centers in Grant County.

ConAgra, Simplot, National Frozen Foods, and twenty-five other food manufacturers process hundreds of millions of dollars' of locally grown commodities annually.

At five-and-a-half square miles, the Grant County International Airport is the flight testing and certification location of choice for Boeing and the rest of the booming aerospace industry.

Grant County is where you can enjoy a rural lifestyle and world class economy.

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Total Population & Growth Rate: Population growth reveals much about a community. Popular communities experience high rates of growth, bringing wanted economic benefits. In many cases, however, growth can also lead to concerns over traffic, the environment and essential services such as education. Locations experiencing slow rates of population growth, or even depopulation, may face fiscal difficulties and a downward spiral of further population loss, especially of their youth.

Population growth comes from two sources: the "natural" growth of births outpacing deaths as well as net in-migration. These are estimates based on the most recent decennial Census (in this case, the year 2010 Census). Since these are estimates, and not actual counts, there is room for some error, although the methods used are standardized and tested to reduce the size of the error. more information