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Pend Oreille County

Pend Oreille County (pond-ə-RAY) is a county located in the northeastern section of the U.S. state of Washington. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,001. The county seat and largest city is Newport. The county was created out of Stevens County on March 1, 1911. It is the most recently formed of the state's 39 counties. It is named after the Pend d'Oreilles tribe, whose name is French for "earring" (literally "hangs from ear"), which refers to the large shell earrings that these people wore.

Pend Oreille County is included in the Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,425 square miles (3,690 km2), of which 1,400 square miles (3,600 km2) is land and 25 square miles (65 km2) (1.8%) is water.

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