is a town in Okanogan County, Washington
, United States
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. The population was 938 at the 2000 census and decreased to 919 at the 2010 census.
Twisp is located at 48°21′50"N 120°7′11"W (48.363971, -120.119620).
According to the United States Census Bureau
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, the town has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.0 km²), of which, 1.2 square miles (3.0 km²) of it is land and 0.85% is water.
Twisp is located on the Methow River
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at its confluence with the Twisp River
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The name of Twisp comes from the Okanagan
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, meaning "wasp" or "yellowjacket
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". It was settled by H.C. Glover, and the townsite was plotted in 1897.
As of the census
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of 2000, there were 938 people, 438 households, and 258 families residing in the town. The population density
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was 807.9 people per square mile (312.2/km²). There were 505 housing units at an average density of 434.9 per square mile (168.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.16% White, 0.96% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.75% from other races
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, and 1.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.77% of the population.
There were 438 households out of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.5% were married couples
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living together, 16.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.9% were non-families. 34.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.70.
In the town the population was spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 17.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 86.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.2 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $26,354, and the median income for a family was $31,944. Males had a median income of $26,250 versus $17,857 for females. The per capita income
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for the town was $16,257. About 14.6% of families and 19.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.3% of those under age 18 and 8.2% of those age 65 or over.