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Welcome to Palouse ...

The city of Palouse is located in Whitman County<1>.

The pronunciation of Palouse: puh-LOOS<2>

While we don't have a date for the founding of Palouse, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1873.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Palouse has a population of 1,081 people<3> (see below for details).

Palouse is 2,430 feet [741 m] above sea level.<4> In other words, the elevation of Palouse is about ½ mile above sea level.

Time Zone: Palouse lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

The telephone area code for Palouse: (509)

The ZIP code for Palouse: 99161<5>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Palouse had an population of 1,081 people. This is an increase of 8.32% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 6.92% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Palouse had a population of 998 people. This makes Palouse the county's 3rd most populous community.

The population of Palouse represents 0.01% of the population of Washington (which has 6,724,540 people), making it the state's 199th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 998 people, the population of Palouse decreased 1.29% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 1,011 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Palouse.

Communities near Palouse ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Palouse.

  • Pullman
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the south)
  • Moscow
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Moscow have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Moscow
    • Moscow is located in Latah County (ID)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 26,128 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Moscow <6>
  • Colfax
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the west)
  • Troy
    (18 miles [29 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Troy have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Troy
    • Troy is located in Latah County (ID)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 913 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Troy <6>
  • Potlatch
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the east)
  • Garfield
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the northwest)
  • Albion
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the southwest)
  • Oakesdale
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oakesdale
    • Oakesdale is located in Whitman County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 425 people
  • Onaway
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Onaway have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Onaway
    • Onaway is located in Latah County (ID)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 198 people
  • Farmington
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the north)

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Palouse. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Palouse.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Palouse. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Palouse.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Palouse. See our Newspapers Page for Palouse.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Palouse ...

Looking for more information about Palouse? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Palouse, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Palouse.

Adding Palouse to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Palouse in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Palouse was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<8>

From that list, the Palouse post office opened in 1873.

We also found Palouse in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Palouse.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Palouse. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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The official website for State of Washington:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Washington's counties, including Whitman, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Palouse. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Palouse.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Palouse - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Palouse). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Palouse or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<8>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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