Ridgefield is a city in northern Clark County, Washington, in the United States. The population was 4,763 at the 2010 census. Take a look below for 20 amazing and fun facts about Ridgefield, Washington, United States.
1. Located within the Portland metropolitan area, Ridgefield is notable for the significant Native American history and connection to the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
2. It is also the headquarters of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, a primary reserve for migrating waterfowl on the Pacific Flyway, and the home of the Ridgefield High School “Spudders” (reflecting the area’s potato-farming heritage).
3. The area has important ties to the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804–1806, being close to the Chinookan town of Cathlapotle, then a settlement of 700–800 people, with at least 14 substantial plank houses.
4. The community’s ties to the Chinookan people was commemorated by the construction of a replica of a Cathlapotle plank house at the nearby Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, which was dedicated March 29, 2005.
5. The town was formerly known as Union Ridge, named by the many Union veterans among the first large wave of settlers after the Civil War and was renamed Ridgefield in 1890.
6. The town’s original name is preserved in the name of Union Ridge Elementary School.
7. Ridgefield was an important trading center as early as the 1860s with its key location near the mouth of the Columbia River, and the city was officially incorporated on August 26, 1909. U-Haul, an American equipment rental company, had its start in Ridgefield in 1945.
8. Ridgefield has a council–manager form of government, with a city manager who is appointed by a city council with seven elected members.
9. The city council also selects a mayor from among themselves.[
10. The current city manager is Steve Stuart, a former county commissioner who was hired in 2014.
11. Don Stose has served as mayor since 2018, replacing ten-year mayor Ron Onslow after his retirement.
12. Rental and storage company U-Haul was founded in Ridgefield in 1945.
13. The Ridgefield School District has five schools: Union Ridge Elementary, South Ridge Elementary, Sunset Ridge Intermediate School, View Ridge Middle School, and Ridgefield High School.
14. At the 2010 census there were 4,763 people, 1,591 households, and 1,258 families living in the city.
15. The population density was 672.7 inhabitants per square mile (259.7/km2). There were 1,695 housing units at an average density of 239.4 per square mile (92.4/km2).
16. The racial makeup of the city was 92.4% White, 0.9% African American, 0.8% Native American, 2.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.9% from other races, and 2.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.1%.
17. Of the 1,591 households 48.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.0% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 20.9% were non-families.
18. 16.2% of households were one person and 6.1% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.99 and the average family size was 3.34.
19. The median age was 32.4 years. 33.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.7% were from 25 to 44; 22.9% were from 45 to 64; and 7.7% were 65 or older.
20. The gender makeup of the city was 49.9% male and 50.1% female.