Benewah County, Idaho

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Benewah County, Idaho
Seal of Benewah County, Idaho
Seal
Map of Idaho highlighting Benewah County
Location in the state of Idaho
Map of the United States highlighting Idaho
Idaho's location in the U.S.
Founded January 23, 1915
Seat St. Maries
Largest city St. Maries
Area
 • Total 784 sq mi (2,031 km2)
 • Land 777 sq mi (2,012 km2)
 • Water 7.3 sq mi (19 km2), 0.9%
Population
 • (2010) 9,285
 • Density 12/sq mi (5/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Pacific: UTC-8/-7

Benewah County is a county located in the U.S. state of Idaho. As of the 2010 census the county had a population of 9,285.[1] The county seat and largest city is St. Maries.[2] The county was established on January 23, 1915 from sections of Kootenai County and was named for a chief of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 784 square miles (2,030 km2), of which 777 square miles (2,010 km2) is land and 7.3 square miles (19 km2) (0.9%) is water.[4] It is the northern part of the Palouse, a wide and rolling prairie-like region of the middle Columbia basin.

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 6,997
1930 6,371 −8.9%
1940 7,332 15.1%
1950 6,173 −15.8%
1960 6,036 −2.2%
1970 6,230 3.2%
1980 8,292 33.1%
1990 7,937 −4.3%
2000 9,171 15.5%
2010 9,285 1.2%
Est. 2013 9,044 −2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 9,171 people, 3,580 households, and 2,538 families residing in the county. The population density was 12 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 4,238 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.66% White, 0.12% Black or African American, 8.94% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 1.82% from two or more races. 1.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 26.6% were of German, 11.7% English, 9.5% American and 8.6% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 3,580 households out of which 31.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.40% were married couples living together, 7.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.10% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.90% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 25.40% from 25 to 44, 26.60% from 45 to 64, and 14.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 104.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,517, and the median income for a family was $36,000. Males had a median income of $35,097 versus $20,288 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,285. About 10.50% of families and 14.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.20% of those under age 18 and 9.70% of those age 65 or over.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Benewah County - Idaho.gov
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 47°13′N 116°40′W / 47.22°N 116.66°W / 47.22; -116.66