Canyon County, Idaho
|Canyon County, Idaho|
Location in the state of Idaho
Idaho's location in the U.S.
|Founded||March 7, 1891|
603.51 sq mi (1,563 km²)
589.72 sq mi (1,527 km²)
13.79 sq mi (36 km²), 2.28
320/sq mi (124/km²)
|Time zone||Mountain: UTC-7/-6|
Canyon County is a county located in the U.S. state of Idaho. At the 2010 Census, the county had a population of 188,923. The county seat is Caldwell, and its largest city is Nampa.. Canyon County is part of the Boise City–Nampa, Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The county was established on March 7, 1891, with its county seat at Caldwell. It was partitioned from Ada County and originally included Payette County (1917) and the southern portion of Gem County (1915). Current sources attribute the name to the canyon of the Boise River near Caldwell. However, both John Rees and Vardis Fisher believed it was named for the Snake River canyon which forms a natural boundary for the county with Owyhee County. The Hudson's Bay Company established Fort Boise in 1834 near what is now Parma, but abandoned it in 1855. Migrants traveled through Canyon County on the Oregon Trail. The Oregon Short Line Railroad was completed in 1883.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 603.51 square miles (1,563.1 km2), of which 589.72 square miles (1,527.4 km2) (or 97.72%) is land and 13.79 square miles (35.7 km2) (or 2.28%) is water.
Adjacent counties 
- Payette County - north
- Gem County - northeast
- Ada County - east
- Owyhee County - south
- Malheur County, Oregon - west
National protected areas 
- Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge (part)
- Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (part)
At the 2000 census, there were 131,441 people, 45,018 households and 33,943 families residing in the county. The population density was 223/square mile (86/square km). There were 47,965 housing units at an average density of 81/square mile (31/square km). The racial makeup of the county was 83.10% White, 0.32% Black or African American, 0.85% Native American, 0.80% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 12.17% from other races, and 2.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.61% of the population. 15.9% were of German, 12.7% English, 10.3% American and 7.6% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 45,018 households of which 39.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.70% were married couples living together, 10.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.60% were non-families. 19.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.28.
30.90% of the population were under the age of 18, 10.70% from 18 to 24, 28.30% from 25 to 44, 19.10% from 45 to 64, and 11.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 98.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.30 males.
The median household income was $35,884 and the median family income was $40,377. Males had a median income of $29,418 vcompared with $22,044 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,155. About 8.70% of families and 12.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.50% of those under age 18 and 10.70% of those age 65 or over.
According to Canyon County Development Services, during 2007 there were approximately 926 building permits issued in the county, 63 approved subdivisions in the County, and 3 rezones. 99 conditional use permits were issued.
|Nampa||81,557||51,867||28,365||25,112||2,516 ft (767 m)|
|Caldwell||46,237||25,967||18,400||17,669||2,375 ft (724 m)|
|Middleton||5,524||2,978||1,851||1,901||2,398 ft (731 m)|
|Parma||1,983||1,771||1,597||1,820||2,231 ft (680 m)|
|Wilder||1,533||1,462||1,232||1,260||2,428 ft (740 m)|
|Greenleaf||846||862||648||663||2,411 ft (735 m)|
|Notus||531||458||380||437||2,316 ft (706 m)|
|Melba||513||439||252||276||2,667 ft (813 m)|
Unincorporated communities 
See also 
- QuickFacts, Canyon County, United States Census Bureau, 2010. Accessed December 10, 2011
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- Idaho.gov - about Idaho - Canyon Co. accessed May 3, 2009
- "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved February 13. 2011.
- census.gov - Idaho population by county, 1900-90 accessed 2009-05-03
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Official website - Canyon County
- Western Canyon Chronicle - Official newspaper for Parma, Notus, Wilder & Greenleaf, in Canyon County, Idaho
||Payette County||Gem County|
|Malheur County, Oregon||Ada County|