Jefferson County, Idaho

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Jefferson County, Idaho
Seal of Jefferson County, Idaho
Seal
Map of Idaho highlighting Jefferson County
Location in the state of Idaho
Map of the United States highlighting Idaho
Idaho's location in the U.S.
Founded February 18, 1913
Named for Thomas Jefferson
Seat Rigby
Largest city Rigby
Area
 • Total 1,106 sq mi (2,865 km2)
 • Land 1,095 sq mi (2,836 km2)
 • Water 10 sq mi (26 km2), 0.95%
Population
 • (2010) 26,140
 • Density 23.9/sq mi (9/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website co.jefferson.id.us

Jefferson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Idaho. Established in 1913, it was named after Thomas Jefferson, the third U.S. President.[1] The population was 26,140 at the 2010 census, up from 19,155 in 2000.[2] The county seat and largest city is Rigby,[3] and the county is part of the Idaho Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 1,105.55 square miles (2,863.4 km2), of which 1,095.08 square miles (2,836.2 km2) (or 99.05%) is land and 10.47 square miles (27.1 km2) (or 0.95%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 9,441
1930 9,171 −2.9%
1940 10,762 17.3%
1950 10,495 −2.5%
1960 11,672 11.2%
1970 11,619 −0.5%
1980 15,304 31.7%
1990 16,543 8.1%
2000 19,155 15.8%
2010 26,140 36.5%
Est. 2012 26,684 2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 19,155 people, 5,901 households, and 4,880 families residing in the county. The population density was 18 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 6,287 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.87% White, 0.28% Black or African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 6.76% from other races, and 1.33% from two or more races. 9.96% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 32.7 were of English, 10.9% German and 9.2% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 5,901 households out of which 47.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.60% were married couples living together, 6.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.30% were non-families. 15.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.23 and the average family size was 3.62.

In the county the population was spread out with 36.30% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 25.50% from 25 to 44, 19.30% from 45 to 64, and 9.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 102.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,737, and the median income for a family was $41,530. Males had a median income of $31,298 versus $19,755 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,838. About 8.00% of families and 10.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.00% of those under age 18 and 8.70% of those age 65 or over.

Presidential elections[edit]

Jefferson County is a traditionally Republican and conservative county. In the 1972 Presidential election Richard Nixon won the county with then John Birch Society member John G. Schmitz reportedly receiving 27.51% of the county's vote.[8] No Democratic candidate has received more than 20% of the county's vote since, at latest, 1988.[9]

Cities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Unincorporated Communities[edit]

Notable natives and residents[edit]

  • Earl W. Bascom, rodeo champion, cowboy artist, inventor, National Rodeo Hall of Fame inductee, "father of modern rodeo"
  • Tom Gneiting, professional basketball player with Seattle Supersonics, Brigham Young University Women's Basketball assistant coach, bank manager
  • Cecil W. Jones, rodeo champion, rodeo producer and manager, PRCA Board of Directors, National Rodeo Hall of Fame inductee
  • J.C. "Doc" Sorensen, former mayor of Roberts, rodeo producer and stock contractor, National Rodeo Hall of Fame inductee
  • Philo Farnsworth, American inventor and television pioneer.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jefferson County". State of Idaho. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  2. ^ Jefferson County QuickFacts, United States Census Bureau, 2009-02-20, accessed 2009-05-31.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ David Leip's Presidential Election Atlas - 1972 statistics
  9. ^ The New York Times Electoral Map (Zoom in on Idaho)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°49′N 112°19′W / 43.82°N 112.31°W / 43.82; -112.31