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 1,094 sq mi (2,833 km2)
 • Water 12 sq mi (31 km2), 1.1%
Population
 • (2010) 26,140
 • Density 24/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. As of the 2010 census, the population was 26,140.[1] The county seat and largest city is Rigby.[2] The county was established in 1913 and named after Thomas Jefferson, the third U.S. President.[3]

Jefferson County is part of the Idaho Falls, ID Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,106 square miles (2,860 km2), of which 1,094 square miles (2,830 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31 km2) (1.1%) is water.[4]

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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. 2013 26,914 3.0%
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 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.

Politics[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.[10] No Democratic candidate has received more than 20% of the county's vote since, at latest, 1988.[11]

Communities[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"
  • Philo Farnsworth, American inventor and television pioneer.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Jefferson County". State of Idaho. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  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 30, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  10. ^ David Leip's Presidential Election Atlas - 1972 statistics
  11. ^ The New York Times Electoral Map (Zoom in on Idaho)

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