Minidoka County, Idaho

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Minidoka County, Idaho
Seal of Minidoka County, Idaho
Seal
Map of Idaho highlighting Minidoka County
Location in the state of Idaho
Map of the United States highlighting Idaho
Idaho's location in the U.S.
Founded January 28, 1913
Named for Dakota Sioux word meaning "a fountain or spring of water."
Seat Rupert
Largest city Rupert
Area
 • Total 763 sq mi (1,976 km2)
 • Land 758 sq mi (1,963 km2)
 • Water 5.3 sq mi (14 km2), 0.7%
Population
 • (2010) 20,069
 • Density 26/sq mi (10/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website www.minidoka.id.us

Minidoka County is a county located in the U.S. state of Idaho. As of the 2010 census, the population was 20,069.[1] The county seat and largest city is Rupert.[2]

Minidoka County is part of the Burley, ID Micropolitan Statistical Area.

The name Minidoka is of Dakota Sioux origin meaning "a fountain or spring of water."[3] Minidoka was first used in 1883 as a name for the Union Pacific's Oregon Short Line, a railroad spur in the middle of the Snake River Plain. The spur later became the site of a watering station along the line. The village of Minidoka grew up next to the station. The Minidoka name was then given to a reclamation project under then President Theodore Roosevelt which included the construction of the Minidoka Dam, completed in 1904. Minidoka National Historic Site (in Jerome County) was part of the original reclamation project and hence shares the name. Minidoka County was created by the Idaho Legislature on January 28, 1913, by a partition of Lincoln County.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 763 square miles (1,980 km2), of which 758 square miles (1,960 km2) is land and 5.3 square miles (14 km2) (0.7%) is water.[5]

It is part of the Magic Valley region of the Snake River Plain. Irrigated farmland covers the southern part of the county, while lava beds cover the northern portion. The elevation is generally in the range of 4,200 feet (1,300 m) to 4,500 feet (1,400 m). The Snake River forms the county's southern boundary.

Adjacent Counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 9,035
1930 8,403 −7.0%
1940 9,870 17.5%
1950 9,785 −0.9%
1960 14,394 47.1%
1970 15,731 9.3%
1980 19,718 25.3%
1990 19,361 −1.8%
2000 20,174 4.2%
2010 20,069 −0.5%
Est. 2013 20,292 1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 20,174 people, 6,973 households, and 5,362 families residing in the county. The population density was 27 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 7,498 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 78.07% White, 0.26% Black or African American, 0.88% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 17.83% from other races, and 2.52% from two or more races. 25.46% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 18.1% were of English, 12.9% German and 12.0% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 6,973 households out of which 38.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.40% were married couples living together, 8.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.10% were non-families. 20.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.32.

In the county the population was spread out with 31.60% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 25.20% from 25 to 44, 20.90% from 45 to 64, and 13.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 99.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,021, and the median income for a family was $36,500. Males had a median income of $28,977 versus $19,521 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,813. About 11.90% of families and 14.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.90% of those under age 18 and 9.00% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

The only public high school in the county is Minico High School near Rupert.

Cities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Idaho History.net reference series, page #34
  4. ^ Idaho.gov - Minidoka County accessed 2009-05-29
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 42°51′N 113°38′W / 42.85°N 113.64°W / 42.85; -113.64