Riggins, Idaho

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Riggins, Idaho
City
Motto: "Idaho's Whitewater Capital"[1]
Location in Idaho County and the state of Idaho
Location in Idaho County and the state of Idaho
Coordinates: 45°25′20″N 116°18′57″W / 45.42222°N 116.31583°W / 45.42222; -116.31583Coordinates: 45°25′20″N 116°18′57″W / 45.42222°N 116.31583°W / 45.42222; -116.31583
Country United States
State Idaho
County Idaho
Area[2]
 • Total 0.45 sq mi (1.17 km2)
 • Land 0.43 sq mi (1.11 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
Elevation 1,821 ft (555 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 419
 • Estimate (2012[4]) 419
 • Density 974.4/sq mi (376.2/km2)
Time zone Mountain (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) Mountain (UTC-6)
ZIP code 83549
Area code(s) 208
FIPS code 16-67870
GNIS feature ID 0389360
Website Riggins Idaho Camber of Commerce Website
Riggins from above
Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 60
1920 60 0.0%
1930 66 10.0%
1940 150 127.3%
1950 287 91.3%
1960 588 104.9%
1970 533 −9.4%
1980 527 −1.1%
1990 443 −15.9%
2000 410 −7.4%
2010 419 2.2%
source:[5][6]

Riggins is a city in Idaho County, Idaho, United States. It is nestled deep in a canyon at the confluence of the Salmon River and the Little Salmon River in west central Idaho, approximately 150 highway miles (240 km) north of Boise, and 120 highway miles (190 km) south-southeast of Lewiston. The elevation of Riggins is 1,821 feet (555 m) above sea level, and the population was 419 at the 2010 census. US-95, the only highway for the state connecting the Panhandle to the south, runs through Riggins as Main Street. Along this route, Riggins is the northwesternmost town in the Mountain time zone. The Pacific time zone begins just north of Riggins, upon crossing the Salmon River.

History[edit]

Riggins was named for Richard L. Riggins, local businessman and postmaster.[7]

Geography[edit]

Riggins is located at 45°25′20″N 116°18′57″W / 45.42222°N 116.31583°W / 45.42222; -116.31583 (45.422125, -116.315848).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.45 square miles (1.17 km2), of which, 0.43 square miles (1.11 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.[2]

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 419 people, 239 households, and 116 families residing in the city. The population density was 974.4 inhabitants per square mile (376.2 /km2). There were 306 housing units at an average density of 711.6 per square mile (274.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.9% White, 0.7% Native American, 1.4% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7% of the population.

There were 239 households of which 13.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.3% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 51.5% were non-families. 46.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.75 and the average family size was 2.33.

The median age in the city was 53.3 years. 12.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 16.8% were from 25 to 44; 35.4% were from 45 to 64; and 29.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.1% male and 48.9% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 410 people, 204 households, and 111 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,361.3 people per square mile (527.7/km²). There were 253 housing units at an average density of 840.0 per square mile (325.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.29% White, 0.49% Native American, 0.24% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races.

There were 204 households out of which 15.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.1% were non-families. 39.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.01 and the average family size was 2.64.

In the city the population was spread out with 17.6% under the age of 18, 3.2% from 18 to 24, 18.5% from 25 to 44, 33.2% from 45 to 64, and 27.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 52 years. For every 100 females there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $20,972, and the median income for a family was $30,000. Males had a median income of $27,361 versus $16,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,330. About 19.2% of families and 25.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 50.0% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture[edit]

The Riggins Rodeo in early May can be viewed from the grandstands or from the hillside overlooking the arena.

Parks and recreation[edit]

Riggins is a hub for outdoor adventures in North Central Idaho. Rafting, kayaking, fishing, and hunting are available and campgrounds surround the area, allowing access to view the scenery and wildlife. Visitors can pan for gold in the river gravel, and guides and outfitters can provide assistance.

The Seven Devils Mountains and the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area are just a few miles southwest of town.

Notable people[edit]

Riggins Mayor Bob Crump declared Wednesday, April 6, 2011, as "Heather Mason Sharfeddin Day"; in honor of the author's visit to sign her books. Sharfeddin had originally grown up in Riggins.

Comedian Dan Cummins grew up in Riggins.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Riggins Chamber of Commerce". Riggins Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  4. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  5. ^ Moffatt, Riley. Population History of Western U.S. Cities & Towns, 1850-1990. Lanham: Scarecrow, 1996, 97.
  6. ^ "Subcounty population estimates: Idaho 2000-2007" (CSV). United States Census Bureau, Population Division. 2009-03-18. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  7. ^ "Profile for Riggins, Idaho, ID". ePodunk. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  10. ^ "The Adam Carolla Show - Dan Cummins, 50 minute mark". The Adam Carolla Show (podcast). 14 March 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 

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