St. Charles, Idaho

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St. Charles, Idaho
City
Town hall
Town hall
Location in Bear Lake County and the state of Idaho
Location in Bear Lake County and the state of Idaho
Coordinates: 42°6′45″N 111°23′24″W / 42.11250°N 111.39000°W / 42.11250; -111.39000Coordinates: 42°6′45″N 111°23′24″W / 42.11250°N 111.39000°W / 42.11250; -111.39000
Country United States
State Idaho
County Bear Lake
Area[1]
 • Total 0.63 sq mi (1.63 km2)
 • Land 0.63 sq mi (1.63 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 5,965 ft (1,818 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 131
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 133
 • Density 207.9/sq mi (80.3/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
Area code(s) 208
FIPS code 16-71110
GNIS feature ID 0389824
Website stcharlesidaho.org

St. Charles is a city in Bear Lake County, Idaho, United States. Located near the northwestern shore of Bear Lake, its population was 131 at the 2010 census, down from 156 in 2000.[4]

Ranching and recreation are the major influences on the community. Its small population live in houses scattered through a number of blocks of rustic streets interspersed with fields and agricultural buildings. A number of summer homes for visitors to the lake have added to the community. St. Charles sits at the mouth of St. Charles Canyon, a scenic inlet into the neighboring mountains, where hiking and camping opportunities are available.

History[edit]

St. Charles was settled in May 1864 by Mormon pioneers, and like most Mormon communities along the Idaho–Utah border, early settlers believed they were in the Territory of Utah. In 1864, the Utah territorial legislature created Richland County (shortened to Rich in 1868) for the Bear Lake Valley settlements with St. Charles as its county seat. The 1870 Decennial Census of the United States listed St. Charles and 10 other Idaho Bear Lake Valley settlements under Rich County, Utah. The official survey of the Idaho–Utah line was completed on February 15, 1872, placing St. Charles and the rest of the northern Bear Lake Valley settlements in Oneida County, Idaho Territory.

Notable residents[edit]

Sculptor Gutzon Borglum (1867–1941) was born in St. Charles.

Geography[edit]

St. Charles is located at 42°6′45″N 111°23′24″W / 42.11250°N 111.39000°W / 42.11250; -111.39000 (42.112493, -111.390001),[5] at an elevation of 5,965 feet (1,818 m) above sea level.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.63 square miles (1.63 km2), all of it land.[1]

Highway[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 294
1880 474 61.2%
1890 322 −32.1%
1900 321 −0.3%
1910 400 24.6%
1920 508 27.0%
1930 360 −29.1%
1940 429 19.2%
1950 363 −15.4%
1960 300 −17.4%
1970 200 −33.3%
1980 211 5.5%
1990 189 −10.4%
2000 156 −17.5%
2010 131 −16.0%
source:[4][6]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 131 people, 53 households, and 35 families residing in the city. The population density was 207.9 inhabitants per square mile (80.3 /km2). There were 138 housing units at an average density of 219.0 per square mile (84.6 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.5% White and 1.5% from two or more races.

There were 53 households of which 26.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.5% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.0% were non-families. 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.17.

The median age in the city was 42.8 years. 29.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 3.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.1% were from 25 to 44; 26.8% were from 45 to 64; and 21.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.6% male and 50.4% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 156 people, 57 households, and 44 families residing in the city. The population density was 244.9 people per square mile (94.1/km²). There were 106 housing units at an average density of 166.4 per square mile (63.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.08% White, 1.28% Native American, 0.64% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.92% of the population.

There were 57 households out of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 77.2% were married couples living together, and 22.8% were non-families. 19.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.5% under the age of 18, 1.9% from 18 to 24, 19.2% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 28.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 102.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $21,923, and the median income for a family was $27,500. Males had a median income of $25,500 versus $31,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,755. About 10.9% of families and 7.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under the age of eighteen and 11.5% of those sixty five or over.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  4. ^ a b "2010 census: Idaho > St. Charles". Spokesman.com. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ Moffatt, Riley. Population History of Western U.S. Cities & Towns, 1850-1990. Lanham: Scarecrow, 1996, 98.
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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