Benewah County, Idaho

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Benewah County, Idaho
Benewah County Courthouse 1 - St Maries Idaho.jpg
Seal of Benewah County, Idaho
Seal
Map of Idaho highlighting Benewah County
Location in the U.S. state of Idaho
Map of the United States highlighting Idaho
Idaho's location in the U.S.
FoundedJanuary 23, 1915
SeatSt. Maries
Largest citySt. Maries
Area
 • Total784 sq mi (2,031 km2)
 • Land777 sq mi (2,012 km2)
 • Water7.3 sq mi (19 km2), 0.9%
Population (est.)
 • (2017)9,184
 • Density12/sq mi (5/km2)
Congressional district1st
Time zonePacific: UTC−8/−7

Benewah County is a county located in the U.S. state of Idaho. As of the 2010 census the county had a population of 9,285.[1] The county seat and largest city is St. Maries, which has some area inside the Coeur d'Alene Reservation.[2]

The county was established on January 23, 1915 from sections of Kootenai County and was named for a chief of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe.[3] The federally recognized Coeur d'Alene Tribe is based on the Coeur d'Alene Reservation in this and neighboring Kootenai County.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 784 square miles (2,030 km2), of which 777 square miles (2,010 km2) is land and 7.3 square miles (19 km2) (0.9%) is water.[4] It is the northern part of the Palouse, a wide and rolling prairie-like region of the middle Columbia basin.

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
19206,997
19306,371−8.9%
19407,33215.1%
19506,173−15.8%
19606,036−2.2%
19706,2303.2%
19808,29233.1%
19907,937−4.3%
20009,17115.5%
20109,2851.2%
Est. 20179,184[5]−1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790–1960[7] 1900–1990[8]
1990–2000[9] 2010–2013[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 9,171 people, 3,580 households, and 2,538 families residing in the county. The population density was 12 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 4,238 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.66% White, 0.12% Black or African American, 8.94% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 1.82% from two or more races. 1.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 26.6% were of German, 11.7% English, 9.5% American and 8.6% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 3,580 households out of which 31.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.40% were married couples living together, 7.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.10% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.90% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 25.40% from 25 to 44, 26.60% from 45 to 64, and 14.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 104.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,517, and the median income for a family was $36,000. Males had a median income of $35,097 versus $20,288 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,285. About 10.50% of families and 14.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.20% of those under age 18 and 9.70% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 9,285 people, 3,837 households, and 2,571 families residing in the county.[11] The population density was 12.0 inhabitants per square mile (4.6/km2). There were 4,629 housing units at an average density of 6.0 per square mile (2.3/km2).[12] The racial makeup of the county was 86.6% white, 8.7% Native American, 0.3% black or African American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 0.5% from other races, and 3.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.5% of the population.[11] In terms of European ancestry, 23.7% were German, 17.5% were Irish, 14.6% were English, 7.1% were Norwegian, and 3.4% were American.[13]

Of the 3,837 households, 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.8% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.0% were non-families, and 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.90. The median age was 44.8 years.[11]

The median income for a household in the county was $37,500 and the median income for a family was $41,759. Males had a median income of $37,214 versus $22,348 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,312. About 11.2% of families and 15.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.6% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over.[14]

Politics[edit]

Presidential elections results
Presidential election results[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 74.2% 3,103 18.4% 770 7.5% 312
2012 66.8% 2,596 30.0% 1,164 3.2% 125
2008 63.5% 2,646 33.8% 1,407 2.7% 111
2004 69.7% 2,823 28.4% 1,148 2.0% 79
2000 70.7% 2,606 24.3% 895 5.1% 186
1996 42.5% 1,667 38.0% 1,488 19.5% 764
1992 33.0% 1,223 34.3% 1,270 32.7% 1,210
1988 51.0% 1,650 46.9% 1,518 2.2% 70
1984 57.7% 2,039 41.0% 1,447 1.4% 48
1980 54.9% 2,111 35.4% 1,361 9.7% 374
1976 47.6% 1,458 50.6% 1,549 1.9% 57
1972 55.5% 1,494 39.5% 1,062 5.0% 134
1968 44.4% 1,125 45.8% 1,160 9.8% 248
1964 35.3% 981 64.7% 1,796
1960 42.1% 1,274 58.0% 1,756
1956 50.3% 1,460 49.7% 1,442
1952 52.1% 1,568 47.7% 1,436 0.2% 7
1948 38.0% 1,038 58.2% 1,590 3.8% 103
1944 44.4% 1,173 54.7% 1,446 0.9% 24
1940 40.1% 1,304 59.2% 1,924 0.7% 22
1936 30.9% 897 65.7% 1,906 3.4% 98
1932 35.3% 949 59.6% 1,602 5.2% 139
1928 57.4% 1,343 41.0% 958 1.6% 37
1924 47.0% 1,158 40.1% 989 12.9% 318
1920 63.0% 1,351 37.0% 794
1916 35.1% 935 51.5% 1,374 13.4% 358

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. ^ Benewah County – Idaho.gov
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved Apr 7, 2018.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  11. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  12. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 – County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  13. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006–2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  14. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006–2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  15. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-04-04.

Coordinates: 47°13′N 116°40′W / 47.22°N 116.66°W / 47.22; -116.66