Bonner County, Idaho

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Bonner County, Idaho
Seal of Bonner County, Idaho
Seal
Map of Idaho highlighting Bonner County
Location in the U.S. state of Idaho
Map of the United States highlighting Idaho
Idaho's location in the U.S.
Founded February 21, 1907
Named for Edwin L. Bonner
Seat Sandpoint
Largest city Sandpoint
Area
 • Total 1,919 sq mi (4,970 km2)
 • Land 1,735 sq mi (4,494 km2)
 • Water 185 sq mi (479 km2), 9.6%
Population
 • (2010) 40,877
 • Density 24/sq mi (9/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Pacific: UTC-8/-7
Website bonnercounty.us

Bonner County is a county located in the northern part of the U.S. state of Idaho. As of the 2010 census, the population was 40,877.[1] The county seat and largest city is Sandpoint.[2] Partitioned from Kootenai County and established in 1907, it was named for Edwin L. Bonner, a ferry operator.

Bonner County comprises the Sandpoint, ID Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Bonner County was formed on February 21, 1907. It was named for travel entrepreneur Edwin L. Bonner, a ferry operator.[3]

In 1864, the Idaho Legislature created the counties of Lah-Toh and Kootenai. Kootenai County initially covered all of present-day Bonner and Boundary counties and a portion of present-day Kootenai County. It also overlapped a portion of the existing boundary of Shoshone County. Sin-na-ac-qua-teen, a trading post located in present-day Bonner County on the south shore of the Pend Oreille River near Laclede, was named county seat. The government of Kootenai failed to organize due to lack of settlement within the county boundary. In 1867, the legislature repealed the act creating the two counties and instead consolidated both into a county retaining the name of Kootenai. Rathdrum became the county seat when Kootenai County finally organized in 1881.[4][5][6]

The tiny portion of Bonner County located south of the 48th parallel and east of Shoshone County was not located in any of Idaho's counties from 1863 to 1907, the longest time frame any non-county area existed in the State of Idaho. The Idaho panhandle north of the Clearwater River's basin was in Spokane County, Washington prior to Idaho's creation as a territory in 1863. When Idaho defined its original counties by February, 1864, it attached the former Spokane County area to Nez Perce County for judicial purposes. Legislators creating Kootenai County in December 1864 lacked knowledge of the geography of the area and failed to fully include the non-county area within the county boundaries of Kootenai or Lah-Toh. The non-county area was fully included within Bonner County when it was formed in 1907.[7]

Boundary County was formed from Bonner County in 1915.[5]

Previous Presidential Elections Results[8]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 63.7% 13,343 27.8% 5,819 8.5% 1,781
2012 60.5% 11,367 34.6% 6,500 5.0% 936
2008 57.0% 11,145 40.1% 7,840 2.9% 565
2004 60.5% 10,697 37.6% 6,649 1.9% 338
2000 61.5% 8,945 29.7% 4,318 8.8% 1,274
1996 43.0% 6,207 36.7% 5,294 20.3% 2,935
1992 28.5% 3,937 36.1% 4,995 35.4% 4,889
1988 49.9% 5,721 48.5% 5,555 1.6% 179
1984 58.9% 6,889 39.6% 4,628 1.6% 182
1980 56.3% 6,727 34.0% 4,060 9.7% 1,153
1976 51.4% 4,549 45.9% 4,065 2.7% 241
1972 57.5% 4,405 33.9% 2,599 8.6% 661
1968 45.8% 3,240 43.3% 3,063 11.0% 779
1964 40.7% 2,975 59.3% 4,328
1960 46.8% 3,575 53.2% 4,064
1956 52.8% 3,937 47.2% 3,514
1952 56.4% 4,309 43.1% 3,293 0.6% 43
1948 45.4% 2,666 49.7% 2,916 4.9% 285
1944 48.2% 2,924 51.4% 3,116 0.4% 23
1940 44.3% 3,072 55.2% 3,834 0.5% 34
1936 33.6% 2,016 58.8% 3,521 7.6% 456
1932 34.1% 1,989 63.4% 3,695 2.5% 148
1928 63.2% 2,861 35.4% 1,603 1.3% 60
1924 40.2% 1,714 12.7% 543 47.1% 2,008
1920 60.2% 2,217 39.8% 1,468
1916 36.8% 1,417 52.0% 2,003 11.3% 435
1912 17.2% 711 25.6% 1,055 57.2% 2,361
1908 58.9% 2,512 28.7% 1,223 12.4% 531

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,919 square miles (4,970 km2), of which 1,735 square miles (4,490 km2) is land and 185 square miles (480 km2) (9.6%) is water.[9]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Rivers and lakes[edit]

Kelso Lake

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 13,588
1920 12,957 −4.6%
1930 13,152 1.5%
1940 15,667 19.1%
1950 14,853 −5.2%
1960 15,587 4.9%
1970 15,560 −0.2%
1980 24,163 55.3%
1990 26,622 10.2%
2000 36,835 38.4%
2010 40,877 11.0%
Est. 2016 42,536 [10] 4.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]
1790–1960[12] 1900–1990[13]
1990–2000[14] 2010–2013[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[15] of 2000, there were 36,835 people, 14,693 households, and 10,270 families residing in the county. The population density was 21 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 19,646 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.58% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 0.87% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.42% from other races, and 1.70% from two or more races. 1.64% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 20.9% were of German, 11.7% English, 11.7% American, 9.6% Irish and 5.3% Norwegian ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 14,693 households out of which 30.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.60% were married couples living together, 7.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.10% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.50% under the age of 18, 6.70% from 18 to 24, 25.40% from 25 to 44, 29.30% from 45 to 64, and 13.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 100.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,803, and the median income for a family was $37,930. Males had a median income of $32,504 versus $21,086 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,263. About 11.90% of families and 15.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.20% of those under age 18 and 10.20% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 40,877 people, 17,100 households, and 11,591 families residing in the county.[16] The population density was 23.6 inhabitants per square mile (9.1/km2). There were 24,669 housing units at an average density of 14.2 per square mile (5.5/km2).[17] The racial makeup of the county was 96.0% white, 0.8% American Indian, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 0.1% black or African American, 0.4% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.2% of the population.[16] In terms of ancestry, 25.4% were German, 15.3% were Irish, 15.2% were English, 6.2% were Norwegian, and 5.0% were American.[18]

Of the 17,100 households, 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.2% were non-families, and 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.82. The median age was 45.8 years.[16]

The median income for a household in the county was $41,943 and the median income for a family was $51,377. Males had a median income of $40,076 versus $30,829 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,745. About 10.1% of families and 14.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.3% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.[19]

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

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Unincorporated communities[edit]

Ski area[edit]

See also[edit]

References[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. ^ Bonner County – Idaho.gov Archived December 13, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Kootenai County Marks 150 Years". The Coeur d'Alene Press. The Coeur d'Alene Press. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Idaho Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. Chicago: The Newberry Library. pp. 118, 120. 
  6. ^ "An Act Defining the Boundary Lines of Counties West of the Rocky Mountains". Laws of the Territory of Idaho. 1: 628–629. 1864. 
  7. ^ Idaho Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. Chicago: The Newberry Library. 2010. pp. 118, 143–146. 
  8. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  10. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  11. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  15. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  16. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-04. 
  17. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 – County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-04. 
  18. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006–2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-04. 
  19. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006–2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-04. 

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Coordinates: 48°17′N 116°36′W / 48.29°N 116.60°W / 48.29; -116.60