De Smet, Idaho

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De Smet, Idaho
Census-designated place
Location of De Smet in Benewah County, Idaho.
Location of De Smet in Benewah County, Idaho.
De Smet, Idaho is located in Idaho
De Smet, Idaho
De Smet, Idaho
Location of De Smet in Benewah County, Idaho.
Coordinates: 47°08′46″N 116°54′57″W / 47.14611°N 116.91583°W / 47.14611; -116.91583Coordinates: 47°08′46″N 116°54′57″W / 47.14611°N 116.91583°W / 47.14611; -116.91583
Country United States
State Idaho
County Benewah
 • Total 0.957 sq mi (2.48 km2)
 • Land 0.957 sq mi (2.48 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 2,598 ft (792 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 175
 • Density 180/sq mi (71/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code 83824
Area code(s) 208
GNIS feature ID 397609[1]

De Smet (also spelled Desmet) is an unincorporated census-designated place in the northwestern United States, located on the Coeur d'Alene Reservation in Benewah County, Idaho.

U.S. Route 95 passes nearby and the community is located about a mile (1.6 km) south of Tensed, which was originally Temsed (De Smet spelled backwards). De Smet has a post office with a ZIP code of 83824.[2] As of the 2010 census, its population was 175,[3] and its elevation is approximately 2,600 feet (790 m) above sea level.

It was named for the Belgian Catholic priest Pierre De Smet,[4] a 19th-century Jesuit missionary. He worked with the Coeur d'Alène and other native peoples of western North America for most of his life, periodically returning to his chapter based in St. Louis, Missouri.


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[5]


This region has warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, De Smet has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[6]

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