Elk River, Idaho

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Elk River, Idaho
Elk River Streetscape
Elk River Streetscape
Location of Elk River in Clearwater County, Idaho.
Location of Elk River in Clearwater County, Idaho.
Coordinates: 46°46′58″N 116°10′48″W / 46.78278°N 116.18000°W / 46.78278; -116.18000Coordinates: 46°46′58″N 116°10′48″W / 46.78278°N 116.18000°W / 46.78278; -116.18000
CountryUnited States
StateIdaho
CountyClearwater
Area
 • Total0.14 sq mi (0.38 km2)
 • Land0.14 sq mi (0.38 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
2,854 ft (870 m)
Population
 • Total125
 • Estimate 
(2016)[3]
119
 • Density820.69/sq mi (316.82/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
83827
Area code(s)208
FIPS code16-25120
GNIS feature ID0396456

Elk River is a city in Clearwater County, Idaho, United States. The population was 125 at the 2010 census, down from 156 in 2000.[4] It is accessed from State Highway 8 from Bovill, to the west in adjacent Latah County.[5] Elk River was formerly the site of a Potlatch sawmill, phased out after several decades during the 1930s.[6]

Geography[edit]

Elk River is located at 46°46′58″N 116°10′48″W / 46.78278°N 116.18000°W / 46.78278; -116.18000 (46.782796, -116.180049),[7] at an elevation of 2,854 feet (870 m) above sea level.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.15 square miles (0.39 km2), all of it land.[8]

Climate[edit]

This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Elk River has a dry-summer humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dsb" on climate maps.

Climate data for Elk River (1952-2012)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 54
(12)
63
(17)
72
(22)
87
(31)
95
(35)
96
(36)
104
(40)
107
(42)
100
(38)
88
(31)
66
(19)
58
(14)
107
(42)
Average high °F (°C) 34.1
(1.2)
39.7
(4.3)
45.8
(7.7)
54
(12)
63.8
(17.7)
71.4
(21.9)
81.5
(27.5)
81.5
(27.5)
72
(22)
58.3
(14.6)
42
(6)
34
(1)
56.5
(13.6)
Average low °F (°C) 18.3
(−7.6)
20.5
(−6.4)
24.2
(−4.3)
30.4
(−0.9)
36.7
(2.6)
43
(6)
45.7
(7.6)
44.2
(6.8)
37.5
(3.1)
30.6
(−0.8)
25.6
(−3.6)
19.6
(−6.9)
31.4
(−0.3)
Record low °F (°C) −31
(−35)
−25
(−32)
−23
(−31)
11
(−12)
19
(−7)
27
(−3)
26
(−3)
27
(−3)
20
(−7)
4
(−16)
−24
(−31)
−37
(−38)
−37
(−38)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 5.37
(136)
3.98
(101)
3.4
(90)
2.9
(70)
2.89
(73)
2.48
(63)
1.04
(26)
1.1
(30)
1.67
(42)
2.76
(70)
4.74
(120)
5.05
(128)
37.38
(949)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 30.1
(76)
16.8
(43)
11.5
(29)
2.7
(7)
0.3
(1)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.3
(1)
11.9
(30)
25.4
(65)
99
(250)
Average precipitation days 16 12 12 11 11 10 5 5 6 10 14 14 126
Source: WRCC[9]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920847
19308621.8%
1940337−60.9%
1950312−7.4%
196038222.4%
19703830.3%
1980265−30.8%
1990149−43.8%
20001564.7%
2010125−19.9%
Est. 2016119[3]−4.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 125 people, 65 households, and 31 families residing in the city. The population density was 833.3 inhabitants per square mile (321.7/km2). There were 152 housing units at an average density of 1,013.3 per square mile (391.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 100.0% White. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.2% of the population.

There were 65 households of which 9.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.2% were married couples living together, 1.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 52.3% were non-families. 50.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.92 and the average family size was 2.90.

The median age in the city was 52.4 years. 12.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 2.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.2% were from 25 to 44; 44% were from 45 to 64; and 21.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 52.8% male and 47.2% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 156 people, 75 households, and 54 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,116.6 people per square mile (430.2/km²). There were 136 housing units at an average density of 973.5 per square mile (375.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.51% White, 0.64% Asian, and 3.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.64% of the population.

There were 75 households out of which 13.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.7% were married couples living together, 2.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.7% were non-families. 21.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.38.

In the city, the population was spread out with 13.5% under the age of 18, 1.9% from 18 to 24, 19.2% from 25 to 44, 41.0% from 45 to 64, and 24.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 53 years. For every 100 females, there were 116.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,000, and the median income for a family was $31,250. Males had a median income of $29,375 versus $17,500 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,082. About 11.3% of families and 14.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.8% of those under the age of eighteen and 8.9% of those sixty five or over.

Education[edit]

The public school was closed 28 years ago in 1990 and students attend classes in Bovill.[5]

In popular culture[edit]

In 2011 John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman of satirical podcast The Bugle claimed to be planning to declare war against the town. In December 2017 The Bugle recognised Elk River as the capital of the United States, following the Trump administration's announcement of plans to relocate the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 26, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. ^ Spokesman-Review - 2010 census - Elk River, Idaho - accessed 2011-12-27
  5. ^ a b Wright, Khaliela (October 2016). "Elk River: At the end of the road". Idaho. (magazine). p. 36.
  6. ^ "Idaho for the Curious", by Cort Conley, ©1982, ISBN 0-9603566-3-0, p.58-59
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  9. ^ "ELK RIVER 1 S, ID (102892)". Western Regional Climate Center. Retrieved November 26, 2015.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  12. ^ Bugle 4052 - Brexcitement!, retrieved 2018-09-17

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