Location of Malta in Cassia County, Idaho.
|• Total||1.38 sq mi (3.58 km2)|
|• Land||1.38 sq mi (3.57 km2)|
|• Water||0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)|
|Elevation||4,518 ft (1,377 m)|
|• Estimate (2016)||196|
|• Density||142.03/sq mi (54.85/km2)|
|Time zone||Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)|
|• Summer (DST)||MDT (UTC-6)|
|GNIS feature ID||0396845|
The settlers in the Malta area in the early 1880s had no central location for mail delivery. The mail was delivered in open boxes. The Condit family secured a permit from the U.S. Post Office Department to open a post office and name the community. The post office was opened in 1883. Apparently it seemed like an island in a wide expanse of sea, so they named it Malta after the island of Malta in the Mediterranean.
A website, created as an Eagle Scout project, includes a history on the majority of the people buried at the Valley Vu Cemetery in Malta. It also has histories and information from Raft River High School, including yearbooks.
Malta is located at (42.309305, -113.370498).
As of the census of 2010, there were 193 people, 66 households, and 46 families residing in the city. The population density was 137.9 inhabitants per square mile (53.2/km2). There were 74 housing units at an average density of 52.9 per square mile (20.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.2% White and 8.8% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.5% of the population.
There were 66 households of which 37.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.1% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 1.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.3% were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.70.
The median age in the city was 33.2 years. 32.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.8% were from 25 to 44; 23.9% were from 45 to 64; and 10.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.7% male and 50.3% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 177 people, 62 households, and 49 families residing in the city. The population density was 124.5 people per square mile (48.1/km²). There were 75 housing units with an average density of 52.7 per square mile (20.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.31% White, 1.13% Native American, and 0.56% from two or more races.
There were 62 households out of which 38.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.2% were married couples living together, 4.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.4% were non-families. 19.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.30.
In the city, the population was spread out with 33.3% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 16.9% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 22.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $32,292, and the median income for a family was $38,542. Males had a median income of $26,875 versus $43,125 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,852. About 9.3% of families and 17.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.8% of those under the age of eighteen and 11.8% of those sixty five or over.
Malta is a part of the Cassia County School District.
Zoned schools include:
- Raft River Elementary School
- Raft River Junior/Senior High School
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- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
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- Bowen, V.K.; Cassia County Historical Society (2009). Images of America: Cassia County. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 79–80. ISBN 978-0-7385-6928-4. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
- "Malta, Idaho". Retrieved July 24, 2016.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
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- Climate Summary for Malta, Idaho