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Atomic City, Idaho
Downtown Atomic City
Downtown Atomic City
Location of Atomic City in Bingham County, Idaho.
Location of Atomic City in Bingham County, Idaho.
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Coordinates: 43°26′33″N 112°48′47″W / 43.44250°N 112.81306°W / 43.44250; -112.81306Coordinates: 43°26′33″N 112°48′47″W / 43.44250°N 112.81306°W / 43.44250; -112.81306
Country United States
State Idaho
County Bingham
Area
 • Total 0.08 sq mi (0.21 km2)
 • Land 0.08 sq mi (0.21 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
5,013 ft (1,528 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 29
 • Estimate 
(2019)
27
 • Density 341.77/sq mi (131.33/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
83215
Area codes 208, 986
FIPS code 16-03970
GNIS feature ID 0397396

Atomic City is a city in Bingham County, Idaho, United States. The population was 29 at the 2010 census, up from 25 in 2000.

Geography

Atomic City is located at 43°26′33″N 112°48′47″W / 43.44250°N 112.81306°W / 43.44250; -112.81306, at an elevation of 5,013 feet (1,528 m) above sea level.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.11 square miles (0.28 km2), all of it land.

Atomic City is just south of the Idaho National Laboratory site, on U.S. Route 26.

History

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 141
1970 24 −83.0%
1980 34 41.7%
1990 25 −26.5%
2000 25 0.0%
2010 29 16.0%
2015 (est.) 28 −3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

Atomic City was called "Midway" until 1950, as it is halfway between the towns of Blackfoot and Arco. The town had a larger population when the neighboring Idaho National Laboratory site was newer, known as the "National Reactor Testing Station" until 1975.

There is one store and one bar in Atomic City; the store no longer sells gasoline, due to new laws pertaining to its underground gas tanks. Most of the people who were raised in the town have now passed on, and many of the current residents are retired. There is an RV park on the south end of town with full hook-ups, and stock car races are held in the summer.

Demographics

2010 census

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 141
1970 24 −83.0%
1980 34 41.7%
1990 25 −26.5%
2000 25 0.0%
2010 29 16.0%
2019 (est.) 27 −6.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

At the 2010 census there were 29 people in 17 households, including 9 families, in the city. The population density was 263.6 inhabitants per square mile (101.8/km2). There were 48 housing units at an average density of 436.4 per square mile (168.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.6% White and 3.4% Native American. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.4%.

Of the 17 households 52.9% were married couples living together and 47.1% were non-families. 35.3% of households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 1.71 and the average family size was 2.11.

The median age was 59.8 years. 0.0% of residents were under the age of 18; 0.0% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 6.9% were from 25 to 44; 58.6% were from 45 to 64; and 34.5% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.3% male and 51.7% female.

Current news

Atomic City was chosen as a possible site for a nuclear processing plant.

Climate

According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Atomic City has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.

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