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Cascade, Idaho
Cascade in July 1941
Cascade in July 1941
Motto(s): 
"Play, Stay, Relax, in the beautiful Cascade area"
Location of Cascade in Valley County, Idaho.
Location of Cascade in Valley County, Idaho.
Cascade, Idaho is located in the United States
Cascade, Idaho
Cascade, Idaho
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Idaho
County Valley
Area
 • Total 4.71 sq mi (12.19 km2)
 • Land 4.12 sq mi (10.68 km2)
 • Water 0.58 sq mi (1.51 km2)
Elevation
4,760 ft (1,450 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 939
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,025
 • Density 248.55/sq mi (95.97/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
83611
Area code(s) 208, 986
FIPS code 16-13150
GNIS feature ID 0396241

Cascade is a rural city in and the county seat of Valley County, Idaho. The population was 939 at the 2010 census, down from 997 in 2000.

Cascade is located on the southeast shore of Lake Cascade, formerly known as "Cascade Reservoir." With the introduction of the Tamarack Resort in 2004, the name was officially changed to sidestep the negative marketing connotations of "reservoir." It was formed by the completion of Cascade Dam, on the north side of the city. Construction by the Bureau of Reclamation began in 1942, was halted during World War II, and completed in 1948.

Cascade was the home of a sizable Boise Cascade sawmill, which closed in May 2001.

The recreational city of McCall is 29 mi (47 km) north, and the village of Donnelly is a little over midway, via Highway 55. The Tamarack Resort is across the reservoir to the northwest.

Geography

Cascade is located at 44°30′56″N 116°2′37″W / 44.51556°N 116.04361°W / 44.51556; -116.04361 (44.515575, -116.043681). at an elevation of 4,760 feet (1,451 m) above sea level.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.86 square miles (12.59 km2), of which, 4.17 square miles (10.80 km2) is land and 0.69 square miles (1.79 km2) is water.

Highways

  • SH 55 - Payette River Scenic Byway

Cascade is approximately 70 miles (110 km) north of Boise, accessed via State Highway 55, the Payette River Scenic Byway, a designated national scenic byway. It heads north from Eagle in Ada County to Horseshoe Bend in Boise County, and climbs the whitewater of the Payette River to Cascade. SH-55 continues north to McCall, where it turns west at Payette Lake and continues to New Meadows in Adams County, ending at the junction with US-95.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 299
1930 726 142.8%
1940 1,029 41.7%
1950 943 −8.4%
1960 923 −2.1%
1970 833 −9.8%
1980 945 13.4%
1990 877 −7.2%
2000 997 13.7%
2010 939 −5.8%
2019 (est.) 1,025 9.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 939 people, 416 households, and 256 families residing in the city. The population density was 225.2 inhabitants per square mile (87.0/km2). There were 847 housing units at an average density of 203.1 per square mile (78.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.5% White, 0.2% African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.7% of the population.

There were 416 households, of which 24.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.5% were non-families. 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.77.

The median age in the city was 46.4 years. 19.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.9% were from 25 to 44; 33.9% were from 45 to 64; and 18% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.7% male and 49.3% female.

Climate

Cascade experiences a humid continental climate (Köppen abbreviation Dsb) with long, cold, snowy winters and short, warm, dry summers.

Climate data for Cascade (1942-2012)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 50
(10)
58
(14.4)
70
(21.1)
83
(28.3)
88
(31.1)
93
(33.9)
103
(39.4)
100
(37.8)
95
(35)
89
(31.7)
67
(19.4)
52
(11.1)
103
(39.4)
Average high °F (°C) 29.8
(-1.22)
35.5
(1.94)
42.6
(5.89)
52.3
(11.28)
62.2
(16.78)
70.4
(21.33)
82
(27.8)
81
(27.2)
71.4
(21.89)
57.9
(14.39)
40.3
(4.61)
30.8
(-0.67)
54.7
(12.61)
Average low °F (°C) 10.5
(-11.94)
13
(-10.6)
18.7
(-7.39)
26.3
(-3.17)
33.4
(0.78)
39.4
(4.11)
44.3
(6.83)
42.1
(5.61)
34.7
(1.5)
27.9
(-2.28)
21.4
(-5.89)
13.3
(-10.39)
27.1
(-2.72)
Record low °F (°C) -40
(-40)
-33
(-36.1)
-25
(-31.7)
2
(-16.7)
15
(-9.4)
21
(-6.1)
27
(-2.8)
24
(-4.4)
14
(-10)
1
(-17.2)
-21
(-29.4)
-36
(-37.8)
-40
(-40)
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.84
(72.1)
2.17
(55.1)
2.16
(54.9)
1.74
(44.2)
1.94
(49.3)
1.75
(44.5)
0.49
(12.4)
0.61
(15.5)
0.95
(24.1)
1.73
(43.9)
2.75
(69.9)
3.16
(80.3)
22.28
(565.9)
Snowfall inches (cm) 25.3
(64.3)
16.5
(41.9)
11.7
(29.7)
3.7
(9.4)
0.5
(1.3)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
1.2
(3)
12
(30)
24.4
(62)
95.4
(242.3)
Avg. precipitation days 14 12 13 12 11 10 4 4 6 9 14 14 123
Source: WRCC

Notable people

  • Terry Gestrin, member of the Idaho House of Representatives
  • Ken Roberts, former member of the Idaho House of Representatives
  • Chris Crutcher, novelist and family therapist
  • Rod Miller, MLB player
  • Norman L. Foote, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Idaho from 1957 to 1972
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