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Downey, Idaho
Location of Downey in Bannock County, Idaho.
Location of Downey in Bannock County, Idaho.
Country United States
State Idaho
County Bannock
Area
 • Total 0.98 sq mi (2.53 km2)
 • Land 0.98 sq mi (2.53 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
4,865 ft (1,483 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 625
 • Estimate 
(2019)
633
 • Density 647.24/sq mi (249.80/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
83234
Area code(s) 208, 986
FIPS code 16-22600
GNIS feature ID 2410353

Downey is a city in the Marsh Valley in southern Bannock County, Idaho, United States. It is part of the Pocatello Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 625 at the 2010 census.

The community was reportedly named after one Mr. Downey, a director of the Union Pacific Railroad. However, researchers have been unable verify existence of said Mr. Downey. Notwithstanding, some have asserted he was a track worker, not a director.

Geography

Downey is located at 42°25′46″N 112°7′21″W / 42.42944°N 112.12250°W / 42.42944; -112.12250 (42.429312, -112.122397), at 4,860 feet (1,480 m) in Marsh Valley. It lies on the route of U.S. Highway 91.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.99 square miles (2.56 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 522
1930 553 5.9%
1940 673 21.7%
1950 748 11.1%
1960 726 −2.9%
1970 586 −19.3%
1980 645 10.1%
1990 626 −2.9%
2000 613 −2.1%
2010 625 2.0%
2019 (est.) 633 1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 625 people, 255 households, and 168 families residing in the city. The population density was 631.3 inhabitants per square mile (243.7/km2). There were 290 housing units at an average density of 292.9 per square mile (113.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.1% White, 0.2% Native American, 0.8% Pacific Islander, 0.5% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

There were 255 households, of which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.1% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.13.

The median age in the city was 47.1 years. 27.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 16.6% were from 25 to 44; 26.8% were from 45 to 64; and 24.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.8% male and 50.2% female.

Education

Downey is part of the Marsh Valley School Joint District #21 and is served by three schools:

  • Downey Elementary School, located in Downey
  • Marsh Valley Middle School, located just north of Arimo
  • Marsh Valley High School, located just north of Arimo

Transportation

Downey is served by one U.S. Highway and one state highway:

  • US 91, which passes southwest to northwest through the city
  • SH 40, which runs west from the city to connect with Interstate 15
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