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Payette, Idaho
Payette, Idaho, Main Street seen toward the N. A. Jacobsen building.
Payette, Idaho, Main Street seen toward the N. A. Jacobsen building.
Location of Payette in Payette County, Idaho.
Location of Payette in Payette County, Idaho.
Country United States
State Idaho
County Payette
Area
 • Total 4.02 sq mi (10.41 km2)
 • Land 3.98 sq mi (10.31 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
Elevation
2,149 ft (655 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 7,433
 • Estimate 
(2019)
7,727
 • Density 1,941.46/sq mi (749.54/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
83661
Area code(s) 208, 986 (208 Exchange: 642)
FIPS code 16-61300
GNIS feature ID 0397983

Payette is a city in and the county seat of Payette County, Idaho, United States. The population was 7,433 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Ontario, OR−ID Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

The settlement was originally named "Boomerang," a construction camp for the Oregon Short Line from 1882-84 at the mouth of the Payette River. Logs were floated down the river to the sawmills at the camp to produce railroad ties. After completion of the railroad, the settlement moved upstream to its present site and incorporated in 1891 as "Payette," to honor François Payette, a French-Canadian fur trapper and one of the first white men to explore the area. He arrived in present-day Idaho from Astoria and was later the head of the Fort Boise trading post for the British Hudson's Bay Company from 1835-44. A large merry man, Payette was highly regarded for his helpful assistance to the many travelers who came through the fort. After his retirement in 1844, he returned to Montreal, but the rest of his life is a mystery.

Payette County was created in 1917, partitioned from Canyon County, and the city of Payette became the county seat.

Geography

Payette is located at 44°4′31″N 116°55′48″W / 44.07528°N 116.93000°W / 44.07528; -116.93000 (44.075175, -116.929928), at an elevation of 2,149 feet (655 m) above sea level.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.86 square miles (10.00 km2), of which, 3.85 square miles (9.97 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

Highways

  • US 95.svg - US 95
  • ID-52.svg - SH-52

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 614
1910 1,948 217.3%
1920 2,433 24.9%
1930 2,618 7.6%
1940 3,322 26.9%
1950 4,032 21.4%
1960 4,451 10.4%
1970 4,521 1.6%
1980 5,448 20.5%
1990 5,592 2.6%
2000 7,054 26.1%
2010 7,433 5.4%
2019 (est.) 7,727 4.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Payette racial composition
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 5,750 70.75%
Black or African American (NH) 21 0.26%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 66 0.81%
Asian (NH) 49 0.6%
Pacific Islander (NH) 14 0.17%
Some Other Race (NH) 35 0.43%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 453 5.57%
Hispanic or Latino 1,739 21.4%
Total 8,127

Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 8,127 people, 3,081 households, and 3,081 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 7,433 people, 2,816 households, and 1,910 families living in the city. The population density was 1,930.6 inhabitants per square mile (745.4/km2). There were 3,095 housing units at an average density of 803.9 per square mile (310.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 86.6% White, 0.2% African American, 1.5% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 7.3% from other races, and 3.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 19.3% of the population.

There were 2,816 households, of which 36.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.2% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.2% were non-families. 26.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.12.

The median age in the city was 35 years. 28% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.5% were from 25 to 44; 22.5% were from 45 to 64; and 15.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.9% male and 51.1% female.

Climate

Payette experiences a semi-arid climate (Köppen BSk) with cold, moist winters and hot, dry summers.

Climate data for Payette
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 64
(18)
66
(19)
85
(29)
94
(34)
103
(39)
108
(42)
114
(46)
113
(45)
104
(40)
94
(34)
78
(26)
66
(19)
114
(46)
Average high °F (°C) 35.8
(2.1)
44.3
(6.8)
56.2
(13.4)
65.8
(18.8)
75.7
(24.3)
84.5
(29.2)
95.1
(35.1)
92.6
(33.7)
81.9
(27.7)
67.0
(19.4)
49.0
(9.4)
37.5
(3.1)
65.6
(18.7)
Daily mean °F (°C) 27.9
(−2.3)
34.5
(1.4)
43.4
(6.3)
51.0
(10.6)
60.0
(15.6)
68.0
(20.0)
76.5
(24.7)
73.6
(23.1)
63.3
(17.4)
50.9
(10.5)
38.2
(3.4)
29.5
(−1.4)
51.4
(10.8)
Average low °F (°C) 19.9
(−6.7)
24.7
(−4.1)
30.6
(−0.8)
36.1
(2.3)
44.4
(6.9)
51.4
(10.8)
57.9
(14.4)
54.6
(12.6)
44.7
(7.1)
34.7
(1.5)
27.5
(−2.5)
21.5
(−5.8)
37.3
(2.9)
Record low °F (°C) −25
(−32)
−24
(−31)
10
(−12)
17
(−8)
25
(−4)
31
(−1)
34
(1)
33
(1)
24
(−4)
13
(−11)
−6
(−21)
−23
(−31)
−25
(−32)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 1.3
(33)
0.9
(23)
0.9
(23)
0.8
(20)
1.0
(25)
0.7
(18)
0.2
(5.1)
0.3
(7.6)
0.4
(10)
0.6
(15)
1.1
(28)
1.4
(36)
9.7
(250)
Source: Weatherbase

Points of interest

  • Portia Club, 225 North 9th Street
  • Payette County Historical Society Museum, 90 South 9th Street
  • Riverside Cemetery, 1969 River Road Payette
  • N.A. Jacobsen House, 1115 First Avenue North
  • St. James Episcopal Church, 110 North 10th Street

- City of Payette


Notable people

  • Diane Anderson-Minshall, journalist
  • A. L. Freehafer, politician
  • William Norman Grigg, author
  • Michael Hoffman, film director
  • Donna M. Jones, former Idaho state controller
  • Harmon Killebrew, member of the Baseball Hall of Fame raised and buried in Payette, Idaho
  • James A. McClure, U.S. Senator from Idaho, 1973–1991.
  • Rick Rydell, radio host and author
  • Herman Welker, U.S. Senator from Idaho, 1951–1957

See also

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