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Post Falls, Idaho
Nicknames: Title Town
City
Downtown Post Falls along the Spokane River.
Downtown Post Falls along the Spokane River.
Location in Kootenai County and the state of Idaho
Location in Kootenai County and the state of Idaho
Country United States
State Idaho
County Kootenai
Founded 1871
Incorporated 1891
Area
 • City 14.11 sq mi (36.54 km2)
 • Land 14.07 sq mi (36.44 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
Elevation 2,182 ft (665 m)
Population (2010)
 • City 27,574
 • Estimate (2013) 29,357
 • Density 1,959.8/sq mi (756.7/km2)
 • Metro 144,265 (US: 283th)
 • CSA 679,989 (US: 71st)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 83854, 83877
Area code(s) 208
FIPS code 16-64810
GNIS feature ID 0397061
Website postfallsidaho.org

Post Falls is a city in Kootenai County, Idaho, between Coeur d'Alene and Spokane, Washington. It is both a suburb of Coeur d'Alene, to the east; and a bedroom community to Spokane, to the west. The population was 27,574 at the 2010 census, up from 17,247 in 2000 census, making it Idaho's tenth largest city. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated 2014 population is 30,123.

History

Post Falls is named after Frederick Post, a German immigrant who constructed a lumber mill along the Spokane River in 1871 on land he purchased from Andrew Seltice, Chief of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe. The purchase of the land is preserved in a pictograph on a granite cliff in Treaty Rock park.

Geography

47°42′43″N 116°56′53″W / 47.712°N 116.948°W / 47.712; -116.948

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.11 square miles (36.54 km2), of which 14.07 square miles (36.44 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.

Post Falls is located four miles (6 km) east of the Washington-Idaho border along Interstate 90 in Kootenai County. It is bounded by Coeur d’Alene to the east, the state of Washington to the west, the Spokane River to the south and the Rathdrum prairie to the north. Post Falls is 20 miles (32 km) east of Spokane and approximately 100 miles (160 km) south of the Canada–United States border. The elevation of the city is 2,182 feet (665 m) above sea level.

Climate

Post Falls has a dry-summer continental climate, with four very distinct seasons.

Climate data for Post Falls, Idaho
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 60
(15.6)
62
(16.7)
73
(22.8)
94
(34.4)
98
(36.7)
102
(38.9)
108
(42.2)
109
(42.8)
102
(38.9)
87
(30.6)
71
(21.7)
60
(15.6)
109
(-17.8)
Average high °F (°C) 36
(2.2)
40
(4.4)
49
(9.4)
56
(13.3)
65
(18.3)
72
(22.2)
82
(27.8)
82
(27.8)
73
(22.8)
58
(14.4)
44
(6.7)
34
(1.1)
58
(14.4)
Average low °F (°C) 26
(-3.3)
27
(-2.8)
31
(-0.6)
37
(2.8)
44
(6.7)
51
(10.6)
56
(13.3)
56
(13.3)
48
(8.9)
38
(3.3)
32
(0)
25
(-3.9)
39
(3.9)
Record low °F (°C) −30
(-34.4)
−29
(-33.9)
−13
(-25)
5
(-15)
21
(-6.1)
28
(-2.2)
36
(2.2)
32
(0)
17
(-8.3)
2
(-16.7)
−13
(-25)
−26
(-32.2)
−30
(-34.4)
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.18
(80.8)
2.20
(55.9)
2.32
(58.9)
1.88
(47.8)
2.16
(54.9)
1.98
(50.3)
0.94
(23.9)
0.87
(22.1)
1.01
(25.7)
1.95
(49.5)
3.72
(94.5)
3.52
(89.4)
25.73
(653.5)
Snowfall inches (cm) 17.10
(43.43)
8.80
(22.35)
5.60
(14.22)
1.00
(2.54)
0.40
(1.02)
0.10
(0.25)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.70
(1.78)
7.00
(17.78)
18.60
(47.24)
59.30
(150.62)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 287
1910 658 129.3%
1920 576 −12.5%
1930 509 −11.6%
1940 843 65.6%
1950 1,069 26.8%
1960 1,983 85.5%
1970 2,371 19.6%
1980 5,736 141.9%
1990 7,349 28.1%
2000 17,247 134.7%
2010 27,574 59.9%
Est. 2015 30,453 10.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of 2009 the per capita income for the city was $32,696

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 27,574 people, 10,263 households, and 7,396 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,959.8 inhabitants per square mile (756.7/km2). There were 11,150 housing units at an average density of 792.5 per square mile (306.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.0% White, 0.4% African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.0% from other races, and 2.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.6% of the population.

There were 10,263 households of which 40.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.7% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 27.9% were non-families. 21.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.10.

The median age in the city was 33 years. 29% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.6% were from 25 to 44; 22.4% were from 45 to 64; and 11.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.8% male and 51.2% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 17,247 people, 6,369 households, and 4,668 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,786.1 people per square mile (689.3/km²). There were 6,697 housing units at an average density of 693.5 per square mile (267.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.13% White, 0.18% African American, 0.87% Native American, 0.56% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.60% from other races, and 1.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.55% of the population.

There were 6,369 households out of which 40.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.7% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.7% were non-families. 20.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the city, the population was spread out with 30.6% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 31.8% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 9.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $39,061, and the median income for a family was $42,758. Males had a median income of $32,284 versus $22,798 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,692. About 7.1% of families and 9.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.4% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

  • I-90.svg - Interstate 90 - Spokane (west), Coeur d'Alene (east)

The city is served by Interstate 90, the primary east-west highway of the northern United States, which crosses the Idaho panhandle through Post Falls. Two miles (3 km) east is its junction with State Highway 41, which extends 8 miles (13 km) north to Rathdrum. Post Falls is approximately 7 miles (11 km) west of U.S. Route 95, the state's primary north-south highway, which extends into Canada.

Air passenger service is available at Spokane International Airport, west of Spokane. Amtrak passenger rail service is available in Spokane and Sandpoint. Bus service and taxi service are available within the immediate area.

Coordinates: 47°42′43″N 116°56′53″W / 47.712°N 116.948°W / 47.712; -116.948


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