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Rathdrum, Idaho
Location of Rathdrum in Kootenai County, Idaho.
Location of Rathdrum in Kootenai County, Idaho.
Rathdrum, Idaho is located in the United States
Rathdrum, Idaho
Rathdrum, Idaho
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Idaho
County Kootenai
 • Total 5.71 sq mi (14.80 km2)
 • Land 5.71 sq mi (14.80 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
2,211 ft (674 m)
 • Total 6,826
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,601.33/sq mi (618.33/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 208 Exchange: 687
FIPS code 16-66340
GNIS feature ID 0398027

Rathdrum is a city in Kootenai County, Idaho, United States. The population was 6,826 at the 2010 census, up from 4,816 in 2000. It is part of the Coeur d'Alene Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes the entire county. It is named after Rathdrum in Ireland.


Rathdrum is located on the Rathdrum Prairie at 47°48′30″N 116°53′33″W / 47.80833°N 116.89250°W / 47.80833; -116.89250 (47.808457, -116.892415), at an elevation of 2,211 feet (674 m) above sea level.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.95 square miles (12.82 km2), all land.


In the 1800s the town was initially called Westwood in honor of one of the founders of the town, a Pony Express rider and rancher, Charles Wesley Wood, also known as "Wes." But in 1881 the postmaster in the town was informed by the federal government that the town would need to change its name since it was already taken by another town in the territory. A local businessman, Michael M. Cowley, recommended the name "Rathdrum" from County Wicklow in Ireland, his place of birth.


John Brown Elementary, Rathdrum, Idaho
The intermediate grade wing of Rathdrum's elementary school, John Brown
Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 218
1900 407 86.7%
1910 725 78.1%
1920 509 −29.8%
1930 496 −2.6%
1940 511 3.0%
1950 610 19.4%
1960 710 16.4%
1970 741 4.4%
1980 1,369 84.8%
1990 2,000 46.1%
2000 4,816 140.8%
2010 6,826 41.7%
2019 (est.) 9,150 34.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 6,826 people, 2,427 households, and 1,852 families residing in the city. The population density was 1380.38 people per square mile (490.83/km2). There were 2,561 housing units at an average density of 517.90 per square mile (199.97/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.0% White, 0.2% African American, 1.1% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.8% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.6% of the population.

There were 2,427 households, of which 42.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.4% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.7% were non-families. 18.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 16.7% under the age of 20, 57.4% from 20 to 64, and 8.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32.3 years. Females represented the majority of the population at 51.6%, with males in the minority at 48.4%.

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