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Riggins, Idaho
Motto(s): 
"Idaho's Whitewater Capital"
Location of Riggins in Idaho County, Idaho.
Location of Riggins in Idaho County, Idaho.
Country United States
State Idaho
County Idaho
Area
 • Total 0.45 sq mi (1.15 km2)
 • Land 0.40 sq mi (1.03 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.12 km2)
Elevation
1,821 ft (555 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 419
 • Estimate 
(2019)
416
 • Density 1,045.23/sq mi (403.92/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (Mountain)
ZIP code
83549
Area code(s) 208
FIPS code 16-67870
GNIS feature ID 0389360

Riggins is a city in Idaho County, Idaho, United States. It is nestled deep in a canyon at the confluence of the Salmon River and the Little Salmon River in west central Idaho, approximately 150 highway miles (240 km) north of Boise, and 120 highway miles (190 km) south-southeast of Lewiston. The elevation of Riggins is 1,821 feet (555 m) above sea level, and the population was 419 at the 2010 census.

U.S. Route 95, the only highway for the state connecting the Panhandle to the south, runs through Riggins as Main Street. Along this route, Riggins is the northwesternmost town in the Mountain time zone; the Pacific time begins just north of the city, across the Salmon River.

History

Riggins was named for Richard L. Riggins, local businessman and postmaster. Riggins was also named for Richard L. Riggins' father, Fred Riggins, who carried the mail to the area for years.

Geography

Riggins is located at 45°25′20″N 116°18′57″W / 45.42222°N 116.31583°W / 45.42222; -116.31583 (45.422125, -116.315848).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.45 square miles (1.17 km2), of which, 0.43 square miles (1.11 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.

Climate

According to the Köppen climate classification system, Riggins qualifies as having a humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa), a climate type quite untypical for the region. However, due to cold winter months, Riggins's climate nearly qualifies as a dry, hot summer humid continental climate (Köppen Dsa).

Climate data for Riggins (1896-2012)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 64
(17.8)
72
(22.2)
83
(28.3)
95
(35)
103
(39.4)
108
(42.2)
113
(45)
115
(46.1)
110
(43.3)
95
(35)
80
(26.7)
69
(20.6)
115
(46.1)
Average high °F (°C) 41.8
(5.44)
48.9
(9.39)
56.5
(13.61)
65.3
(18.5)
73.4
(23)
80.8
(27.11)
92.2
(33.44)
91.7
(33.17)
80.9
(27.17)
66.9
(19.39)
51.2
(10.67)
42.5
(5.83)
66
(18.9)
Average low °F (°C) 27.8
(-2.33)
30.6
(-0.78)
34.2
(1.22)
39.1
(3.94)
45.3
(7.39)
51.5
(10.83)
57.5
(14.17)
56.9
(13.83)
49.6
(9.78)
41.1
(5.06)
34.3
(1.28)
29.1
(-1.61)
41.4
(5.22)
Record low °F (°C) -10
(-23.3)
-12
(-24.4)
3
(-16.1)
18
(-7.8)
25
(-3.9)
22
(-5.6)
36
(2.2)
36
(2.2)
20
(-6.7)
16
(-8.9)
-13
(-25)
-8
(-22.2)
-13
(-25)
Precipitation inches (mm) 1.12
(28.4)
1.13
(28.7)
1.61
(40.9)
1.68
(42.7)
2.12
(53.8)
1.83
(46.5)
0.72
(18.3)
0.74
(18.8)
1.07
(27.2)
1.29
(32.8)
1.39
(35.3)
1.33
(33.8)
16.04
(407.4)
Snowfall inches (cm) 2.8
(7.1)
1.6
(4.1)
0.7
(1.8)
0.1
(0.3)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.4
(1)
2.2
(5.6)
7.9
(20.1)
Avg. precipitation days 8 8 10 10 10 9 4 4 5 7 9 9 93
Source: WRCC

Demographics

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Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 60
1920 60 0.0%
1930 66 10.0%
1940 150 127.3%
1950 287 91.3%
1960 588 104.9%
1970 533 −9.4%
1980 527 −1.1%
1990 443 −15.9%
2000 410 −7.4%
2010 419 2.2%
2019 (est.) 416 −0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 419 people, 239 households, and 116 families residing in the city. The population density was 974.4 inhabitants per square mile (376.2/km2). There were 306 housing units at an average density of 711.6 per square mile (274.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.9% White, 0.7% Native American, 1.4% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7% of the population.

There were 239 households, of which 13.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.3% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 51.5% were non-families. 46.0% 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 1.75 and the average family size was 2.33.

The median age in the city was 53.3 years. 12.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 16.8% were from 25 to 44; 35.4% were from 45 to 64; and 29.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.1% male and 48.9% female.

Arts and culture

The Riggins Rodeo in early May can be viewed from the grandstands or from the hillside overlooking the arena.

Parks and recreation

Riggins is a hub for outdoor adventures in North Central Idaho. Rafting, kayaking, fishing, and hunting are available and campgrounds surround the area, allowing access to view the scenery and wildlife. Visitors can pan for gold in the river gravel, and guides and outfitters can provide assistance.

The Seven Devils Mountains and the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area are just a few miles southwest of town.

Notable people

  • Dan Cummins, comedian
  • Leighton Vander Esch, NFL player for the Dallas Cowboys
  • Paul Shepherd, member of the Idaho House of Representatives
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