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St. Maries, Idaho
The Benewah County Courthouse in St. Maries
The Benewah County Courthouse in St. Maries
Location of St. Maries in Benewah County, Idaho.
Location of St. Maries in Benewah County, Idaho.
St. Maries, Idaho is located in the United States
St. Maries, Idaho
St. Maries, Idaho
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Idaho
County Benewah
 • Total 1.19 sq mi (3.08 km2)
 • Land 1.19 sq mi (3.08 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
2,192 ft (668 m)
 • Total 2,402
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,062.34/sq mi (796.01/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 208, 986
FIPS code 16-71470
GNIS feature ID 0398082

St. Maries (pronounced like "St. Mary's") is a city in north central Idaho, the largest in rural Benewah County and its county seat. Its population was 2,402 at the 2010 census, down from 2,652 in 2000.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 869
1920 1,962 125.8%
1930 1,996 1.7%
1940 2,234 11.9%
1950 2,220 −0.6%
1960 2,435 9.7%
1970 2,571 5.6%
1980 2,794 8.7%
1990 2,442 −12.6%
2000 2,652 8.6%
2010 2,402 −9.4%
2019 (est.) 2,448 1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,402 people, 999 households, and 641 families living in the city. The population density was 2,183.6 inhabitants per square mile (843.1/km2). There were 1,092 housing units at an average density of 992.7 per square mile (383.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.0% White, 0.3% African American, 1.1% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

There were 999 households, of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.4% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.8% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.88.

The median age in the city was 40.9 years. 24.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.7% were from 25 to 44; 25.4% were from 45 to 64; and 19.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.4% male and 50.6% female.


The public schools are operated by St. Maries Joint School District #41.

Name Type Grades
St. Maries High School High 9–12
St. Maries Middle School Middle 6–8
Heyburn Elementary Elementary K–5

The high school's mascot is a lumberjack and the school colors are forest green and old gold; the same are used for the middle and elementary school. The lumberjack statue at the elementary school on Main Street was originally a Texaco "Big Friend," a Muffler Man from the mid-1960s.

Notable people

  • Tom Mueller, rocket engineer and founding employee of SpaceX
  • C. A. Robins, physician and 22nd Governor of Idaho (1947–1951)
  • Pappy Boyington, USMC, World War II fighter ace, Medal of Honor recipient; resident until age 12
  • Vernon Baker, first living black Medal of Honor recipient
  • Georgia Coleman, diver, won four medals at 1928 and 1932 Summer Olympics, born in St. Maries
  • Jeff Choate, college football head coach at Montana State University

See also

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