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Sugar City, Idaho
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Location of Sugar City in Madison County, Idaho.
Location of Sugar City in Madison County, Idaho.
Country United States
State Idaho
County Madison
 • Total 1.99 sq mi (5.16 km2)
 • Land 1.98 sq mi (5.14 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
4,895 ft (1,492 m)
 • Total 1,514
 • Estimate 
 • Density 731.85/sq mi (282.54/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 208, 986
FIPS code 16-78040
GNIS feature ID 0397220

Sugar City is a city in Madison County, Idaho, United States. The population was 1,514 at the 2010 census, up from 1,242 in 2000. It is part of the Rexburg Micropolitan Statistical Area.


Sugar City was a company town for the Fremont County Sugar Company, which was part of the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company, supporting a sugar beet processing factory built in 1903-1904. Since it was created to support the factory, construction workers and early factory families were housed in tents, leading to the nickname "Rag Town". By 1904, the town consisted of 35 houses, two stores, a hotel, an opera house, several boarding houses, two lumber yards, a meat market, and a schoolhouse. The first Mormon ward was the Sugar City Ward, with Bishop Mark Austin. One of his counselors was James Malone, a construction engineer for E. H. Dyer, who was not a Mormon.

In early years the factory had a labor shortage, leading to a local community of NikkeiJapanese migrants and their descendants.

The city was flooded by the waters of the Teton Dam collapse on June 5, 1976.


Sugar City is located at 43°52′20″N 111°44′50″W / 43.87222°N 111.74722°W / 43.87222; -111.74722 (43.872317, -111.747331), at an elevation of 4,895 feet (1,492 m) above sea level.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.79 square miles (4.64 km2), of which, 1.78 square miles (4.61 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 391
1920 680 73.9%
1930 621 −8.7%
1940 697 12.2%
1950 684 −1.9%
1960 584 −14.6%
1970 617 5.7%
1980 1,022 65.6%
1990 1,275 24.8%
2000 1,242 −2.6%
2010 1,514 21.9%
2019 (est.) 1,452 −4.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,514 people, 419 households, and 373 families residing in the city. The population density was 850.6 inhabitants per square mile (328.4/km2). There were 434 housing units at an average density of 243.8 per square mile (94.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.3% White, 0.1% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 6.7% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.9% of the population.

There were 419 households, of which 52.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.7% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 11.0% were non-families. 10.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.61 and the average family size was 3.87.

The median age in the city was 24.8 years. 39.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22% were from 25 to 44; 18.7% were from 45 to 64; and 9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.4% male and 51.6% female.


Sugar-Salem High School is a small high school located in the town of Sugar City and is part of the Sugar-Salem School District. The district takes in students from the surrounding area, from the community referred to locally as Plano on the west to beyond the town of Newdale on the east. On the north it borders Fremont County, following the Henry's fork of the Snake River, and on the south it borders with Madison School District and the city of Rexburg.

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