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Washington County, Idaho
Seal of Washington County, Idaho
Map
Map of Idaho highlighting Washington County
Location in the state of Idaho
Map of the USA highlighting Idaho
Idaho's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded February 20, 1879
Seat Weiser
Largest City Weiser
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,474 sq mi (3,818 km²)
1,453 sq mi (3,763 km²)
21 sq mi (54 km²), 1.4%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

9,984
7.0/sq mi (3/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website: www.co.washington.id.us
Named for: George Washington

Washington County is a county in the U.S. state of Idaho. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,198. The county seat and largest city is Weiser, with over half of the county's population. The county was established in 1879 when Idaho was a territory and named after U.S. president George Washington.

Washington County is home to the Idaho ground squirrel.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,474 square miles (3,820 km2), of which 1,453 square miles (3,760 km2) is land and 21 square miles (54 km2) (1.4%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • US 95.svg US 95
  • [[Template:Infobox road/ID/link SH|Template:Infobox road/ID/abbrev SH]]

National protected areas

  • Boise National Forest (part)
  • Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge (part)
  • Payette National Forest (part)

Rivers

Reservoirs

  • Brownlee
  • Crane Creek
  • Mann Creek
  • Paddock Valley

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 879
1890 3,836 336.4%
1900 6,882 79.4%
1910 11,101 61.3%
1920 9,424 −15.1%
1930 7,962 −15.5%
1940 8,853 11.2%
1950 8,576 −3.1%
1960 8,378 −2.3%
1970 7,633 −8.9%
1980 8,803 15.3%
1990 8,550 −2.9%
2000 9,977 16.7%
2010 10,198 2.2%
Est. 2015 9,984 −2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 9,977 people, 3,762 households, and 2,738 families residing in the county. The population density was 7 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 4,138 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 87.61% White, 1.03% Asian, 0.66% Native American, 0.10% Black or African American, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 8.17% from other races, and 2.36% from two or more races. 13.75% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 15.7% were of German, 14.3% English, 10.1% American and 7.7% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 3,762 households out of which 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.7% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.2% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.4% under the age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.0 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,625, and the median income for a family was $35,542. Males had a median income of $27,222 versus $18,053 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,464. About 10.00% of families and 13.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.60% of those under age 18 and 9.90% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 10,198 people, 4,034 households, and 2,803 families residing in the county. The population density was 7.0 inhabitants per square mile (2.7/km2). There were 4,529 housing units at an average density of 3.1 per square mile (1.2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 86.6% white, 1.0% American Indian, 0.9% Asian, 0.2% black or African American, 9.1% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 16.8% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 20.0% were English, 18.2% were German, 14.8% were Irish, and 9.6% were American.

Of the 4,034 households, 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.5% were non-families, and 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.99. The median age was 43.6 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,542 and the median income for a family was $46,970. Males had a median income of $36,765 versus $26,406 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,015. About 10.9% of families and 13.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.6% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 or over.

Communities


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