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White Bird, Idaho
Old Highway 95 in White Bird, July 2016
Old Highway 95 in White Bird, July 2016
"The Best of Two Rivers"
Location of White Bird in Idaho County, Idaho.
Location of White Bird in Idaho County, Idaho.
Country United States
State Idaho
County Idaho
 • Total 0.07 sq mi (0.17 km2)
 • Land 0.07 sq mi (0.17 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,581 ft (482 m)
 • Total 91
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,461.54/sq mi (566.62/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 208
FIPS code 16-87310
GNIS feature ID 0398345

White Bird is a city in Idaho County, Idaho. The population was 91 at the time of the 2010 census, down from 106 in 2000.


At the southwest corner of the Camas Prairie, White Bird is near the Salmon River crossing point for the Lewis and Clark expedition. It is also the location of the 1877 Battle of White Bird Canyon, which was the first fight of the Nez Perce War and a significant defeat of the U.S. Army. Chief White Bird was a leader of the tribe. The summit of White Bird Hill is 2,700 feet (820 m) above the city, ascended via U.S. Highway 95.

White Bird was established 132 years ago in 1891, and was named for the Nez Perce chief.


White Bird is located at 45°45′40″N 116°18′6″W / 45.76111°N 116.30167°W / 45.76111; -116.30167 (45.761023, -116.301768).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.07 square miles (0.18 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 253
1970 185 −26.9%
1980 154 −16.8%
1990 108 −29.9%
2000 106 −1.9%
2010 91 −14.2%
2019 (est.) 95 4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 91 people in 53 households, including 27 families, in the city. The population density was 1,300.0 inhabitants per square mile (501.9/km2). There were 64 housing units at an average density of 914.3 per square mile (353.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 100.0% White. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1%.

Of the 53 households 7.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 3.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 1.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 49.1% were non-families. 41.5% of households were one person and 13.2% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 1.72 and the average family size was 2.26.

The median age was 60.5 years. 5.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 3.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 5.5% were from 25 to 44; 52.8% were from 45 to 64; and 33% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.6% male and 48.4% female.

Notable person

  • Priscilla Giddings, member of the Idaho House of Representatives
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