Smelterville, Idaho

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Population in 2019: 621 (100% urban, 0% rural).
Population change since 2000: -4.6%
 
Males: 281  (45.4%)
Females: 340  (54.6%)
Median resident age:

44.5 years
Idaho median age:

36.9 years

Zip codes: 83868.

Estimated median household income in 2019: $40,094 (it was $21,908 in 2000)
Smelterville:

$40,094
ID:

$60,999

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $20,206 (it was $14,572 in 2000)

Smelterville city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $81,981 (it was $38,800 in 2000)
Smelterville:

$81,981
ID:

$255,200

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $89,594; detached houses: $120,542; mobile homes: $16,041

Median gross rent in 2019: $776.

March 2019 cost of living index in Smelterville: 83.7 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 19.7%

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  • Races in Smelterville, ID (2019)
    • 68288.9%White alone
    • 466.0%Hispanic
    • 334.3%American Indian alone

Races in Smelterville detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Idaho and other state lists, there were 7 registered sex offenders living in Smelterville, Idaho as of February 07, 2023.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Smelterville is 100 to 1.


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Ancestries: Irish (33.5%), German (20.7%), Norwegian (10.0%), American (5.3%), French (3.8%), Finnish (2.5%).

Current Local Time: PST time zone

Elevation: 2230 feet

Land area: 0.32 square miles.

Population density: 1,955 people per square mile   (low).

Smelterville, Idaho map

8 residents are foreign born

This city:

1.0%
Idaho:

6.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $985 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $516 (0.8%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Spokane Valley, WA (50.2 miles , pop. 89,755).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: East Seattle, WA (279.3 miles , pop. 480,100).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (937.7 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities:

Wardner, ID (1.6 miles ),
Kellogg, ID (1.6 miles ),
Pinehurst, ID (1.7 miles ),
Osburn, ID (2.9 miles ),
Wallace, ID (3.6 miles ),
Murray, ID (3.7 miles ),
Mullan, ID (4.3 miles ),
St. Maries, ID (4.9 miles )

Latitude: 47.54 N, Longitude: 116.18 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 208

Distribution of median household income in Smelterville, ID in 2019
Distribution of house value in Smelterville, ID in 2019

Smelterville satellite photo by USGS

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

8.7%
Idaho:

4.8%
Population change in the 1990s: +186 (+40.0%).
Most common industries in Smelterville, ID (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Construction (13.8%)
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (12.1%)
  • Accommodation & food services (11.6%)
  • Food & beverage stores (6.9%)
  • Health care (6.9%)
  • Educational services (5.6%)
  • Motor vehicle & parts dealers (4.7%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (22.3%)
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (21.5%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.9%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (6.2%)
  • Motor vehicle & parts dealers (4.6%)
  • Wood products (4.6%)
  • Utilities (4.6%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Accommodation & food services (17.6%)
  • Health care (15.7%)
  • Educational services (12.7%)
  • Food & beverage stores (11.8%)
  • U. S. Postal service (5.9%)
  • Motor vehicle & parts dealers (4.9%)
  • Gasoline stations (4.9%)
Most common occupations in Smelterville, ID (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Extraction workers (10.3%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.6%)
  • Cashiers (5.2%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (4.7%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.7%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4.3%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (4.3%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Extraction workers (16.2%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (8.5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (6.9%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (6.2%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6.2%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (4.6%)
  • Other material moving workers, except laborers (4.6%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (10.8%)
  • Cashiers (9.8%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (6.9%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6.9%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.9%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5.9%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (5.9%)

Average climate in Smelterville, Idaho

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Smelterville, Idaho average temperatures Smelterville, Idaho average precipitation Smelterville, Idaho humidity Smelterville, Idaho wind speed Smelterville, Idaho snowfall Smelterville, Idaho sunshine Smelterville, Idaho clear and cloudy days
Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI PM10 PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 93.4. This is worse than average.

City:

93.4
U.S.:

74.2
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 16.2. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 2.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

16.2
U.S.:

19.6
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 12.8. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 2.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

12.8
U.S.:

8.5

Earthquake activity:

Smelterville-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Idaho state average. It is 917% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 335.6 miles away from Smelterville center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 10/28/1983 at 14:06:06, a magnitude 7.3 (6.2 MB, 7.3 MS, 7.0 MW) earthquake occurred 265.7 miles away from the city center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
On 4/13/1949 at 19:55:42, a magnitude 7.0 (7.0 UK) earthquake occurred 296.6 miles away from Smelterville center, causing $80,000,000 total damage
On 3/31/2020 at 23:52:30, a magnitude 6.5 (6.5 MW, Depth: 7.5 mi, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 218.9 miles away from the city center
On 2/28/2001 at 18:54:32, a magnitude 6.8 (6.5 MB, 6.6 MS, 6.8 MW) earthquake occurred 301.7 miles away from Smelterville center, causing $2,000,000,000 total damage and $305,000,000 insured losses
On 2/28/2001 at 18:54:32, a magnitude 6.8 (6.8 MD, Depth: 32.2 mi) earthquake occurred 308.0 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Shoshone County (12) is smaller than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 9
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 4, Landslides: 2, Mudslides: 2, Fire: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1, Volcanic Eruption: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Smelterville topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Smelterville:

  • KINDRED NURSING AND REHAB - MOUNTAIN VALLEY (Nursing Home, about 3 miles away; KELLOGG, ID)
  • SILVER VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER ECU (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; SILVERTON, ID)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Smelterville:

  • North Idaho College (about 31 miles; Coeur d'Alene, ID; Full-time enrollment: 4,684)
  • Spokane Community College (about 56 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 6,482)
  • Gonzaga University (about 58 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 6,780)
  • Whitworth University (about 60 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 2,689)
  • Spokane Falls Community College (about 61 miles; Spokane, WA; FT enrollment: 6,052)
  • Eastern Washington University (about 66 miles; Cheney, WA; FT enrollment: 11,643)
  • University of Idaho (about 70 miles; Moscow, ID; FT enrollment: 10,416)

Points of interest:

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Shoshone County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Smelterville that have no violations reported:

  • PINEHURST WATER DIST (Population served: 1,880, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Average household size:
This city:

2.1 people
Idaho:

2.7 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

50.5%
Whole state:

69.6%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

9.5%
Whole state:

6.3%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 1.0% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

For population 15 years and over in Smelterville:

Marital status in Smelterville, ID
  • Never married: 23.4%
  • Now married: 49.5%
  • Separated: 2.6%
  • Widowed: 8.7%
  • Divorced: 15.8%

For population 25 years and over in Smelterville:

  • High school or higher: 82.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 4.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.3%
  • Unemployed: 14.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.6 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

7.7
Idaho average:

10.5

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2019
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Smelterville
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Smelterville, ID (based on Shoshone County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant1,46315
Catholic7043
Other6875
Mainline Protestant3755
None9,536-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 7
Here:

5.47 / 10,000 pop.
Idaho:

1.88 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 10
Here:

7.81 / 10,000 pop.
Idaho:

3.87 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 14
This county:

10.93 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.75 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

8.5%
Idaho:

7.7%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

29.3%
Idaho:

25.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Shoshone County:

10.5%
State:

11.7%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

49.7%
State:

48.7%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

43.6%
Idaho:

45.7%

Average BMI:
Smelterville:

28.8
Idaho:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

18.8%
Idaho:

21.8%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Smelterville:

7.8%
Idaho:

10.0%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.8
Idaho:

6.8

Overweight people:
Smelterville:

28.1%
Idaho:

33.4%

General health condition:
Here:

57.6%
State:

56.0%

Average condition of hearing:
Smelterville:

75.1%
Idaho:

78.5%

More about Health and Nutrition of Smelterville, ID Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2017)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Streets and Highways 1$2,772$33,2641$731
Financial Administration 1$3,969$47,6281$1,300
Sewerage 0$0 1$1,140
Other Government Administration 0$0 5$229
Totals for Government 2$6,741$40,4468$3,400

Smelterville government finances - Expenditure in 2017 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Solid Waste Management: $42,000 ($67.63)
    Hospitals: $14,000 ($22.54)
    Regular Highways: $13,000 ($20.93)
    Financial Administration: $12,000 ($19.32)
    General Public Buildings: $10,000 ($16.10)
    Central Staff Services: $5,000 ($8.05)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $73,000 ($117.55)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $50,000 ($80.52)

Smelterville government finances - Revenue in 2017 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $189,000 ($304.35)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $28,000 ($45.09)
  • Tax - Property: $83,000 ($133.66)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $35,000 ($56.36)
    Alcoholic Beverage Sales: $24,000 ($38.65)
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $2,000 ($3.22)

Smelterville government finances - Debt in 2017 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,220,000 ($1964.57)
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,220,000 ($1964.57)

Smelterville government finances - Cash and Securities in 2017 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $239,000 ($384.86)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $82,000 ($132.05)

6.25% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($40,793 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.25%
Idaho average:

8.09%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Kootenai County, ID  1.77% ($36,948 average AGI)


5.90% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($35,733 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.90%
Idaho average:

7.05%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Kootenai County, ID  2.75% ($36,311 average AGI)
to Spokane County, WA  0.53% ($42,000)

Businesses in Smelterville, ID

  • AT&T: 1
  • Walmart: 1

Strongest AM radio stations in Smelterville:

  • KWAL (620 AM; 1 kW; WALLACE, ID; Owner: METALS BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KVNI (1080 AM; 10 kW; COEUR D' ALENE, ID; Owner: QUEENB RADIO, INC.)
  • KGA (1510 AM; 50 kW; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KERR (750 AM; 50 kW; POLSON, MT; Owner: ANDERSON RADIO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KXLY (920 AM; 20 kW; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: SPOKANE RADIO, INC.)
  • KMJY (700 AM; 10 kW; NEWPORT, WA; Owner: JAMES E. AND HELEN G. STARGEL)
  • KOFI (1180 AM; 50 kW; KALISPELL, MT; Owner: KOFI, INC.)
  • KQQQ (1150 AM; 25 kW; PULLMAN, WA; Owner: RADIO PALOUSE, INC.)
  • KQNT (590 AM; 5 kW; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KTBI (810 AM; daytime; 50 kW; EPHRATA, WA; Owner: TACOMA BROADCASTERS, INCORPORATED)
  • KMAX (840 AM; 10 kW; COLFAX, WA; Owner: PALOUSE COUNTRY, INC.)
  • KJRB (790 AM; 5 kW; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KTRW (970 AM; 5 kW; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: KTRW, LLC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Smelterville:

  • KTWD (97.5 FM; WALLACE, ID; Owner: CSN INTERNATIONAL)
  • KHTQ (94.5 FM; HAYDEN, ID; Owner: QUEENB RADIO, INC.)
  • KCDA (103.1 FM; POST FALLS, ID; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KDRK-FM (93.7 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KIXZ-FM (96.1 FM; OPPORTUNITY, WA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KPBX-FM (91.1 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: SPOKANE PUBLIC RADIO, INC.)
  • KPLG (91.5 FM; PLAINS, MT; Owner: YOUR NETWORK OF PRAISE, INC.)
  • KMBI-FM (107.9 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: THE MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO)
  • KXLY-FM (99.9 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: SPOKANE RADIO, INC.)
  • KICR (102.3 FM; COEUR D'ALENE, ID; Owner: GREAT NORTHERN BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KZZU-FM (92.9 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: QUEENB)
  • KISC (98.1 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KPND (95.3 FM; SANDPOINT, ID; Owner: BLUE SKY BROADCASTING INC.)
  • KEYF-FM (101.1 FM; CHENEY, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KZBD (105.7 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KIBX (92.1 FM; BONNERS FERRY, ID; Owner: SPOKANE PUBLIC RADIO, INC.)
  • KSFC (91.9 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: SPOKANE PUBLIC RADIO)
  • KKZX (98.9 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KEEH (104.9 FM; SPOKANE, WA; Owner: UPPER COLUMBIA MEDIA ASSOCIATION)
  • KEWU-FM (89.5 FM; CHENEY, WA; Owner: EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY)

TV broadcast stations around Smelterville:

  • K59BW (Channel 59; BONNERS FERRY, ID; Owner: STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION (IEPBS))
  • K59GD (Channel 59; KELLOGG, ID; Owner: STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION (IEPBS))
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 3Number of bridges
  • 26ft / 8.1mTotal length
  • $3,920,000Total costs
  • 18,700Total average daily traffic
  • 2,645Total average daily truck traffic

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

1
  • JIM LEMM, Lower Wardner Peak (Lat: 47.513056 Lon: -116.153972), Type: 9.1, Overall height: 9.1 m, Registrant: J & R Electronics Inc, Jim-@motorola-1.Com, , Rathd-rum, Phone: (208) 699-5366

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

2
  • WARDNER, 3.89 Mi Se (Lat: 47.493250 Lon: -116.144306), Overall height: 24.4 m, Call Sign: WMN315, Licensee ID: L00002155,
    Assigned Frequencies: 2124.80 MHz, Grant Date: 03/06/2001, Expiration Date: 02/01/2011, Cancellation Date: 04/09/2011, Registrant: Active Electronics Inc, Osburn, ID 83849
  • SMELTER, 104 E Main (Lat: 47.545750 Lon: -116.176833), Overall height: 3.7 m, Call Sign: WMN316, Licensee ID: L00002155,
    Assigned Frequencies: 2174.80 MHz, Grant Date: 03/06/2001, Expiration Date: 02/01/2011, Cancellation Date: 04/09/2011, Registrant: Active Electronics Inc, Osburn, ID 83849

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

12 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Smelterville)
Most common first names in Smelterville, ID among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William1072.1 years
Robert966.6 years
Mary769.7 years
John782.4 years
James677.2 years
Arthur673.6 years
Donald563.0 years
Helen575.8 years
Kenneth570.8 years
Roy577.0 years
Most common last names in Smelterville, ID among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Williams578.2 years
Crawford472.5 years
Johnson480.2 years
Sauer466.3 years
Smith470.8 years
Anderson368.6 years
Brown385.0 years
Hietala373.7 years
Culver376.4 years
Lee376.0 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Smelterville, ID
  • 50.0%Utility gas
  • 25.5%Wood
  • 16.8%Electricity
  • 4.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 3.1%Other fuel
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Smelterville, ID
  • 57.0%Utility gas
  • 43.0%Electricity


Smelterville compared to Idaho state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Number of rooms per house below state average.
  • House age significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.
There is 1 pilot and 2 other airmen in this city.
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