Bear Lake County, Idaho (ID)

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County population in 2012: 5,907 (all rural); it was 6,411 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,085
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 770
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 1,879
Renter-occupied apartments: 426 (it was 380 in 2000)
% of renters here:

17%
State:

30%

Land area: 971 sq. mi.

Water area: 78.1 sq. mi.

Population density: 6 people per square mile   (very low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Bear Lake County: 84.7 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (29.5%), Transportation and warehousing,and utilities (22.9%), Educational, health and social services (20.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 45%
  • Government: 18%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 37%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Bear Lake County, Idaho:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (94.7%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (3.6%)
  • Two or more races (0.7%)
Median resident age:  40.0 years
Idaho median age:  34.0 years
Males: 2,972  (53.1%)
Females: 3,014  (46.9%)
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Bear Lake County,ID real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Bear Lake County:

2.0 people
Idaho:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $44,979 ($32,162 in 1999)

This county:

$44979
Idaho:

$46783

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $421 (lower quartile is $320, upper quartile is $493)
This county:

$421
State:

$610


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $127,220 (it was $71,400 in 2000)
Bear Lake:

$127,220
Idaho:

$159,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $81,663 - $189,293
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $922
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $294

Institutionalized population: 31

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

Bear Lake County, ID map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 30 buildings, average cost: $146,200
  • 2008: 18 buildings, average cost: $137,500
  • 2009: 20 buildings, average cost: $146,300

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $707 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $732 (0.7%)

Bear Lake County household income distribution in 2009 Bear Lake County home values distribution Bear Lake County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 12.9%
(13.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 11.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 55.6% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 8.8% for other race residents, 26.5% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 13.0%
Bear Lake County:

13.0%
Idaho:

15.6%
(13.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 9.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 55.6% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 7.7% for other race residents, 27.1% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 41 years old
(Males: 40 years old, Females: 41 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 41 years old, Black residents: 5 years old, American Indian residents: 27 years old, Asian residents: 44 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25 years old, Other race residents: 48 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Bear Lake County is $404 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $516 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $733 a month.

Cities in this county include: Montpelier, Paris, Georgetown, Bloomington, Bennington, St. Charles.

Bear Lake County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Bear Lake County: Taylor Meadow (A), Saint Charles Campground (B), Pescadero Siding (C), G H Hall Ranch (D), Cavanaugh Siding (E), Davis Canyon Recreation Site (F), Sugarloaf (G), Saint Charles Creek Fish Trap (H), Eightmile Campground (I), Eightmile Ranger Station (J), Montpelier Canyon Campground (K), Emigration Campground (L), Cloverleaf Campground (M), Georgetown (N), Dingle (O), The Dell (P), Porcupine Campground (Q), Mumford Ranch (R), Home Canyon Campground (S), Cold Spring Campground (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Dingle Cemetery (1), Raymond Cemetery (2), Geneva Cemetery (3), Skinner Cemetery (4), Ovid Cemetery (5), Nounan Cemetery (6), Liberty Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Limekiln Lake (A), Worm Lake (B), Midnight Lake (C), Swan Lake (D), Ranger Dip (E), Bartlett Lake (F), Big Creek Lake (G), Merkley Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Horse Creek (A), Indian Creek (B), Raymond Creek (C), Pegram Creek (D), Sweetwater Creek (E), Taylor Creek (F), Bloomington Creek (G), Paris Creek (H), Big Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Bear Lake County include: North Beach State Park (1), Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Cache County, Utah , Lincoln County, Wyoming , Caribou County , Rich County, Utah , Franklin County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

3.2%
Idaho:

4.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 101
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 85.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 11.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 72 (36% naturalized citizens)

Bear Lake County:

1.1%
Whole state:

5.0%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 10
  • 1990 to 1994: 22
  • 1985 to 1989: 18
  • 1980 to 1984: 0
  • 1975 to 1979: 9
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 13

Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.3 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 74.6%

Bear Lake County marital status for males Bear Lake County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Bear Lake County with a mortgage: 834 (75 second mortgage, 63 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 706

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

73.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Bear Lake County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Other5,06418
Catholic991
Evangelical Protestant752
Mainline Protestant131
None735-
Bear Lake County Religion Details
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.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
Bear Lake County:

5.13 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.88 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
This county:

3.42 / 10,000 pop.
Idaho:

0.53 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 4
Bear Lake County:

6.84 / 10,000 pop.
Idaho:

3.87 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 6
This county:

10.26 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.75 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Bear Lake County:

7.5%
Idaho:

7.7%

Adult obesity rate:
Bear Lake County:

24.6%
State:

25.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

6.4%
State:

11.7%

Agriculture in Bear Lake County:

Average size of farms: 499 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $30,544
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $49.67
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 74.60%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $33,163
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 31.31%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 57.15%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $69,509
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 93.16%
Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 11.18
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 6.62%
All wheat for grain: 13289 harvested acres

Earthquake activity:

Bear Lake County-area historical earthquake activity is near Idaho state average. It is 242% 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 159.9 miles away from Bear Lake County 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 173.8 miles away from the county center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
On 10/3/1915 at 06:52:48, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK) earthquake occurred 342.6 miles away from the county center
On 3/28/1975 at 02:31:05, a magnitude 6.2 (6.1 MB, 6.0 MS, 6.2 ML, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 61.3 miles away from the county center
On 2/3/1994 at 09:05:04, a magnitude 5.8 (5.4 MB, 5.5 MS, 5.8 MW, 5.8 ML, Depth: 4.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 37.8 miles away from Bear Lake County center
On 6/30/1975 at 18:54:13, a magnitude 6.1 (5.6 MB, 5.9 MS, 6.1 UK, 6.1 ML) earthquake occurred 166.3 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Bear Lake County (2) is a lot smaller than the US average (12).
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (42%)
  • United Kingdom (15%)
  • Guatemala (10%)
  • Germany (8%)
  • Canada (7%)
  • Russia (6%)
  • Other Southern Africa (4%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Bear Lake County (%):

  • English (29%)
  • United States or American (16%)
  • German (9%)
  • Danish (7%)
  • Swiss (6%)
  • Swedish (5%)
  • Scottish (3%)

Bear Lake County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 1,698 (70%)
  • Carpooled: 480 (20%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 20 (1%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 2 (0%)
  • Walked: 97 (4%)
  • Other means: 22 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 124 (5%)

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Bear Lake County, Idaho in 2000:

  • 33 people in nursing homes
  • 21 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 2 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
31 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $43,302.

5.62% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($37,009 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.62%
Idaho average:

7.20%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
1.90% relocated from other counties in Idaho ($11,226 average AGI)
3.71% relocated from other states ($25,783 average AGI)
Bear Lake County:

3.71%
Idaho average:

3.91%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Salt Lake County, UT  0.63% ($36,846 average AGI)
from Caribou County, ID  0.54% ($43,000)
from Bannock County, ID  0.49% ($24,200)
from Cache County, UT  0.49% ($15,100)


5.80% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($34,664 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.80%
Idaho average:

7.21%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
1.95% relocated to other counties in Idaho ($10,655 average AGI)
3.85% relocated to other states ($24,008 average AGI)
Bear Lake County:

3.85%
Idaho average:

3.91%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Bannock County, ID  0.63% ($41,692 average AGI)
to Cache County, UT  0.54% ($25,091)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.9
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.4

Births per 1000 population in Bear Lake County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.4
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 10.8

Deaths per 1000 population in Bear Lake County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 3.2
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.6

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Bear Lake County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,139 (1,034 aged, 105 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 17%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 17%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 15.82
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 7591.330
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 1296.850
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 58737.94

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1230.570
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1036.270

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 30.59
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 113.340

Household type by relationship:

Households: 5,955

Size of family households: 830 2-persons, 282 3-persons, 240 4-persons, 165 5-persons, 90 6-persons, 54 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 547 1-person, 62 2-persons, 8 3-persons, 2 4-persons, 1 5-persons.

1,783 married couples with children.
267 single-parent households (58 men, 209 women).

96.3% of residents of Bear Lake County speak English at home.
2.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (69% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 12% speak English not well).
0.7% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (88% speak English very well, 12% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (60% speak English very well, 40% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $36,345,000 ($5748 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $762,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $17,141,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $5,544,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $1,934,000
Federal grants: $8,873,000
Federal procurement contracts: $364,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,490,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $556,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $3,943,000
Federal Government insurance: $547,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 432
Here:

70 per 1000 residents
State:

78 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 329
Here:

53 per 1000 residents
State:

37 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +4
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+10 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -328
Here -53 per 1000 residents
State +43 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Bear Lake County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.58 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.3
State:

6.1

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.4
State:

4.1

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 10
  • 2000 to 2004: 681
  • 1990 to 1999: 382
  • 1980 to 1989: 483
  • 1970 to 1979: 653
  • 1960 to 1969: 241
  • 1950 to 1959: 355
  • 1940 to 1949: 203
  • 1939 or earlier: 928
Rooms in houses/apartments in Bear Lake County, Idaho
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 9
  • 2 rooms: 0
  • 3 rooms: 60
  • 4 rooms: 189
  • 5 rooms: 414
  • 6 rooms: 327
  • 7 rooms: 343
  • 8 rooms: 257
  • 9+ rooms: 280
  • 1 room: 4
  • 2 rooms: 43
  • 3 rooms: 60
  • 4 rooms: 88
  • 5 rooms: 71
  • 6 rooms: 68
  • 7 rooms: 7
  • 8 rooms: 35
  • 9+ rooms: 4
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Bear Lake County, Idaho
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 9
  • 1 bedroom: 59
  • 2 bedrooms: 388
  • 3 bedrooms: 731
  • 4 bedrooms: 484
  • 5+ bedrooms: 208
  • no bedroom: 4
  • 1 bedroom: 92
  • 2 bedrooms: 138
  • 3 bedrooms: 129
  • 4 bedrooms: 11
  • 5+ bedrooms: 6
Cars and other vehicles available in Bear Lake County, Idaho in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 77
  • 1 vehicle: 353
  • 2 vehicles: 755
  • 3 vehicles: 460
  • 4 vehicles: 165
  • 5+ vehicles: 69
  • no vehicle: 53
  • 1 vehicle: 171
  • 2 vehicles: 114
  • 3 vehicles: 40
  • 4 vehicles: 2
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

64% of Bear Lake County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 49% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 23% lived in Idaho.

Bear Lake County:

64.2%
State average:

50.5%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $48,000


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 3%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Bear Lake County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (47.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (24.3%)
  • Electricity (12.7%)
  • Wood (9.3%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (4.7%)
  • Coal or coke (1.3%)
  • Other fuel (0.6%)
  • Electricity (37.9%)
  • Utility gas (32.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (17.4%)
  • Wood (8.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2.1%)
  • Coal or coke (1.1%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 0
Here:

0.0%
Idaho:

7.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 5
Here:

0.8%
Idaho:

5.7%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 9
Here:

12.9%
Idaho:

22.0%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Bear Lake County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $857,000
    General: $8,000
  • Current Operations - Own Hospitals: $6,898,000
    General - Other: $536,000
    Police Protection: $507,000
    Regular Highways: $427,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $346,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $249,000
    Solid Waste Management: $247,000
    Central Staff Services: $178,000
    Health Services - Other: $156,000
    Financial Administration: $151,000
    Welfare - Other: $117,000
    Parks & Recreation: $86,000
    Air Transportation: $59,000
    General Public Buildings: $51,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $104,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $4,921,000

Bear Lake County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - Air Transportation: $15,000
  • Charges - Hospital Public: $7,685,000
    Regular Highways: $74,000
    All Other: $55,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $521,000
    Interest Earnings: $56,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $974,000
    General Support: $560,000
    All Other: $79,000
    Health & Hospitals: $24,000
    Public Welfare: $18,000
  • Tax - Property: $1,470,000
    NEC: $101,000

Bear Lake County government finances - Debt in 2002:

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $1,734,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Other, NEC: $1,662,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $72,000

Bear Lake County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $3,980,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Bear Lake County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Bear Lake County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Bear Lake County, ID among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William2676.3 years
John2182.5 years
George1874.5 years
James1775.0 years
Robert1772.1 years
Charles1675.9 years
Mary1481.7 years
Ruth1378.5 years
Joseph1278.1 years
Raymond1073.5 years
Most common last names in Bear Lake County, ID among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith2577.5 years
Kunz2076.6 years
Lewis1780.7 years
Jensen1682.4 years
Rich1582.9 years
Nelson1579.7 years
Eborn1574.5 years
Peterson1567.8 years
Hymas1480.3 years
Bartschi1476.6 years
Businesses in Bear Lake County, ID
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1Subway1
Alco Stores1Super 81
FedEx1T-Mobile1
Ford1True Value1
RadioShack1U-Haul1

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