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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. 2012 cost of living index in Bear Lake County: 84.0 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (23.8%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (17.3%), Retail trade (14.5%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 68%
  • Government: 21%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 10%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Bear Lake County, Idaho:


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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Average household size:
Bear Lake County:

2.0 people
Idaho:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $38,457 ($32,162 in 1999)
This county:

$38457
Idaho:

$44925

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $344 (lower quartile is $272, upper quartile is $438)
This county:

$344
State:

$587


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $130,294 (it was $71,400 in 2000)
Bear Lake County:

$130,294
Idaho:

$171,700
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $92,688 - $197,382

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $195,944
Here:

$195,944
State:

$235,809

Townhouses or other attached units: $244,538
Here:

$244,538
State:

$178,173

Mobile homes: $81,475
Here:

$81,475
State:

$52,209
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,092
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $259

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:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $700 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $649 (0.6%)


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 2009: 13.1%
(13.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Black residents, 0.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 8.2% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 85.7% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 40 years old
(Males: 40 years old, Females: 41 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 41 years old, Black residents: 20 years old, American Indian residents: 28 years old, Asian residents: 38 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 23 years old, Other race residents: 28 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

9.6%
Whole state:

11.8%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

4.8%
Whole state:

4.6%

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
Local government website: www.bearlakecounty.info

Click to draw/clear Bear Lake County borders

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 .

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


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:

54.2% with mortgage
State:

73.2% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 84.42%
Here84.4%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 5,412
Total congregations: 20

Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameLDS (Mormon) ChurchCatholic ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)International Church of the Foursquare GospelOther
Adherents5,273 (97.4%)70 (1.3%)40 (0.7%)24 (0.4%)5 (0.1%)
Congregations17 (85.0%)1 (5.0%)1 (5.0%)1 (5.0%)-
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Bear Lake County - Montpelier, Paris, Georgetown, Bloomington, Bennington

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
This county:

5.13 / 10,000 pop.
Idaho:

1.88 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Bear Lake County:

3.42 / 10,000 pop.
Idaho:

0.53 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 4
This county:

6.84 / 10,000 pop.
Idaho:

3.87 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 6
Bear Lake County:

10.26 / 10,000 pop.
Idaho:

7.75 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

7.5%
Idaho:

7.7%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

24.6%
Idaho:

25.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Bear Lake County:

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 significantly above Idaho state average. It is 662% greater than the overall U.S. average.

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 the county center
On 4/21/2001 at 17:18:56, a magnitude 5.4 (5.4 MB, 4.9 MS, 5.3 MW, Depth: 0.5 mi) earthquake occurred 42.6 miles away from the county center
On 2/11/1994 at 14:59:50, a magnitude 5.3 (4.8 MB, 5.1 ML, 5.3 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 36.2 miles away from Bear Lake County center
On 4/7/1994 at 16:16:44, a magnitude 5.2 (4.3 MB, 4.8 ML, 5.2 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 23.7 miles away from the county center
On 2/4/1994 at 02:42:12, a magnitude 5.2 (4.7 MB, 5.2 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 32.1 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 (%)
Males Females
  • Chemicals (16%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (14%)
  • Construction (11%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (6%)
  • Motor vehicle and parts dealers (5%)
  • Accommodation and food services (4%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Health care (17%)
  • Educational services (16%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Food and beverage stores (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (9%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (4%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (8%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)

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




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





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:

31 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities

Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $39,957.

6.36% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($34,441 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.36%
Idaho average:

9.61%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
1.60% relocated from other counties in Idaho ($7,480 average AGI)
4.76% relocated from other states ($26,969 average AGI)
Bear Lake County:

4.76%
Idaho average:

5.54%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Bannock County, ID  0.70% ($27,571 average AGI)


8.11% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($31,230 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.11%
Idaho average:

8.30%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
2.60% relocated to other counties in Idaho ($9,000 average AGI)
5.50% relocated to other states ($22,230 average AGI)
Bear Lake County:

5.50%
Idaho average:

4.23%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Bannock County, ID  0.98% ($25,100 average AGI)
to Cache County, UT  0.69% ($18,143)
to Sweetwater County, WY  0.59% ($46,833)

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 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.

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

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 (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Bear Lake County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Bear Lake County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Bear Lake County government finances - Debt in 2002:


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


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Bear Lake County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Bear Lake County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
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&T1Super 81
FedEx1T-Mobile1
RadioShack1True Value1
Subway1U-Haul1
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