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Benewah County, Idaho (ID)


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County population in 2012: 9,117 (28% urban, 72% rural); it was 9,171 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,483
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,459
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 2,806
Renter-occupied apartments: 895 (it was 774 in 2000)
% of renters here:

22%
State:

30%

Land area: 776 sq. mi.
Water area: 7.9 sq. mi.
Population density: 12 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Benewah County: 84.9 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (25.4%), Manufacturing (10.9%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (10.9%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 72%
  • Government: 18%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 10%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Benewah County, Idaho:


Median resident age:  44.0 years
Idaho median age:  34.0 years

Males: 4,732  (50.4%)
Females: 4,553  (49.6%)

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Benewah County,ID real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Benewah County:

2.0 people
Idaho:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $37,685 ($31,517 in 1999)
This county:

$37685
Idaho:

$44925

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $377 (lower quartile is $251, upper quartile is $525)
This county:

$377
State:

$587


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $124,629 (it was $81,200 in 2000)
Benewah County:

$124,629
Idaho:

$171,700
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $86,969 - $206,196

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $269,986
Here:

$269,986
State:

$235,809

Townhouses or other attached units: $421,941
Here:

$421,941
State:

$178,173

In 2-unit structures: $29,445
Here:

$29,445
State:

$181,777

Mobile homes: $62,037
Here:

$62,037
State:

$52,209

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $7,876
Here:

$7,876
State:

$37,997
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,112
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $259

Institutionalized population: 69

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


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


Benewah 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: $813 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $653 (0.6%)


Benewah County household income distribution in 2009 Benewah County home values distribution


Benewah County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 14.8%
(13.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 1.9% for Black residents, 29.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 23.4% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 5.6% for other race residents, 8.4% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 44 years old
(Males: 44 years old, Females: 45 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 47 years old, Black residents: 16 years old, American Indian residents: 28 years old, Asian residents: 41 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 20 years old, Other race residents: 33 years old)

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

14.1%
Whole state:

11.8%

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

5.3%
Whole state:

4.6%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Benewah County is $479 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $602 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $860 a month.

Cities in this county include: St. Maries, Plummer, De Smet, Tensed, Parkline.

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

2005 air pollution in Benewah County:

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 9.5 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) 24-hour: 34 µg/m3(standard limit: 35 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.



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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Benewah County: Heyburn Youth Camp (A), Al Vanderpool Picnic Area (B), Shadowy Saint Joe Campground (C), Ferrel (D), Muellers Camp (E), Saint Maries River Access Area (F), Saint Maries River Access (G), Saint Maries Country Club (H), Hnmlmulsh Grove (I), Sq'wdusmn Bench (J), St'uts'te'wes Point (K), Ch'mi'wes Flat (L), Hn'ya)pqi'nn (M), Hnpetptqwe'n (N), Ni'nsi' Meadow (O), Hnp’ekwle’n Meadow (P), Chaats'alalqs Grove (Q), Taqhalqs Hill (R), Ni’lukhwalqw Gap (S), Ts'e'ltm Rock (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Woodlawn Cemetery (1), Sanders Cemetery (2), Mountain View Cemetery (3), Evergreen Cemetery (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Benewah Lake (A), Goose Heaven Lake (B), Turtle Lake (C), Round Lake (D), Porrett Lake (E), Beaver Ponds (F), Hnchch'li Lake (G), Chatcolet Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Rivers and creeks: Choulson Creek (A), Andrews Spring Creek (B), Beaver Creek (C), Cherry Creek (D), Charlie Creek (E), Carpenter Creek (F), Carlin Creek (G), Canyon Creek (H), Dago Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Benewah County include: Grange Park (1), Heyburn State Park (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Kootenai County , Latah County , Spokane County, Washington , Whitman County, Washington , Shoshone County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 156
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 79.8%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 11.4%

Number of foreign born residents: 59 (54% naturalized citizens)

Benewah County:

0.6%
Whole state:

5.0%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.2 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 83.9%

Benewah County marital status for males
Benewah County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Benewah County with a mortgage: 849 (47 second mortgage, 58 home equity loan, 4 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 650

Here:

56.6% with mortgage
State:

73.2% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 36.15%
Here36.1%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 3,315
Total congregations: 15

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchChurch of the NazareneSouthern Baptist ConventionLDS (Mormon) ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)
Adherents1,330 (40.1%)380 (11.5%)351 (10.6%)260 (7.8%)212 (6.4%)
Congregations4 (26.7%)1 (6.7%)-1 (6.7%)1 (6.7%)
NameEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaInternational Church of the Foursquare GospelAssemblies of GodSeventh-Day Adventist ChurchOther
Adherents208 (6.3%)188 (5.7%)155 (4.7%)111 (3.3%)120 (3.6%)
Congregations1 (6.7%)1 (6.7%)2 (13.3%)1 (6.7%)3 (20.0%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Benewah County - St. Maries, Plummer, De Smet, Tensed, Parkline

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 4
This county:

4.34 / 10,000 pop.
Idaho:

1.88 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 3
This county:

3.25 / 10,000 pop.
Idaho:

3.87 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 9
Benewah County:

9.76 / 10,000 pop.
Idaho:

7.75 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

7.5%
Idaho:

7.7%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

27.7%
Idaho:

25.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Benewah County:

11.0%
State:

11.7%


Agriculture in Benewah County:

Average size of farms: 572 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $59,804
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $194.69
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 5.68%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 4.40%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $56,607
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 51.36%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $73,249
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 88.80%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 1.98
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.18%
All wheat for grain: 41110 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 9 acres

Earthquake activity:

Benewah County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Idaho state average. It is 34% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 12/22/1998 at 01:17:47, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 ML, 4.6 ML, Depth: 7.6 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 84.7 miles away from the county center
On 8/17/1994 at 06:56:49, a magnitude 4.1 (3.6 ML, 4.1 ML, Depth: 1.0 mi) earthquake occurred 43.4 miles away from the county center
On 11/11/2001 at 16:00:29, a magnitude 4.0 (4.0 MD, Depth: 2.9 mi) earthquake occurred 47.2 miles away from the county center
On 1/20/1998 at 16:33:06, a magnitude 4.0 (4.0 ML, 3.7 MD, Depth: 4.5 mi) earthquake occurred 89.0 miles away from Benewah County center
On 6/28/1998 at 07:35:32, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 MD, 3.6 ML, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 50.3 miles away from the county center
On 6/25/2001 at 14:15:23, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 MD, 3.5 ML, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 47.2 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Benewah County (7) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6
Emergencies Declared: 1

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Wood products (17%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (14%)
  • Construction (10%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Truck transportation (5%)
  • Health care (4%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Health care (19%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Public administration (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (5%)
  • Food and beverage stores (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (9%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (6%)
  • Fishing and hunting, and forest and logging workers (5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (4%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4%)

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




Most common first ancestries reported in Benewah County (%):





Benewah County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 2,673 (78%)
  • Carpooled: 365 (11%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 7 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 3 (0%)
  • Walked: 188 (5%)
  • Other means: 45 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 146 (4%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Benewah County, Idaho in 2000:

People in group quarters in Benewah County, Idaho in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $40,648.

8.25% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($33,598 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.25%
Idaho average:

9.61%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.83% relocated from other counties in Idaho ($14,422 average AGI)
4.42% relocated from other states ($19,176 average AGI)
Benewah County:

4.42%
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 Kootenai County, ID  2.32% ($26,611 average AGI)
from Spokane County, WA  0.64% ($33,450)
from Nez Perce County, ID  0.35% ($33,455)


7.80% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($28,299 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.80%
Idaho average:

8.30%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.98% relocated to other counties in Idaho ($14,946 average AGI)
3.82% relocated to other states ($13,357 average AGI)
Benewah County:

3.82%
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 Kootenai County, ID  2.72% ($26,119 average AGI)
to Spokane County, WA  0.94% ($34,241)
to Latah County, ID  0.39% ($26,833)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.3
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.8

Births per 1000 population in Benewah County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.5

Deaths per 1000 population in Benewah County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 8.2
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 8.8

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Benewah County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,663 (1,356 aged, 307 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 17%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 16%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 11.16
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 4887.850
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 223.190
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 50005.58

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1106.530
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1258.410
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 10.85

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 43.86
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 54.24

Household type by relationship:

Households: 9,215

Size of family households: 1,357 2-persons, 477 3-persons, 401 4-persons, 191 5-persons, 87 6-persons, 58 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,049 1-person, 196 2-persons, 14 3-persons, 5 4-persons, 2 5-persons.

96.6% of residents of Benewah County speak English at home.
1.7% of residents speak Spanish at home (67% speak English very well, 11% speak English well, 22% speak English not well).
0.7% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (87% speak English very well, 10% speak English well, 3% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (46% speak English very well, 54% speak English well).
0.8% of residents speak other language at home (94% speak English very well, 6% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $72,768,000 ($8121 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,858,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $28,733,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $11,156,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $8,207,000
Federal grants: $20,353,000
Federal procurement contracts: $801,000 ($253,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $3,519,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $78,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,872,000
Federal Government insurance: $13,792,000

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

Births: 612
Here:

66 per 1000 residents
State:

78 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 506
Here:

55 per 1000 residents
State:

37 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +1
Here:

+0 per 1000 residents
State:

+10 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -39
Here -4 per 1000 residents
State +43 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Benewah County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.20 millions of gallons per day (75% from ground, 25% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.7
State:

6.1

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.3
State:

4.1

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Benewah County, Idaho
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 29
  • 2 rooms: 90
  • 3 rooms: 176
  • 4 rooms: 428
  • 5 rooms: 598
  • 6 rooms: 537
  • 7 rooms: 397
  • 8 rooms: 297
  • 9+ rooms: 254
  • 1 room: 21
  • 2 rooms: 67
  • 3 rooms: 145
  • 4 rooms: 182
  • 5 rooms: 139
  • 6 rooms: 84
  • 7 rooms: 100
  • 8 rooms: 30
  • 9+ rooms: 6
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Benewah County, Idaho
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 32
  • 1 bedroom: 207
  • 2 bedrooms: 823
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,181
  • 4 bedrooms: 398
  • 5+ bedrooms: 165
  • no bedroom: 25
  • 1 bedroom: 196
  • 2 bedrooms: 239
  • 3 bedrooms: 222
  • 4 bedrooms: 79
  • 5+ bedrooms: 13
Cars and other vehicles available in Benewah County, Idaho in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 84
  • 1 vehicle: 567
  • 2 vehicles: 1,221
  • 3 vehicles: 587
  • 4 vehicles: 225
  • 5+ vehicles: 122
  • no vehicle: 98
  • 1 vehicle: 329
  • 2 vehicles: 261
  • 3 vehicles: 63
  • 4 vehicles: 23
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

62% of Benewah County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 47% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 31% lived in Idaho.

Benewah County:

61.9%
State average:

50.5%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $29,500


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 4%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 4%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Benewah County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Wood (35.7%)
  • Electricity (29.1%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (22.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (11.7%)
  • Other fuel (0.9%)
  • Electricity (49.7%)
  • Wood (23.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (16.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (8.9%)
  • Other fuel (0.6%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 135
Here:

12.4%
Idaho:

7.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 40
Here:

6.4%
Idaho:

5.7%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 6
Here:

4.3%
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

Benewah County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Benewah County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Benewah County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Benewah County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Benewah County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Benewah County, ID among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William5476.0 years
John4676.4 years
James4171.6 years
Mary3678.5 years
Robert3367.8 years
Charles3175.7 years
George2376.8 years
Frank2280.0 years
Fred2177.1 years
Dorothy1876.7 years
Most common last names in Benewah County, ID among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Miller3079.2 years
Smith3080.4 years
Johnson1980.9 years
Anderson1778.3 years
Williams1678.3 years
Brown1674.5 years
Thompson1280.0 years
Nelson1070.6 years
Jensen1080.8 years
Robinson977.0 years
Businesses in Benewah County, ID
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Jimmy John's1
FedEx1U-Haul1
H&R Block1

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