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Butte County, Idaho (ID)

County population in 2016: 2,667 (all rural); it was 2,899 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 492
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 373
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 840
Renter-occupied apartments: 264 (it was 249 in 2000)
% of renters here:

23%
State:

30%

Land area: 2233 sq. mi.

Water area: 0.7 sq. mi.

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

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Butte County: 84.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (31.6%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (15.8%), Educational, health and social services (13.2%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 57%
  • Government: 5%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 38%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Butte County, Idaho:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (94.4%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (4.0%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (1.2%)
Median resident age:  45.5 years
Idaho median age:  36.1 years
Males: 1,409  (52.9%)
Females: 1,258  (47.1%)
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Butte County,ID real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Butte County:

2.0 people
Idaho:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2016: $41,776 ($30,473 in 1999)

This county:

$41,776
Idaho:

$51,807

Median contract rent in 2016 for apartments: $455 (lower quartile is $332, upper quartile is $522)
This county:

$455
State:

$676


Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $114,272 (it was $69,100 in 2000)
Butte:

$114,272
Idaho:

$189,400
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $63,475 - $172,684

Mean price in 2016:

Detached houses: $214,215
Here:

$214,215
State:

$239,614

Mobile homes: $68,608
Here:

$68,608
State:

$67,846
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $852
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $369

Institutionalized population: 16

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

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 0
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 2
  • Burglaries: 1
  • Thefts: 3
  • Auto thefts: 0

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

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 0
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 4
  • Burglaries: 5
  • Thefts: 25
  • Auto thefts: 3
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 6 buildings, average cost: $78,300
  • 2008: 2 buildings, average cost: $58,200
  • 2009: 8 buildings, average cost: $104,200
  • 2010: 1 building, cost: $120,000
  • 2011: 4 buildings, average cost: $104,900
  • 2012: 2 buildings, average cost: $113,100
  • 2013: 4 buildings, average cost: $121,000
  • 2014: 5 buildings, average cost: $141,000

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

2016 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $840 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $966 (0.9%)

Butte County household income distribution in 2009 Butte County home values distribution Butte County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 14.6%
Butte County:

14.6%
Idaho:

14.4%
(14.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 30.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for American Indian residents, 33.3% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2016: 45.5 years old
(Males: 46.1 years old, Females: 43.2 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 48.0 years old, Black residents: 19.4 years old, Asian residents: 26.5 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 29.3 years old, Other race residents: 46.1 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Butte County is $417 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $532 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $752 a month.

Cities in this county include: Arco, Howe, Moore, Butte City, Lost River.

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

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Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

3.9%
Idaho:

3.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 74
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 90.0%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 15.6%

Number of foreign born residents: 48 (45.4% naturalized citizens)

Butte County:

1.8%
Whole state:

5.8%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 2010 or later: 6
  • 2000 to 2009: 19
  • 1990 to 1999: 6
  • 1980 to 1989: 41
  • 1970 to 1979: 6
  • Before 1970: 22
Note: State values scaled to Butte County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 22.2 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 80.2%

Butte County marital status for males Butte County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 1,031
  • One, attached: 5
  • Two: 24
  • 3 or 4: 38
  • 10 to 19: 54
  • 20 or more: 9
  • Mobile homes: 144

Housing units in Butte County with a mortgage: 439 (26 second mortgage, 15 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 464

Here:

48.6% with mortgage
State:

64.5% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Butte County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Other1,6356
Black Protestant1901
Evangelical Protestant1664
Catholic1321
Mainline Protestant1142
None654-
Butte 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: 1
Butte County:

3.63 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.88 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 5
Butte County:

18.14 / 10,000 pop.
Idaho:

3.87 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 3
This county:

10.89 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.75 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Butte County:

8.7%
Idaho:

7.7%

Adult obesity rate:
Butte County:

25.1%
State:

25.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

15.0%
State:

11.7%

Agriculture in Butte County:

Average size of farms: 616 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $246,582
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $221.16
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 78.28%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $195,383
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 39.33%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 99.70%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $80,485
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 87.31%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 12.92
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 3.48%
All wheat for grain: 2951 harvested acres

Earthquake activity:

Butte County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Idaho state average. It is 271% 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 140.2 miles away from Butte 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 40.4 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 311.8 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 121.5 miles away from the county center
On 10/28/1983 at 19:51:24, a magnitude 5.8 (5.4 MB, 5.1 MS, 5.8 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 40.2 miles away from Butte County center
On 10/29/1983 at 23:29:11, a magnitude 5.8 (5.4 MB, 5.0 MS, 5.8 ML) earthquake occurred 59.7 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:

  • Idaho Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3244: September 13, 2005, FEMA Id: 3244, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Idaho Flooding, Incident Period: March 14, 1997 to June 30, 1997, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1177: June 13, 1997, FEMA Id: 1177, Natural disaster type: Flood
  • Idaho Earthquake, Incident Period: October 28, 1983 to January 25, 1984, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-694: November 18, 1983, FEMA Id: 694, Natural disaster type: Earthquake
  • Idaho Heavy Rains & Flooding, Incident Period: December 31, 1964, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-186: December 31, 1964, FEMA Id: 186, Natural disaster type: Flood, Heavy Rain

The number of natural disasters in Butte County (4) is a lot smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Emergencies Declared: 1

Class of Workers in 2016 (%)

Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Health care and social assistance (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (3%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (3%)
  • Retail trade (20%)
  • Educational services (18%)
  • Health care and social assistance (17%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (5%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (16%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (9%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (8%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (8%)
  • Transportation occupations (8%)
  • Life, physical, and social science occupations (7%)
  • Production occupations (7%)
  • Sales and related occupations (21%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (16%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (11%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (6%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (5%)

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

  • Mexico (61%)
  • Chile (27%)
  • Russia (4%)
  • Australia (2%)
  • Jamaica (2%)
  • Denmark (0%)
  • Norway (0%)

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

  • American (27%)
  • English (23%)
  • European (5%)
  • Irish (4%)
  • German (3%)
  • Italian (3%)
  • Scottish (2%)

Butte County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 1,136 (38.1%)
  • Carpooled: 723 (24.3%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 772 (25.9%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 12 (0.4%)
  • Bicycle: 3 (0.1%)
  • Walked: 42 (1.4%)
  • Worked at home: 39 (1.3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)

16 people in nursing homes
5 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)

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

  • 14 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 2 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 2 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $43,470.

6.35% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($36,776 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.35%
Idaho average:

7.20%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.85% relocated from other counties in Idaho ($15,931 average AGI)
3.50% relocated from other states ($20,828 average AGI)
Butte County:

3.50%
Idaho average:

3.91%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries



8.36% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($33,551 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.36%
Idaho average:

7.21%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.14% relocated to other counties in Idaho ($18,103 average AGI)
3.22% relocated to other states ($15,449 average AGI)
Butte County:

3.22%
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 Bonneville County, ID  1.61% ($28,133 average AGI)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.0
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.9

Births per 1000 population in Butte County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 9.5

Deaths per 1000 population in Butte County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.5
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 3.2

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Butte County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 18.4%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 12.3%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Butte County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Butte County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 591 (494 aged, 97 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 101 (14%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Butte County, Idaho in 1999 - 2014:

  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (48)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (24)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (20)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (18)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (17)
  • Congestive heart failure (15)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (10)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 20%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 19%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 35.24
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 18,076
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 1,515
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 16,596

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,425
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,175

Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 142

Household type by relationship:

Households: 2,667
  • In family households: 2,170 (359 male householders, 336 female householders)
    578 spouses, 779 children (730 natural, 37 adopted, 8 stepchildren), 34 grandchildren, 10 brothers or sisters, 28 parents, 20 other relatives, 17 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 453 (255 male householders (223 living alone)), 138 female householders (132 living alone)), 60 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 44

Size of family households: 441 2-persons, 80 3-persons, 67 4-persons, 45 5-persons, 45 6-persons, 26 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 355 1-person, 41 2-persons.

443 married couples with children.
80 single-parent households (12 men, 68 women).

98.4% of residents of Butte speak English at home.
1.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (32% speak English very well, 54% speak English well, 15% don't speak English at all).
0.3% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (57% speak English very well, 43% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $28,786,000 ($10,143 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $428,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $8,061,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $3,490,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $1,636,000
Federal grants: $7,360,000
Federal procurement contracts: $382,000 ($14,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $7,857,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $932,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $5,690,000
Federal Government insurance: $3,618,000

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

Births: 211
Here:

75 per 1000 residents
State:

78 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 140
Here:

50 per 1000 residents
State:

37 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +22
Here:

+8 per 1000 residents
State:

+10 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -180
Here -64 per 1000 residents
State +43 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Butte County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 3.56 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.1
State:

6.5

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.4
State:

4.5

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 12
  • 2010 to 2013: 43
  • 2000 to 2009: 134
  • 1990 to 1999: 143
  • 1980 to 1989: 159
  • 1970 to 1979: 253
  • 1960 to 1969: 126
  • 1950 to 1959: 174
  • 1940 to 1949: 101
  • 1939 or earlier: 153
Note: State values scaled to Butte population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Butte County, Idaho
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Butte County population
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 7
  • 3 rooms: 53
  • 4 rooms: 111
  • 5 rooms: 154
  • 6 rooms: 181
  • 7 rooms: 103
  • 8 rooms: 81
  • 9+ rooms: 200
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 0
  • 3 rooms: 28
  • 4 rooms: 73
  • 5 rooms: 29
  • 6 rooms: 24
  • 7 rooms: 19
  • 8 rooms: 9
  • 9+ rooms: 3
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Butte County, Idaho
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Butte County population
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 48
  • 2 bedrooms: 207
  • 3 bedrooms: 334
  • 4 bedrooms: 226
  • 5+ bedrooms: 73
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 27
  • 2 bedrooms: 78
  • 3 bedrooms: 75
  • 4 bedrooms: 8
  • 5+ bedrooms: 0
Cars and other vehicles available in Butte County, Idaho in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Butte County population
  • no vehicle: 14
  • 1 vehicle: 137
  • 2 vehicles: 324
  • 3 vehicles: 236
  • 4 vehicles: 115
  • 5+ vehicles: 73
  • no vehicle: 16
  • 1 vehicle: 76
  • 2 vehicles: 45
  • 3 vehicles: 23
  • 4 vehicles: 15
  • 5+ vehicles: 14

92% of Butte County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 22% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 48% lived in Idaho.

Butte County:

92.2%
State average:

82.3%

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

  • This state: 1,698
  • Other state: 921
  • Northeast: 23
  • Midwest: 78
  • South: 185
  • West: 638

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Butte County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (46.0%)
  • Wood (24.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (20.6%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2.9%)
  • Other fuel (2.3%)
  • Coal or coke (0.9%)
  • Utility gas (0.6%)
  • No fuel used (0.4%)
  • Electricity (64.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (12.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (12.7%)
  • Utility gas (3.2%)
  • Other fuel (3.2%)
  • Wood (1.1%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 31
Here:

10.5%
Idaho:

8.1%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 8
Here:

3.8%
Idaho:

7.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 17
Here:

37.0%
Idaho:

22.6%

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)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 57
  • Number of aged recipients: 5
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 52
  • Number of recipients under 18: 5
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 41
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 11
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 32
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 18
Butte County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Butte County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Butte County, ID among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John1174.2 years
Charles1173.4 years
Mary1075.6 years
Robert970.0 years
George764.0 years
William670.3 years
Paul677.7 years
Thomas675.8 years
James579.2 years
Dorothy571.8 years
Most common last names in Butte County, ID among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Jones1278.2 years
Morris966.7 years
Anderson781.1 years
Taylor757.9 years
Perrenoud665.5 years
Walker678.7 years
Johnson671.3 years
Hansen680.0 years
Woodbridge473.5 years
Braswell469.5 years

Businesses in Butte County, ID

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