Custer County, Idaho (ID)

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County population in 2012: 4,331 (all rural); it was 4,342 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 754
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 717
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 1,322
Renter-occupied apartments: 465 (it was 448 in 2000)
% of renters here:

25%
State:

30%

Land area: 4925 sq. mi.

Water area: 11.3 sq. mi.

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

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Custer County: 85.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Manufacturing (30.2%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (22.4%), Transportation and warehousing,and utilities (14.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 41%
  • Government: 6%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 52%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Custer County, Idaho:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (94.0%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (4.0%)
  • Two or more races (0.9%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (0.6%)
Median resident age:  48.0 years
Idaho median age:  34.0 years
Males: 2,318  (50.8%)
Females: 2,050  (49.2%)

Custer County,ID real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Custer County:

2.0 people
Idaho:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $39,554 ($32,174 in 1999)

This county:

$39554
Idaho:

$46783

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $343 (lower quartile is $197, upper quartile is $579)
This county:

$343
State:

$610


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $147,720 (it was $89,700 in 2000)
Custer:

$147,720
Idaho:

$159,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $90,575 - $203,938
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $938
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $235

Institutionalized population: 9

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

Custer County, ID map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 3 buildings, average cost: $155,000
  • 2008: 7 buildings, average cost: $118,600
  • 2009: 10 buildings, average cost: $204,400

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $551 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $492 (0.3%)

Custer County household income distribution in 2009 Custer County home values distribution Custer County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 16.1%
(15.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 32.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 50.0% for other race residents, 16.1% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 16.2%
Custer County:

16.2%
Idaho:

15.6%
(16.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 27.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 46.2% for other race residents, 16.4% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 50 years old
(Males: 49 years old, Females: 50 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 50 years old, American Indian residents: 31 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 44 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Custer 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: Challis, Mackay, Stanley, Clayton.

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

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Custer County: Redfish Inlet Transfer Camp (A), Redfish Outlet Campground (B), Wildhorse Campground (C), Lake View Campground (D), Lower O'Brien Campground (E), Wildhorse Guard Station (F), Buckhorn Roadside Rest (G), Bonanza Guard Station (H), Riverside Campground (I), Rosenkranze Ranch (J), Bruno Cabin Ruins (K), Dutchman Flat Campground (L), Loon Creek Lookout (M), Loon Creek Guard Station (N), Bayhorse Recreation Site (O), Oyler Ranch (P), Twin Peaks Lookout (Q), Salmon River Campground (R), Sawtooth Valley Ranger Station (S), Guard Station Campground (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Darlington Cemetery (1), Stanley Cemetery (2), Chilly Cemetery (3), Houston Cemetery (4), Barton Cemetery (5), Battleground Cemetery (6), Boot Hill Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Kidney Lake (A), Saddleback Lakes (B), Langer Lake (C), Packrat Lake (D), Lightning Lake (E), Lily Lake (F), Little Bayhorse Lake (G), Little Frog Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Chuck Creek (A), China Creek (B), Chet Creek (C), Bighorn Creek (D), Charcoal Creek (E), Champion Creek (F), Chamberlain Creek (G), Challis Creek (H), Cedar Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Custer County include: Langer Monument (1), North Shore Picnic Ground (2), Land of the Yankee Fork State Park & National Forest Historic Area (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Blaine County , Boise County , Butte County , Elmore County , Lemhi County , Valley County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

4.2%
Idaho:

4.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 69
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 84.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 17.4%

Number of foreign born residents: 99 (31% naturalized citizens)

Custer County:

2.3%
Whole state:

5.0%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 20
  • 1990 to 1994: 29
  • 1985 to 1989: 13
  • 1980 to 1984: 2
  • 1975 to 1979: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 16
  • 1970 to 1974: 9
  • 1965 to 1969: 10

Mean travel time to work (commute): 26.1 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 83.7%

Custer County marital status for males Custer County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Custer County with a mortgage: 393 (17 second mortgage, 31 home equity loan, 4 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 337

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

73.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Custer County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Other1,1916
Evangelical Protestant2905
Catholic2482
Mainline Protestant282
None2,611-
Custer 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
Custer County:

7.22 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.88 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

2.41 / 10,000 pop.
Idaho:

0.53 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 6
Custer County:

14.44 / 10,000 pop.
Idaho:

3.87 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 7
This county:

16.84 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.75 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Custer County:

7.9%
Idaho:

7.7%

Adult obesity rate:
Custer County:

26.5%
State:

25.7%

Agriculture in Custer County:

Average size of farms: 462 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $44,668
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $106.18
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 76.39%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $48,012
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 21.52%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 98.06%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $52,701
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 82.46%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 19.40
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.02%

Earthquake activity:

Custer County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Idaho state average. It is 280% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/28/1983 at 14:06:06, a magnitude 7.3 (6.2 MB, 7.3 MS, 7.0 MW, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 19.1 miles away from Custer County center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK) earthquake occurred 173.9 miles away from the county center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 10/3/1915 at 06:52:48, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK) earthquake occurred 308.8 miles away from the county center
On 10/29/1983 at 23:29:11, a magnitude 5.8 (5.4 MB, 5.0 MS, 5.8 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 9.6 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) earthquake occurred 20.9 miles away from Custer County center
On 8/22/1984 at 09:46:30, a magnitude 5.8 (5.0 MB, 5.1 MS, 5.8 ML) earthquake occurred 21.4 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 Custer County (4) is a lot smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Emergencies Declared: 1

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 (65%)
  • Canada (20%)
  • Germany (6%)
  • France (2%)
  • Other Western Europe (2%)
  • Korea (2%)

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

  • English (19%)
  • German (17%)
  • Irish (11%)
  • United States or American (10%)
  • Italian (4%)
  • Swedish (4%)
  • Norwegian (4%)

Custer County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 1,175 (62%)
  • Carpooled: 352 (18%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 41 (2%)
  • Motorcycle: 1 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 8 (0%)
  • Walked: 120 (6%)
  • Other means: 18 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 190 (10%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

  • 35 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 32 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 4 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
12 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
9 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $46,162.

6.96% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($36,053 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.96%
Idaho average:

7.20%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.88% relocated from other counties in Idaho ($16,982 average AGI)
3.08% relocated from other states ($19,071 average AGI)
Custer County:

3.08%
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 Ada County, ID  0.86% ($39,429 average AGI)
from Bonneville County, ID  0.68% ($25,364)


7.31% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($33,034 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.31%
Idaho average:

7.21%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.54% relocated to other counties in Idaho ($19,908 average AGI)
2.76% relocated to other states ($13,126 average AGI)
Custer County:

2.76%
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 Ada County, ID  0.68% ($40,273 average AGI)
to Bonneville County, ID  0.68% ($27,182)
to Lemhi County, ID  0.61% ($37,700)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.6
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.5

Births per 1000 population in Custer County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 8.6

Deaths per 1000 population in Custer County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 5.6
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 3.9

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Custer County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 709 (610 aged, 99 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 20%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 19%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 637.720
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 637.720

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 24.35
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 49.06

Household type by relationship:

Households: 4,347

Size of family households: 726 2-persons, 228 3-persons, 162 4-persons, 88 5-persons, 25 6-persons, 15 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 584 1-person, 94 2-persons, 3 3-persons, 5 4-persons, 2 5-persons, 1 6-persons, 3 7-or-more-persons.

900 married couples with children.
161 single-parent households (66 men, 95 women).

95.7% of residents of Custer County speak English at home.
3.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (49% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 23% speak English not well, 9% don't speak English at all).
1.1% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (68% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 11% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (60% speak English very well, 40% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $29,216,000 ($7102 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $691,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $11,770,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $4,769,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $350,000
Federal grants: $3,087,000
Federal procurement contracts: $3,311,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $5,928,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $262,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $1,518,000
Federal Government insurance: $3,588,000

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

Births: 159
Here:

39 per 1000 residents
State:

78 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 173
Here:

42 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: -249
Here -61 per 1000 residents
State +43 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Custer County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.36 millions of gallons per day (31% from ground, 69% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.7
State:

6.1

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.7
State:

4.1

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 72
  • 2000 to 2004: 323
  • 1990 to 1999: 439
  • 1980 to 1989: 646
  • 1970 to 1979: 602
  • 1960 to 1969: 229
  • 1950 to 1959: 249
  • 1940 to 1949: 111
  • 1939 or earlier: 415
Rooms in houses/apartments in Custer County, Idaho
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 10
  • 2 rooms: 17
  • 3 rooms: 76
  • 4 rooms: 187
  • 5 rooms: 336
  • 6 rooms: 219
  • 7 rooms: 186
  • 8 rooms: 154
  • 9+ rooms: 137
  • 1 room: 10
  • 2 rooms: 38
  • 3 rooms: 84
  • 4 rooms: 73
  • 5 rooms: 93
  • 6 rooms: 95
  • 7 rooms: 20
  • 8 rooms: 16
  • 9+ rooms: 19
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Custer County, Idaho
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 15
  • 1 bedroom: 78
  • 2 bedrooms: 354
  • 3 bedrooms: 579
  • 4 bedrooms: 204
  • 5+ bedrooms: 92
  • no bedroom: 26
  • 1 bedroom: 97
  • 2 bedrooms: 131
  • 3 bedrooms: 129
  • 4 bedrooms: 54
  • 5+ bedrooms: 11
Cars and other vehicles available in Custer County, Idaho in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 32
  • 1 vehicle: 255
  • 2 vehicles: 545
  • 3 vehicles: 335
  • 4 vehicles: 113
  • 5+ vehicles: 42
  • no vehicle: 31
  • 1 vehicle: 215
  • 2 vehicles: 151
  • 3 vehicles: 44
  • 4 vehicles: 7
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

59% of Custer County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 42% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 47% lived in Idaho.

Custer County:

59.2%
State average:

50.5%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $86,700


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 8%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 8%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Custer County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (44.3%)
  • Wood (33.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (17.4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (3.9%)
  • Utility gas (0.6%)
  • Electricity (48.4%)
  • Wood (31.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (14.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (3.8%)
  • Coal or coke (0.9%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 12
Here:

2.2%
Idaho:

7.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 4
Here:

1.3%
Idaho:

5.7%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 3
Here:

7.1%
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)

Custer County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Current Operations - General - Other: $515,000
    Regular Highways: $475,000
    Police Protection: $455,000
    General Public Buildings: $454,000
    Financial Administration: $270,000
    Central Staff Services: $228,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $169,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $95,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $47,000
    Health - Other: $45,000
    Solid Waste Management: $40,000
    Local Fire Protection: $15,000
    Sea and Inland Port Facilities: $14,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Other Higher Education: $13,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $140,000
    Local Fire Protection: $124,000
    Financial Administration: $75,000
    General Public Building: $75,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $15,000
    Solid Waste Management: $5,000
    Police Protection: $3,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $1,102,000

Custer County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $64,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $391,000
    Highways: $47,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $107,000
    Sale of Property: $17,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $15,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $395,000
    All Other: $108,000
  • Tax - Property: $1,045,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $28,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $27,000
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $6,000
    Other License: $2,000

Custer County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,853,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Custer County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Custer County, ID among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William2974.1 years
John1973.7 years
Charles1468.7 years
Mary1483.1 years
George1377.5 years
James1375.5 years
Frank1174.8 years
Kenneth1080.2 years
Raymond973.5 years
Donald972.7 years
Most common last names in Custer County, ID among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Anderson1575.8 years
Johnson1180.4 years
Williams983.5 years
Ivie981.2 years
Piva881.9 years
Leuzinger773.4 years
Smith778.9 years
Hammond676.3 years
Larter668.3 years
Miller679.2 years
Businesses in Custer County, ID
NameCountNameCount
FedEx1True Value1
H&R Block1U-Haul1

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