Gooding County, Idaho (ID)

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County population in 2012: 15,291 (42% urban, 58% rural); it was 14,155 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,278
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,376
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 3,655
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,877 (it was 1,391 in 2000)
% of renters here:

28%
State:

30%

Land area: 731 sq. mi.

Water area: 3.1 sq. mi.

Population density: 21 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Gooding County: 85.8 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (45.9%), Manufacturing (17.6%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (12.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 64%
  • Government: 0%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 36%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Gooding County, Idaho:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (69.6%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (28.1%)
  • Two or more races (1.2%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (0.6%)
Median resident age:  34.0 years
Idaho median age:  34.0 years
Males: 7,999  (46.7%)
Females: 7,465  (53.3%)
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Gooding County,ID real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Gooding County:

2.0 people
Idaho:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $37,062 ($31,888 in 1999)

This county:

$37062
Idaho:

$46783

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $490 (lower quartile is $389, upper quartile is $642)
This county:

$490
State:

$610


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $121,432 (it was $83,200 in 2000)
Gooding:

$121,432
Idaho:

$159,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $80,501 - $203,838
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $996
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $314

Institutionalized population: 43

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

Gooding County, ID map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 76 buildings, average cost: $147,000
  • 2008: 41 buildings, average cost: $152,100
  • 2009: 23 buildings, average cost: $211,900

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $811 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $914 (0.8%)

Gooding County household income distribution in 2009 Gooding County home values distribution Gooding County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 20.8%
(15.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 34.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 53.8% for American Indian residents, 42.4% for other race residents, 11.6% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 21.0%
Gooding County:

21.0%
Idaho:

15.6%
(16.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 29.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 54.7% for American Indian residents, 39.8% for other race residents, 12.0% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 36 years old
(Males: 35 years old, Females: 37 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44 years old, American Indian residents: 34 years old, Asian residents: 14 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 22 years old, Other race residents: 26 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Gooding County is $456 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $569 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $750 a month.

Cities in this county include: Gooding, Wendell, Hagerman, Bliss.

Gooding 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 Gooding County: Hole-In-The-Wall Cabin (A), Hagerman State Fish Hatchery (B), Dog Creek Reservoir Public Fishing Area (C), Bell Rapids Access Area (D), Niagara Springs Hatchery (E), Crist Cabin (F), Snake River Fish Hatchery (G), Clear Lake Country Club (H), Randolf Pipe (I), Buckeye Ranch (J), West Point (K), Hagerman National Fish Hatchery (L), Bray Lake Ranch (M), Ticeska Station (N), Appleton Siding (O), Idaho Power Company Steelhead Trout Hatchery (P). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Pioneer Cemetery (1), Elmwood Cemetery (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Lye Lake (A), Bray Lake (B), Bliss Reservoir (C), Clear Lake (D), Turkey Lake (E), Sliman Reservoir (F), Thorn Creek Reservoir (G), Rattler Reservoir (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Rivers and creeks: Billingsley Creek (A), Black Canyon Creek (B), Calf Creek (C), Catchall Creek (D), Coyote Creek (E), Deer Creek (F), Briggs Creek (G), East Fork Clover Creek (H), Fourmile Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Gooding County include: Billingsley Creek Wildlife Management Area (1), Malad Gorge State Park (2), McGinnis Park (3), Niagara Springs Wildlife Management Area (4), Hagerman Wildlife Management Area (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Camas County , Elmore County , Jerome County , Lincoln County , Twin Falls County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

3.4%
Idaho:

4.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 363
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 72.6%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 12.0%

Number of foreign born residents: 1,649 (20% naturalized citizens)

Gooding County:

11.6%
Whole state:

5.0%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 376
  • 1990 to 1994: 575
  • 1985 to 1989: 274
  • 1980 to 1984: 137
  • 1975 to 1979: 130
  • 1970 to 1974: 58
  • 1970 to 1974: 45
  • 1965 to 1969: 54

Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.2 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 70.2%

Gooding County marital status for males Gooding County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Gooding County with a mortgage: 1,462 (187 second mortgage, 147 home equity loan, 4 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 902

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

73.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Gooding County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Other3,50110
Catholic2,3513
Mainline Protestant9047
Evangelical Protestant52912
None8,179-
Gooding 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: 4
Gooding County:

2.82 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.88 / 10,000 pop.


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

0.71 / 10,000 pop.
Idaho:

0.53 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
Gooding County:

4.94 / 10,000 pop.
Idaho:

3.87 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 9
This county:

6.35 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.75 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Gooding County:

7.8%
Idaho:

7.7%

Adult obesity rate:
Gooding County:

29.2%
State:

25.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

12.0%
State:

11.7%

Agriculture in Gooding County:

Average size of farms: 294 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $531,928
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $348.42
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.23%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 90.05%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $493,041
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 51.69%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 99.31%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $137,759
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 86.58%
Average age of principal farm operators: 52 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 107.84
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 54.75%
Corn for grain: 4119 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 3133 harvested acres
Vegetables: 2,704 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 39 acres

Tornado activity:

Gooding County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Idaho state average. It is 24225890.0 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Gooding County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Idaho state average. It is 338% 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 96.7 miles away from Gooding 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 237.2 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 216.0 miles away from the county center
On 12/16/1954 at 11:07:12, a magnitude 7.0 (7.0 UK) earthquake occurred 304.5 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 131.9 miles away from Gooding County center
On 12/21/1932 at 06:10:09, a magnitude 7.2 (7.2 UK) earthquake occurred 347.9 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 Gooding County (3) is a lot smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 2
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 (78%)
  • Guatemala (8%)
  • Portugal (3%)
  • Peru (3%)
  • Germany (2%)
  • Spain (2%)
  • Canada (2%)

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

  • English (16%)
  • German (14%)
  • United States or American (11%)
  • Irish (7%)
  • Dutch (4%)
  • Swedish (2%)
  • Italian (2%)

Gooding County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 4,245 (69%)
  • Carpooled: 1,079 (18%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 10 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 5 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 15 (0%)
  • Walked: 300 (5%)
  • Other means: 82 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 419 (7%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

  • 102 people in nursing homes
  • 32 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 21 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 18 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 15 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 13 people in other noninstitutional group quarters

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

  • 35 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 9 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 8 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $8,560.

7.44% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($14,223 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.44%
Idaho average:

7.20%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
5.26% relocated from other counties in Idaho ($4,680 average AGI)
2.19% relocated from other states ($9,543 average AGI)
Gooding County:

2.19%
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 Jerome County, ID  1.50% ($23,364 average AGI)
from Twin Falls County, ID  1.50% ($25,065)
from Ada County, ID  0.74% ($17,763)
from Lincoln County, ID  0.49% ($28,960)
from Canyon County, ID  0.21% ($-397,455)


8.48% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($26,467 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.48%
Idaho average:

7.21%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
6.07% relocated to other counties in Idaho ($17,884 average AGI)
2.41% relocated to other states ($8,583 average AGI)
Gooding County:

2.41%
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 Twin Falls County, ID  2.01% ($24,606 average AGI)
to Jerome County, ID  1.41% ($22,603)
to Ada County, ID  0.70% ($21,972)
to Lincoln County, ID  0.48% ($31,720)
to Canyon County, ID  0.23% ($23,000)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 15.4
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 16.6

Births per 1000 population in Gooding County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 9.0

Deaths per 1000 population in Gooding County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.8
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.0

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Gooding County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,329 (2,112 aged, 217 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 23%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 21%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 6.97
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 3931.410
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 97.59
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 27945.07

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1687.300
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 788.330

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 29.36
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 27.66

Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 15,412

Size of family households: 1,646 2-persons, 691 3-persons, 693 4-persons, 459 5-persons, 242 6-persons, 196 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,341 1-person, 198 2-persons, 41 3-persons, 15 4-persons, 6 5-persons, 1 6-persons, 2 7-or-more-persons.

3,217 married couples with children.
590 single-parent households (170 men, 420 women).

82.0% of residents of Gooding County speak English at home.
16.7% of residents speak Spanish at home (37% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 27% speak English not well, 14% don't speak English at all).
0.7% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (88% speak English very well, 4% speak English well, 8% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (55% speak English very well, 40% speak English well, 5% don't speak English at all).
0.4% of residents speak other language at home (22% speak English very well, 78% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $75,473,000 ($5261 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,966,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $32,967,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $13,349,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $2,633,000
Federal grants: $21,564,000
Federal procurement contracts: $872,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $4,088,000 ($481,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,333,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $5,891,000
Federal Government insurance: $19,362,000

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

Births: 1,257
Here:

87 per 1000 residents
State:

78 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 726
Here:

50 per 1000 residents
State:

37 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +314
Here:

+22 per 1000 residents
State:

+10 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -520
Here -36 per 1000 residents
State +43 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Gooding County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.73 millions of gallons per day (99% from ground, 1% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.6
State:

6.1

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.3
State:

4.1

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 136
  • 2000 to 2004: 726
  • 1990 to 1999: 1,187
  • 1980 to 1989: 468
  • 1970 to 1979: 1,100
  • 1960 to 1969: 639
  • 1950 to 1959: 730
  • 1940 to 1949: 391
  • 1939 or earlier: 723
Rooms in houses/apartments in Gooding County, Idaho
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 8
  • 2 rooms: 71
  • 3 rooms: 196
  • 4 rooms: 621
  • 5 rooms: 854
  • 6 rooms: 755
  • 7 rooms: 523
  • 8 rooms: 297
  • 9+ rooms: 330
  • 1 room: 20
  • 2 rooms: 105
  • 3 rooms: 269
  • 4 rooms: 359
  • 5 rooms: 262
  • 6 rooms: 174
  • 7 rooms: 105
  • 8 rooms: 59
  • 9+ rooms: 38
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Gooding County, Idaho
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 8
  • 1 bedroom: 209
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,023
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,757
  • 4 bedrooms: 510
  • 5+ bedrooms: 148
  • no bedroom: 38
  • 1 bedroom: 269
  • 2 bedrooms: 541
  • 3 bedrooms: 395
  • 4 bedrooms: 113
  • 5+ bedrooms: 35
Cars and other vehicles available in Gooding County, Idaho in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 56
  • 1 vehicle: 741
  • 2 vehicles: 1,640
  • 3 vehicles: 819
  • 4 vehicles: 300
  • 5+ vehicles: 99
  • no vehicle: 125
  • 1 vehicle: 553
  • 2 vehicles: 502
  • 3 vehicles: 124
  • 4 vehicles: 76
  • 5+ vehicles: 11

52% of Gooding County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 51% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 66% lived in Idaho.

Gooding County:

51.6%
State average:

50.5%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $60,600


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Gooding County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (50.6%)
  • Utility gas (26.4%)
  • Wood (7.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (7.4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (6.4%)
  • Other fuel (0.6%)
  • No fuel used (0.5%)
  • Electricity (63.1%)
  • Utility gas (19.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (8.5%)
  • Wood (5.1%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2.7%)
  • Other fuel (1.2%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 109
Here:

6.1%
Idaho:

7.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 38
Here:

3.9%
Idaho:

5.7%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 21
Here:

6.1%
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)

Gooding County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $611,000
    Police Protection: $593,000
    Solid Waste Management: $549,000
    Health - Other: $543,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $514,000
    Central Staff Services: $351,000
    Financial Administration: $270,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $227,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $222,000
    General Public Buildings: $213,000
    Corrections - Other: $120,000
    Regular Highways: $24,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $24,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $8,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $221,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $1,996,000

Gooding County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $549,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $221,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $144,000
    Rents: $3,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $1,091,000
    Health and Hospitals: $20,000
  • Tax - Property: $2,062,000

Gooding County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $3,150,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $2,800,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $350,000

Gooding County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,000,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,800,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Gooding 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 Gooding County, ID among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John8777.9 years
William7078.7 years
Mary6680.7 years
James5774.9 years
Robert5475.4 years
George5377.5 years
Charles5277.4 years
Ruth4080.7 years
Harold3773.4 years
Frank3778.7 years
Most common last names in Gooding County, ID among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith4481.7 years
Miller3878.9 years
Brown2681.0 years
Jones2677.8 years
Anderson2574.3 years
Johnson2376.0 years
Davis2178.1 years
Wilson2078.6 years
Henderson1978.3 years
Robinson1877.6 years
Businesses in Gooding County, ID
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Subway1
FedEx2U-Haul2
H&R Block1UPS2
La-Z-Boy1

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