St. Maries, Idaho

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St. Maries, Idaho
City
Location in Benewah County and the state of Idaho
Location in Benewah County and the state of Idaho
Coordinates: 47°18′58″N 116°34′12″W / 47.316°N 116.57°W / 47.316; -116.57Coordinates: 47°18′58″N 116°34′12″W / 47.316°N 116.57°W / 47.316; -116.57
CountryUnited States
StateIdaho
CountyBenewah
Area[1]
 • Total1.10 sq mi (2.85 km2)
 • Land1.10 sq mi (2.85 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation2,192 ft (668 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total2,402
 • Estimate (2012[3])2,351
 • Density2,183.6/sq mi (843.1/km2)
Time zonePacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST)PDT (UTC-7)
Area code(s)208
FIPS code16-71470
GNIS feature ID0398082
 
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St. Maries, Idaho
City
Location in Benewah County and the state of Idaho
Location in Benewah County and the state of Idaho
Coordinates: 47°18′58″N 116°34′12″W / 47.316°N 116.57°W / 47.316; -116.57Coordinates: 47°18′58″N 116°34′12″W / 47.316°N 116.57°W / 47.316; -116.57
CountryUnited States
StateIdaho
CountyBenewah
Area[1]
 • Total1.10 sq mi (2.85 km2)
 • Land1.10 sq mi (2.85 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation2,192 ft (668 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total2,402
 • Estimate (2012[3])2,351
 • Density2,183.6/sq mi (843.1/km2)
Time zonePacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST)PDT (UTC-7)
Area code(s)208
FIPS code16-71470
GNIS feature ID0398082
Historical population
CensusPop.
1900209
1910869315.8%
19201,962125.8%
19301,9961.7%
19402,23411.9%
19502,220−0.6%
19602,4359.7%
19702,5113.1%
19802,79411.3%
19902,442−12.6%
20002,6528.6%
20102,402−9.4%
source:[4][5]

St. Maries (pronounced like "St. Mary's") is a city in north central Idaho, the largest in rural Benewah County and its county seat. Its population was 2,402 at the 2010 census, down from 2,652 in 2000.

Geography[edit]

St. Maries is located at 47°18′58″N 116°34′12″W / 47.316°N 116.57°W / 47.316; -116.57.[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.10 square miles (2.85 km2), all of it land.[1] The St. Maries River to the east and the St. Joe River to the north frame the city, at an elevation of 2,192 feet (668 m) above sea level.

History[edit]

The townsite was selected by Joseph Fisher, just southwest of the confluence of the two rivers, to provide a good place for a sawmill, first built in 1889. The rivers and lake systems provided rapid transportation systems for floating logs to the mills and utilizing steamboats to transport finish products to markets. From the city, the St. Joe River flows west, through several lakes and into the south end of Lake Coeur d'Alene. The city was established in 1913 and when Benewah County was formed from southern Kootenai County in 1915, St. Maries was named its county seat. The city's centennial celebration is scheduled for 2013.

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 2,402 people, 999 households, and 641 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,183.6 inhabitants per square mile (843.1 /km2). There were 1,092 housing units at an average density of 992.7 per square mile (383.3 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.0% White, 0.3% African American, 1.1% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

There were 999 households of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.4% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.8% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.88.

The median age in the city was 40.9 years. 24.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.7% were from 25 to 44; 25.4% were from 45 to 64; and 19.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.4% male and 50.6% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 2,652 people, 1,061 households, and 675 families residing in the city.[8] The population density was 2,434.8 people per square mile (939.4/km²). There were 1,132 housing units at an average density of 1,039.3 per square mile (401.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.93% White, 1.73% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 2.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.66% of the population.

There were 1,061 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.3% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 102.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,054, and the median income for a family was $37,474. Males had a median income of $35,625 versus $19,509 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,745. About 10.7% of families and 12.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.5% of those under age 18 and 14.9% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Lumberjack statue
at Heyburn Elementary School[9]

The public schools are operated by St. Maries Joint School District #41.

NameTypeGrades
St. Maries High SchoolHigh9–12
St. Maries Middle SchoolMiddle6–8
Heyburn ElementaryElementaryK–5

The high school's mascot is a lumberjack and the school colors are forest green and gold; the same are used for the middle and elementary school. The lumberjack statue at the elementary school on Main Street was originally a Texaco "Big Friend," a Muffler Man from the mid-1960s.[9]

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  4. ^ Moffatt, Riley. Population History of Western U.S. Cities & Towns, 1850-1990. Lanham: Scarecrow, 1996, 98.
  5. ^ "Subcounty population estimates: Idaho 2000-2007" (CSV). United States Census Bureau, Population Division. 2009-03-18. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ United States Census Bureau (2000), 2000 Census of Population, retrieved 2007-03-15 
  9. ^ a b "St. Maries, Idaho: Paul Bunyan - Big Friend". Roadside America.com. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 

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