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Caribou County, Idaho


Caribou County, Idaho

Caribou County, Idaho
Caribou County Courthouse, Soda Springs
Seal of Caribou County, Idaho
Map of Idaho highlighting Caribou County
Location in the state of Idaho
Map of the United States highlighting Idaho
Idaho's location in the U.S.
Founded February 11, 1919
Named for Caribou Mountains
Seat Soda Springs
Largest city Soda Springs
 • Total 1,799 sq mi (4,659 km2)
 • Land 1,764 sq mi (4,569 km2)
 • Water 34 sq mi (88 km2), 1.9%
 • (2010) 6,963
 • Density 3.9/sq mi (2/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6

Caribou County is a county located in the U.S. state of Idaho. As of the 2010 Census the county had a population of 6,963.[1] The county seat and largest city is Soda Springs.[2]


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Adjacent counties 2.1
    • National protected areas 2.2
    • Major highways 2.3
  • Demographics 3
  • Communities 4
    • Cities 4.1
    • Unincorporated communities 4.2
  • See also 5
  • References 6


Caribou County was formed on February 11, 1919, by the Idaho Legislature by a partition of Bannock County. It was the last county formed in the state, three days after Jerome County, and was named for the Caribou Mountains.[3]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,799 square miles (4,660 km2), of which 1,764 square miles (4,570 km2) is land and 34 square miles (88 km2) (1.9%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Major highways


As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 7,304 people, 2,560 households, and 1,978 families residing in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 3,188 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.14% White, 0.05% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 2.20% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. 3.96% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 29.7% were of English, 12.2% German, 11.0% American, 8.2% Danish and 5.5% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 2,560 households out of which 39.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.30% were married couples living together, 5.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.70% were non-families. 20.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.29.

In the county the population was spread out with 31.70% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 24.50% from 25 to 44, 22.00% from 45 to 64, and 13.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 99.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,609, and the median income for a family was $42,630. Males had a median income of $38,575 versus $20,085 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,179. About 7.00% of families and 9.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.60% of those under age 18 and 9.90% of those age 65 or over.



Unincorporated communities

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ - Caribou County accessed 2009-05-29
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder".  

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