Bonner County, Idaho

Summary

Bonner County is a county in the northern part of the U.S. state of Idaho. As of the 2020 census, the population was 47,110.[1] The county seat and largest city is Sandpoint.[2] Partitioned from Kootenai County and established in 1907, it was named for Edwin L. Bonner, a ferry operator.

Bonner County
Bonner County Courthouse in Sandpoint
Bonner County Courthouse in Sandpoint
Official seal of Bonner County
Map of Idaho highlighting Bonner County
Location within the U.S. state of Idaho
Map of the United States highlighting Idaho
Idaho's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 48°17′N 116°36′W / 48.29°N 116.6°W / 48.29; -116.6
Country United States
State Idaho
FoundedFebruary 21, 1907
Named forEdwin L. Bonner
SeatSandpoint
Largest citySandpoint
Area
 • Total1,919 sq mi (4,970 km2)
 • Land1,735 sq mi (4,490 km2)
 • Water185 sq mi (480 km2)  9.6%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total47,110
 • Density25/sq mi (9.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC−8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−7 (PDT)
Congressional district1st
Websitebonnercounty.us

Bonner County comprises the Sandpoint, Idaho Micropolitan Statistical Area.

HistoryEdit

Bonner County was formed on February 21, 1907. It was named for travel entrepreneur Edwin L. Bonner, a ferry operator.[3]

In 1864, the Idaho Legislature created the counties of Lah-Toh and Kootenai. Kootenai County initially covered all of present-day Bonner and Boundary counties and a portion of present-day Kootenai County. It also overlapped part of the existing boundary of Shoshone County. Sin-na-ac-qua-teen, a trading post in present-day Bonner County on the south shore of the Pend Oreille River near Laclede, was named county seat. The government of Kootenai failed to organize due to lack of settlement within the county boundary. In 1867, the legislature repealed the act that created the two counties and consolidated them into a county that retained the Kootenai name. Rathdrum became the county seat when Kootenai County organized in 1881.[4][5][6]

The tiny portion of Bonner County south of the 48th parallel and east of Shoshone County was not in any of Idaho's counties from 1863 to 1907, the longest time frame any non-county area existed in the State of Idaho. The Idaho panhandle north of the Clearwater River's basin was in Spokane County, Washington, prior to Idaho's creation as a territory in 1863. When Idaho defined its original counties by February, 1864, it attached the former Spokane County area to Nez Perce County for judicial purposes. Legislators creating Kootenai County in December 1864 lacked knowledge of the geography of the area and failed to fully include the non-county area within the county boundaries of Kootenai or Lah-Toh. The non-county area was fully included within Bonner County when it was formed in 1907.[7]

Boundary County was formed from Bonner County in 1915.[5]

GeographyEdit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,919 square miles (4,970 km2), of which 1,735 square miles (4,490 km2) is land and 185 square miles (480 km2) (9.6%) is water.[8]

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Rivers and lakesEdit

 
Kelso Lake

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
191013,588
192012,957−4.6%
193013,1521.5%
194015,66719.1%
195014,853−5.2%
196015,5874.9%
197015,560−0.2%
198024,16355.3%
199026,62210.2%
200036,83538.4%
201040,87711.0%
202047,11015.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
1790–1960[10] 1900–1990[11]
1990–2000[12] 2010–2020[13]

2000 censusEdit

As of the census[14] of 2000, there were 36,835 people, 14,693 households, and 10,270 families living in the county. The population density was 21 people per square mile (8/km2). There were 19,646 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.58% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 0.87% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.42% from other races, and 1.70% from two or more races. 1.64% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 20.9% were of German, 11.7% English, 11.7% American, 9.6% Irish and 5.3% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 14,693 households, out of which 30.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.60% were married couples living together, 7.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.10% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 25.50% under the age of 18, 6.70% from 18 to 24, 25.40% from 25 to 44, 29.30% from 45 to 64, and 13.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 100.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,803, and the median income for a family was $37,930. Males had a median income of $32,504 versus $21,086 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,263. About 11.90% of families and 15.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.20% of those under age 18 and 10.20% of those age 65 or over.

2010 censusEdit

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 40,877 people, 17,100 households, and 11,591 families living in the county.[15] The population density was 23.6 inhabitants per square mile (9.1/km2). There were 24,669 housing units at an average density of 14.2 per square mile (5.5/km2).[16] The racial makeup of the county was 96.0% white, 0.8% American Indian, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 0.1% black or African American, 0.4% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.2% of the population.[15] In terms of ancestry, 25.4% were German, 15.3% were Irish, 15.2% were English, 6.2% were Norwegian, and 5.0% were American.[17]

Of the 17,100 households, 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.2% were non-families, and 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.82. The median age was 45.8 years.[15]

The median income for a household in the county was $41,943 and the median income for a family was $51,377. Males had a median income of $40,076 versus $30,829 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,745. About 10.1% of families and 14.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.3% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.[18]

PoliticsEdit

United States presidential election results for Bonner County, Idaho[19]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 18,369 67.16% 8,310 30.38% 673 2.46%
2016 13,343 63.71% 5,819 27.78% 1,781 8.50%
2012 11,367 60.45% 6,500 34.57% 936 4.98%
2008 11,145 57.01% 7,840 40.10% 565 2.89%
2004 10,697 60.49% 6,649 37.60% 338 1.91%
2000 8,945 61.53% 4,318 29.70% 1,274 8.76%
1996 6,207 43.00% 5,294 36.67% 2,935 20.33%
1992 3,937 28.49% 4,995 36.14% 4,889 35.37%
1988 5,721 49.94% 5,555 48.49% 179 1.56%
1984 6,889 58.89% 4,628 39.56% 182 1.56%
1980 6,727 56.34% 4,060 34.00% 1,153 9.66%
1976 4,549 51.37% 4,065 45.91% 241 2.72%
1972 4,405 57.47% 2,599 33.91% 661 8.62%
1968 3,240 45.75% 3,063 43.25% 779 11.00%
1964 2,975 40.74% 4,328 59.26% 0 0.00%
1960 3,575 46.80% 4,064 53.20% 0 0.00%
1956 3,937 52.84% 3,514 47.16% 0 0.00%
1952 4,309 56.36% 3,293 43.07% 43 0.56%
1948 2,666 45.44% 2,916 49.70% 285 4.86%
1944 2,924 48.23% 3,116 51.39% 23 0.38%
1940 3,072 44.27% 3,834 55.24% 34 0.49%
1936 2,016 33.64% 3,521 58.75% 456 7.61%
1932 1,989 34.10% 3,695 63.36% 148 2.54%
1928 2,861 63.24% 1,603 35.43% 60 1.33%
1924 1,714 40.19% 543 12.73% 2,008 47.08%
1920 2,217 60.16% 1,468 39.84% 0 0.00%
1916 1,417 36.76% 2,003 51.96% 435 11.28%
1912 711 17.23% 1,055 25.56% 2,361 57.21%
1908 2,512 58.88% 1,223 28.67% 531 12.45%


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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "County Population Totals: 2010-2020". Retrieved October 13, 2021.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Bonner County – Idaho.gov Archived December 13, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Kootenai County Marks 150 Years". The Coeur d'Alene Press. The Coeur d'Alene Press. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Idaho Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. Chicago: The Newberry Library. pp. 118, 120.
  6. ^ "An Act Defining the Boundary Lines of Counties West of the Rocky Mountains". Laws of the Territory of Idaho. 1: 628–629. 1864.
  7. ^ Idaho Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. Chicago: The Newberry Library. 2010. pp. 118, 143–146.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
  11. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
  13. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 8, 2012. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
  14. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  15. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  16. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 – County". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  17. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006–2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  18. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006–2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  19. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 4, 2018.

External linksEdit

  • Bonner County website
  • Bonner County Historical Society

Coordinates: 48°17′N 116°36′W / 48.29°N 116.60°W / 48.29; -116.60