Power County, Idaho

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Power County, Idaho
Power County Courthouse.jpg
Power County Courthouse, American Falls
Seal of Power County, Idaho
Seal
Map of Idaho highlighting Power County
Location in the U.S. state of Idaho
Map of the United States highlighting Idaho
Idaho's location in the U.S.
Founded January 30, 1913
Named for power plant at the American Falls Dam
Seat American Falls
Largest city American Falls
Area
 • Total 1,443 sq mi (3,737 km2)
 • Land 1,404 sq mi (3,636 km2)
 • Water 38 sq mi (98 km2), 2.7%
Population
 • ( 2010) 7,817
 • Density 5.6/sq mi (2/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/ -6
Website www.co.power.id.us

Power County is a county located in the U.S. state of Idaho. As of the 2010 Census, the county had a population of 7,817. [1] The county seat and largest city is American Falls. [2] The county was created by the Idaho Legislature on January 30, 1913, by a partition of Cassia County. It is named for an early hydroelectric power plant (1902) at the American Falls. [3]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,443 square miles (3,740 km2), of which 1,404 square miles (3,640 km2) is land and 38 square miles (98 km2) (2.7%) is water. [4]

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Government

Previous Presidential Elections Results [5]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 60.4% 1,666 25.3% 699 14.3% 393
2012 64.4% 1,870 33.8% 982 1.8% 52
2008 61.7% 1,754 36.1% 1,027 2.2% 61
2004 71.2% 2,105 28.0% 829 0.8% 24
2000 69.1% 1,872 27.9% 755 3.0% 82
1996 51.1% 1,501 36.4% 1,070 12.4% 365
1992 45.4% 1,352 28.1% 837 26.5% 788
1988 61.7% 1,838 36.7% 1,095 1.6% 48
1984 76.5% 2,298 22.6% 678 0.9% 28
1980 71.1% 2,235 23.1% 727 5.8% 181
1976 50.0% 1,374 46.8% 1,286 3.3% 90
1972 64.5% 1,405 28.7% 625 6.9% 150
1968 60.3% 1,222 28.7% 582 11.1% 224
1964 45.4% 966 54.6% 1,161
1960 52.6% 1,065 47.4% 960
1956 59.0% 1,108 41.0% 769
1952 68.5% 1,308 31.6% 603
1948 52.1% 875 47.3% 795 0.7% 11
1944 52.8% 895 47.2% 801
1940 50.5% 951 49.4% 931 0.2% 3
1936 39.1% 708 59.3% 1,075 1.6% 29
1932 34.7% 603 64.9% 1,126 0.4% 7
1928 56.5% 852 43.3% 653 0.2% 3
1924 43.1% 757 39.0% 684 17.9% 314
1920 67.3% 1,155 32.7% 561
1916 47.4% 1,024 50.0% 1,079 2.6% 57

After the resignation of Vicki Meadows in 2013, Power County's commissioners are:

  • H. Norman Wright
  • Ron Funk
  • Delane Anderson

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 5,105
1930 4,457 −12.7%
1940 3,965 −11.0%
1950 3,988 0.6%
1960 4,111 3.1%
1970 4,864 18.3%
1980 6,844 40.7%
1990 7,086 3.5%
2000 7,538 6.4%
2010 7,817 3.7%
Est. 2016 7,654 [6] −2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census [7]
1790-1960 [8] 1900-1990 [9]
1990-2000 [10] 2010-2013 [1]

2000 census

As of the census [11] of 2000, there were 7,538 people, 2,560 households, and 1,968 families residing in the county. The population density was 5 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 2,844 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 83.78% White, 0.09% Black or African American, 3.29% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 11.10% from other races, and 1.38% from two or more races. 21.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 18.0% were of German, 17.6% English and 10.9% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 2,560 households out of which 40.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.40% were married couples living together, 8.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.10% were non-families. 20.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.38.

In the county, the population was spread out with 33.80% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 25.40% from 25 to 44, 22.00% from 45 to 64, and 10.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 101.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,226, and the median income for a family was $36,685. Males had a median income of $29,676 versus $20,930 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,007. About 10.80% of families and 16.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.10% of those under age 18 and 12.70% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 7,817 people, 2,641 households, and 2,019 families residing in the county. [12] The population density was 5.6 inhabitants per square mile (2.2/km2). There were 2,944 housing units at an average density of 2.1 per square mile (0.81/km2). [13] The racial makeup of the county was 75.1% white, 2.3% American Indian, 0.4% Asian, 0.3% black or African American, 0.1% Pacific islander, 19.5% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 29.8% of the population. [12] In terms of ancestry, 16.7% were German, 16.7% were English, and 7.2% were American. [14]

Of the 2,641 households, 40.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.6% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 23.6% were non-families, and 19.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.39. The median age was 33.2 years. [12]

The median income for a household in the county was $40,843 and the median income for a family was $46,391. Males had a median income of $35,674 versus $29,844 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,412. About 8.3% of families and 11.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.7% of those under age 18 and 12.3% of those age 65 or over. [15]

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