Gem County

Gem County, Idaho

415 E Main St
Emmett, ID 83617
Phone: (208) 365-4561
Fax: (208) 365-6172
www.co.gem.id.us

In southwestern ID, north of Boise; organized Mar 19, 1915 from Boise and Canyon counties. Name Origin: For the state nickname, "Gem State," from the supposed Indian meaning of Idaho 'Gem of the Mountain.'

Area (sq mi):: 565.75 (land 562.58; water 3.17) Population per square mile: 28.90
Population 2005: 16,273 State rank: 19 Population change: 2000-20005 7.20%; 1990-2000 28.20% Population 2000: 15,181 (White 90.70%; Black or African American 0.10%; Hispanic or Latino 6.90%; Asian 0.40%; Other 5.80%). Foreign born: 4.90%. Median age: 37.50
Income 2000: per capita $15,340; median household $34,460; Population below poverty level: 13.10% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $19,376-$20,006
Unemployment (2004): 5.40% Unemployment change (from 2000): -2.50% Median travel time to work: 26.90 minutes Working outside county of residence: 44.50%
Cities with population over 10,000: None
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Having more information is an immeasurable benefit to emergency responders and we encourage citizens to create a Smart911 Safety Profile," said Lisa Resinkin, Gem County Dispatch Supervisor, "What citizens may not realize is that we receive very little information on their incoming 9-1-1 call, especially if it is made on a mobile phone.
With service activated in 23 states and over 300 municipalities, Gem County joins Elmore County as the second in Idaho to give citizens the ability to be proactive about their family's safety.
By deploying Smart911 and urging citizens to create a Safety Profile, Gem County is demonstrating their commitment to delivering the most effective emergency services possible to area citizens," said Tom Axbey, president and CEO, Rave Mobile Safety.
They just didn't fit,'' said the 71-year-old John, who retired as Gem County sheriff in 1996.
The arrest of seven Gem County teens on charges of fornication received national media coverage and has charged a debate already polarized by the election-year climate.
Such is the case in Emmett, Idaho, where Gem County Prosecutor Douglas Varie resurrected a 1921 state law to curb area teen pregnancy rates.
This year, Idaho has confirmed that WNV was found in mosquitoes from Gem County on May 31.