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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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