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Census – housing in Idaho County

A house for sale in Grangeville.

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A house for sale in Grangeville.

Where do Idaho County residents live? Nearly 77 percent were in single-unit structures. This is according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACR).

The ACR produces a rolling sample of estimates on more than 40 social, economic and housing characteristics.

The ACR reported in 2012-16, Idaho County had a total of 8,700 housing units, 26 percent of which were vacant. Of the total housing units, 5 percent were in multi-unit structures, 18 percent were mobile homes, and nearly 1 percent were boats, RVs or vans. An estimated 35 percent of the housing units were built since 1990.

The median number of rooms in all Idaho County housing units is six. Of these units, 59 percent have three or more bedrooms.

In 2012-2016, Idaho County had 6,400 occupied housing units: 5,100 (79 percent) owner occupied and 1,300 (21 percent) renter occupied. An estimated 58 percent of householders of these units had moved in since 2000. An estimated 49 percent of the owner-occupied units had a mortgage. An estimated 4 percent of the households did not have telephone service. An estimated 5 percent had no vehicles available and another 33 percent had three or more.

What does housing cost in Idaho County?

The median monthly housing costs for mortgaged owners was $1,014, nonmortgaged owners $309, and renters $660. An estimated 42 percent of owners with mortgages, 16 percent of owners without mortgages, and 34 percent of renters in Idaho County spent 30 percent or more of household income on housing.

How is housing heated in Idaho County?

The ACR reported 34.5 percent by electricity, 13 percent by gas (including utility, bottled, tank or LP), and 11.3 percent by fuel oil or kerosene. The largest, 41.2 percent was by “all other fuels and no fuels used,” which would include wood heat.

How long have you lived here?

For 2012-16, the ACR reported 83 percent of Idaho County residents at least one year old were living in the same residence one year earlier. The remainder: 7.8 percent, difference residence, same county; 6.5 percent, different county, same state; 2.9 percent, different state; and 0.1 percent, abroad.


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