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Pierce, Idaho
—  City  —
Location in Clearwater County and the state of Idaho
Coordinates: 46°29′33″N 115°47′58″W / 46.4925°N 115.79944°W / 46.4925; -115.79944
Country United States
State Idaho
County Clearwater
 - Total 0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2)
 - Land 0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 3,094 ft (943 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 617
 - Density 748.6/sq mi (289.0/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 83546
Area code(s) 208
FIPS code 16-62740
GNIS feature ID 0397030

Pierce is a city in Clearwater County, Idaho, United States. Elias D. Pierce and Wilbur F. Bassett made the first discovery of gold in Idaho, on Orofino Creek (Canal Gulch) in 1860, just one-mile north of the town that is now Pierce [1]. The population was 617 at the 2000 census.

Pierce was once the county seat for Shoshone County, Washington Territory.[1] The Pierce Courthouse, constructed in 1862, is Idaho's oldest public building.[2]



Pierce is located at 46°29′33″N 115°47′58″W / 46.4925°N 115.79944°W / 46.4925; -115.79944 (46.492566, -115.799466)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 617 people, 251 households, and 189 families residing in the city. The population density was 748.6 people per square mile (290.5/km²). There were 298 housing units at an average density of 361.6/sq mi (140.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.46% White, 1.30% Native American, 0.32% from other races, and 2.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.30% of the population.

There were 251 households out of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.5% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.7% were non-families. 20.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.79.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.1% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 28.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 104.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,318, and the median income for a family was $36,667. Males had a median income of $36,250 versus $24,375 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,980. About 14.7% of families and 18.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.4% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.


Population history


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  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  5. ^ "Subcounty population estimates: Idaho 2000-2007" (CSV). United States Census Bureau, Population Division. 2009-03-18. Retrieved 2009-04-22.  
  6. ^ Moffatt, Riley. Population History of Western U.S. Cities & Towns, 1850-1990. Lanham: Scarecrow, 1996, 97.
  7. ^ 1864 territorial census, Idaho Territory via Idaho State Historical Society, 1864. Accessed 2009-04-23.
  8. ^ 1863 territorial census, Idaho Territory via Idaho State Historical Society, 1863. Accessed 2009-04-23.

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