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Stanley, Idaho
—  City  —
Location in Custer County and the state of Idaho
Coordinates: 44°13′0″N 114°56′16″W / 44.216667°N 114.93778°W / 44.216667; -114.93778Coordinates: 44°13′0″N 114°56′16″W / 44.216667°N 114.93778°W / 44.216667; -114.93778
Country United States
State Idaho
County Custer
 - Mayor Hannah Stauts
 - Total 0.6 sq mi (1.6 km2)
 - Land 0.6 sq mi (1.6 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 6,253 ft (1,906 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 100
 Density 161.0/sq mi (62.2/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 - Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 83278
Area code(s) 208
FIPS code 16-76780
GNIS feature ID 0398179

Stanley is a city in Custer County, Idaho, United States. The population was 100 at the 2000 census. The center of population of Idaho is located in Stanley.[1]



Stanley is located at 44°13′0″N 114°56′16″W / 44.216667°N 114.93778°W / 44.216667; -114.93778 (44.216698, -114.937814),[2] at an elevation of 6253 feet (1906 m).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²), all of it land. Stanley is surrounded by the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.


Stanley has cold winters and mild summers. Even in the middle of July, it is not uncommon for the low temperature to approach freezing.[4] An A.P. article referred to Stanley as "routinely the coldest place in the lower 48 states,"[5] though the average high temperature in the summer is well above most western coastal cities.[6][7][8]


As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 100 people, 45 households, and 23 families residing in the city. The population density was 161.0 people per square mile (62.3/km²). There were 77 housing units at an average density of 124.0/sq mi (48.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.00% White, 1.00% Native American, and 1.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.00% of the population.

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1910 75
1920 155 106.7%
1930 159 2.6%
1940 158 −0.6%
1950 33 −79.1%
1960 35 6.1%
1970 47 34.3%
1980 99 110.6%
1990 71 −28.3%
2000 100 40.8%
Est. 2007 104 4.0%

There were 45 households out of which 24.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 2.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.7% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals and none had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 40.0% from 45 to 64, and 3.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 122.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 123.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,813, and the median income for a family was $45,625. Males had a median income of $25,000 versus $37,500 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,303. There were 25.9% of families and 21.4% of the population living below the poverty line, including 47.1% of under eighteens and none of those over 64.


In November 2005, residents elected 22 year-old Hannah Stauts as mayor of Stanley. Stauts, a former resident of Boise, is the youngest female mayor in the United States.


Major Highways

  • SH-21 - Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway
  • SH-75 - Sawtooth Scenic Byway (southbound), Salmon River Scenic Byway (northbound)



Further reading

  • Yarber, Ester; McGowan, Edna (1998), STANLEY-SAWTOOTH COUNTRY, Caldwell, Idaho: Caxton Printers LTD 

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