Bear Lake County, Idaho

Bear Lake
The view west across Bear Lake, from Bear Lake State Park

Bear Lake County is in the southeastern corner of Idaho with Wyoming to the east and Utah to the south. Bear Lake County is named for Bear Lake and contains 971 square miles of land and 78 square miles of water. The county seat is Paris. Bear Lake County was founded in 1893. A lot of the original settlers in Bear Lake County came in from Utah, and thought they were still in Utah. The federal survey of the state line wasn't complete until 1872 and that is what showed that most of these early Mormon settlements were, in fact, in Idaho Territory.

Fast Facts about Bear Lake County, Idaho
Resident Racial Breakdown:
White Non-Hispanic: 95.4%
Hispanic: 3.2%
Native American: 0.8%
Types of Jobs:
Private Sector, wages or salary: 68%
Government Sector: 18%
Unincorporated, Self-Employed: 13%
Homemaker, Unpaid: 1%
Population Density: 6 People per Square Mile
2011 Cost of Living Index for Bear Lake County: 82.0
2009 Estimates:
Population: 5,774
Males: 2,864
Females: 2,910
Median Resident Age: 35.8 Years
Estimated Median Household Income: $38,450
Estimated Median Home Value: $130,300
Major Industries:
Health Care, Chemicals, Agriculture & Forestry, Educational Services, Lodging & Food Services, Construction, Mining, Retail Services, Transportation Services, Government, Finance & Insurance Services, Real Estate Services
Photo of Bear Lake from Bear Lake State Park courtesy of Matthew Trump, CCA ShareAlike 3.0 License.
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