North Idaho Facts

The Northern part of Idaho (Panhandle and Clearwater Regions) fall in the Pacific Time Zone while the Southern part falls in the Mountain Time Zone Idaho State Insect: Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) Idaho State Fish: Cutthroat trout Idaho State Bird: Mountain Bluebird (Sialia arctcia) Idaho State Horse: The Appaloosa Idaho State Tree: he Western White Pine (Pinus Monticola pinaceae) Idaho State Gem Stone: The Idaho Star Garnet Idaho State Flower: The Syringa (Philadelphus lewisii) Idaho State Fossil: The Hagerman Horse Fossil (species Equus simplicidens originally described as Plesippus shoshonensis) Idaho State Fruit: The Huckleberry (species are native to Idaho) Idaho State Vegetable: The Potato Idaho State Raptor: The Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

North Idaho Demographics


The state of Idaho collects a state income tax and a sales tax of 6%. The Idaho sales and use tax has been in effect since 1965. Sales tax applies to the sale, rental, lease of tangible personal property and some services. Food is taxed but prescription drugs are not. Hotel, motel and campground accommodations are taxed at a higher rate, 7 to 11%. Corporate state tax is 8 percent of net taxable income. Motor vehicle taxes are levied on cars and trucks on a sliding scale, depending on vehicle year. Commercial vehicles are charged by gross weight up to 16,000 pounds.

North Idaho’s Largest Employers

Benewah County
Benewah Community Hospital
Valley Vista Care
Coeur d’Alene Tribe
Jack A. Buell Trucking
Potlatch Corp.
Stimson Lumber
Archies IGA
Benewah Medical & Wellness Center
Bonner County
Bonner General Hospital
Coldwater Creek
Thorne Research
Schweitzer Mountain Resort
Life Care Center
Idaho Forest Group
Boundary County
Boundary Community Hospital
Boundary Regional Community Health Safeway
Elk Mountain Farms
Idaho Educational Services
Idaho Forest Group
Kootenai River Inn & Casino
U.S. Gov’t border patrol & forest service
Kootenai County
Kootenai Health
Coeur d’Alene Resort
Coeur d’Alene Casino
Center Partners call center
Silverwood Theme Park
North Idaho College
Esterline Advanced Input Systems
U.S. Bank
Shoshone County
Dave Smith Motors
Galena Mine
Lookout Pass Ski Area
Lucky Friday Mine/Hecla Mining Corp.
Shoshone Medical Center
Silver Mountain Resort
United Mine Services

Source: Idaho Commerce & Labor


2000 2010
Panhandle 178,333 213,662
Benewah County 9,171 9,285
St.Maries 2,652 2,402
Plummer 990 1,044
Bonner County 36,835  40,877
Dover 342 556
Hope 86 87
Oldtown 151 204
Ponderay 449 1,137
Priest Lake 510
Priest River 1,800 1,751
Sandpoint 6,855 7,365
Boundary County 9,871  10,972
Bonners Ferry 2,515 2,543
Moyie Springs 656 718
Kootenai County 108,685  138,494
Athol 676 692
Bayview 296
Coeur d’Alene 34,514 44,137
Dalton Gardens 2,278 2,382
Fernan Lake 186 185
Harrison 267 282
Hauser 668 705
Hayden 9,159 13,294
Hayden Lake 494 253
Huetter 105 98
Post Falls 17,247 27,574
Rathdrum 4,816 6,826
Spirit Lake 1,376 1,621
Shoshone County 13,771 12,765
Kellogg 2,395 2,296
Mullan 840 791
Osburn 1,545 1,459
Pinehurst 1,661 1,614
Smelterville 651 618
Wallace 960 907