Bonneville County, Idaho

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Bonneville County is a county located in the U.S. state of Idaho. As of the 2000 census, the county had a population of 82,522[1] (2008 estimate: 99,135).[2] Its county seat and largest city is Idaho Falls.[3] As the most populous county in eastern Idaho, Bonneville County currently ranks third in the state, behind Ada and Canyon counties in southwestern Idaho.

Bonneville County was established in 1911, named after Benjamin Bonneville (1796-1878), a French-born officer in the U.S. Army, fur trapper, and explorer in the American West. Bonneville is noted for his expeditions to the Oregon Country and the Great Basin in the 1830s.[4]

The county was partitioned from Bingham County, which was part of Oneida County until 1893.[5] Bonneville County is part of the Idaho Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,901 square miles (4,923.6 km2), of which 1,868 square miles (4,838.1 km2) is land and 32 square miles (82.9 km2) (1.69%) is water. The Snake River flows northwest through the Bonneville County, beginning at the Wyoming border as the Palisades Reservoir. The river exits the county about midway on its northern border, turns and re-enters approximately 20 miles (32 km) west to flow southwest through Idaho Falls .

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