Kamiah, Idaho

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Kamiah (pronounced /ˈkæmi.aɪ/ KAM-ee-eye) is a city in Idaho and Lewis counties in the U.S. state of Idaho. The largest city in Lewis County, it extends only a small distance into Idaho County. The population was 1,160 at the 2000 census. The city lies in the narrow valley of the Clearwater River; downstream is Orofino and Lewiston, at the confluence with the Snake River.

The Kamiah area has been inhabited by the Nez Perce tribe for centuries. The name "Kamiah" is Nez Perce for "many rope litters," as Nez Perce manufactured "Kamia" ropes in the area to fish steelhead. Also according to Nez Perce tradition, the Appaloosa horse was first bred in the area.

On their return trip east, the Lewis and Clark Expedition camped in the Kamiah area for several weeks during the spring of 1806, waiting for snows to melt.[1].



Kamiah is located at 46°13′37″N 116°1′40″W / 46.22694°N 116.02778°W / 46.22694; -116.02778 (46.226811, -116.027728).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.0 km²), of which, 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (5.98%) is water. The elevation is 1240 feet (378 m) above sea level.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,160 people, 531 households, and 302 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,050.8 people per square mile (407.2/km²). There were 607 housing units at an average density of 549.8/sq mi (213.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.88% White, 0.26% African American, 8.02% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 1.47% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.14% of the population.

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