Kootenai County, Idaho

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Kootenai County is a county located in the U.S. state of Idaho. The county was established in 1864, named after Kootenai tribe. The entire county comprises the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 108,685 at the 2000 census; it was estimated at 139,390 in 2009.[1] The county seat and largest city is Coeur d'Alene.[2]

Directly west across the state border is the Spokane, Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area, comprising Spokane County, Washington; the combined population of the two counties was estimated at 608,074 in 2009.[3]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,316 square miles (3,408 km²), of which 1,245 square miles (3,225 km²) is land and 71 square miles (183 km²) (5.36%) is water. The vast majority of the water area is the county's primary attraction, Lake Coeur d'Alene. Kootenai County is part of the Inland Empire in the Idaho Panhandle.

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