Latah County, Idaho

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Latah County is a county located in the north central region of the U.S. state of Idaho. The population was 34,935 at the 2000 census (2008 estimate: 35,906).[1] The county seat and largest city is Moscow,[2] which is the home of the University of Idaho, the state's flagship and land-grant university. The county comprises the majority of the eastern portion of the Palouse, famous for its rolling hills and rich agriculture. Latah County is the only county in the U.S. established by an act of Congress.[3]

Latah County (pron. LAY'-tah ) was created in 1886 and named for Latah Creek in its northwest corner. The name is Nez Perce and means "the place of pine trees and pestle", because the tribe found stones here suitable for pulverizing camas roots and shade under the white pine trees in which to work.[4]

Latah County comprises the Moscow, ID, Micropolitan Statistical Area.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,077 square miles (2,789 km²), of which 1,077 square miles (2,789 km²) is land and 0 square miles (1 km²) (0.02%) is water. It is part of the Palouse, a wide and rolling portion of the middle Columbia basin.

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