Lewis County, Idaho

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Lewis County is a county located in the U.S. state of Idaho. Established in 1911, it was named after the explorer Meriwether Lewis. The population was 3,747 at the 2000 census; it was estimated at 3,581 in 2007.[1] The county seat is Nezperce,[2] and Kamiah is the county's largest city.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 480 square miles (1,243 km²), of which 479 square miles (1,241 km²) is land and 1 square mile (2 km²) (0.16%) is water. It is part of the Palouse, a wide and rolling prairie-like region of the middle Columbia basin.

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As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 3,747 people, 1,554 households, and 1,050 families residing in the county. The population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 1,795 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.21% White, 0.35% Black or African American, 3.84% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.93% from other races, and 2.16% from two or more races. 1.89% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 30.6% were of German, 17.5% American, 10.6% English and 8.7% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

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