Malta, Idaho

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Malta is a city in Cassia County, Idaho, United States. The population was 177 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Burley, Idaho Micropolitan Statistical Area.



The settlers in the Malta area in the early 1880s had no central location for mail delivery. The mail was delivered in open boxes. The Condit family secured a permit from the U.S. Post Office Department to open a post office and name the community. Apparently it seemed like an island in a wide expanse of sea, so they named it Malta after the island of Malta in the Mediterranean.

Bowen, V.K. & Cassia County Historical Society (2009). Images of America Cassia County. SC: Arcadia Publishing. p. 79. ISBN 9780738569284.


Malta is located at 42°18′33″N 113°22′14″W / 42.30917°N 113.37056°W / 42.30917; -113.37056 (42.309305, -113.370498).[1]


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 177 people, 62 households, and 49 families residing in the city. The population density was 124.5 people per square mile (48.1/km²). There were 75 housing units at an average density of 52.7/sq mi (20.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.31% White, 1.13% Native American, and 0.56% from two or more races.

There were 62 households out of which 38.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.2% were married couples living together, 4.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.4% were non-families. 19.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.30.

In the city the population was spread out with 33.3% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 16.9% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 22.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,292, and the median income for a family was $38,542. Males had a median income of $26,875 versus $43,125 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,852. About 9.3% of families and 17.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.8% of those under the age of eighteen and 11.8% of those sixty five or over.

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