St. Maries, Idaho

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St. Maries is a city in Benewah County, Idaho, United States. The population was 2,652 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Benewah County[1]. Pronounced St. Mary's.



St. Maries is located at 47°18′53″N 116°34′14″W / 47.31472°N 116.57056°W / 47.31472; -116.57056 (47.314814, -116.570514).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²). 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²) of it is land. The Saint Maries River and the Saint Joe River each run through St. Maries. The townsite was selected by Joseph Fisher at the junction of the St. Maries and St. Joseph Rivers which would provide a good place for a sawmill. He chose the spot because the rivers and lake systems provided rapid transportation systems for floating logs to the mills and utilizing steamboats to transport finish products to markets.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,652 people, 1,061 households, and 675 families residing in the city.[4] The population density was 2,434.8 people per square mile (939.4/km²). There were 1,132 housing units at an average density of 1,039.3/sq mi (401.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.93% White, 1.73% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 2.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.66% of the population.

There were 1,061 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.3% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.98.

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