Payette, Idaho

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Payette is a city in and the county seat of Payette County, Idaho, United States.[1] The population was 7,054 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Ontario, OR–ID Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Originally named Boomerang signifying a roundhouse on the railroad, the Oregon Shortline. The city changed its name for François Payette, a French-Canadian fur trapper and later the head the Fort Boise trading post for the British Hudson's Bay Company from 1835-44. A large merry man, he was highly regarded for his helpful assistance to the many travelers who came through the fort. After his retirement in 1844, Mr. Payette returned to Montreal, but the rest of his life is a mystery.



Payette is located at 44°4′31″N 116°55′48″W / 44.07528°N 116.93°W / 44.07528; -116.93 (44.075175, -116.929928).[2] Its elevation is 2152 feet (656 m).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.8 km²), of which, 3.4 square miles (8.8 km²) of it is land and 0.29% is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 7,054 people, 2,619 households, and 1,841 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,087.2 people per square mile (805.8/km²). There were 2,834 housing units at an average density of 838.6/sq mi (323.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.43% White, 0.09% African American, 1.15% Native American, 0.86% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 7.67% from other races, and 2.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.78% of the population.

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