Riggins, Idaho

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Riggins is a city in Idaho County, Idaho, United States. It is nestled deep in a canyon at the confluence of the Salmon River and the Little Salmon River in west central Idaho, approximately 150 highway miles (241 km) north of Boise, and 120 highway miles (193 km) south-southeast of Lewiston. The elevation of Riggins is 1,821 feet (555 m) above sea level, and the population was 410 at the 2000 census. US-95, the only highway for the state connecting the Panhandle to the south, runs through Riggins as Main Street. Along this route, Riggins is the northwesternmost town in the Mountain time zone. The Pacific time zone begins just north of Riggins, upon crossing the Salmon River.

Riggins is midway in the 300 mile (483 km) drive from Boise to Moscow, home of the University of Idaho, making it a popular refueling stop for students from the Treasure Valley.



Riggins is located at 45°25′20″N 116°18′57″W / 45.42222°N 116.31583°W / 45.42222; -116.31583 (45.422125, -116.315848).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 410 people, 204 households, and 111 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,361.3 people per square mile (527.7/km²). There were 253 housing units at an average density of 840.0/sq mi (325.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.29% White, 0.49% Native American, 0.24% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races.

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