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Custer County, Idaho
Seal of Custer County, Idaho
Map of Idaho highlighting Custer County
Location in the state of Idaho
Map of the U.S. highlighting Idaho
Idaho's location in the U.S.
Founded January 8, 1881
Named for The General Custer Mine.
Seat Challis
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

4,937 sq mi (12,786 km²)
4,926 sq mi (12,757 km²)
11 sq mi (29 km²), 0.23%
 - (2000)
 - Density


Grand View Canyon (US Route93 between Mackey and Challis

Grand View Canyon (US Route93)

Leatherman Peak,second highest elevation in (ID)

Custer County is a county located in the U.S. state of Idaho. It was established in 1881. It was named for the General Custer Mine. As of the 2000 Census the county had a population of 4,342 (2005 estimate: 4,077) [1]. The county seat is Challis6. The center of population of Idaho is located in Custer County, in the town of Stanley [2].


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 12,786 km² (4,937 sq mi). 12,757 km² (4,925 sq mi) of it is land and 29 km² (11 sq mi) of it (0.23%) is water. The highest point in Idaho, Borah Peak (12,655 feet), is located in Custer County.

The Big Lost River flows through Custer County.

Adjacent counties[]


As of the census2 of 2000, there were 4,342 people, 1,770 households, and 1,196 families residing in the county. The population density was 0/km² (1/sq mi). There were 2,983 housing units at an average density of 0/km² (1/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 97.28% White, 0.55% Native American, 0.02% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.17% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. 4.21% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,770 households out of which 29.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.10% were married couples living together, 4.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.40% were non-families. 27.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.50% under the age of 18, 4.80% from 18 to 24, 25.90% from 25 to 44, 29.30% from 45 to 64, and 14.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 104.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,174, and the median income for a family was $39,551. Males had a median income of $32,255 versus $21,463 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,783. About 10.70% of families and 14.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.70% of those under age 18 and 12.80% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[]

Unincorporated communities[]

Coordinates: 44°14′N 114°17′W / 44.23, -114.29

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