Challis, Idaho

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Challis, Idaho

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High Points

Challis strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Idaho):

Category Trophy
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Challis Walking and Biking to Work
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Challis Low Violent Crime
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 5% trophy Challis Affordability of Property Taxes
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 12% Challis Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 14% Challis Well-Paid Single Women

Comparative Profile of Challis, Idaho

Comparing Challis to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Idaho (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 9 10
Male Share of the Population 8 6
Senior Citizens 8 10
Well-Paid Single Men 8 9
Well-Paid Single Women 6 9
Female Share of the Population 3 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 1
Racial Diversity 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 5 4
Average Household Size 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 8 8
People in Middle Class or Better 5 8
Median Family Income 5 7
People Above Poverty 5 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Working at Home 7 5
Short Commute Times 6 4
Public Transportation Use 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
Housing Recently Built 8 7
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 8 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 8 10
Affordability of Rents 7 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 10
Low Property Crime 7 8

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Challis Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 116 miles NE of Boise, Idaho (center to center)
Nearest Large City 418 miles E of Portland, Oregon
County Custer
Standard Zip Codes 83226, 83229
Phone Area Codes 208
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.504
Longitude -114.23

Challis Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 0.3 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 31 F
Apr Temp 32 to 59 F
Jul Temp 52 to 85 F
Oct Temp 33 to 61 F
Annual Precip 7.7 inches
Station MAY 2 SSE
Distance 16.9 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 30 F
Apr Temp 27 to 57 F
Jul Temp 46 to 85 F
Oct Temp 26 to 61 F
Annual Precip 7.8 inches
Distance 41.1 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 30 F
Apr Temp 26 to 54 F
Jul Temp 45 to 81 F
Oct Temp 26 to 58 F
Annual Precip 8.1 inches
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Challis Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 909 100%
Male 450 49.5%
Female 459 50.5%
Under 18 227 25%
18+ 682 75%
65+ 177 19.5%
Median Age 41.8
Average Family Size 2.9
White 883 97.1%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 0 0%
American Indian & Alaskan 8 0.9%
Other 11 1.2%
Mixed Race 7 0.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 35 3.9%

Estimated Challis Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 844
Growth -65
Growth % -7.2%

Challis Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
English 16.7%
German 14.2%
Irish 13.9%
US/American 11.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 9%
Norwegian 4.7%
Scotch-Irish 3.7%
Italian 3.7%
Danish 3.6%
Swedish 2.8%
French (except Basque) 2.2%
Finnish 2%
French Canadian 2%
Romanian 1.7%
Scottish 1.4%
Polish 1.4%
Welsh 1.2%
Dutch 0.6%
European 0.6%
Scandinavian 0.6%
Slavic 0.6%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Slovene 0.5%
Basque 0.5%
Swiss 0.3%
Greek 0.3%
Russian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Challis, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Cobalt (83229)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Challis Public Libraries

Challis Public
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(208) 879-4267
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Challis High Schools (2004)

Serves 266 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

Challis Colleges

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