Introduction to Payette, Idaho

Payette, Idaho, in Payette county, is 41 miles NW of Nampa, Idaho (center to center) and 299 miles E of Portland, Oregon. There are 7,054 residents in the city.

Payette History

Payette was originally known as Boomerang. The area was initially served by the Oregon Shortline railroad. Later on, the city was renamed after a French - Canadian fur trapper called François Payette. It was first settled in the 1860s. David S. Lamme was the first settler of the area. The city was incorporated in 1891. Payette became the county seat of the newly formed Payette County in 1917.

Payette and nearby Attractions

  • Payette County Museum
  • Four Rivers Cultural Center & Museum
  • Ontario State Recreation Site
  • Fort Boise
  • National Old Time Fiddlers' Hall of Fame

Things To Do In Payette

During your stay in Payette, you can visit the Kiwanis Park and the Central Park. The Payette County Historical Society will surely help you to get a glimpse of the area's history. One can also visit the Four Rivers Cultural Center and Museum, Payette County Museum, National Old Time Fiddlers' Hall of Fame, and Fort Boise. You can also plan a day trip to the Malheur Butte, which is extinct volcano in Malheur County, Oregon.

Payette Transportation

One can avail flights from Boise Air Terminal/ Gowen Field.

Payette Higher Education

Opportunities for higher studies are provided by Boise State University, Walla Walla Community College, University of Idaho, Eastern Oregon University, and many other colleges and universities.


Total Population 7,428
Male Share of the Population 52%
Female Share of the Population 48%
Senior Citizens 15.8%
Employed Population 16+ 3,115
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 47.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $50,791
% Above Poverty Level 69.8%
% Below Poverty Level 30.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.6%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 30.1%
Median Gross Rent $623
Median House Value $102,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 32.8%
US/American 0%
English 11.5%
Irish 6.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Payette Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 41 miles NW of Nampa, Idaho (center to center)
Nearest Large City 299 miles E of Portland, Oregon
County Payette
Standard Zip Codes 83661
Phone Area Codes 208
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.078
Longitude -116.932

Payette 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 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 66 F
Jul Temp 59 to 91 F
Oct Temp 37 to 68 F
Annual Precip 11 inches
Distance 2.6 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 34 F
Apr Temp 37 to 65 F
Jul Temp 57 to 93 F
Oct Temp 34 to 66 F
Annual Precip 9.4 inches
Station EMMETT 2 E
Distance 28.1 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 58 to 90 F
Oct Temp 39 to 66 F
Annual Precip 13.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fruitland 4,842 $52,987
New Plymouth 1,952 $37,500
Parma 2,266 $38,221
Weiser 5,362 $39,149

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Payette Public Libraries

Payette Public
24 S 10TH ST
Payette, Idaho
(208) 642-6029

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Payette High Schools

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Serves 542 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.9

A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 47 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

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