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Overview

Introduction to Sandpoint, Idaho

Sandpoint, Idaho, in Bonner county, is located 58 miles NE of Spokane, Washington (center to center) and 271 miles E of Seattle, Washington. As of the year 2000 census, 6,835 people resided in Sandpoint.

Sandpoint History

The area now covered by the City of Sandpoint was used by the Salish Tribes as a summer camping ground. David Thompson explored the area in 1807. The European and the Chinese settlers first came in the city in the 1880s. The area was originally served by the Northern Pacific Railroad. It was incorporated in 1898. Lumber was one of the major industries of the area. In fact, there were several lumber companies that operated in the city since 1896.

Sandpoint and nearby Attractions

  • Round Lake State Park
  • Bonner County Historical Museum
  • Schweitzer Mountain
  • Memorial Park Historical Museum

Things To Do In Sandpoint

Sandpoint is home to the Memorial Park Historical Museum. You can also take a look around the Bonner County Historical Museum to discover some of the area's history. Visitors can also opt for the Montana Rockies Rail Tours while in the city. Sandpoint offers facilities for boating, skiing, hiking, and fishing. Sandpoint also hosts several events including the Bonner County Fair, Timberfest, Festival at Sandpoint, Winter Carnival, Fall Fest Outdoor Music Festival, and Schweitzer Bluegrass Festival every year.

Sandpoint Transportation

One can avail flights from Coeur D'alene Air Terminal.

Sandpoint Higher Education

North Idaho College, Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, and several other colleges and universities provide facilities for higher education.

People

Total Population 7,571
Male Share of the Population 47.2%
Female Share of the Population 52.8%
Senior Citizens 16.9%
Employed Population 16+ 3,201
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 42.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $45,034
% Above Poverty Level 75.7%
% Below Poverty Level 24.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 6.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 9.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 43.5%
Median Gross Rent $708
Median House Value $176,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16%
US/American 0%
English 16.8%
Irish 9.8%

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

Sandpoint Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 58 miles NE of Spokane, Washington (center to center)
Nearest Large City 271 miles E of Seattle, Washington
County Bonner
Standard Zip Codes 83864
Company Zip Codes 83888
Phone Area Codes 208
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 48.276
Longitude -116.552

Sandpoint Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station SANDPOINT EXP STATION
Distance 1.6 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 32 F
Apr Temp 34 to 56 F
Jul Temp 50 to 80 F
Oct Temp 33 to 56 F
Annual Precip 34.1 inches
Station NEWPORT
Distance 23.8 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 33 F
Apr Temp 31 to 61 F
Jul Temp 48 to 84 F
Oct Temp 33 to 58 F
Annual Precip 26.4 inches
Station BONNERS FERRY
Distance 31.2 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 33 F
Apr Temp 35 to 60 F
Jul Temp 51 to 83 F
Oct Temp 34 to 57 F
Annual Precip 21.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dover 798 $71,750
East Hope 170 $47,250
Kootenai 913 $51,842
Oldtown 235 $34,500
Ponderay 947 $27,045
Priest River 1,659 $36,875

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

Sandpoint Public Libraries

Library
East Bonner County District
1407 CEDAR ST
Sandpoint, Idaho
(208) 263-6930
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Sandpoint Hospitals

BONNER GENERAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
520 N THIRD BOX 1448
(208) 263-1441
Emergency Service: Yes

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Sandpoint High Schools

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SANDPOINT HIGH SCHOOL
410 SOUTH DIVISION STREET
208-263-3034
Serves 1,222 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.1

LAKE PEND OREILLE ALT HIGH SCH
1005 NORTH BOYER AVENUE
208-263-6121
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 96 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.9

SANDPOINT JUVENILE DETENTION
4105 NORTH BOYER AVENUE
208-263-4213
A Non-traditional School
Serves 4 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4

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