Sandpoint, Idaho

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Sandpoint, Idaho

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.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Sandpoint Walking and Biking to Work
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Sandpoint Low Violent Crime
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 5% trophy Sandpoint Well-Paid Single Women
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Sandpoint Short Commute Times
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 15% Sandpoint College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 18% Sandpoint Well-Paid Single Men

Comparative Profile of Sandpoint, Idaho

Comparing Sandpoint 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
Female Share of the Population 9 10
Children Under 5 Years Old 7 4
Senior Citizens 6 7
Well-Paid Single Women 6 10
Age of the Population 5 7
Well-Paid Single Men 4 9
Male Share of the Population 2 1
Racial Diversity 2 4


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 6 9
Median Family Income 4 8
People in Middle Class or Better 3 6
People Above Poverty 2 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Short Commute Times 10 9
Working at Home 9 8
Public Transportation Use 5 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 9
People Living Alone 9 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 10
Housing Recently Built 7 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 7 2
Affordability of Rents 6 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 10
Low Property Crime 5 4

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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
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Sandpoint Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 6,835 100%
Male 3,188 46.6%
Female 3,647 53.4%
Under 18 1,766 25.8%
18+ 5,069 74.2%
65+ 1,056 15.4%
Median Age 36.5
Average Family Size 2.94
White 6,578 96.2%
African-American 8 0.1%
Asian 28 0.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 69 1%
Other 32 0.5%
Mixed Race 117 1.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 168 2.5%

Estimated Sandpoint Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 8,105
Growth 1,270
Growth % 18.6%

Sandpoint 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
German 19.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.6%
English 12.2%
US/American 10.7%
Irish 9.3%
Norwegian 6.4%
Italian 5.1%
Swedish 3%
French (except Basque) 2.6%
Scotch-Irish 2.1%
Dutch 1.6%
Czech 1.5%
Swiss 1.4%
British 1.2%
Polish 1.1%
Scottish 1.1%
Austrian 1%
Russian 0.9%
French Canadian 0.9%
Danish 0.8%
Welsh 0.7%
Canadian 0.6%
Portuguese 0.6%
Scandinavian 0.6%
Australian 0.4%
Czechoslovakian 0.4%
European 0.4%
Finnish 0.2%
Eastern European 0.2%
Arab/Arabic 0.2%
Northern European 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Sandpoint 6,835 $41,596
Dover 342 $40,000
East Hope 200 $37,500
Kootenai 441 $38,036
Oldtown 190 $23,125
Ponderay 638 $30,227
Priest River 1,754 $32,198

Sandpoint Public Libraries

East Bonner County District
Sandpoint, Idaho
(208) 263-6930
Library Web Site

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Sandpoint Hospitals

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

Starbucks in Sandpoint

(As of 2005)
108 N 1st Ave
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Serves 1,222 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.1

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Student/teacher ratio: 8.9

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Serves 4 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4

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