Kootenai County Indicators
Kootenai County Indicators


Thank you for visiting the Kootenai County Indicators website, an online community resource offering a centralized location to learn more about Kootenai County, Idaho. Over 125 indicators are highlighted, all supported by trusted, reliable sources and continually updated.

These measures were chosen by residents of the Kootenai County through a careful process and represent the preferences of what to measure from the available data. As you begin to examine the nine main categories, we hope you find the information relevant and useful in your daily work and decision-making.


The Kootenai County Indicators project seeks to improve local, public decision making by providing relevant data in an easily navigable website. The data provided on this website is offered as neutral information. We leave it up to the citizens to apply the information according to their individual value judgment.

More specifically, the goals are:

  • To collect and share a broad spectrum of information to support informed decision making by individual community members, governmental policy makers, non-governmental organizations, businesses, researchers and the press.
  • To benchmark Kootenai County Indicators against Washington State trends or other comparable communities.
  • To enable analysis of these trends.

Our Approach

In determining which data sets would be used, the following guidelines were followed:

  • Important to large numbers of the community
  • Valid measurements defined by good science and social science
  • Understandable to a lay audience

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Kootenai County is the third largest county in Idaho by population - home to nearly 150,000 residents. Located in the western part of the northern panhandle of the state and at the base of the Bitterroot and Rocky Mountains, Kootenai County boasts of unmatched natural beauty. Over 70 square miles of Kootenai County are water features, like rivers and lakes.

Named after the Kootenai Native American Indian Tribe, Kootenai County is home to a vibrant manufacturing center, is both a recreation and tourism hub, and is one of the fastest growing populations in the west.

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3.1.2 Annual Average of the 24-Hour PM 2.5 Concentration Levels Base on Continuous Monitoring: Particulate Matter (PM) is made up of small particles consisting of both solids and liquids that are found in our ambient air. Sources of PM are either directly emitted particles or products of chemical reactions of gasses in the atmosphere. Directly emitted particles can be different sizes (PM2.5 or larger, "coarse" particles) and include smoke from wood fires, coal and oil fired power plants or industrial facilities, agricultural open burning, as well as dust stirred up from roads, construction activities, fields, and other windblown dust. PM2.5 are particulate matter whose size is less than 2.5 microns in diameter. Research done by the Environmental Protection Agency and others have found that exposure to elevated levels of these particles can cause premature mortality and higher cases of respiratory illnesses. When inhaled, these fine particles travel deeply into the lungs, damaging delicate lung tissue. Populations especially sensitive to the negative effects of PM include more information...