Lewis County

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Lewis County

Lewis County is situated in north central Idaho and was formed from the eastern section of Nez Perce County on March 3, 1911, and named after the explorer Captain Meriwether Lewis.  The Nez Perce Indians were the first to make this area their home.  Most of the county lies in the Nez Perce Reservation, which was opened for homesteading November 18, 1895.


Today Lewis County has a population of just over 3,900 with major industries including Manufacturing and Agriculture.  It is comprised of 479 square miles consisting of the Camas and Nezperce Prairies and a segment of the Clearwater River Basin.  The City of Kamiah is its largest community and the City of Nezperce is the county seat.


Recreation in Lewis County is one of the top reasons people choose to live here.  Scenic lakes, mountains, valleys, prairies cover the gorgeous landscape. Fishing, hunting, boating, hiking, skiing, ice skating, four-wheeling, camping, floating are just some of the great outdoor activities to enjoy in the two county area. The people who live here work hard to play hard and LOVE it!

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Winchester (0)

WinchesterWinchester Lake BridgeWinchester is located on the western edge of Camas Prairie, surrounded by Ponderosa pines. This former lumber mill town is home to a little over 300 people with almost 475 living in the zip code area.  Winchester is a beautiful access point for fishing, and camping at Winchester Lake State Park, a central location for those enjoying fishing, snowmobiling, camping, four-wheeling, hunting, and exploring the scenic Craig Mountains.

The city sits just off of US Highway 95 approximately 1/2 way between Grangeville and Lewiston.  With a great museum and community center, you will find the small town rich with history and welcoming to visitors.  Winchester's major employers include Lakeside Residential Care, US Post Office and S and J Residential Care.

According to the Census Bureau's On the Map, in 2011 there were 79 people commuting in to Winchester for work, 187 commuting from Winchester to other communities and a couple of people who both lived and worked in Winchester.

Winchester Commuter Patterns Visual




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Craigmont (0)

Craigmont DowntownCraigmont is located just off of US Highway 95 in the midst of the beautiful Camas Prairie.  It is home to just over 520 people with an additional 240 living outside the city limits in the zip code area.  The community's businesses and industry are deeply routed in agriculture and natural resources.

Craigmont is with in a short drive of many recreational opportunities including fishing, boating, hiking, hunting and even cross country skiiing and ice skating.  Craigmont is home to the Highland School District with an elementary and junior/senior high school.  The city also has a medical clinic offering obstetrics and family medicine Monday through Friday as a part of St. Mary's Hospital.  You can even fly small planes into Craigmont via the city's municipal airport.

Major employers include the Idaho Department of Lands, Harlows Bus Service, Highland School District and Primeland Cooperatives.

According to the US Census Bureau's On the Map, in 2011 there were approximately 170 people working in Craigmont with 161 of those commuting into the area for work.  Of the workers living in Craigmont, 234 were traveling outside the zip code area for work.

Craigmont Commuter Patterns Visual

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Nezperce (0)

NezperceNezperce is the Lewis County seat.  It is home to a little over 400 people with the surrounding area including an additional 250+ in the outskirts of town bringing the zip code area population to roughly 658.  

The city lies in the middle of the beautiful Nezperce Prairie and much of its industry is rooted in agriculture.  Nezperce has an elementary and secondary school, a medical clinic and a municipal airport. 

The Clearwater River is located about 10 to 20 miles to the east and north.  The Clearwater National Forest lies 26 miles northeast and the Nez Perce National Forest is 30 miles southeast.  Extending beyond the City in all directions is the Nez Perce Indian Reservation. The City was named for the Nez Perce Indian Tribe – the name is French for “pierced nose”, although they did not practice nose-piercing. The Nez Perce’s name for themselves is Nimi’ipuu (pronounced Nee-Me-Poo), which means simply “the people” or “we the people.”

Nezperce's major employers include Hillco Technologies, Lewis County, Primeland Cooperatives, Nezperce School District, Bell Equipment and St. John's Hardware and Implement.

According to the Census Bureau's On the Map, in 2011 there were about 228 people working in the Nezperce zipcode area, with 196 of those commuting into the area for work.  Of those living in the zipcode area, approximately 129 commute to other areas for work and 32 people both lived and worked in the Nezperce zip code area.

Nezperce Commuter Patterns Visual


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Reubens (0)


The sleepy little bedroom community of Reubens, population around 114, once boasted a citizenry of over 1,500 people.  The zip code area has a population of approximately 163 people.  The population has begun to grow again as businesses have added significant employment opportunities in surrounding cities.

Its claim to fame includes the only railroad “turn around” between Spalding and Grangeville and the only cyclone to hit the Camas Prairie.  The railroad on stilts movies “Break Heart Pass” and “Wild Wild West” were filmed near Reubens. At the time of the opening of the Reservation there were two main roads leading to the Nez Perce Prairie. The first road skirted the western boundary to the Nez Perce reservation en route from Lewiston to Mt. Idaho. The second road was long, but was the one used by Indians as a means to travel southward from the Clearwater River via Lapwai Creek through the forest that was to be found at the top of the grade.  This Indian trail was the same trail that later developed into the water road from Fort Lapwai to the Cottonwood country and to the south.  This was the route taken by most of the homesteaders to travel to the high country prairie as well as the route for them to take their produce to the valley for market.

Employers include Primeland Cooperatives, City of Reubens and Aero Tractor Spray Service.

According to the Census Bureau's On the Map, in 2011 there were 46 people commuting in to Reubens for work and 45 people commuting from Reubens out into othere areas for work.

Reubens Commuter Patterns Visual

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Kamiah (0)

Kamiah Main Street

Kamiah is home to 1,400 people in the city limits and a large population living in the outskirts of town totalling 3, 740.  The city has experienced population growth during the past decade of of a low of 12% and a high of 21%.  The city sits at the junctions of US Highway 12 and Idaho State Highways 162 and 64.  The part of the dividing line between Idaho and Lewis Counties is Lawyers Creek that runs through parts of Kamiah, splitting it between the two counties.

The city is home to the Kamiah Joint School District with an elementary, middle school and high school.  St. Mary's Hospital has a clinic in Kamiah providing extensive medical care with a wide variety of service.  The city is has a municipal airport and sits along US Highway 12 connecting the port of Lewiston, Idaho to Montana via Lolo Pass.

Kamiah is centrally and closely located to many different recreational opportunties.  The Nezperce and Clearwater National Forests are within a short drive from Kamiah, offering access to many hunting, fishing, hiking and outdoor activities.  The city lies along the Clearwater River and is close to the convergence of the Clearwater, Lochsa and Selway Rivers.  Highway 12 that runs through Kamiah, is a scenic byway, part of the Lewis-Clark trail and traversed by many including motorcyclists and RV drivers.

The Kamiah area has rich cultural signficance including the Heart of the Monster, the legendary birthplace of the Nez Perce Tribe.  The Nez Perce Tribe has invested in Kamiah in many ways including supporting the local school, providing the Wa-a'yas Community Center, Nimiipuu Health Clinic and It'se Ye-Ye Casino.

Kamiah's major employers include the US Forest Service, Kamiah Mills, Blue North Forest Products, Alternative Nursing Services, It'se Ye-Ye Casino, Cloningers Harvest Foods and Flying B Ranch.

According to the Census Bureau’s On the Map program ~ In 2011, there were about 586 people who were employed in the Kamiah zip code (and of course most of those would be in the city limits or very close to the city limits) who lived outside the zip code area, so were commuting from other cities.

There is always a time lag with the On the Map data, but given that Kamiah’s employment has increased since then, if commuters increased proportionately, there probably are about 620 people now commuting.  Overall employment is estimated to have increased by 55 jobs to 2,319 in 2013.

~ Kathryn Tacke, Regional Economist, Idaho Department of Labor

Average Daily Traffic Volume Report

Highway 12

Highway 12 from Milepost 66 to Milepost 67

2012 Weighted Average:

4,765 daily traffic counts, 418 daily commercial traffic counts

2013 Weighted Average:

4,866 daily traffic counts, 432 daily commercial traffic counts

State Highway 162

Highway 162 from Milepost 22 to Milepost 23.065

2012 Weighted Average:

1,624 traffic counts, 95 commercial traffic counts

2013 Weighted Average:

1,641 daily traffic counts, 97 daily commercial traffic counts

State Highway 64

Highway 64 from Milepost 30 to Milepost 31

2012 Weighted Average:

1,114 traffic counts, 29 commercial traffic counts

2013 Weighted Average:

1,126 daily traffic counts, 29 daily commercial traffic counts

Kamiah Traffic Counts

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Ida-Lew Economic Development


Phone: 208.983.8302


300 W. Main St. Ste 201

Grangeville, ID 83530


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