Bear Lake County is a county in the U.S. state of Idaho. As of the 2010 Census the county had a population of 5,986. The county seat is Paris, and Montpelier is the largest city.
The county is named after Bear Lake, a large alpine lake at an elevation of 5,924 feet (1,806 m) above sea level. The northern half of the 20-mile-long (32 km) lake is in Idaho, the southern half in Utah. The county was established in 1875 in the Idaho Territory, fifteen years before statehood.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,049 square miles (2,720 km²), of which 975 square miles (2,530 km²) is land and 75 square miles (190 km²) (6.1%) is water. The county is centered on Bear Lake Valley and includes the surrounding mountain ranges. The valley is high in the mountains, with its lowest elevation over 5,900 feet (1,800 m) above sea level. The highest point in the county is Meade Peak at 9,957 feet (3,035 m).
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 5,986 people, 2,281 households, and 1,661 families residing in the county. The population density was 6.1 inhabitants per square mile (2.4/km²). There were 3,914 housing units at an average density of 4.0 per square mile (1.5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.3% white, 0.5% American Indian, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% black or African American, 1.6% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.6% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 37.1% were English, 10.2% were German, 8.0% were American, and 7.6% were Danish.
Of the 2,281 households, 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.3% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 27.2% were non-families, and 24.0% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.12. The median age was 40.5 years.
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