Paris is a city and county seat of Bear Lake County, Idaho, United States. Located on the western side of the Bear Lake Valley, the city's population was 513 at the 2010 census, down from 576 in 2000. Paris was settled on September 26, 1863, by pioneer settlers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Paris was settled by a group of dedicated Mormons led by Charles C Rich. During early years, pioneers suffered difficulties with the harsh cold climate, however their determination and faith kept them from leaving the area.
Paris sports an impressive landmark for a city of its size: the LDS Bear Lake Stake Tabernacle, a sandstone church designed by Joseph Don Carlos Young and built between 1884 and 1889. It seats around 1,400 people.
Paris is located at 42°13′40″N 111°23′58″W (42.227699, -111.399373). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.51 square miles (9.09 km²), of which, 3.48 square miles (9.01 km²) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km²) is water.
Paris lies in a high valley of the Rocky Mountains, at nearly 6,000 feet (1,830 m) in elevation. Due to the high elevation, cold winters, late springs and mild summers are the norm for Paris and the area. Most of the surrounding country is used for ranching.
As of the census of 2010, there were 513 people, 202 households, and 144 families residing in the city. The population density was 147.4 inhabitants per square mile (56.9/km²). There were 299 housing units at an average density of 85.9 per square mile (33.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.9% White, 0.4% African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3% of the population.
There were 202 households of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.4% were married couples living together, 4.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.7% were non-families. 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.11.
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