About St. Maries
Benewah County’s east side is largely mountainous, where logging is the predominant industry. The west side consists of rolling hills and agriculture is the primary industry. Four-fifths of the county is forested, and one fifth of the county’s land base is in cropland. Major waterways include the St. Joe River, the St. Maries River and the lower portion of Coeur d’Alene Lake and its “chain lakes”.
St. Maries enjoys four definite seasons, but the temperate climate produces only rare extremes in temperature or precipitation. The prevailing Pacific winds and eastward moving storm fronts from the Gulf of Alaska are the primary weather influences. The region has a growing season of 126 days, and average annual precipitation is 32.34 inches. Taken from Monthly Climate Summary (Average 1971 – 2000) January average maximum temperature: 34 degrees / average minimum temp: 24 degrees July average maximum temperature: 83 degrees / average minimum temp: 50 degrees
Longitude 47 degrees 18 minutes North
116 degrees 34 minutes West
St. Maries elevation is 2,216 feet above sea level.
The predominant race in Benewah County is white, with 7278 Caucasians according to the 1990 Census. There are 124 persons of Hispanic origin, 602 of Native American origin, 28 of Asian or Pacific origin and 6 of African origin. There are a total of 2223 families in the county. Of this number, 1876 are married and 234 have female heads of household.
The 2005 population estimate for St. Maries is 2,652. Population of Benewah County is approximately 9,171.