There are forty-four Counties in Idaho. When Idaho became a territory in March, 1863, there were four Counties in existence: Boise, Idaho, Nez Perce and
Shoshone. By the time Idaho became a state, there were 15 counties. The rest of the 44 Counties came into existence during the 30 years after Idaho became a state. Two of the former counties disappeared
during this time. Alturas, which was created in 1864, was later divided into the many counties now found in
central Idaho. Logan County was only in existence for six years, from 1889 to 1895. It was combined with Alturas
to form Blaine County and Lincoln County, which was formed just two weeks after Logan lost its identity.
BannockCounty is a county located in the southeastern part of the state of Idaho. Based on the 2010 census, the
population was 82,839, making it the fifth-most
populous county in Idaho. The county was created in 1893.
The countyseat and largest city is
Pocatello. Bannock county is named
after the local Bannock Native American tribe.
Bannock County comprises the Pocatello, ID Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Etymology - Origin of Bannock County Name
Bannock County is named for the Bannock Native American tribe.
Established March 6, 1893 from part of Bingham County, with its county seat at Pocatello. Named for the Bannock
Indians, the first inhabitants of the area, whose name was spelled Bannock by early settlers.
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,147 square miles (2,970 km2), of which 1,112 square miles (2,880 km2)
is land and 35 square miles (91 km2) (3.1%) is water.
Bannock county is located in southeast Idaho. The Portneuf River flows through the county, meeting the Snake River (the American Falls
Reservoir) at the county's lowest point, its northwestern corner. Bonneville Peak, on the eastern border in the Portneuf Range, is the
county's highest point at 9,271 feet (2825 m); on its western slopes is the Pebble Creek ski area.