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Kootenai County is a county located in the state of Idaho. Based on the 2010 census, the
population was 138,494, making it the third-most
populous county in Idaho. Kootenai county was created in 1864. The
county seat and largest city is Coeur d'Alene.
The county is named after the Kootenai
Kootenai County comprises the Coeur d'Alene, ID Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Spokane-Spokane Valley-Coeur d'Alene, WA-ID Combined Statistical Area.
Kootenai County is named for the Kutenai Native American tribe.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Established December 22, 1864 by the Second Territorial Legislature with Seneaquoteen, a trading post below Lake Pend Oreille, as the county seat. Rathdrum replaced Seneaquoteen as county seat in 1881 and Coeur d'Alene replaced Rathdrum in 1908. Named for the Kutenai Indians who inhabited the area when the white man arrived. The word "Kootenai" is derived from the Kutenai word meaning "water people."
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,316 square miles (3,410 km2), of which 1,244 square miles (3,220 km2) is land and 71 square miles (180 km2) (5.4%) is water.
Kootenai county is located in northwest Idaho. The vast majority of the water area is the county's primary attraction, Lake Coeur d'Alene. Kootenai County is part of the Inland Empire in the Idaho Panhandle.
Bordering counties are as follows: