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Payette County is a county located in Idaho in the United States of America. Based on the 2010 census, the
population was 22,623. Payette County was
created on February 28, 1917. The county
seat and largest city is Payette. The county is
named in honor of Francois Payette, Canadian-born fur trader
and early settler.
Payette County is part of the Ontario, OR-ID Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Payette County is named for the Payette River, which, in turn, is named for explorer Francois Payette.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Established February 28, 1917, with its county seat at Payette. Payette was originally settled as a railroad camp in the 1860s and called Boomerang for the log boom on the Payette River. The site, and the community which grew around it, was later named in honor of the area's first white settler, Francois Payette, a Canadian fur trapper and explorer with the North West Company who arrived in 1818.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 410 square miles (1,100 km2), of which 407 square miles (1,050 km2) is land and 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2) (0.8%) is water.
Payette county is located close to the center of Idaho. The county is the smallest county in Idaho by area.
Bordering counties are as follows: