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Payette, Idaho - Economic, Demographic and Historical Overview
Property tax rates for Payette Idaho real estate vary please contact the Canyon County assessor's office for any questions at 208-454-7431. City property taxes are assessed through the county tax system.
Cost of Living Index 2011
Summary: The most significant differences in index, compared to Boise, is lower housing costs, which is consistent with a more modest community of older smaller homes. New home prices are comparable minus the difference in lot values, which still tend to be lower in Fruland.
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Location: Payette is located 41 miles northwest of Boise, the capital of the state of Idaho and the economic hub for the region. The commuting distance to Boise is about 50 miles due to geographic features that affect the layout of the connecting roadways. Payette is on the east end of the lower Payette River Valley, is bordered by the Payette River on the south and the Snake River of the west because it is at the convergence of the two rivers, is the county seat of Payette County and is west of Squaw Butte. About half the city is located on the lowland river plain with the other half being located in the low foothills to the east that looks over the community.
Elevation: 2,149 ft. (655 m.), on average, above sea level
Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time, MST, (observes Daylight Savings Time)
Phone Area Code: 208
Zip Code: 83661
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Population of Payette: 7,629 as of 2007 within the city limits, an 8.0% increase since 2000.
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Schools & Higher Education
Payette Schools: http://payetteschools.org/
Compare ISAT scores for all Idaho Schools: http://www.greatschools.net/test/landing.page?state=ID&tid=76
Compare NAEP scores for Idaho Schools versus national: http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/states/
Education Nation Scorecard for Schools: http://nbcscorecard.greatschools.org/?s_cid=20100928weeklysend
Compare State and Community Report Card: http://www.sde.idaho.gov/ipd/reportcard/SchoolReportCard.asp
Cost per student, grades 1-12, and teacher/student ratio comparison to US average.
None within Payette City limits. However, in the greater Boise Area are these Colleges and Universities:
Payette is located in and is part of the Snake River basin plain that covers most of the south end of the State of Idaho. Payette is at the mouth of a tributary valley, referred to as the lower Payette River Valley that flows into and becomes part of the larger Treasure Valley where Boise, Nampa and Caldwell are located. The Treasure Valley got its name because of its economic prosperity. The Treasure Valley system runs from Vale, Oregon on the west, to Boise, Idaho on the east. It was formerly known as the "Lower Snake River Valley or Boise River Valley" until 1959 when the name was changed. The lower Payette River valley parallels the Treasure Valley about straight north of Boise then joins into it near the Snake River and Idaho/Oregon border. Near the middle of the valley and the Idaho/Oregon border, five rivers, the Boise, the Payette, the Weiser, the Malheur and the Owyhee drain into the larger Snake River.
This is considered a high desert area with most of the moisture occurring and collecting in the surrounding mountains and then being transferred into the valley by creeks, streams and rivers. There are diversion canals and dams that come off the Payette River which feed irrigation canals in and around Payette making commercial agricultural possible. These waterways provide the irrigation water used by farmers across most of the south end of the state. Payette's location sprang to life in the earliest years of Idaho.
In 1805, the Lewis and Clark expedition passed through the Treasure Valley following the Boise River, just south of the Payette River, west. In 1811, the Astorian Expedition under Wilson Price Hunt came through on the same route and explored parts of what was later to become the Oregon Trail route. Shortly after this a fort was established for fur traders on the west end of the valley between where the Boise and Payette Rivers flow into the Snake River. It was named Fort Boise. The Payette River, which flows by Payette and Payette City itself, was named after Francois Payette, a fur trader that came into the area about 1818 and was later put in charge of Fort Boise from about 1835 to 1844. In 1834, Fort Boise was taken over and upgraded by the Hudson Bay fur trading company. Though fur traders passed through Payette, as most trade routes followed the rivers in the early days and in the 1860's became a stopping point for miners heading into the mountain up the Payette River, it did not become a permanent settlement until the 1880's when the Oregon Short Line Railroad came into the area.
In 1883 railroad survey teams were in the area and "graders," excavation workers, used the Payette location as a railroad staging area. By 1884 the basic line was in up to Huntington Oregon, a railroad bridge built over the Snake River and by 1885, Payette got its first train depot. From this point there was little growth until about 1890 when Idaho because a state. That same year commercial buildings began to go up in Payette creating the town. It included sawmills, school houses, shops, banks etc. Logs would be harvested up the Payette River then floated down to Payette where they would be milled into dimensional lumber. About this same time irrigation projects went in with the first fruit crops being shipped out in 1891, the same year Payette City was incorporated. The population at that time was about 396.
Because of Payette's location near the convergence of five rivers, the intersection of the railroad and the early development of first mining and then timber it had an early and rapid start. Soon after however, the mines played out, all the timber was cut and transportation shifted from railroad to highway based commerce. Payette was known for many years for its orchards, but this too has become a declining industry with the advent of third world competition. There are still working orchards in the area but it is considered a marginal business at this time.
Today Payette is considered a full service community except for higher education, which can be found within 50 miles in Boise to the south. It has a K-12 school system, small hospital and most other services available. In recent years it has become, to a lesser extent, a bedroom location for the larger Boise market. It s distance puts it on the edge of what commuters are willing to drive to go to work. Payette is just across the Snake River from Ontario, Oregon. Ontario is larger in population, has a full hospital, higher education facilities, has a regional prison and most importantly has no sales tax. This brings Payette residents across the river to shop to avoid paying Idaho's sales tax. Oregon has higher property taxes, Idaho lower property taxes but with a sales tax. The trend has been to live in Idaho to capture the lower county taxes and then to shop in Ontario to avoid the sales tax. The result has been for positive residential development in Payette but very little commercial development with a net revenue shortage on the Idaho side.
Payette is part of the greater Boise economic region of Southwest Idaho, referred to as the "Treasure Valley." Boise is the economic and political hub of this region being the capital of the state, the largest city in the state and the primary location for non- agriculturally based jobs in the region. Recent growth has come mainly through the introduction of clean industries, such as Hewlett Packard and Micron Technologies, in the last 20 years. Payette is on the edge of the Boise Metro area that now has the greatest concentration of people between Salt Lake City Utah and Portland Oregon at about 588,000. Boise and the surrounding areas have also become a hub for transportation and storage, higher education, communication call centers, medical services and most other major demographic factors that allow clean and sustained growth.
Whatever your reasons for coming to Payette, it can be considered a good choice and one of the positive puzzle pieces that make up the "Treasure Valley" whose real treasure has always been its people. Trust the experts at Stewart Realty, LLC to help you find your own piece of Payette Idaho real estate.
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Payette is part of the, lower Payette river valley that runs from Emmett on the east to the Snake River on the west where it combines with the Treasure or lower Snake River Valley. This is a high desert area of low precipitation in the valleys and high rates of sunshine. Most snow fall occurs in the surrounding mountain ranges from November to February which fills the rivers, creeks and streams that run to the valley in the spring time as it melts. The valley does get some snow but on average it is light and infrequent.
Payette's climate is warm during summer when day time temperatures tend to be in the 80's and 90's and cold during winter when temperatures tend to be in the 30's. The cold months are December through February and the warmest months July and August. Temperature shifts from day to night can be extreme primarily during the hottest summer days that cool off after sunset. This is a full four season location with a comparatively mild climate proven ideal for farming, recreation and just living. The annual average precipitation at Emmett is 6.61 inches. Rainfall is distributed evenly throughout the year but on average is wetter during the spring and fall seasons. February is usually the wettest month on average at 1.34 inches.
There over twenty AM and FM radio stations located in the Boise Valley that reaches Payette that includes multiple NPR stations.
This area has full access to traditional, cable, dish and online TV stations with Boise being regional communication hub for most TV and radio outlets. Fiber optic lines are being extended to residential areas to provide the highest speed data transfers available.
Data summary by: Tim Hogg, Minuteman Land Valuation, LLC Certified Residential Appraiser