The Community of Sandpoint, Idaho
The community of Sandpoint,
at an elevation just over 2,000 ft., serves as the county seat of Bonner County (population 35,226 in 1999).
For more than a century, its economy
depended heavily on the lumber industry. Beginning in the late 1980's,
the tourism industry began to grow rapidly
in response to increasing awareness of the
region's four season climate.
With an annual average rainfall of 33.5 inches and annual snowfall of 71.7 inches, residents
experience few sub-zero days in the winter, while summer days rarely exceed 90°. The average year-round temperature is 47°
and there are close to 125 frost-free days each year.
The humidity level is comparatively low, the nights
are generally comforting and summertime
typically offers weeks of blue sky, sunny
days. This is, of course, to the delight of
boating, fishing, swimming, water skiing and
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The people of Sandpoint enjoy community amenities quite remarkable for a "small town." Bonner General Hospital (BGH)
is a nonprofit hospital (62 beds) providing care for more than 25,000 patients each year. Its 24-hour emergency department is capable of handling trauma, cardiac, pediatric and
neurological emergencies for Bonner County and the surrounding areas.
use a helicopter service out of Spokane, WA. for emergency services which cuts the response time
in half. Around 30 physicians in the
area are on active medical staffs, providing comprehensive specialty needs to Bonner County.
Sandpoint's government includes a mayor and six councilors elected to four-year terms. Police protection is provided by 16 sworn officers and 14 department vehicles,
and crime is low at 6,919 total crimes per
100,000 population (1997 figures). Sandpoint's fire department employs seven full-time fire fighters and 20 volunteers.
The Sandpoint Airport offers private and
chartered aircraft a 5,500 foot asphalted
Commercial airline travel accessibility is
available at Spokane International Airport,
which is located just 78 miles from
Many people choose to live in other areas of Bonner County. These nearby areas have their own unique character, but
also benefit from their close proximity to Sandpoint.