De Smet, ID Profile: Facts & Data


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De Smet, Idaho - Basic Facts

The De Smet Census Designated Place had a population of 206 as of July 1, 2020. De Smet ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Idaho. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for De Smet is located at latitude 47.146 and longitude -116.9157 in Benewah County. The formal boundaries for the De Smet Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 0.96 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Benewah County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 2,598 feet.

The De Smet Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2583435) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

Idaho is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The De Smet Census Designated Place is located within Tensed Division of Benewah County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for De Smet: De Smet Mission, Desmet, 'L'lkhwi'lus.


De Smet, ID Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 206 (100%)
Population in Households 206 (100.0%)
Population in Families 165 (80.1%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 215
Diversity Index2 59


Median Household Income $39,587
Average Household Income $55,991
% of Income for Mortgage4 0%
Per Capita Income $22,525
Wealth Index5 44


Total HU (Housing Units) 71 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 44 (62.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 20 (28.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 7 ( 9.9%)
Median Home Value $217,857
Average Home Value $333,889
Housing Affordability Index3 0


Total Households 64
Average Household Size 3.22
Family Households 41
Average Family Size 4
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 1.6% 1.32%
Households 1.67% 1.52%
Families 0.49% 1.42%
Median Household Income   1.81%
Per Capita Income   2.8%
Owner Occupied HU   0.89%


De Smet, ID - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares De Smet to the other 227 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Idaho by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 186 19th
Population Density # 188 18th
Median Household Income # 191 16th
Housing Affordability Index # 23 10th
Per Capita Income # 138 40th
Diversity Index # 41 82nd

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