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New Plymouth, Idaho


New Plymouth, Idaho

New Plymouth, Idaho
Aerial view of New Plymouth
Aerial view of New Plymouth
Nickname(s): World's Largest Horseshoe
Home of the Pilgrims
Location of New Plymouth, Idaho
Location of New Plymouth, Idaho
Country United States
State Idaho
County Payette
Incorporated 1896
 • Mayor Joe Cook
 • Total 0.69 sq mi (1.79 km2)
 • Land 0.69 sq mi (1.79 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 2,260 ft (690 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 1,538
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 1,527
 • Density 2,229.0/sq mi (860.6/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 83655
Area code(s) 208
FIPS code 16-56980
GNIS feature ID 0396952

New Plymouth is a city in Payette County, Idaho, United States. The population was 1,538 at the 2010 census, up from 1400 in 2000.[4] It was incorporated on February 15, 1896. It is the host of the annual Payette County Fair.

New Plymouth is part of the Ontario, OR–ID Micropolitan Statistical Area.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
    • 2010 census 3.1
    • 2000 census 3.2
  • Government 4
  • Points of interest 5
  • Boulevard 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


New Plymouth was a colony town, bought and planned before it was settled. It was the combined project of a group of people purportedly dissatisfied with city life in Chicago, who in 1895 formed what they called "The Plymouth Society of Chicago" and William E. Smythe, who was the chairman of the executive committee of the National Irrigation Congress and a famous irrigation promoter. Mr. Smythe was determined to found a colony to serve as a striking argument in favor of his project - irrigation. He spoke throughout the east, urging young and old men to go west in colonies and develop the country with the help of irrigation. He wanted the first colony to be called New Plymouth — after Plymouth, Massachusetts — and wanted it located in southwestern Idaho in the Payette Valley, which he had found apt for his purpose because of the extraordinary water supply via the nearby Payette River.

The Plymouth Society of Chicago selected a committee to investigate the irrigated Payette River Valley in the five-year-old state of Idaho, and another site in Colorado, to be purchased for the colony. The present city of New Plymouth was on the drawing boards in Chicago, designed as a town able to be self-reliant through the use of irrigation, solidly built on an agricultural and railroad economy.

In February 1896, each colonist purchased 20 shares of stock at $30 per share, which entitled him to 20 acres (81,000 m2) of land and a town lot. He was to clear the land of sagebrush and plant fruit trees, preferably apples. The town was platted with a horseshoe shape with its open end facing to the north, toward the railroad and the river. This area was planned as an industrial zone, and the acre tracts around the horseshoe were the residential lots.

The homes were to be built on the street side and the balance of the acre for garden and pasture for the family cow and the driving team. Two streets, separated by an 80-foot (24 m) park, curve around the town in a horseshoe shape. This mile-long (1.6 km) park and the streets that enclose it were called "The Boulevard." The park was planted with grass and shade trees. Plymouth Avenue, the main street and principal business thoroughfare, was surveyed (16 feet off the section line) down the center of the horseshoe from the railroad on the north through the Boulevard on the south.

The community was at first called the New Plymouth Farm Village and was governed by a colony board of directors until it incorporated as a village in 1908, dropping the last two words in the name.

Sign that welcomes you into New Plymouth coming from the south.


New Plymouth is located at (43.970689, -116.820449),[5] at an elevation of 2,260 feet (689 m) above sea level.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.69 square miles (1.79 km2), all of it land.[1]


2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 1,538 people, 565 households, and 405 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,229.0 inhabitants per square mile (860.6/km2). There were 608 housing units at an average density of 881.2 per square mile (340.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.3% White, 0.2% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 6.8% from other races, and 2.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.3% of the population.

There were 565 households of which 37.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.7% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.3% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.23.

The median age in the city was 36.1 years. 29.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24% were from 25 to 44; 22.9% were from 45 to 64; and 16% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.7% male and 50.3% female.

2000 census

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 1,400 people, 524 households, and 372 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 94.36% White, 0.29% African American, 0.79% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 2.86% from other races, and 1.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.86% of the population.

There were 524 households out of which 38.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.1% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.0% were non-families. 25.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the city the population was spread out with 31.7% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,524, and the median income for a family was $33,224. Males had a median income of $28,529 versus $21,161 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,624. About 12.3% of families and 17.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.9% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.


New Plymouth contracts with Payette County Sheriff's for Law Enforcement City Council members include Bill Warnke, Cora Kirth, Jeannette Davidson-Mayer, and Rick York (BIC).[9] Mayor Joe Cook

Example of a New Plymouth waterwheel.

Points of interest

  • Tuttle Blacksmith Shop, the oldest building in town
  • The Waterwheels located on Southwest First Avenue
  • Payette County Fairgrounds
  • Internet Truck Stops Headquarters
  • New Plymouth High School
  • Armoral Tuttle Public Library
  • 123 Elm Street


The Boulevard is the main residential area and the original setting of the town. There are many unique things about the boulevard. First, it is in the shape of a horseshoe with a large park down the middle. Also, a system of ditches parallel the roads and drain into the canal, giving each landowner who pays for a share access to irrigation water. This comes from the days when farming was intended to be done inside the city. It is now used for gardening or watering the lawn. It also now includes a frisbee golf course along the west side.[10]

See also


  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010".  
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  3. ^ "Population Estimates".  
  4. ^ Spokesman-Review - 2010 census - New Plymouth, Idaho - accessed 2011-12-23
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  9. ^ New Plymouth Boards & Committees
  10. ^ Activities in New Plymouth, Idaho

External links

  • Official website - City of New Plymouth
  • City website
  • Payette County Fair
  • Payette County USGenWeb
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