Kootenai County at your fingertips

New data website offers info about people, places

Print Article

COEUR d'ALENE - A website providing data about Kootenai County that is intended to help businesses, individuals and organizations make more informed decisions was unveiled Tuesday to the public.

The website, located at www.kootenaicountyindicators.ewu.edu, will serve as a tool providing the most current data.

The site includes information related to the people and demographics of Kootenai County and the specific areas of health, education, environment, recreation and tourism, economic vitality, housing and transportation.

"You now have a community mirror," said Patrick Jones, executive director of Eastern Washington University's Institute of Public Policy and Economic Analysis. "This is what life is like, at least as far as we can measure."

The information is neutral and accurate, and the site is designed to make it easy to find, he said.

"We spent a lot of time doing data checks," he said, as he gave a tour of the website. "A goal is to allow people to find what they want in three clicks."

It's called the Kootenai Community Indicators Project, and the public got a first look at The Coeur d'Alene Resort.

The project was developed by EWU, the Inland Northwest Community Foundation and United Way of Kootenai County.

Caryl Johnston, United Way executive director, said, "Having this site in our community will help us to showcase where we are doing very well as a community, as well as help us to take a look at where there are areas we may want to improve."

Users can drill down in the "people" category to find population growth, average household size and voting rates, among other indicators.

Similarly, in the economic vitality category users can find income levels, county property tax revenue, labor force participation rates, employment information or bankruptcy numbers.

The education category has 21 of the so-called indicator areas in which the county can be evaluated.

Jones said the site has more than 130 indicators combined from the different data categories.

Depending on the data, the county is compared in many cases with Spokane, Ada County, the state of Idaho, and the U.S.

"The value of the site will make itself apparent over time," Jones said.

Students and university staff members will constantly update the data.

The site will evolve, too, to include more indicators as needed.

"It's always on, and always current," he said.

Johnston added, "I think it's a really big asset to our community."

Print Article

Read More Local News

Gateway to Hayden: One big water tank

November 14, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press HAYDEN — A 2 million gallon water tank will loom 161 feet above the earth and greet motorists on U.S. 95 as they enter Hayden from the north. Building the tower was approved at an election last week...

Comments

Read More

It rained on NIC parade

November 14, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press Jolie Wenglikowski sat in her office with a note of exasperation hiding under her breath. The director of the Children’s Center at North Idaho College was too busy preparing the next day’s curriculum...

Comments

Read More

Home, sweet home

November 14, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press POST FALLS — Calling it a good fit for Riverbend Commerce Park, the Post Falls Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved a special use permit for construction of a 64-bed skilled...

Comments

Read More

Crosby to highlight veterans home

November 14, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press Several prominent military veterans will be speaking Friday at the Kootenai County Democratic Club meeting in downtown Coeur d’Alene. The meeting starts at noon at The Iron Horse, 407 E. Sherman Ave...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 664-8176
215 N. Second St
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

©2019 The Coeur d'Alene Press Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X