Municipalities and communities of Benewah County, Idaho, Idaho, United States
St. Maries is a city in Benewah County, Idaho, United States. The population was 2,652 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Benewah County. Pronounced St. Mary's. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 sq km). 1.1 square miles (2.8 sq km) of it is land. The Saint Maries River and the Saint Joe River each run through St. Maries. The townsite was selected by Joseph Fisher at the junction of the St. Maries and St. Joseph Rivers which would provide a good place for a sawmill. He chose the spot because the rivers and lake systems provided rapid transportation systems for floating logs to the mills and utilizing steamboats to transport finish products to markets. As of the census of 2000, there were 2,652 people, 1,061 households, and 675 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,434.8 people per square mile (939.4/sq km). There were 1,132 housing units at an average density of 1,039.3 per square mile (401.0/sq km). The racial makeup of the city was 95.93% White, 1.73% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 2.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.66% of the population.