Idaho has 44 counties.
The territory that is now Idaho was originally part of the Washington Territory. The growth of population that resulted from the gold rushes of the 1860s produced the Idaho Territory in 1863. At that time, Idaho had just four counties. The Idaho Legislature, first territorial and later state, divided and subdivided the original four counties. In 1919, the state had its present lineup of 44 counties.
County website evaluations
- Main article: Evaluation of Idaho county websites
- Five counties post their budgets online.
- 21 include information on their websites about public government meetings.
- 25 include information about the county's elected officials.
- 26 include information about the county's administrative officials.
- 19 give information about permits and zoning in the county.
- Four of the counties put information on their websites about audits that the county government has had performed.
- None of the county websites provides information about their contracts with county vendors.
- None of the county websites disclose whether or not they belong to any government sector lobbying associations.
- Seven county websites give information on how to request public records using the Idaho Public Records Act.
- 6 county websites provide some information about county taxes.
Counties without websites
As of early January 2009, seven of Idaho's 44 counties had no website.
List of counties
- Bannock County, Idaho
- Bear Lake County, Idaho
- Benewah County, Idaho
- Bingham County, Idaho
- Blaine County, Idaho
- Boise County, Idaho
- Bonner County, Idaho
- Bonneville County, Idaho
- Boundary County, Idaho
- Butte County, Idaho
Defunct Idaho counties
- Alturas County: A huge south-central Idaho county formed in 1864. Abolished in 1895.
- Lah-Toh County: North Idaho county formed in 1864. Abolished in 1867.
- Logan County: Formed by an 1889 partition of Alturas County. Abolished in 1895.