Healthcare, manufacturing, retail and mining are key industries in the region. Tourism is also integral, employing more than 10,000 in northern Idaho. Coeur d’Alene School District serves around 11,000 students throughout Kootenai County, Idaho with 16 schools. Advanced degrees can be pursued locally at North Idaho College or Lewis-Clark State College. Kootenai Health provides comprehensive medical services for patients in northern Idaho and the Inland Northwest. The main campus is a 292-bed, community-owned hospital in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
North Idaho is a land of soaring peaks, wonderful lakes and vibrant towns. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho is home to the 30-mile Lake Coeur d’Alene, Tubbs Hill Trail, Coeur d’Alene City Park and Silverwood Theme Park. All of this and more has made the seat of Kootenai County into an attractive destination in the Pacific Northwest. In Hayden, Idaho you’ll find Hayden Lake’s 4,000 acres and 40 miles of shoreline as well as Clark House, Avondale Golf Course and Triple Play. Recreation lands are numerous including Priest Lake, Heyburn State Park and Farragut State Park. Ironman
Coeur d’Alene, Car d’Lane Classic Car Show and Art on the Green are just a few of the numerous annual celebrations
in northern Idaho.
Weather conditions are classified as either dry-summer continental or warm-summer Mediterranean. Sunshine on 174 days, 32 inches of snow and 24 inches of rain are the yearly norms in the region. High temperatures average around 80 degrees and winter lows are in the 20s on average.
Kootenai County, Idaho was created in 1864, but wasn’t formally organized until 1881. The completion of the Northern Pacific Railroad and discovery of gold near the Coeur d’Alene River spurred growth and development into the 1900s.