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Latah County, Idaho

US county information
NameLatah County
StateIdaho
SeatMoscow
Largest cityMoscow
US Area
Total Area1076.89 sq mi (2789.1 km2)
Land Area1076.65 sq mi (2788.5 km2)
Water Area0.24 sq mi (0.6 km2)
Population37244 (2010)
Density13.4/km2 (34.6/sq mi)
Named forLatah Creek
Time zonePacific
Time zonePacific: UTC-8/-7: -8/-7

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Latah County is a county located in the north central region of the U.S. state of Idaho. The population was 37,244 at the 2010 census. The county seat and largest city is Moscow, which is the home of the University of Idaho, the state's flagship and land-grant university. The county comprises the majority of the eastern portion of the Palouse, famous for its rolling hills and rich agriculture. Latah County is the only county in the U.S. established by an act of Congress.

Latah County (pron. c-en'layt@ ) was created in 1888 and named for Latah Creek in its northwest corner. The name is Nez Perce and means "the place of pine trees and pestle", because the tribe found stones here suitable for pulverizing camas roots and shade under the white pine trees in which to work.

Latah County comprises the Moscow, ID, Micropolitan Statistical Area.


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