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12 and 39,564 and 3.1 and more: Lewiston by the Numbers

November 28th, 2015 Posted in Opinion

By Jillian McCarthy

LEWISTON — “In Lewiston, we actually like each other,” said former Lewiston City Council member Paul King. “It’s a good community.”

The Lewiston Opera House burned down at Christmas 1904.

The Lewiston Opera House burned down at Christmas 1930.

It’s also a community with some hidden attributes, as this profile of Lewiston by the numbers illustrates.

  • 1,865 – Population in the current census.1
  • 700 – Public water hook-ups.1
  • 1 – Movie theaters. Tickets at the Lewiston Theatre are still only $2.5
  • 495 – Students at Lewiston’s elementary/middle school.2
  • 12 – Businesses in town.
  • 71 – Home businesses.1
  • 55 – Paid part-time employees and volunteers working for the town.1
  • 25 – Town’s area (in square miles).1
  • 33,300 – Lewiston’s first sugar beet harvest, in tons, 1905. 6
  • 16 – Distance (in miles) to Utah State University.2
  • $48,458 –Estimated median household income, up from $36,417 in 2000.2
  • ? – Number of cows in Lewiston.
  • 7 – Registered sex offenders living in Lewiston.2
  • 6 – Full-time town employees.1
  • 2,092 – Distance (in miles) to Washington, D.C.
  • 1930 — The year the Lewiston Opera House (built 1884) burned down after a Christmas dance.7
  • 4 – Homesteaders who settled Lewiston in 1870: Peter and Everett Van Orden, Robert Wall, and John M. Bernhisel.3
  • 4 – Lewiston State Bank branches. The first Lewiston State Bank was established in 1905, and now has branches in Logan, North Logan and Preston, Idaho.4
  • 3.1 – Average household size (same as the statewide average).2
  • 2 – Gas stations in Lewiston. (K & B Services and Sinclair.)
  • 39,564 – The number of books in the Lewiston public library,2 almost 21 per resident.
  • 1 – Grocery stores in Lewiston (Theurer’s Market).

1 Source: Julie Bergeson, the city office manager and clerk recorder.

2 Source: City-Data.

3 Source: Joan Shaw, Lewiston historian and resident since 1969.

4 Source: Lewiston State Bank.

5 Source: Lewiston Theatre.

6 Source: Lewiston-North Cache Historical Report, 1996.

7 Source: Joan Shaw, “The Night the Opera House Burned Down,” 1997.



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