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Challis, Idaho
(Custer County)

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Welcome to Challis ...

The city of Challis is located in Custer County<1> and is the County Seat for Custer County.

The location of Challis has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Challis has a population of 1,078 people<3> (see below for details).

Challis was established in 1878.

The community of Challis is 5,210 feet [1,588 m] above sea level.<4> In other words, the altitude of Challis is about 1 mile [or ~1½ km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Challis lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

The area code for Challis: (208)

The ZIP code for Challis: 83226<5>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Challis had an population of 1,078 people. This is a decrease of 0.28% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 18.59% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Challis had a population of 1,081 people (which is 24.75% of the total population of Custer County). This makes Challis the county's most populous community.

The population of Challis represents 0.07% of the population of Idaho (which has 1,567,582 people), making it the state's 80th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 1,081 people, the population of Challis increased 18.92% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 909 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Challis.

Communities near Challis ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Challis.

  • Clayton [Custer County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clayton
    • Clayton [Custer County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the southwest of Challis
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 8 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clayton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clayton<7>
  • Bayhorse [Custer County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bayhorse
    • Bayhorse [Custer County] was located 8 miles [12.9 km]<6> to the southwest of Challis
  • Ellis [Custer County]
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    • Ellis [Custer County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the northeast of Challis
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ellis have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ellis
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ellis<7>
  • May [Lemhi County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for May
    • May [Lemhi County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the northeast of Challis
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for May have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on May
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for May<7>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Custer [Custer County] - Historic
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      • Custer [Custer County] was located 24 miles [38.6 km]<6> to the west of Challis
    • Patterson [Lemhi County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Patterson
      • Patterson [Lemhi County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<6> to the east of Challis
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Patterson
    • Bonanza [Custer County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bonanza
      • Bonanza [Custer County] was located 26 miles [41.8 km]<6> to the west of Challis
    • Lemhi [Lemhi County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lemhi
      • Lemhi [Lemhi County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<6> to the northeast of Challis
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lemhi have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lemhi
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lemhi<7>
    • Cobalt [Lemhi County]
    • Stanley [Custer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stanley
      • Stanley [Custer County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<6> to the southwest of Challis
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 68 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stanley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stanley
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Stanley<7>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We're compiling a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Challis. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Challis.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Challis. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Challis.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Challis ...

Looking for more information about Challis? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Challis, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Challis.

Adding Challis to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Challis in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Challis was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Challis on a map titled Rand McNally Map of Idaho (1925).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Challis on our Genealogy Page.

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About Custer County

About Idaho

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Challis. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Custer County: www.co.custer.id.us/

The official website for State of Idaho: www.state.id.us/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Idaho's counties, including Custer, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Challis.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Challis - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Challis). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Challis or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Challis) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Challis. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from ChallisOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Challis. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.5053, Longitude: -114.2282       In this case, the coordinates for Challis have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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