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Emmett homes are relatively affordable; the median value was $112,263 in 2011. The former average price of a detached home decreased from $139,319 to $130,000 in 2012. Furthermore, the cost of living in Emmett is also low and estimated to be 92.3 -- this is 7.7 points below the national average!
Emmett is a small town, home to 6,516 people in the 2012 estimate. But, as can be seen from previous years, Emmett is growing. In fact, it grew 18.7% from 2000 to 2012. This community spans across only 2.82 in city limits, mostly composed of suburban neighborhoods and homes.
Emmett’s fascinating history begins with two men -- Nathaniel Martin and Jonathan Smith. Together, they established a ferry port off of the Payette River. This provided a more efficient and faster travel for those part of the gold rush the area. Furthermore, the ferry made crossing the river less hazardous from the flooding in the spring. The ferry port quickly became a main location for local trade off the Basin trail. Eventually, this port became large enough to be a small city and was named Martinsville in Nathaniel's honor.
Martinsville’s closest settlement, found just a few miles away, was Emmettsville - a mining and agricultural community. This town had the main post office for Martinsville and other settlements in the area. Eventually, Emmettsville and Martinsville came together, becoming one city. A few years after this, this town was officially renamed as Emmett. This change is sometimes attributed to the frequent confusion between Emmettsville, Idaho and Emmettsville, Iowa. Less often suggested, however, is the idea that the name was changed because in a letter from the mayor to the state’s capital, he wrote Emmett before running out of ink, unable to finish the word. Either way, today, this quaint community goes by the name Emmett.
Emmett has developed quite extensively in the past decade, but there are echos and artifacts of Emmett's hundred-year history that remain around the town. For instance, the original home of Nathaniel Martin, built in 1878, still stands as the oldest Emmett building.
This charming Idaho city is home to over 6,500 people, and is the county seat of Gem County. In fact, it is the only city in Gem County. Unincorporated towns in Gem account for nearly two-thirds of Gem’s population, and include the communities of Sweet, Letha, and Ola. These unincorporated towns do not have their own city government, and must rely on the services (like fire and police) of the county.
Emmett is the social and cultural hub of Gem County, and even people from outside of the county come to visit its scenic views and rich history. Emmett is famous for its Cherry Festival, a summertime festival annually held since 1934. Set every second full week of June, the Cherry Festival is a free event to celebrate local cherry production, and is the longest running festival in the area. This carnival last several days, and has a wide variety of activities every day for people to participate in. These include bake-offs, pie-eating contests, pit-spits, and parades. Over 50,000 people come every year to enjoy Emmett’s incredible cherries!
Emmett is in a beautiful area of Idaho, located within a small river valley formed by the Payette River and surrounded by high-altitude desert. To the northeast of the city is the Black Canyon Reservoir, which is formed by the Black Canyon Diversion Dam. This body of water is an excellent place that people from all over Idaho’s Treasure Valley come to to fish or boat. In fact, many people water ski, wakeboard, wakesurf, and tube the waterway. The surrounding area is used for hiking and camping with scenic and picturesque views among Idaho’s incredible landscape.
The Payette River, which feeds the Black Canyon Reservoir, is a nearly 83 mile long river, which is well-known for its whitewater rapids. The North Fork of the Payette, which has Class V rated rapids located predominantly in the lower half of the river, is the most difficult whitewater route in North America. In the calmer areas, however, the Payette is a great fishing river, recognized for its bass, catfish, trout, and crappie.
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Listing information last updated on April 19th, 2021 at 9:00am MDT.