Latah County

County Offices
Latah County Courthouse
522 S Adams Street
Moscow 208-883-2249

Chamber of Commerce
411 S Main St
Moscow 208-882-1800

Latah County is located in the northern Idaho panhandle; to the immediate west lies Whitman County, Washington. These counties are referred to as The Palouse, which produces a large share of the wheat, lentils, peas, oats and barley grown in the United States. The Palouse is home to two major universities, the University of Idaho and Washington State University. Latah County’s incorporated cities include Bovill, Deary, Genesee, Juliaetta, Kendrick, Moscow, Onaway, Potlatch and Troy. In addition, there are several unincorporated communities, including: Avon, Cedar Creek, Farmington, Harvard, Helmer, Howell, Joel, Princeton and Viola. The county is home to more than 37,000 residents. The county seat and largest city is Moscow, the home of the University of Idaho.

Latah County is mostly rural with striking contrasts between the rolling hills of the Palouse region and thick forests of pine, fir, and cedar. The northern part of the county boasts the largest stand of white pine in the nation, attracting the Potlatch Lumber Company. Home to the University of Idaho and close neighbors with Washington State University, Latah County hosts a surprising array of fine dining spots, wineries, art galleries and performance art venues. The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival presents world-class musicians to hundreds of visitors each February and a network of locally supplied chefs has resulted in menus that yield a true taste of the region. Outdoors, visitors will find a number of opportunities for bicycling, mountain biking, hiking, golf, and wildlife viewing.  Latah County has many assets which help to promote the healthy lifestyles of residents. The University of Idaho provides great education, athletic options, as well as art and music programs. As a young town with a young population, residents are highly active. Trails and bike paths are available for physical activity and community activities. Combine this with city parks and recreational options and you get a lifestyle that is to be envied and enjoyed.

Quality educational opportunities are available in and near Latah County, underlined by excellent public-school districts and options for select private and parochial schools The Moscow School District #281 operates Moscow High School (9-12), an alternative high school, a middle school (6-8), and four elementary schools (two K-5, one K-2, one 3-5.) The school district uses nationally recognized programs and detailed planning to ensure the highest education possible for students. For those seeking higher education, there are a number of online opportunities available from state and regional colleges and universities for students of all ages.  Since 1889, the University of Idaho has provided students with a higher education experience that prepares them to solve real-world problems and achieve success in their lives and careers. Beginning with the residential campus in Moscow, the university’s reach extends throughout Idaho, serving over 11,000 students with educational centers in Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Idaho Falls; nine Research and Extension centers; and Extension offices in 42 counties. One of the nation’s land-grant research universities, U of I is a noted national leader in student-centered learning and interdisciplinary research that promotes public service. The University is a big part of the youthful feel of the community.

While Latah County may offer newcomers a breathtaking environment of unspoiled beauty, the county healthcare services are highly developed. Serving the community’s health needs is Gritman Medical Center which is dedicated to delivering the personalized care of a community hospital in an atmosphere of advanced technology for the best of all worlds. In addition to its main campus, Gritman operates five family clinics, an internal medicine clinic and the University of Idaho Student Health Services facility. The Comprehensive services offered include critical care, family practice and urgent care, social services, surgical specialties, laboratory and state-of-the-art imaging, immediate care and family-centered maternity. In addition to diagnostics and treatment, the hospital takes a proactive approach to health and wellness through community educational programs, special events, and public health screenings.

City of Moscow
City Offices
206 E Third St.
Moscow 208-883-7000

Chamber of Commerce
411 S Main St
Moscow 208-882-1800

Nestled between the beautiful rolling hills of the Palouse and various national forests, Moscow is renowned for its community rich with culture, education, shopping, and year ‘round outdoor recreational opportunities. The city is home to just over 23,000 residents who enjoy a high quality of life. The city features a plethora of urban amenities including music festivals, museums, art exhibitions, cutting-edge restaurants, boutiques, bookstores, coffee shops and much more.  There are seventeen neighborhood parks located throughout the town offering a wide variety of venues for outdoor activities. These parks fall under the jurisdiction of the Moscow Recreation Department. Carol Ryrie Brink Nature Park was a community collaboration between the Palouse Clearwater Environmental Institute and local volunteers to restore Paradise Creek and add riparian plantings. The Moscow community, including schools and the city, led by local youth, raised money over several years to fund, design, and build a skate park in the community as well. This shows the type of community that Moscow is. Its people are dedicated the community and keeping the small-town feel.

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