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Owyhee is a census-designated place (CDP) in Elko Countymarker, Nevadamarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 1,017 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Elkomarker Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Owyhee is also located within the Duck Valley Indian Reservation, and since the reservation is also located in southwestern Idahomarker, the Nevadamarker portion of the reservation is in the Mountain Time Zone. Owyhee and Mountain City (located 12 miles southeast of Owyhee, and 2 miles southeast of the reservation), are not exempt from state legislation which places them officially in the Pacific Time Zone, but they observe Mountain Time anyway.


Owyhee is located at (41.947928, -116.135181) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 225.5 square miles (583.9 km²), of which, 224.3 square miles (580.9 km²) of it is land and 1.2 square miles (3.0 km²) of it (0.51%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 1,017 people, 323 households, and 215 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 4.5 people per square mile (1.8/km²). There were 371 housing units at an average density of 1.7/sq mi (0.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 17.80% White, 3.54% African American, 75.02% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.88% from other races, and 2.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.05% of the population.

There were 323 households out of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.7% were married couples living together, 22.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.4% were non-families. 30.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.31.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 40.5% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 22.8% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 7.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females there were 138.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.8 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $23,214, and the median income for a family was $28,846. Males had a median income of $31,250 versus $27,917 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $9,869. About 27.7% of families and 32.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 41.0% of those under age 18 and 34.5% of those age 65 or over.


Owyhee Airportmarker provides local air transportation.


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