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Carey, Idaho
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Location of Carey in Blaine County, Idaho.
Location of Carey in Blaine County, Idaho.
Country United States
State Idaho
County Blaine
 • Total 3.45 sq mi (8.94 km2)
 • Land 3.45 sq mi (8.94 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
4,783 ft (1,458 m)
 • Total 604
 • Estimate 
 • Density 186.96/sq mi (72.18/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 208, 986
FIPS code 16-12790
GNIS feature ID 0396234

Carey is a city in Blaine County, Idaho, United States. The population was 604 at the 2010 census. Carey is primarily an agricultural city and is the location of the Blaine County Fairgrounds. Nearby recreational destinations include the Craters of the Moon National Monument, Carey Lake, Silver Creek and the Little Wood River. Further west is the Big Wood River Valley, leading to the Sun Valley resort. In recent years, the city of Carey has experienced significant growth.


Carey is located at 43°18′34″N 113°56′43″W / 43.30944°N 113.94528°W / 43.30944; -113.94528 (43.309319, -113.945293), at an elevation of 4783 feet (1458 m) above sea level.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.31 square miles (8.57 km2), all of it land.

Carey is located at the junctions of U.S. Routes 26/93 and 20 and is the commercial center of the Little Wood River Valley. It was founded by a group of Mormon colonists led by Cyrus Joseph Stanford in 1883 who named the town "Marysville." It was renamed "Carey" with the arrival of his younger brother, Thomas C. Stanford in 1884.


This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Carey has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 701
1920 740 5.6%
1930 600 −18.9%
1940 100 −83.3%
1950 100 0.0%
1960 200 100.0%
1970 300 50.0%
1980 600 100.0%
1990 600 0.0%
2000 513 −14.5%
2010 604 17.7%
2019 (est.) 645 6.8%

Religion is a very big part in the community, and it is estimated to be about 75% Mormon.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 604 people, 196 households, and 156 families residing in the city. The population density was 182.5 inhabitants per square mile (70.5/km2). There were 240 housing units at an average density of 72.5 per square mile (28.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 88.9% White, 0.7% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 8.1% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.1% of the population.

There were 196 households, of which 48.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.4% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 20.4% were non-families. 18.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.08 and the average family size was 3.56.

The median age in the city was 33.4 years. 36.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.3% were from 25 to 44; 24% were from 45 to 64; and 10.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.2% male and 50.8% female.


The Blaine County Fair is an annual event. The 2011 Blaine County Fair was held in Carey the weekend of August 12–14, 2011.

See also

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