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Kuna, Idaho
City
Main Street in Kuna in 2008
Main Street in Kuna in 2008
Official seal of Kuna, Idaho
Seal
Motto: "Gateway city to the birds of prey"
Location in Ada County and the state of Idaho
Location in Ada County and the state of Idaho
Country United States
State Idaho
County Ada
Area
 • Total 18.18 sq mi (47.09 km2)
 • Land 18.08 sq mi (46.83 km2)
 • Water 0.10 sq mi (0.26 km2)
Elevation 2,694 ft (821 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 15,210
 • Estimate (2012) 16,189
 • Density 841.3/sq mi (324.8/km2)
Time zone Mountain (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) Mountain (UTC-6)
ZIP code 83634
Area code(s) 208
FIPS code 16-44290
GNIS feature ID 0396755
Website cityofkuna.com

Kuna is a city in Ada County, Idaho, United States. It is part of the Boise CityNampa, Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 15,210 at the 2010 census.

Kuna is one of the fastest-growing areas in Idaho, having nearly tripled in population between 2000 and 2010.

Geography

Kuna is located at 43°29′35″N 116°25′8″W / 43.49306°N 116.41889°W / 43.49306; -116.41889 (43.493092, -116.418936) at an elevation of 2,694 feet (821 m) above sea level. Kuna's business center is approximately 18 miles (29 km) southwest of downtown Boise, the state capital.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.18 square miles (47.09 km2), of which, 18.08 square miles (46.83 km2) is land and 0.10 square miles (0.26 km2) is water.

South of Kuna is located the Kuna Caves, an underground lava flow cave.

A small seasonal creek, Indian Creek, runs through the city. It is now used as an irrigation canal, filled by the New York Canal from the Boise River Diversion Dam. One of the few small floatable waterways in the region, Indian Creek is a favorite swimming spot for local residents.

History

Kuna originated as a railroad stop with coach transport to Boise. It is popularly believed, as cited by the Kuna Chamber of Commerce, that the translation of the name "Kuna" means "the end of the trail", but Charles S. Walgamott cites the origin of the name as a Shoshone Indian word meaning "green leaf, good to smoke" (see "Six Decades Back", a memoir of Walgamott's adventures in the late 19th century in southern Idaho).

The Western Heritage Historic Byway, designated as a national as well as a state scenic byway, travels around a number of historic sites in the area.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 366
1930 398 8.7%
1940 443 11.3%
1950 534 20.5%
1960 516 −3.4%
1970 593 14.9%
1980 1,767 198.0%
1990 1,955 10.6%
2000 5,382 175.3%
2010 15,210 182.6%
Est. 2015 17,226 13.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $62,852. Males had a median income of $32,236 versus $22,473 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,891. About 10.1% of families and 14.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.3% of those under age 18 and 33.0% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 15,210 people, 4,782 households, and 3,838 families residing in the city. The population density was 841.3 inhabitants per square mile (324.8/km2). There were 5,108 housing units at an average density of 282.5 per square mile (109.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.2% White, 0.6% African American, 0.8% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 3.6% from other races, and 2.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.6% of the population.

There were 4,782 households of which 56.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.3% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 19.7% were non-families. 14.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.18 and the average family size was 3.53.

The median age in the city was 28.1 years. 37.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 35.1% were from 25 to 44; 15.3% were from 45 to 64; and 4.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.9% male and 50.1% female.

Culture

During the first weekend in August, there is an annual celebration called Kuna Days. Regular festivities include vendors in the park, live music at the bandshell, a free kids carnival, a rubber duck race in Indian Creek, a BBQ fundraiser at the Fire Station, a Parade, a Street Dance, and a Fireworks Show.

The Snake River Birds of Prey Festival is held every year in mid-May. Taking advantage of the nearby Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, which holds North America's densest population of nesting raptors, it offers lectures and tours about raptors, as well as about local history.

Recreation

Ultimate Dinosaur Memorial

Three doors down from Enrique's, there is an epic memorial where we can mourn the deaths of many famous dinosaurs, such as Ralph the Rex and Jonathan the Indomius Rex.

Veteran's Memorial Park

In the city center is Colonel Bernard Fisher Veteran's Memorial Park, named after one of the city's most famous residents.


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