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Middleton, Idaho
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Location of Middleton in Canyon County, Idaho.
Location of Middleton in Canyon County, Idaho.
Country United States
State Idaho
County Canyon
Incorporated 1910
 • Total 5.58 sq mi (14.45 km2)
 • Land 5.54 sq mi (14.34 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.11 km2)
2,398 ft (731 m)
 • Total 5,524
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,529.26/sq mi (590.45/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 208
FIPS code 16-52660
GNIS feature ID 0373932

Middleton is a city in Canyon County, Idaho, United States. The population was 5,524 at the 2010 census, up from 2,978 in 2000. It is part of the Boise CityNampa, Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Middleton was named for its location between the old fort Boise and Keeney's Ferry; it being the midpoint between the two. It served as a rest stop for those heading for Keeney's Ferry. It had a stage station in the early days of the Oregon Trail, a post office in 1866 and a water powered gist mill in 1871. The Ward Massacre occurred near the site in 1854.

Middleton is the oldest settlement in Canyon County, with the land being parceled out in 1863 by William N. Montgomery. The Boise River flooded in 1872 and cut a new channel, isolating the town on an island; as a result, the town moved to a new location in the years after 1880. The town incorporated as a city in 1910, although the certificate was not issued until 1971. The present mayor is Darin Taylor.

On February 1, 2007, 78% of Middleton High School burned down, caused by the overheating of a fan above the weight room. The 42-year-old building was built when fire codes required sprinklers to be installed, but there was no provision for their functionality. To save money during the construction of the school in the 1960s, the sprinklers were installed but were never connected to a water source.


Middleton is located at 43°42′23″N 116°37′13″W / 43.70639°N 116.62028°W / 43.70639; -116.62028 (43.706353, -116.620228), at an elevation of 2,398 feet (730.9 m) above sea level.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.71 square miles (14.79 km2), of which, 5.66 square miles (14.66 km2) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 585
1930 372 −36.4%
1940 477 28.2%
1950 496 4.0%
1960 541 9.1%
1970 739 36.6%
1980 1,901 157.2%
1990 1,851 −2.6%
2000 2,978 60.9%
2010 5,524 85.5%
2019 (est.) 8,466 53.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 5,524 people in 1,843 households, including 1,392 families, in the city. The population density was 976.0 inhabitants per square mile (376.8/km2). There were 2,037 housing units at an average density of 359.9 per square mile (139.0/km2). The racial makup of the city was 92.5% White, 0.3% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 3.3% from other races, and 2.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.0%.

Of the 1,843 households 49.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.7% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 24.5% were non-families. 19.9% of households were one person and 7.1% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 3.00 and the average family size was 3.45.

The median age was 30.5 years. 35.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.9% were from 25 to 44; 19.1% were from 45 to 64; and 8.2% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.9% male and 50.1% female.


The city is served by State Highway 44. It connects to Interstate 84 at exit 25, three miles (5 km) to the west; the city of Star is six miles (10 km) to the east on SH-44.

Notable people

  • Erik Fisher, a World Cup alpine ski racer
  • George Kennedy, actor
  • Alison Rabe, attorney and member of the Idaho Senate
  • Carlos Trujillo, long-distance runner

See also

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