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Location of Star in Ada County and Canyon County, Idaho.
Location of Star in Ada County and Canyon County, Idaho.
Country United States
State Idaho
Counties Ada, Canyon
 • Total 7.71 sq mi (18.30 km2)
 • Land 7.66 sq mi (18.18 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.12 km2)
2,470 ft (750 m)
 • Total 5,793
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,374.93/sq mi (579.19/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 208, 986
FIPS code 16-76870
GNIS feature ID 0398181

Star is a city in northwestern Ada County, Idaho, with parts stretching into neighboring Canyon County. The population was 5,793 at the 2010 census, up from 1,795 in 2000. It was named in the 19th century by travelers on their way to Middleton and Boise who used the star on the school house to find east and west. The name stuck and it became Star, Idaho. Today, it is a rapidly growing suburb of Boise and its schools are shared with Middleton School District and West Ada School District.

Star is part of the Boise metropolitan area.


Star is located at 43°41′39″N 116°29′25″W / 43.69417°N 116.49028°W / 43.69417; -116.49028 (43.694084, -116.490225), at an elevation of 2,470 feet (753 m) above sea level. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.86 square miles (15.18 km2), of which 5.82 square miles (15.07 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2000 1,795
2010 5,793 222.7%
2019 (est.) 10,532 81.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

At the 2020 census there were 11,117 people in 3,407 households in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 95.2% White, 0.3% African American, 0.7% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.2%.

Of the 3,407 households , there was an average of 2.67 people per household. 80.1% of residences were owner occupied.


At the 2010 census there were 5,793 people in 1,927 households, including 1,551 families, in the city. The population density was 995.4 inhabitants per square mile (384.3/km2). There were 2,098 housing units at an average density of 360.5 per square mile (139.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.5% White, 0.6% African American, 0.8% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 2.1% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.7%.

Of the 1,927 households 49.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.7% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 19.5% were non-families. 15.4% of households were one person and 4.9% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 3.00 and the average family size was 3.33.

The median age was 32.3 years. 34.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 30.7% were from 25 to 44; 21.4% were from 45 to 64; and 7.9% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.2% male and 50.8% female.

Notable people

  • James A. Brown, football and basketball coach
  • Davey Hamilton Jr., racing driver
  • Mike Moyle, member and majority leader of the Idaho House of Representatives
  • Lori Otter, wife of Butch Otter and former First Lady of Idaho
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