Kuna, Idaho

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Kuna, Idaho
Main Street in Kuna in 2008
Main Street in Kuna in 2008
Official seal of Kuna, Idaho
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
Kuna, Idaho is located in USA
Kuna, Idaho
Kuna, Idaho
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 43°29′35″N 116°25′8″W / 43.49306°N 116.41889°W / 43.49306; -116.41889Coordinates: 43°29′35″N 116°25′8″W / 43.49306°N 116.41889°W / 43.49306; -116.41889
Country United States
State Idaho
County Ada
 • Mayor W. Greg Nelson
 • 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)[2]
 • Total 15,210
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 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.[4]

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


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)[5] 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.[1]

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.


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.


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 [6] 13.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $40,617, and the median income for a family was $42,956. 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[edit]

As of the census[2] 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.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The United States Postal Service operates the Kuna Post Office.[8]

The Idaho Department of Correction operates the South Boise Prison Complex,[9] including the Idaho State Correctional Institution in unincorporated Ada County, near Kuna.[10]


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.[11]

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.[12]


Veteran's Memorial Park[edit]

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

Notable people[edit]


External links[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Quickfacts: Kuna, Idaho". United States Census Bureau, Population Division. 2010. Retrieved December 9, 2011. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Post Office™ Location - KUNA." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on June 4, 2011.
  9. ^ "Information Technology Projects." Idaho Department of Correction. March 2011. Retrieved on June 3, 2011.
  10. ^ "Locations." Idaho Department of Correction. Retrieved on June 4, 2011. Kuna area addresses: "South Idaho Correctional Institution Community Work Center (CWC) 14195 S. Pleasant Valley Road Kuna ID 83634" "Correctional Alternative Placement Program (CAPP) 15505 S. Pleasant Valley Rd. Kuna ID 83634" "Idaho Correctional Center (ICC) 14601 S. Pleasant Valley Rd Kuna ID 83634" "Idaho Maximum Security Institution (IMSI) 13400 S. Pleasant Valley Rd Kuna ID 83634" "Idaho State Correctional Institution (ISCI) 13500 S. Pleasant Valley Rd Kuna ID 83634" "South Boise Women's Correctional Center (SBWCC) 13200 S. Pleasant Valley Rd. Kuna ID 83634" "South Idaho Correctional Institution (SICI) 13900 S. Pleasant Valley Rd Kuna ID 83634"
  11. ^ "Guide to Kuna Days – Celebrating Kuna's 150th Birthday". Kuna Melba News. 
  12. ^ http://www.snakeriverbirdsofpreyfestival.com/
  13. ^ "Hall of Fame Jon Roeser National Reined Cow Horse World's Greatest Horseman". 
  14. ^ "Kuna Woman Named Miss Rodeo Idaho - Kuna Melba NewsKuna Melba News". Kuna Melba News. 
  15. ^ http://www.missrodeoidaho.com/docs/1pastMRIs.pdf
  16. ^ "Miss Rodeo America - Former Queens".