Kuna, Idaho

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Kuna
Main Street in Kuna
Main Street in Kuna
Official seal of Kuna
Motto(s): 
"Gateway to the Birds of Prey"
Location of Kuna in Ada County, Idaho
Location of Kuna in Ada County, Idaho
Kuna is located in the United States
Kuna
Kuna
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
CountryUnited States
StateIdaho
CountyAda
Government
 • MayorJoe Stear
Area
 • Total19.88 sq mi (51.49 km2)
 • Land19.78 sq mi (51.23 km2)
 • Water0.10 sq mi (0.26 km2)
Elevation
2,694 ft (821 m)
Population
 • Total24,011
 • Density1,200/sq mi (470/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (Mountain)
ZIP code
83634
Area code(s)208, 986
FIPS code16-44290
GNIS feature ID0396755
Websitekunacity.id.gov

Kuna (/ˈkjnə/ KYOO-nə) is a city in Ada County, Idaho, United States. It is part of the Boise CityNampa, Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 24,011 at the 2020 census.[2]

Kuna is one of the fastest-growing areas in Idaho, having nearly tripled in population between 2000 and 2010, and a nearly additional 60 percent gain between 2010 and 2020.

History[edit]

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."[3]

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.

Geography[edit]

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.[4]

South of Kuna is the Kuna Caves a lava tube.

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.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920366
19303988.7%
194044311.3%
195053420.5%
1960516−3.4%
197059314.9%
19801,767198.0%
19901,95510.6%
20005,382175.3%
201015,210182.6%
202024,01157.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the 2020 census, the median income for a household in the city was $68,017. Families had a median income of $75,296 versus $91,364 for married-couple families and $33,512 for nonfamily households. About 7.4% of those aged 18 to 64 years and 8.0% of the total population were below the poverty line, including 7.8% of those under age 18 and 14.5% of those age 65 or over.[6]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[7] 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 people 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.

Arts and culture[edit]

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.[8]

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.[9]

Parks and recreation[edit]

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

Notable people[edit]

Joshua Albers, The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise contestant.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Quickfacts: Kuna, Idaho". 2020 U.S. Census. United States Census Bureau, Population Division. 2020. Retrieved August 19, 2021.
  3. ^ Walgamott, Charles Shirley (2016). Six Decades Back. Pickle Partners Publishing. ISBN 9781787201958.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 2, 2012. Retrieved December 18, 2012.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 7, 2021.
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 18, 2012.
  8. ^ "Guide to Kuna Days – Celebrating Kuna's 150th Birthday". Kuna Melba News. Archived from the original on August 8, 2014.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 2, 2011. Retrieved April 4, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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