Mountain Home, Idaho
Nestled in the foothills of southwestern Idaho, Mountain Home is a small city approximately 40 miles from the capital of Boise. It is both the county seat and the largest municipality of Elmore County. Mountain Home covers an area of 6.36 square miles. The zip code is 83647.
Weather in Mountain Home
The climate of Mountain Home is seasonal with cold winters and hot summers. The environment is semi-arid with average yearly rain and snowfall of around 10 inches each. The elevation is 3,146 feet above sea level.
History of Mountain Home
Mountain Home began as a mere post office at Rattlesnake Station, a stagecoach stop on the now defunct Overland Stage Line, in the late 19th century. When the Oregon Short Line Railroad was implemented in 1883, the post office was relocated to the city’s contemporary site. Incorporated in 1896, Mountain Home has developed and indeed flourished from its inception to the present day.
Farming in Mountain Home
Agriculture is a key industry in Mountain Home, accounting for six percent of the city’s total labor force. Dairy and crop ranches are among the most common farms. Mountain Home is a leading producer of potatoes, Idaho’s most famous export. Barley, corn, hay, wheat and sugar beets are also extensively cultivated. Other large employers are Marathon Cheese Corporation, St. Luke’s Elmore Medical Center and the Elmore County governmental administration.
Demographics of Mountain Home
As of 2016, the population of Mountain Home was 13,840. Males account for 52 percent of the population while females represent 48 percent. The estimated average household income in 2016 was $50,376. The median home value as of 2016 was $149,354. The average 2016 home rental cost was $757 per month. The median resident age in 2016 was 31.3 years. The current unemployment rate is estimated at 6.1 percent.
Mountain Home Air Force Base (MHAFB)
Opened in 1943 at the height of World War II, Mountain Home Air Force Base is located 12 miles to the west of town. After being decommissioned shortly after the war, the installation was reopened in 1948 and has remained so since. The base employs 3,700 military and 775 civilian workers.
Things to do in Mountain Home
Carl Miller Park in the heart of Mountain Home is the premier destination for large community gatherings. The park spans nearly five acres and features a gazebo, picnic area, playground equipment and an aircraft display. Annual events held at the park include the Independence Day festival, Concerts in the Park and the Rumble and Roar car show.
Mountain Home Historical Museum is open to the public year-round and showcases a wide range of artistic and industrial works free of charge. With camping, swimming and numerous other outdoor activities, Bruneau Dunes State Park is a must for nature enthusiasts. The park is home to some of the highest sand dunes in America, with the tallest standing at 470 feet.
Nearby Silver City, once a thriving mining settlement during the gold rush, is now one of the nation’s most well-preserved ghost towns. Many of the town’s original structures still stand and provide a rare and fascinating glimpse into American history.