In the 2010 census, Kuna’s population was 15,210. Between 2000 – 2010 the population tripled. The city is located approximately 18 miles from the state capital, Boise. Kuna, Idaho is located in Ada County. It was incorporated as a city in 1915.
History of Kuna, Idaho
Kuna was established due to a silver and gold boom in the late 1800’s that brought railway services through the preferred flat landscape (compared to Boise’s hilly terrain). A station was established in Kuna and became a major supply source for Boise City, Idaho City, Silver City, Placerville and Centerville. Passengers were also aboard the trains. When a line from Nampa to Boise was developed, Kuna was bypassed and growth became stagnant. It wasn't until the construction of an irrigation canal (the New York Canal) that the region was revitalized with growth, including the building of the first school house. Settlers built their homes with basalt since timber was scarce.
Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area
This protected area along the Snake River has one of the most dense populations of raptors. It is located in four Idaho counties including: Ada, Elmore, Owyhee and Canyon. The unique area was formed over 14,000 years ago when glaciers melted leaving both bolder-sized deposits and erosion due to the massive flooding. What remained is an area perfectly designed for the lifestyle of both predators and prey, namely the only North American falcon: the Prairie Falcon. Over 700 pairs of raptors nest in this protected area. Sustaining these incredible hunters are their main prey Paiute Ground Squirrels. They are recorded by the BLM as most densely populated within the Birds of Prey Area. There is also a dense population of black-tailed jackrabbits and badgers which yield nesting success for Golden Eagles and other raptors.
This protected area is a wonderful recreational opportunity for bird watching, horseback riding, hunting, hiking, mountain biking, picnicing and camping.
Underground lava tubes known as the Kuna Caves are a unique geological formation fun for recreational spelunking. The cave system is one large cave that is unmaintained although there is a ladder to descend into the cavern.
U.S. Decennial Census
"As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $62,852. 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." - Source: Wikipedia
"As of the census 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." - Source: Wikipedia