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  •   State: 
    Canyon County
      County FIPS: 
    43°34′29″N 116°33′49″W
      Area total: 
    32.97 sq mi
      Area land: 
    32.82 sq mi (85.00 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.15 sq mi (0.39 km²)
    2,517 ft (767 m)
    1886; Incorporated 1891
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Boise City, ID
    Mountain Standard Time (MST) UTC-7:00; Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) UTC-6:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Nampa, Canyon County, Idaho, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    3,024.89 residents per square mile of area (1,167.92/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
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Nampa is the largest city in Canyon County, Idaho. Its population was 100,200 at the time of the 2020 Census. Nampa had its beginnings in the early 1880s when the Oregon Short Line Railroad built a line from Granger, Wyoming, to Huntington, Oregon. The name "Nampa" may have come from a Shoshoni word meaning either moccasin or footprint. In spite of the name, many of the first settlers referred to the town as "New Jerusalem" Because of the strong religious focus of its citizens, Nampa is known as "The City of the Saints" Nampa's historic roads run perpendicular to the railroad tracks that travel northwest to southeast through the town. The northside is really the northeast side of the tracks, and the southside isreally the southwest side ofthe railroad tracks. The first elementary school was built in the 1890s. Lakeview School was on a hill on 6th Street and 12th Avenue North, with a view of Lake Ethel. It was condemned as a school and sold to the First Mennonite Church. In 2008 the building was refurbished, and is now being used by the Idaho Arts Charter School. The city council passed an ordinance to purchase the Miller property and name it Lakeview Park. A Carnegie sculpture of horses running across the library was commissioned for the library in 1908; it burned down after it was moved across the corner of 1st and 11th Street. The park includes a large mural of horses.


Nampa is the primary city name, but also Meridian are acceptable city names or spellings. Nampa's historic roads run perpendicular to the railroad tracks that travel northwest to southeast through the town. Many of the first settlers referred to the town as "New Jerusalem" because of the strong religious focus of its citizens. Lake Ethel had long been the site of community picnics, and many citizens fished, swam, boated and even hunted on the lake and its surrounding property. The city later auctioned off the lake, but occasional flooding led to a series of lawsuits from neighbors. Colonel William H. Dewey, a man who made a fortune mining in Silver City, built the Dewey Palace Hotel in 1902 for a quarter of a million dollars. Nampa has the fanciest of many railroad depots built in the area. The Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, which is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is filled by the New York and New York Canal Canal and filled by Deer Flat Reservoir, constructed by the United States Bureau of Reclamation between 1906 and 1911. A new library, located on 12th Avenue North and South, was opened in March 2015. A Carnegie library was commissioned for the project for the horses; it burned down after the library was built in 1908. A public-use postage stamp sized park was later placed across the street from the old palace property as a collaboration between the Downtown Alliance of Nampa (the local business council) and the Boy Scouts of America. A bandstand was completed in 1928, and the municipal swimming pool opened on August 13, 1934.


Nampa is located at 43°3429N 116°3349W (43.574807, -116.563559).According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has an area of 31.34 square miles (81.17 km²) of which, 31.19 square miles is land and 0.39 km² is water. ZIP codes: 83651, 83653, 83686, 8 3687. Nampa has a population of 1,715. The city is located on the shores of Lake Nampa, a body of water that is part of the Snake River watershed. The Snake River flows through the center of Nampa. The Nampa River is a tributary of the Little Snake River, which runs through the city. The river is a source of water for the Nampa Valley and the San Francisco Bay area of California. It is also the source of the Redwood River, one of the largest rivers in the state. The Redwoods are an important source of drinking water for Nampa and the surrounding area. The town is also known for its redwood trees, which can be found in the city's downtown area. It also has a number of small lakes, which are used for fishing and other recreational activities. The area is known as the "Nampa River Valley" because of its proximity to the Red River. It was named after the town's first postmaster, who was born in Nampa in 1872.


As of the census of 2020 there were 100,200 people. There were 34,164 households, with 2.78 persons per households in the city. 69.6% of people identified as White alone, not Hispanic or Latino. The mean travel time to work (commute) was 23.4 minutes. As of 2017, there were 1,833 businesses with 939 being owned by men and 212 owned by women. 63.5% of residents were in the workforce (age 16 and above). 57.0% of the female population were also in the civilian workforce. 13.9% of Residents lived in poverty. The city's gender makeup was 49% male and 51% female. The average household size was 2.1 and the average family size was 3.1. The median age was 33 years old, and the median household income was $53,205. The population density was 2,614.8 inhabitants per square mile (1,009.6/km²). There were 30,507 housing units at an average density of 978.1 per squaremile (377.6 /km²) The racial makeup of the city was 82.9%. White, 0.7% African American, 1.2% Native American, 09% Asian, 04% Pacific Islander, 10.7%. Hispanic or Latinos of any race were 22.9%; Asian, 88.1%. The percentage of people who graduated high school (diploma or equivalent) by racial makeup: 91.3%.

Arts and culture

The Ford Idaho Center is a city-owned complex of entertainment venues managed by Spectra Venue Management. The Idaho Center hosts the Snake River Stampede Rodeo, Monster Jam, music concerts, trade shows, sporting events, and other events. The Nampa Train Depot Museum is a historical depot with displays and archives of the area's railroad and cultural history. The Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho (HCCI) hosts events, classes, and festivals including Día de los Muertos, Hispanic Heritage Month, and Día Internacional de la Mujer y. The Warhawk Air Museum was established in 1986 and relocated to Nampa in 2001. Their collection includes a P-51C Mustang, P-40N Warhawk, F-86F Sabre Jet, N3N, Fokker DR-1, UH-1C Huey, L-19 Bird Dog, MiG-17,MiG-21, F -104 Starfighter, and a F9F Panther Jet. The weekly Nampa Farmer's Market started in 1989 and runs from April to October in Lloyd Square. It includes over 100 regional vendors from within a 100-hundred miles radius. The annual Festival of the Arts is held in Lakeview Park every year and includes art, music, dance, and food. They celebrated their 34th event in 2021. The museum displays aircraft and veterans' history. It has a 1,500 seat auditorium, two art galleries, multiple meeting spaces and a 9,000 square-foot lobby.

Parks and recreation

Nampa has 27 parks and 14 miles of pedestrian pathways. Lakeview Park is the largest (44 acres) and includes a public swimming pool, 1,000 seat capacity amphitheater, baseball-softball fields, BMX track, rose garden, basketball courts, playground, duck pond, sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits, and water wise garden. Historic displays at the park include a Northrop F-89B Scorpion fighter jet, M-60 Tank, and a Union Pacific Engine No. 616, a class 2-8-0 locomotive. The Nampa Recreation Center, a 140,000-square-foot (13,000 m2) facility with a six-pool aquatic center, three gymnasiums, racquetball courts, indoor walking/running track, a weight room and exercise equipment, a climbing wall, and other activity areas, opened in 1994. Wilson Springs is a 55-acre nature area that includes trails and fishing ponds serviced by Idaho Fish and Game and Canyon County Parks. The City of Nampa owns and operates the Centennial Golf Course (18 holes) and Ridgecrest Golf Club (27 holes). The city also owns and runs the Kohlerlawn-Cemetery. Nampa is home to the Idaho State Museum, which has a collection of more than 2,000 pieces of art. The city is also the home of the Idaho National Guard, which is based in Nampa and has a museum in Idaho.


The Nampa City Council increased from four to six members after voters approved the increase in May 2013. The current council members are Darl Bruner, Darl Reynolds, Jacob Bower and Natalie Jangula. The new council members will be sworn in on January 2, 2018 and January 3, 2022. The council will be re-elected every two years until the end of the current term in 2023. The next election will be in 2026. The city's next mayor will be elected in 2028. The first mayor to be a woman will be the first woman to hold the post in Nampa since 1961. The last woman to be elected to the council was the last woman in the post-World War II era (1936-1958). The current mayor is the first female mayor of Nampa in over 50 years. The previous mayor was the first man to be female in the city's history (1941-1952). The last female mayor was a woman in 1883. The most recent female mayor is a woman who was elected in 1972. The City Council's first female member is the third woman in its history, the first being the first lady of the city of Tampa, Florida, who served from 1961-1974. The town's last female member of the council is the current mayor, who was first elected in 1978. The mayor's daughter was elected to her first seat in 2000. The fourth seat is the sixth seat, which will be filled in 2027 by a woman.


The Nampa School District includes 18 elementary schools, five middle schools, and four high schools. The College of Western Idaho (CWI) is a public, 2-year community college offering Associate Degrees and Technical Certificates. Northwest Nazarene University is a private Christian university located in Nampa. The Vallivue School District is partly in N Tampa and partly in Caldwell, Idaho. It has seven elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools (one in. Nampa). It is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and it serves approximately 2,000 students total. It was originally established in 1913 as a grade school and Bible school, but was later established as a four-year degree institution in 1937. It is now a public college offering associate degrees and technical certificates. It serves approximately 10,000Students. The school district also has one alternative high school that serves students who struggle in traditional high schools, called Nampa Alternative High School. The high schools include Nampa High School (the original and oldest), Skyview High School, Columbia High School, and Union High School and one alternative school. The district has one elementary school, which is part of the Nampa-Caldwell School District, and one middle school, part of which is based in Caldwell. It also has a high school, Nampa Middle School, which was founded in the 1970s. There are no high schools in the Caldwell-Nampa school district.


Major thoroughfares includes Interstate 84, State Highway 55, and State Highway 45. The Union Pacific Northwest Corridor railroad line, connecting Salt Lake City and points east with the Pacific Northwest, runs through Nampa. Public bus transportation includes several bus lines operated by ValleyRide. Private bus Transportation includes a single Greyhound bus stop. The Nampa Municipal Airport is used for general aviation. Nampa is home to the U.S. Air Force's Nampa-Caldwell Air Reserve Base, which is located in the Nampa, Idaho, area. Nampa has a population of 1,000, with the majority of residents living in the city of about 2,000 people. The city is located on the Weber River, which runs through the center of the city. It is also the location of the Uinta County Jail, which was built in the 1930s and is located near the city's downtown area. The Uintas River flows through the city, connecting it to the Wasatch Range and the Idaho/Idaho border. The Wasatch River is a tributary of the Snake River, and runs through northern Idaho. The Snake River runs through southern Idaho and southern Idaho, and connects the cities of Caldwell and Nampa with each other. The river is also known as the "Nampa River" because of its steep, narrow, and narrow grades. It also has a number of scenic beauty spots, such as the Red River Gorge and the Redwood River Gorge.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Nampa, Ada County, Idaho = 61.2. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 30. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 98. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Nampa = 4 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 86,859 individuals with a median age of 30.1 age the population grows by 46.27% in Nampa, Ada County, Idaho population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 3,024.89 residents per square mile of area (1,167.92/km²). There are average 2.78 people per household in the 26,638 households with an average household income of $41,943 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is of the available work force and has dropped -5.64% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 17.52%. The number of physicians in Nampa per 100,000 population = 90.1.


The annual rainfall in Nampa = 11.1 inches and the annual snowfall = 9.9 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 86. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 207. 91 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 21.1 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 64, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Nampa, Ada County, Idaho which are owned by the occupant = 67.49%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 12 years with median home cost = $121,970 and home appreciation of -18.10%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $10.38 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $3,692 per student. There are 23.6 students for each teacher in the school, 1044 students for each Librarian and 531 students for each Counselor. 5.61% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 12.34% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 4.75% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Nampa's population in Canyon County, Idaho of 2,188 residents in 1900 has increased 39,7-fold to 86,859 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 50.40% female residents and 49.60% male residents live in Nampa, Ada County, Idaho.

    As of 2020 in Nampa, Ada County, Idaho are married and the remaining 38.25% are single population.

  • 22.9 minutes is the average time that residents in Nampa require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    77.02% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 14.22% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.33% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 3.91% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Nampa, Ada County, Idaho, 67.49% are owner-occupied homes, another 25.25% are rented apartments, and the remaining 7.27% are vacant.

  • The 39.07% of the population in Nampa, Ada County, Idaho who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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