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Overview

Introduction to Nampa, Idaho

Nampa, Idaho, in Canyon county, is 331 miles SE of Portland, Oregon. Nampa is situated in the Treasure Valley in the southwest portion of Idaho and is the second largest city in the state. It's located in a high desert landscape, bordered on the north by the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains and bordered on the south by the Owyhee Mountains. The city is approximately 20 miles away from Boise and is included in the Boise metropolitan area. It features mild winters with sparse snowfall and warm summers. Amalgamated Sugar, MPC Computers, J.R. Simplot and the healthcare industry are some of the major employers in the county. Agriculture is an important factor for the economy.

Nampa History

Nampa was established in the early 1880's as a railroad town. In 1890 irrigation water was transported to Nampa by the Phyllis Canal. With the addition of the Ridenbuagh canal a vast amount of thriving agricultural land was created. Nampa experienced a damaging fire in 1909 which destroyed several blocks in the downtown area. In 1942 the prominent Amalgamated Sugar factory was established and was a significant factor for the economy.

Nampa Attractions

  • Snake River Dayz occurs during the summer and features the famous Snake River Stampede, the Griddles & Fiddles Festival, Stampede Through Town Family Fun Run/Walk and the Summer Sounds Concert.
  • Deer Flat National Game Refuge.
  • The Sunny Slope area features a beautiful orchard landscape.
  • St. Chapelle Winery offers Jazz concerts during the summer.
  • Nampa Civic Center.
  • Treasure Valley Market Place is a well known shopping location.
  • The Idaho Center Complex features well known musicians.
  • The Brandt Center is a popular performance auditorium.
  • The nearby Silver City is a picturesque mining town and includes over 70 historic structures.
  • Nearby Bruneau features one of the highest sand dunes located in North America.
  • The downtown historic district.
  • Farmers Market.
  • Canyon County Historical Museum.
  • The museum located at the Nampa Municipal Airport features several World War II fighter planes.
  • Hispanic Cultural Center.
  • The Berry Ranch.
  • The Karcher Mall is popular for shopping.
  • Givens Hot Springs.

Nampa Activities

The nearby mountains offer plenty of outdoor recreational opportunities. Fishing for bass and trout is popular. Golf is enjoyed almost year-round. Locations for mountain biking and water skiing are available. Nampa features twenty city parks and numerous walking trails. Lake Howell is popular for fishing and water skiing. The town's recreation center includes climbing walls, an indoor running track, five swimming pools and other facilities.

Residents and visitors can enjoy rafting down the Snake River. The Wilson Ponds Fish Hatchery provides fishing and bird watching opportunities. The scenic Oregon Trail Centennial Greenway is situated along the Boise River. Boondocks Amusement Park is a popular location.

Nampa Higher Education

Nampa is home to Northwest Nazarene University and the Canyon County Campus of Boise State.

People

Total Population 86,203
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 11.4%
Employed Population 16+ 34,969
Age of the Population 31

Families

% of people married 51.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18%
Median Earnings25+ $26,582
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,703
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,553

Wealth

Median Family Income $45,254
% Above Poverty Level 76.4%
% Below Poverty Level 23.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 4.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 24.5%
Median Gross Rent $802
Median House Value $111,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 33.8%
US/American 0%
English 13.4%
Irish 8.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Nampa Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 331 miles SE of Portland, Oregon
County Canyon
Metro Area Boise City
Standard Zip Codes 83651, 83686, 83687
P.O. Box Zip Codes 83652, 83653
Phone Area Codes 208
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.54
Longitude -116.562

Nampa Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station NAMPA SUGAR FACTORY
Distance 4.2 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 37 F
Apr Temp 36 to 64 F
Jul Temp 56 to 91 F
Oct Temp 36 to 66 F
Annual Precip 11.3 inches
Station KUNA
Distance 8.3 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 37 F
Apr Temp 37 to 65 F
Jul Temp 54 to 89 F
Oct Temp 36 to 66 F
Annual Precip 9.9 inches
Station CALDWELL
Distance 10.6 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 37 F
Apr Temp 39 to 66 F
Jul Temp 58 to 93 F
Oct Temp 37 to 67 F
Annual Precip 11.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Nampa, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bowmont (83686)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Caldwell 49,149 $45,752
Kuna 16,557 $64,795
Melba 501 $43,000
Meridian 84,018 $68,666
Middleton 6,145 $54,100
Star 6,768 $63,558

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Nampa Public Libraries

Library
Nampa Public
101 11TH AVE S
Nampa, Idaho
(208) 465-2263

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Nampa Hospitals

MERCY MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
1512 TWELFTH AVE ROAD
(205) 467-1171
Emergency Service: Yes

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Nampa High Schools

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SKYVIEW HIGH SCHOOL
1303 EAST GREENHURST ROAD
208-468-7820
Serves 1,652 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21

NAMPA SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
203 LAKE LOWELL AVENUE
208-465-2760
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,419 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.1

SNAKE RIVER ELEMENTARY
500 STAMPEDE DRIVE
208-465-2724
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 496 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

LIBERTY CHARTER SCHOOL
1227 12TH AVENUE ROAD
208-466-7952
A Charter School.
Serves 369 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.4

NAMPA ALTERNATIVE HIGH
3201 RIDGECREST DRIVE
208-442-4542
A Non-traditional School
Serves 285 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 28.5

ALPHA I ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
312 13TH AVENUE SOUTH
208-468-2792
A Non-traditional School
Serves 92 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 30.7

RIDGECREST ALT HIGH SCHOOL
3201 RIDGECREST DRIVE
208-442-4542
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 92 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.4

NAMPA TEEN PARENT ALTERNATIVE
8444 DEARBORNE ROAD
208-465-2792
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 51 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

IDAHO CENTER OF ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY
2407 CALDWELL BLVD
208-465-2700
A Vocational School

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