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Overview

Introduction to Mountain Home, Idaho

Mountain Home, Idaho, in Elmore county, is located 41 miles SE of Boise, Idaho (center to center) and 383 miles SE of Portland, Oregon.

Mountain Home History

Mountain Home was originally a stagecoach stop. Prior to adopting its present name, the city was known as Rattlesnake. When the first post office was established the city was renamed to Mountain Home. The Oregon Short Line railroad first entered the area in 1883. The City of Mountain Home was incorporated in 1896. It became the county seat of Elmore County on February 4, 1891.

Mountain Home and nearby Attractions

  • Bruneau Dunes State Park
  • Elmore County Historical Museum
  • Three Island Crossing State Park
  • Idaho Military History Museum
  • Lucky Peak State Park
  • Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology

Things To Do In Mountain Home

Mountain Home has several scenic parks and playgrounds including the Carl Miller Park, Railroad Park, Memorial Park, East Side Park, and Richard Aguirre Park. The city also provides easy access to many museums such as the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, Idaho Black History Museum, Idaho State Historical Museum, Boise Art Museum, and Elmore County Historical Museum. In addition, the Park and Recreation Department of Mountain Home organizes several events and special programs through out the year.

Mountain Home Transportation

Air transportation is available from Boise Air Terminal/ Gowen Field.

Mountain Home Higher Education

The city is home to Gem State College. Residents can also avail higher education from Boise State University, Eastern Oregon University, and College of Southern Idaho.

Demographics

People

Total Population13,823
Male Share of the Population52.4%
Female Share of the Population47.6%
Senior Citizens11.4%
Employed Population 16+6,122
Age of the Population31

Families

% of people married57.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher12.7%
Median Earnings25+$32,005
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,636
Median Earnings With High School Degree$20,909

Wealth

Median Family Income$59,252
% Above Poverty Level80.8%
% Below Poverty Level19.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.9%
% Using Public Transportation0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone26.6%
Median Gross Rent$733
Median House Value$132,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)43.6%
German13.6%
English10.4%
Irish9%
French Except Basque4%
Italian3%
Scottish2.6%
Swedish2%
Norwegian1.5%
Danishn1.4%
Portuguese1.3%
Dutch1.2%
Basque1%
Canadian1%
Polish1%
Hungarian0.9%
Russian0.8%
Finnish0.8%
African0.6%
Welsh0.4%
US/American0.3%
Swiss0.2%
Czech0.2%
Arab0.2%
Croatian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Somali0.1%
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Mountain Home Almanac

CategoryValue
County Elmore County
Standard Zip Codes83647
Phone Area Codes208
Time ZoneAmerica/Boise
Approximate Latitude43.36
Approximate Longitude-115.52

Mountain Home Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationMOUNTAIN HOME
Distance1.3 miles
Jan Temp20 to 38 F
Apr Temp35 to 63 F
Jul Temp57 to 92 F
Oct Temp35 to 66 F
Annual Precip10.5 inches
StationANDERSON DAM
Distance20.2 miles
Jan Temp18 to 36 F
Apr Temp33 to 60 F
Jul Temp53 to 89 F
Oct Temp37 to 64 F
Annual Precip20.3 inches
StationGRAND VIEW 4 NW
Distance26.2 miles
Jan Temp21 to 38 F
Apr Temp37 to 66 F
Jul Temp56 to 91 F
Oct Temp35 to 67 F
Annual Precip7.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Glenns Ferry1,184$38,036
Grand View484$33,750

Mountain Home Public Libraries

Mountain Home Public
790 N 10TH E
Mountain Home, Idaho
(208) 587-4716

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Mountain Home Hospitals

St. Luke's Elmore
895 North 6th East
(208) 587-8401

Mountain Home Public Schools

Bennett Mountain High School
550 East Jackson
ZIP: 83647
(208) 587-3837
High
Total Enrollment 73
East Elementary School
775 N 10th E St
ZIP: 83647
(208) 587-2575
Primary
Total Enrollment 475
Hacker Middle School
550 E Jackson St
ZIP: 83647
(208) 587-2500
Middle
Total Enrollment 610
Mountain Home Junior High Sch
1600 E 6th S St
ZIP: 83647
(208) 587-2590
Middle
Total Enrollment 582
Mountain Home Sr High School
300 S 11th E St
ZIP: 83647
(208) 587-2570
High
Total Enrollment 962
North Elementary School
290 E 12th N St
ZIP: 83647
(208) 587-2585
Primary
Total Enrollment 403
Richard Mckenna Alt Charter High
1993 E 8th N Ste 105, Suite 105
ZIP: 83647
(208) 580-2449
High
Total Enrollment 166
Richard Mckenna Charter High
675 S Haskett St, Suite 105
ZIP: 83647
(208) 580-2449
High
Total Enrollment 164
West Elementary School
415 W 2nd N
ZIP: 83647
(208) 587-2595
Primary
Total Enrollment 491

Mountain Home Private Schools

Children S House Montessori
1134 American Legion Blvd
ZIP: 83647
Elementary
Total Enrollment 23
Desert View Christian School
2425 American Legion Blvd
ZIP: 83647
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
Grace Montessori School
685 S 3rd West B St
ZIP: 83647
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
Sequel Tsi Idaho
2850 Industrial Way
ZIP: 83647
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 43
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