Carey, Idaho

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Carey is a city in Blaine County, Idaho, United States. The population was 513 at the 2000 census. Carey is primarily an agricultural city and is the location of the Blaine County Fairgrounds. Nearby recreational destinations include the Craters of the Moon National Monument, Carey Lake, Silver Creek and the Little Wood River. Further west is the Big Wood River Valley, leading to the Sun Valley resort. In recent years, the city of Carey has experienced significant growth.



Carey is located at 43°18′34″N 113°56′43″W / 43.30944°N 113.94528°W / 43.30944; -113.94528 (43.309319, -113.945293),[1] at an elevation of 4783 feet (1458 m) above sea level.

According to the U.S. Census, the city has a total area of 3.4 sq mi (8.8 km2), all of it land.

Carey is located at the junctions of U.S. Routes 26/93 and 20 and is the commercial center of the Little Wood River Valley. It was founded by a group of Mormon colonists led by Cyrus Joseph Stanford in 1883 who named the town "Marysville." It was renamed "Carey" with the arrival of his younger brother, Thomas C. Stanford in 1884.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 513 people, 166 households, and 131 families residing in the city. The population density was 153.1 people per square mile (59.1/km²). There were 187 housing units at an average density of 55.8/sq mi (21.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.79% White, 0.19% African American, 0.97% Native American, 4.68% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.14% of the population.

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