Gooding, Idaho

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Gooding is the county seat and largest city of Gooding County, Idaho, United States.[1] Its population was 3,384 at the 2000 census.

The city is named for Frank R. Gooding, a local sheep rancher who became a prominent political figure in Idaho in the early 20th Century, serving as both Governor of Idaho and a United States Senator. The original name of Gooding was Toponis.

Gooding is home to the Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind.

The world's largest factory for barrel cheese, the raw product for processed cheese, is located in Gooding. It has a capacity of 120,000 metric tons per year of barrel cheese and belongs to the Glanbia group.[2]



Gooding is located at 42°56′14″N 114°42′49″W / 42.93722°N 114.71361°W / 42.93722; -114.71361 (42.937097, -114.713480),[3] near the confluence of the Big Wood River and Little Wood River, which merge to form the Malad River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km²), all land.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 3,384 people, 1,304 households, and 842 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,461.0 people per square mile (946.8/km²). There were 1,397 housing units at an average density of 1,016.0/sq mi (390.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.51% White, 0.15% African American, 1.60% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 5.97% from other races, and 2.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.80% of the population.

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