Kuna, Idaho

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Kuna is a city in Ada County, Idaho, United States. It is part of the Boise CityNampa, Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 5,382 at the 2000 census; the 2006 Census Bureau estimated population was 11,510.[1]

Kuna is one of the fastest-growing areas in Idaho state, having more than doubled in population since 2000.

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Geography

Kuna is located at 43°29′35″N 116°25′8″W / 43.49306°N 116.41889°W / 43.49306; -116.41889 (43.493092, -116.418936).[2] Kuna's business center is approximately 18 miles (40 km) from Boise, the state capital.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.2 km²), all of it land.

South of Kuna is located the Kuna Caves, an underground lava flow cave.

A small seasonal creek, now used as a canal for irrigation water, Indian Creek, runs through the city. One of the few small floatable waterways in the region, Indian Creek is a favorite swimming spot for local residents.

History

Kuna originated as a railroad stop with coach transport to Boise. It is popularly believed, as cited by the Kuna Chamber of Commerce, that the translation of the name "Kuna" means "the end of the trail", but Charles S. Walgamott cites the origin of the name as a Shoshone Indian word meaning "green leaf, good to smoke" (see "Six Decades Back", a memoir of Walgamott's adventures in the late 1800s in southern Idaho).

The Western Heritage Historic Byway, designated as a national as well as a state scenic byway, travels around a number of historic sites in the area.

Demographics

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 5,382 people, 1,727 households, and 1,390 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,249.9 people per square mile (869.5/km²). There were 1,793 housing units at an average density of 749.5/sq mi (289.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.65% White, 0.26% African American, 0.72% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.90% from other races, and 2.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.85% of the population.

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