Mackay, Idaho

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Mackay is a city in Custer County, Idaho, United States. The population was 566 at the 2000 census.



Mackay is located at 43°54′43″N 113°36′49″W / 43.91194°N 113.61361°W / 43.91194; -113.61361 (43.911880, -113.613669),[1] at an elevation of 5,905 feet (1,800 m).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²), all of it land.

About 20 miles (32 km) north of Mackay is Idaho's highest mountain: Borah Peak, with a peak altitude of 12,662 feet (3,813 m).[3] Mt. McCaleb, 11,427 feet (3,483 m),[4] overlooks the city.


The climate of Mackay ranges from lows of -40°F (-40°C) to highs of +30°F (-1°C) in the winter. In the summer, temperatures range from lows of 30°F (-1°C) to highs of 100°F (38°C) in some areas. Mackay has a fairly dry climate, typical of high desert bordering alpine areas.


The main athletic attraction in the city is Mackay High School. The Miners have won ten state championships in football in the 1A (previously A-4) division and five state championships in basketball. Volleyball, girls' basketball and track are other athletic opportunities in Mackay.


As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 566 people, 261 households, and 149 families residing in the city. The population density was 651.8 people per square mile (251.2/km²). There were 353 housing units at an average density of 406.5/sq mi (156.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.59% White, 0.35% Native American, 0.71% from other races, and 0.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.30% of the population.

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