Sun Valley, ID Demographics

Sun Valley is located at 160km east of Boise. Idaho’s most famous ski resort, Sun Valley was built in the 1930s by statesman Averell Harriman and is one of the nation’s oldest and most elegant resorts. The original base lodge and some of the on-mountain restaurants are beautifully finished with etched glass and brass fittings. Skiing on magnificent Mt. Baldy is outstanding: It has a vertical drop of 3,400 ft and runs up to 5km in length.

Population (year 2000): 1,427. Estimated population in July 2005: 1,444 (+1.2% change)
Males: 729 (51.1%), Females: 698 (48.9%)

Blaine County

Zip codes: 83353, 83354.

Median resident age: 47.5 years
Median household income: $71,000 (year 2000)
Median house value: $798,400 (year 2000)

Races in Sun Valley:

  • White Non-Hispanic (89.5%)
  • Hispanic (7.1%)
  • Other race (4.2%)
  • Two or more races (1.8%)
  • American Indian (0.7%)

(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

Ancestries: English (20.9%), German (20.7%), Irish (11.5%), French (6.2%), Italian (3.8%), Norwegian (3.4%).

Elevation: 5940 feet

Land area: 9.9 square miles

Population

For population 25 years and over in Sun Valley

  • High school or higher: 96.8%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 59.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 24.4%
  • Unemployed: 14.8%
  • Mean travel time to work: 10.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Sun Valley city

  • Never married: 21.4%
  • Now married: 59.9%
  • Separated: 2.0%
  • Widowed: 3.5%
  • Divorced: 13.3%

14.0% Foreign born (7.6% Europe, 2.3% Latin America, 2.2% Oceania).

Population change in the 1990s: +437 (+44.1%).

Hospitals

Hospitals/medical centers near Sun Valley:

  • ST LUKE’S MEDICAL CENTER – WOOD RIVER (about 14 miles; KETCHUM, ID)
  • GOODING COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (about 57 miles; GOODING, ID)
  • ST BENEDICT’S FAMILY MEDICAL CENTER (about 68 miles; JEROME, ID)

Airports

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Sun Valley:

  • FRIEDMAN MEMORIAL (about 14 miles; HAILEY, ID; ID: SUN)
  • JOSLIN FIELD – MAGIC VALLEY RGNL (about 84 miles; TWIN FALLS, ID; ID: TWF)
  • BOISE AIR TERMINAL/GOWEN FLD (about 130 miles; BOISE, ID; ID: BOI)
Other public-use airports nearest to Sun Valley:

  • TWIN BRIDGES (about 25 miles; KETCHUM, ID; ID: U61)
  • MAGIC RESERVOIR (about 29 miles; HAILEY, ID; ID: U93)
  • SMILEY CREEK (about 34 miles; GALENA, ID; ID: U87)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Sun Valley:

  • COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN IDAHO (about 80 miles; TWIN FALLS, ID; Full-time enrollment: 3,433)
  • BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY (about 133 miles; BOISE, ID; FT enrollment: 12,033)
  • IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY (about 158 miles; POCATELLO, ID; FT enrollment: 10,057)
  • RICKS COLLEGE (about 184 miles; REXBURG, ID; FT enrollment: 8,670)
  • UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY (about 220 miles; LOGAN, UT; FT enrollment: 16,384)
  • THE UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA-MISSOULA (about 237 miles; MISSOULA, MT; FT enrollment: 11,112)
  • WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY (about 238 miles; OGDEN, UT; FT enrollment: 12,112)
Private high school in Sun Valley:

  • THE COMMUNITY SCHOOL (Students: 298; Location: PO BOX 2118; Grades: PK – 12)