Surrounded by lush green farmland, Kuna, Idaho is nestled in the Treasure Valley between two mountain ranges less than thirty minutes from the Boise Airport. Named one of the “Top 10 Places for Business and Careers” by Forbes Magazine, Kuna is a community eager to welcome new residents and actively supports new businesses looking to relocate to the area. However, it does not forget its agricultural roots. Kuna maintains an active agribusiness and agritourism base that benefits its residents in many ways.
The Parks and Recreation department in Kuna offer activities for everyone in the community, including a community garden, fishing, picnicking, walking and places to rent for events like birthday parties and weddings. The city currently maintains eleven parks and other green spaces, as well as providing areas for youth sports, including baseball, softball, BMX racing, youth football, soccer and martial arts.Currently the 14th largest city in Idaho, Kuna is the fastest growing city in the state. Easy access to rail, interstate and air transportation makes Kuna an easy pick as a destination for new industry. Kuna’s business-friendly taxes and collaborative regional relationships keep the city growing and job outlook positive. Kuna’s historic downtown area attracts visitors from all over. They recently received the APA Idaho award for the planning of the downtown restoration.
The city of Kuna offers community events throughout the year like The Annual Kuna Days, a two-day celebration of the birthday of Kuna, Idaho. Sponsored by the local Lions Club, the celebration features a car show, a downtown festival, and an impressive firework show to close out the weekend. At Christmas time residents enjoy the Night Light Christmas Parade and tree lighting ceremony. The summer highlights a weekly farmer’s market which is open every weekend from May to September, providing fresh produce, handmade arts and crafts, as well as baked goods.
A popular destination for seniors, Best Town’s magazine recently ranked Kuna, Idaho as the third top town in the nation for retirees, and number one in the west. Kuna’s Senior Center was recently renovated and maintains an active schedule, including exercise classes, card and pool playing clubs, Bingo three times a week, and lunch on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. A senior bus is available for rides to the senior center, as well as transportation to doctor’s appointments and shopping.
Agribusiness and agritourism thrive in the area with Kuna’s wineries, corn mazes, ranches, and farms. Cabalo’s Orchard is a family run orchard located in Kuna, Idaho, where you’ll find pesticide-free fruit and vegetables from early spring to late fall. Many of the local farms and orchards offer self-picking opportunities for blackberries, apples, pumpkins, and seasonal fruits. At Vogel Farms Country Market, you will find a different kind of shopping experience where you can choose local, pasture-fed beef, pork, chicken, eggs, and turkey. Another popular destination is Sandstone Vineyards, a forty-acre private vineyard, bed and breakfast, and breathtaking wedding venue. Wine connoisseurs will also appreciate Indian Creek Winery, which is another local winery and event venue that offers delicious locally crafted wines, wine-tasting, and a variety of year-round events.
For outdoor enthusiasts, opportunities abound in Kuna, Idaho. Not far away you will find the Snake River Canyon Overlook Trail, which follows the Snake River for 12 miles between Swan Falls Dam and Celebration Park. As you reach the area near Celebration Park, you will find petroglyphs that date between 100 and 10,000 years old, and then continue between large boulders, to the historic Guffy Railroad Bridge. Built in 1897, the bridge now serves as a walking bridge to provide access to the south side of the Snake River. The park offers a campground, visitor center, and boat launch.
Not far from Swan Falls Dam is Idaho’s Initial Point. This butte contains a brass marker and was chosen by Idaho’s first surveyor in 1867 to be the reference point for all land in the State of Idaho. Therefore, the coordinates, legal descriptions, and borders for all of Idaho’s land is established based on its orientation from this small rural site south of Kuna.
Another point of interest is the unique underground cave system south of Kuna known as the Kuna Caves. The caves were formed from volcanic lava flow and were believed to provide underground access to the Snake River. Unfortunately, the cave is no longer available for public access. Yet, the community gives homage to the landmark through the towns high school mascot, the Kuna Cavemen.
If you enjoy bird watching, you will love Dedication Point Overlook. Overlooking the Snake River Canyon, Dedication Point is a great place to spot birds of prey. An easy quarter-mile trail leads to the canyon rim, and interpretive panels provide information about the surrounding area and plant life. Be sure to take binoculars, as the views from the canyon rim are breathtaking. This area is included in the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, a designation established by Congress to protect the highest density of nesting raptors in North America. Over twenty species of raptors can be seen nesting on Guffey Butte, including Golden Eagles. Kuna, Idaho is a popular bird watching destination, known as the “Gateway to The Birds of Prey.”
Kuna, Idaho is a great place to call home. If you love outdoor life and rural atmosphere, while still having access to thriving industry, a growing job market, and proximity to Boise, then Kuna may be the perfect choice for you.
Seasonal, with typically mild winters and 208 sunny days per year.
Unemployment rate: 3.3%
Recent Job Growth 3.02%
Future Job Growth 42.73%
Median Household Income: $58,533
Median Home Value: $156,059
Median Gross Rent: $1,115
- Crimson Point Elementary
- Freemont Teed Elementary
- Hubbard Elementary
- Indian Creek Elementary
- Reed Elementary
- Ross Elementary
- Silver Trail Elementary
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