Kuna, Idaho…the last best places in America
Kuna is a farming town of about 9,000 in Ada County, in southwestern Idaho. Kuna is in the center of the Treasure Valley, which is a 100-mile-long region stretching roughly from Mountain Home, Idaho to Ontario, Oregon. The regional population is about a half-million.
Kuna (pronounced “CUE-nah”) has its origins 150 years ago as a popular place for travelers to pause on their way to the Oregon Trail. But these days, Kuna is becoming popular as a good place to live.
A sound economyMany Kuna residents work in the thriving high-tech industries of Boise and Nampa (each less than 20 minutes away). Numerous surveys name the Treasure Valley as one of America’s best places to live. In fact, in April 2005, Inc. Magazine rated the Boise area second nationally on the list of “Best Cities to Do Business in America.” A month later, Forbes Magazine ranked the Boise metropolitan area first nationwide for business and careers, after rating the area second in 2003 (the region ranked sixth in 2002). The Treasure Valley also had a 3.3 percent increase in job growth and a 2.9 percent increase in income between 2002 and 2003, according to the Forbes report.
Micron Technology Inc. (the world’s third-largest manufacturer of computer chips), Boise Cascade, Washington Group International, Albertsons and Simplot are headquartered in Boise, ensuring the region’s economy remains relatively stable. Boise also hosts one of Hewlett-Packard's most significant research and development sites. Boise is also the state capital and home to Boise State University, providing government jobs to thousands.
High quality of lifeThe Treasure Valley rates high for quality of life, with good air quality, low crime and top-notch schools.
High test scores: Autumn 2003 Idaho Standards Achievement Test scores for the Kuna School District show all grades 2 through 10 score above the national average for reading and language; fifth and sixth graders score less than a half-percent below the national average for math, while all other grades score above the national average for math.
Good air quality: There are some lists the Treasure Valley is proud to be off of. The Treasure Valley’s air hasn’t violated EPA health standards since 1991, right before woodstove ordinances took effect.
Shorter commute: The average commute in Ada County is around 11 miles. The majority of Treasure Valley workers (62%) spend between 10 to 29 minutes one way commuting, according to a 2002 survey of households.
Lower crime rates: Kuna in 2003 had fewer than 2 violent crimes per 1,000 people and fewer than 17 serious property crimes per 1,000 people, according to the Ada County Sheriff’s Department. That’s less than half the national average of 5 violent crimes and 36 serious property crimes per 1,000 people.
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