Sun Valley, Idaho

Bald Mountain, Sun Valley, Idaho
Bald Mountain, home of the Sun Valley Ski Resort

Sun Valley was established as a ski resort when it was opened by Averill Harriman (Chairman of the Board of the Union Pacific Railroad) in 1936. It was an instant hit among the celebrities of the time and is still a world-renowned draw, although now the area is a full four season resort. The town itself is composed of many second or third homes, as most of the "residents" fly in on a regular basis from places like Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.

An ice show at Sun Valley Resort
An ice show at Sun Valley Resort
Sun Valley Golf Course
On the golf course at Sun Valley
Fast Facts about Sun Valley, Idaho
Sun Valley, Blaine County, ID 83353, 83354
Incorporated: 1947
Elevation: 5,945'
Latitude: 43.6805°N
Longitude: 114.3427°W
Resident Racial Breakdown:
White Non-Hispanic: 90.3%
Hispanic: 4.9%
Native American: 1.4%
Other: 1.7%
Asian: 1.7%
High School or Higher: 96.8%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 59.5%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 24.4%
2009 Estimates:
Population: 1,483
Males: 757
Females: 726
Median Resident Age: 47.5 Years
Estimated Median Household Income: $50,400
Estimated Median Home Value: $939,300
Population Density: 150 People per Square Mile
2011 Cost of Living Index for Sun Valley: 102.7
Major Industries:
Lodging & Food Services, Real Estate Services, Construction, Professional Services, Educational Services, Health Care, Government, Arts & Entertainment, Waste Management Services, Finance & Insurance Services
Unemployed (March 2011): 11.0%
Photo of Bald Mountain courtesy of Greg L. Wright, CCA ShareAlike 3.0 License..
Bottom photos are courtesy of the Idaho Department of Tourism.
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