Hailey is a city in and the county seat of Blaine County, in the Wood River Valley of the central part of the U.S. state of Idaho. The population was 7,960 at the 2010 census, up from 6,200 in 2000. Hailey is the site of Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN), the airport for the resort area of Sun Valley/Ketchum, 12 miles (19Â km) north. The town of Bellevue is a few miles south. From 1882-95, Hailey was the county seat of now-defunct Alturas County.
The city is named after John Hailey, a two-time Congressional delegate from the Idaho Territory.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.65 square miles (9.45Â km2), all of it land.
As of the census of 2010, there were 7,960 people, 3,065 households, and 2,053 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,180.8 inhabitants per square mile (842.0/km2). There were 3,527 housing units at an average density of 966.3 per square mile (373.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 80.2% White, 0.2% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 16.2% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 28.1% of the population.
There were 3,065 households of which 41.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.0% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.15.
The median age in the city was 35.1 years. 28.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.8% were from 25 to 44; 28.3% were from 45 to 64; and 6.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.0% male and 50.0% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 6,200 people, 2,389 households, and 1,603 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,959.3 people per square mile (757.5/kmÂ²). There were 2,557 housing units at an average density of 808.1 per square mile (312.4/kmÂ²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.68% White, 0.26% African American, 0.35% Native American, 1.08% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 7.02% from other races, and 1.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.95% of the population.
There were 2,389 households out of which 42.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.9% were non-families. 23.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.09.
In the city the population was spread out with 29.7% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 37.4% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 5.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 99.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $51,347, and the median income for a family was $56,379. Males had a median income of $37,750 versus $29,025 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,255. About 4.6% of families and 6.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.3% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.
The Blaine County School System, located in Hailey, provides several schools for local children. Hailey Elementary is located in the center of Hailey, and the new Woodside Elementary is located in the south of the city. Wood River Middle School lies north of downtown, and Wood River High School sits near the Foxmoor subdivision.
The Silver Creek Alternative School provides a different avenue for students who have struggled in a typical school setting.
The College of Southern Idaho's Blaine Country Center is located in Hailey.
Hailey is surrounded by the Sawtooth National Forest. Hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding, BMX riding, Skateboarding, horseback riding, fishing, ice skating and river activities (such as fishing), are popular in Hailey, Idaho. Hailey was home to the Sun Valley Polo Club until 1999.
West of town, Hailey has its own ski hill called Rotarun Ski Area, which is much smaller than its local cousin at the Sun Valley Resort.
Other mountains in Hailey are Carbonate, Red Devil Peak (6594Â ft.), and Della (6729Â ft.). These mountains are popular for hiking, mountain biking, dog walking and other outdoor activities.
Friedman Memorial Airport
The Friedman Memorial Airport provides daily direct flights to Salt Lake City, Boise and Seattle. Daily flights to Los Angeles, and Oakland are available seasonally. The airport has a private terminal for small jets. Herbert Allen, Jr.'s annual summer executive retreat, Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference is a regular client of Friedman Memorial Airport.
Publications and media
Hailey is the home to Sun Valley Magazine, a quarterly publication focusing on fine dining, real estate and local events. Hailey has one local newspaper: The Idaho Mountain Express. The Idaho Mountain Express is located in Ketchum and is published every Wednesday and Friday.
Snowboard Magazine was founded in Hailey, Idaho in the year 2004 by local resident Mark Sullivan. Snowboard Magazine quickly grew to the 3rd largest snowboarding publication in the world before being sold to Storm Mountain Publishing in 2007.
KECH at 95.3 FM is a local radio station. Another is KSKI-FM at 94.5 FM.
Plum TV premiered in 2007 from Hailey, Idaho. Plum TV is a boutique network at upscale resort communities.
Every year, the town of Hailey, Idaho celebrates Independence Day as Days of the Old West. The celebration consists of four major events. Main Street is cleared and the sidewalks fill with spectators. At noon, a mock old west shoot out takes place in the centre of town. The next event is a parade that includes jets flying overhead. After the parade, spectators gather at Hop Porter Park for food and music. Activities also include a rodeo and fireworks.
- Bowe Bergdahl, United States Army soldier captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan
- Laverne Fator, U.S. Racing Hall of Fame jockey
- Debbie McDonald, dressage Olympian
- Bob Mizer, American photographer
- Demi Moore, actor
- Ezra Pound, poet
- E. Parry Thomas, American banker.
- Mats Wilander, tennis player
- Rumer Willis, actress
- Mark Sullivan, Snowboard Magazine
- Official website - City of Hailey
- Chamber of Commerce - Hailey, Idaho