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Homedale, Idaho - Economic, Demographic and Historical Overview
Property tax rates for Homedale Idaho real estate vary please contact the Owyhee County assessor's office for any questions at 208-495-2817. City property taxes are assessed through the county tax system.
Cost of Living Index 2011
Summary: The greatest index difference was noted for the cost of housing. Homedale is a small farming community which provides housing primarily for farm labor with some exception. The typical home is small, older and of modest quality consistent with the historical use of the community and with the difference in index noted. There are no major franchise stores in the community making food and other services slightly higher in cost. Most major services are located outside the county making transportation costs slightly higher. Homedale has become, to a lesser extent, a bedroom community for the Boise market, which represents most of the reported new growth. Rapid growth has been limited by the lack of infrastructure, i.e. water and sewer systems, for the community. County properties tend to be upgrade but were not included in the statistics. Homedale area has become famous for its top end river front properties.
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Location: Homedale is located 37 miles west of Boise, the capital of the state of Idaho and the economic hub for the region. Homedale is located on the banks of the Snake River and is part of the Snake River Canyon lands. Homedale and is northwest of the National Birds of Prey conservation area that is contained in the canyon lands and is north of the Givens Hot Springs, pool and spa historical recreation site. Homedale is currently the largest community in Owyhee County.
Elevation: 2,231 ft. (701 m.), on average, above sea level
Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time, MST, (observes Daylight Savings Time)
Phone Area Code: 208
Zip Code: 83628
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Population of Homedale: 2,471 as of 2007 within city limits, a 2.3% decrease since 2000.
Year 2011 Facts:
Schools & Higher Education
Homedale Schools: http://www.sd370.k12.id.us/
Compare ISAT scores for all Idaho Schools: http://www.greatschools.net/test/landing.page?state=ID&tid=76
Compare NAEP scores for Idaho Schools versus national: http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/states/
Education Nation Scorecard for Schools: http://nbcscorecard.greatschools.org/?s_cid=20100928weeklysend
Compare State and Community Report Card: http://www.sde.idaho.gov/ipd/reportcard/SchoolReportCard.asp
Cost per student, grades 1-12, and teacher/student ratio comparison to US average.
None listed for Homedale. However, in the greater Boise Area are these Colleges and Universities:
Homedale is located on the Snake River basin plain that covers most of the south end of the State of Idaho. This valley is described as the "Treasure Valley" because of its economic prosperity. The Valley runs from Vale, Oregon on the west to Boise, Idaho on the east. It was formerly known as the "Lower Snake River Valley or Boise River Valley" until 1959 when the name was changed. Near the middle of the valley and the Idaho/Oregon border, five rivers, the Boise, the Payette, the Weiser, the Malheur and the Owyhee drain into the larger Snake River. This is considered a high desert area with most of the moisture occurring and collecting in the surrounding mountains and then being transferred into the valley by creeks, streams and rivers. These waterways, using diversion dams and canals, provide the irrigation water used by farmers across most of the south end of the state.
Homedale's history is part of the overall history of Owyhee County and Southwest Idaho. To trace the origins of how Owyhee County got its name one must go back to 1778 when Captain James Cook discovered the "Sandwich" or Hawaiian Islands. The people of these Islands were called Owyhees. Some of the Owyhees continued on with Captain Cook. Some of them made their way to the west coast and to the Columbia River where they became members of the fur trade there. In the winter of 1819-1820, three of these Owyhees joined the Donald McKenzie Snake expedition that went into this area annually to collect furs. They were assigned to investigate the Owyhee River and broke away from the main party. They never returned alive, one body was found but the other two were never heard of again. Because of this tragic and mysterious event, the fur traders started calling the area Owyhee.
The Lewis and Clark Expedition came through this location in about 1805 following the Snake River, the fur trappers followed shortly after. This section of the Snake River became the "Southern Alternative Route" for the Oregon Trail in the 1850's but with few settlers stopping. In the 1860's, with the discovery of gold and silver in the Owyhee Mountain Range, the area sprang to life. In 1863, the year Idaho was made a territory; Owyhee County was the first county to be organized under the new territorial legislature. The county was much larger in area at that time comprising what is now a four county area in Southwest Idaho. In 1867, Silver City was made the county seat, in 1869, the first cattle drive came out of this area and in 1879 it took on its current boundaries. In the 1880's, at the height of the mining boom, this county was the most populated area in the territory and in the northwest. The railroads also arrived in the 1880's and in 1890, Idaho because a state. In 1934, the county seat was moved from Silver City to Murphy as the mining activity had almost stopped by this time.
Owyhee County began as one of the most populated areas of the region and state and then became one of the least populated areas when the mines played out. All the old mining boom towns like Silver City and Ruby are now "ghost towns." Homedale was never much more than a ferry crossing along the Snake River and later a railroad siding, until the first large scale irrigation project, "The Owyhee Dam Project" came on line in about 1936, bringing irrigation water to the fertile but dry desert soil in the valley following the Snake River. Homedale did not get its first bridge to replace the ferry until 1920. Since 1936 Homedale has been a dynamic farming location similar to the rest of Southwest Idaho. Today Owyhee County is also known for containing the richest concentration of archeological sites for the entire State of Idaho. It contains five designated wilderness areas or preserves and is home to the Duck Valley Piute and Shoshone Indian Reservation on the Idaho/Nevada border in the remote south end of the county.
Homedale is part of the greater Boise economic region of Southwest Idaho, referred to as the "Treasure Valley" due to its agriculturally based wealth, made possible by irrigation and mild climate. Boise is the economic and political hub of this region being the capital of the state, the largest city in the state and the primary location for non-agriculturally based jobs in the region. Recent growth has come mainly through the introduction of clean industries, such as Hewlett Packard and Micron Technologies, in the last 20 years. Homedale is part of the Boise Metro area that now has the greatest concentration of people between Salt Lake City Utah and Portland Oregon at about 588,000. Boise and the surrounding areas have also become a hub for transportation and storage, higher education, communication call centers, medical services and most other major demographic factors that allow clean and sustained growth.
Whatever your reasons for coming to Homedale, it can be considered a good choice and one of the positive puzzle pieces that make up the "Treasure Valley" whose real treasure has always been its people. Trust the experts at Stewart Realty, LLC to help you find your own piece of Homedale Idaho real estate.
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Homedale is part of the Snake River Valley that runs across southern Idaho at a relatively low elevation. This is a high desert area of low precipitation in the valleys and high rates of sunshine. Most snow fall occurs in the surrounding mountain ranges from November to February which fills the rivers, creeks and streams that run to the valley in the spring time as it melts. The valley does get some snow but on average it is light and infrequent.
Homedale's climate is warm during summer when day time temperatures tend to be in the 80's and 90's and cold during winter when temperatures tend to be in the 30's. The cold months are December through February and the warmest months July and August. Temperature shifts from day to night can be extreme primarily during the hottest summer days that cool off after sunset. This is a full four season location with a comparatively mild climate proven ideal for farming, recreation and just living. The annual average precipitation at Homedale is 8.21 inches. Rainfall is distributed evenly throughout the year but on average is wetter during the spring and fall seasons. September is usually the wettest month on average at 1.58 inches.
There over twenty AM and FM radio stations located in the Boise Valley that reaches Homedale that includes multiple NPR stations.
This area has full access to traditional, cable, dish and online TV stations with Boise being the regional communication hub for most TV and radio outlets. Fiber optic lines are being extended to residential areas to provide the highest speed data transfers available.
Data summary by: Tim Hogg, Minuteman Land Valuation, LLC Certified Residential Appraiser