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Notus, Idaho - Economic, Demographic and Historical Overview
Property tax rates for Notus Idaho real estate vary please contact the Canyon County assessor's office for any questions at 208-454-7431. City property taxes are assessed through the county tax system.
Cost of Living Index 2011
Summary: The greatest index difference is found in housing costs which appears to be a false positive due to the small sample or perhaps other inappropriate survey criteria, as the typical home in Notus is inferior to the average Boise home. Notus, within the city limits, is still primarily a farm labor and farm service community, with small modest homes. County properties tend to be upgrade.
Data source: http://www.bestplaces.net/col/
Location: Notus is located 5 miles west of Caldwell and 30 miles west of Boise, the capital of the state of Idaho and the economic hub for the region. Caldwell is the county seat for Canyon County and is part of the “Twin Cities/Nampa-Caldwell” area with a population of about 120,000 for both communities. Notus is located adjacent the Boise River on the south and has a view of the Boise Mountain Range on the east and the Owyhee Mountain Range on the south. The community is linked into the I-84 Freeway system by Hwy 20-26 which runs back to Caldwell where the Freeway passes through.
Elevation: 2,316 ft. (706 m.), on average, above sea level
Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time, MST, (observes Daylight Savings Time)
Phone Area Code: 208
Zip Code: 83656
Local Map: Click Here
Population of Notus: 540 as of 2008 within the city limits, a 15% increase since 2000.
Year 2011 Facts:
Schools & Higher Education
Notus School District: http://www.nsd135.org/jr-sr-high-school.html
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 within Notus City limits. However, in the greater Boise Area are these Colleges and Universities:
Notus is located on the Snake River basin plain that crosses, from east to west, the south end of the State of Idaho. Notus is on the west end of the valley at an average elevation of about 2,316 feet above sea level and is about 12 miles east of the confluence of the Boise and Snake Rivers. The Boise River borders the community on the south. 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 provide the irrigation water used by farmers across the whole south end of the state.
The Lewis and Clark Expedition passed through the Notus area in 1805 on their way to the west coast. In 1811, the Wilson Price Hunt party passed through exploring portions of the then future Oregon Trail that would follow the Boise River in the immediate area of Notus. In 1836, the very first "white" settlement in southwest Idaho was established near Notus by the Hudson Bay fur trading company. This settlement was a small fort, called Fort Boise and was located about four miles southwest of present day Parma that in turn is about 8 miles west of Notus. In 1843, the first settlers started passing through this location on the Oregon Trail. The 1850's brought the start of the Indian Wars that lasted until about 1880.
In 1883, a railroad siding was put in near present day Notus as the Oregon Short line was being brought into the Boise Valley that was completed in 1884. When the line entered the valley, a railroad siding was put down every five to 10 miles, anticipating future growth and commerce. At that time the railroad was more than just a freight line as it is today but also the primary method of transportation for the region. Until a system of irrigation canals brought water to the land around Notus in about 1905, Notus was little more than a railroad siding location. After 1905, Notus sparked to life as a small service center for local farmers putting the land into production.
Notus 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 source of non-agriculturally based jobs for the region. Notus is located about five miles west of Caldwell, the county seat, and 30 miles west from Boise the economic and political center of the state. To a small extent, Notus has become a satellite or bedroom community location for the Boise market. It has been limited by its lack of infrastructure, i.e. sewer system that hinders large-scale changes in population. A small new subdivision was finally put in just a few years ago. Because of the change in transportation modes these small rail siding locations did not all develop into larger communities like Caldwell and Nampa. Most of the recent development pressure has been taken up by lands and communities closer to Boise such as Caldwell, Nampa and Middleton. The recent rapid growth in the east county area came primarily through the introduction of clean industries, such as Hewlett Packard and Micron Technologies, in the last 20 years.
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.
Notus is located in Canyon County. It has a population of about 540 within the city limits as of 2009 and has experienced positive growth in the last 20 years. Most of the population lives outside the city limits on farmlands near Notus. Notus 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. Notus has its own school district and schools with classes K-12. Notus has some farm related industry next to the railroad siding and a few convenience stores including a gas station. Caldwell has always been used for most services, as there was insufficient population around Notus to support most retail businesses. There has been some limited development of upper end small acreage residential properties in the county area around Notus but not to a great extent. As more infrastructure is developed, Notus may evolve into more of a bedroom community location in support of larger employers to the east in Canyon and Ada Counties.
Whatever your reasons for coming to Notus, 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 Notus Idaho real estate.
Still unsure about where you want to move? Keep reading about Notus Idaho or check out other city pages to find the area of the Treasure Valley that best fits your needs. This site also has up to date information from the Boise MLS on available homes in the area so you can find the perfect home.
Notus is part of a 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.
Notus'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 November 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 Notus is 8.0 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 Notus that includes multiple NPR stations.
This area has full access to traditional, cable, dish and online TV stations with Boise being 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.
The largest airport, the Boise Regional airport, is about 30 miles east and is the regional hub for air travel. There are no airports listed for Notus Idaho.
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Data summary by: Tim Hogg, Minuteman Land Valuation, LLC Certified Residential Appraiser