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Carey is a city in Blaine Countymarker, Idahomarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 513 at the 2000 census. Carey is primarily an agricultural city and is the location of the Blaine County Fairgrounds. Nearby recreational destinations include the Craters of the Moon National Monumentmarker, Carey Lake, Silver Creek and the Little Wood River. Further west is the Big Wood River Valley, leading to the Sun Valleymarker resort. In recent years, the city of Carey has experienced significant growth.


Carey is located at (43.309319, -113.945293) , at an elevation of 4783 feet (1458 m) above sea level.

According to the U.S. Census, the city has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.7 km²), all of it land.

Carey is located at the junctions of U.S. Routes 26/93 and 20 and is the commercial center of the Little Wood River Valley. It was founded by a group of Mormon colonists led by Cyrus Joseph Stanford in 1883 who named the town "Marysville." It was renamed "Carey" with the arrival of his younger brother, Thomas C. Stanford in 1884.


As of the census of 2000, there were 513 people, 166 households, and 131 families residing in the city. The population density was 153.1 people per square mile (59.1/km²). There were 187 housing units at an average density of 55.8/sq mi (21.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.79% White, 0.19% African American, 0.97% Native American, 4.68% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.14% of the population.

There were 166 households out of which 43.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.5% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.5% were non-families. 19.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.09 and the average family size was 3.55.

In the city the population was spread out with 35.1% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 18.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 112.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $39,861, and the median income for a family was $42,054. Males had a median income of $30,809 versus $21,563 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,027. About 2.6% of families and 1.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.9% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.


Carey High School serves the rural community of Carey.


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