Mountain Home is the largest city and county seat of Elmore County, Idaho, United States. The population was 14,206 in the 2010 census. Mountain Home is the principal city of the Mountain Home, Idaho Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Elmore County. Mountain Home was originally a post office at Rattlesnake Station, a stagecoach stop on the Overland Stage Line, about seven miles (11 km) east of the city, on present-day US-20 towards Fairfield. With the addition of the Oregon Short Line Railroad in 1883, the post office was moved downhill and west to the city's present site.
Mountain Home is located at 43°8′13″N 115°41′40″W (43.136812, -115.694474), at an elevation of 3,146 feet (959 m) above sea level. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.36 square miles (16.47 km²), of which 6.07 square miles (15.72 km²) is land and 0.29 square miles (0.75 km²) is water. About 8 miles (13 km) to the northwest are the Crater Rings, a National Natural Landmark. Mountain Home experiences a semi-arid climate (Köppen BSk) with short, cold winters and hot, dry summers.
At the 2000 census, there were 11,143 people, 4,337 households and 2,957 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,150.8 per square mile (830.6/km²). There were 4,738 housing units at an average density of 914.5 per square mile (353.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.89% White, 2.61% African American, 0.94% Native American, 1.73% Asian, 0.31% Pacific Islander, 3.41% from other races, and 3.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 8.33% of the population.
There were 4,337 households of which 36.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.8% were non-families. 26.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.11.
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