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Ketchum is a city located in Blaine County, Idaho. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 3,003. It is adjacent to Sun Valley; the two communities are inseparable in most visitors' minds, as they share many resources and both sit in the same beautiful valley beneath Bald Mountain , with its world-famous skiing. The city also draws tourists from around the world to enjoy its fishing, hiking, trail riding, tennis, shopping, and more.
Once an isolated mining town in the wilds of central Idaho, after the development of Sun Valley the city became popular with celebrities, including Ernest Hemingway. In fact Hemingway and granddaughter, actress Margaux Hemingway, are both buried here. Singer Ben Lee wrote a song dedicated to Ketchum.
Every Labor Day weekend, Ketchum hosts the Wagon Days festival, an old west themed carnival featuring wagon trains, a parade, and even simulated street gunfights.
Ketchum is located at 43°40'52" North, 114°22'18" West (43.681170, -114.371565).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.8 km² (3.0 mi²). 7.8 km² (3.0 mi²) of it is land and none of it is covered by water. However, two lovely mountain streams, Trail Creek and Wood River, converge in the south side of town.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 3,003 people, 1,582 households, and 607 families residing in the city. The population density is 382.7/km² (991.4/mi²). There are 2,920 housing units at an average density of 372.1/km² (964.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 94.74% White, 0.00% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 2.33% from other races, and 1.93% from two or more races. 4.90% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 1,582 households out of which 14.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 30.1% are married couples living together, 5.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 61.6% are non-families. 42.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 6.8% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 1.90 and the average family size is 2.60.
In the city the population is spread out with 12.5% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 37.6% from 25 to 44, 31.1% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there are 116.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 117.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $45,457, and the median income for a family is $73,750. Males have a median income of $31,712 versus $27,857 for females. The per capita income for the city is $41,798. 8.9% of the population and 3.5% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 10.9% of those under the age of 18 and 6.6% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
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