Star was named for the star hanging on the outside of its schoolhouse. These days, fewer than 500 students attend Star Elementary School.
Few places in the Treasure Valley have stayed as true to their roots as Star. The small town is still that--a place where locals know each other and Main Street is actually the main street.
Of course, nothing goes untouched. While Star still has plenty of folks who need space for their horses, sometimes that space is found on a $1 million property along the river. Just north of Star, at the winery at the base of the Foothills, Woodriver Cellars is bringing a little bit of Idaho's wine industry to the area with not only wines, but concerts and hosted dinners.
By the Numbers
Population (2011 estimate) : 5,921
Population growth (April 1, 2010-July 1, 2011) : 2.2 %
Square miles of land area (2010) : 5.82
Language other than English spoken at home : 5.2 %
High-school graduate or higher : 95.9 %
Bachelor's degree or higher : 26.9 %
Mean travel to work (minutes) : 26.2
Housing units (2010) : 2,098
Homeownership rate (2007-2011) :79.9 %
Median value of owner-occupied housing units : $198,700
Median household income :$63,775
Persons below the poverty line : 12.7 %
—Data from U.S. Census Bureau