Sun Valley, ID
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Living in Sun Valley

Sun Valley is a very small city located in the state of Idaho. With a population of 1,814 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Sun Valley is the 77th largest community in Idaho.

Sun Valley home prices are not only among the most expensive in Idaho, but Sun Valley real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Of important note, Sun Valley is also a city of artists. Sun Valley has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Sun Valley’s character.

A relatively large number of people in Sun Valley telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 30.65% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Another notable thing is that Sun Valley is a major vacation destination. Much of the city’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Sun Valley’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

Overall, Sun Valley’s crime rate is one of the lowest in the nation, which makes a great place to live if safety is an important concern.

It is a fairly quiet city because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Sun Valley has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Sun Valley has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Sun Valley than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Sun Valley may be for you.

One of the benefits of Sun Valley is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.32 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

If knowledge is power, Sun Valley is a pretty powerful place. 73.65% of the adults in Sun Valley have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Sun Valley in 2018 was $68,098, which is wealthy relative to Idaho and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $272,392 for a family of four. However, Sun Valley contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Sun Valley is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Sun Valley home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Sun Valley residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Sun Valley include German, English, Irish, Norwegian, and Dutch.

The most common language spoken in Sun Valley is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Slavic languages.

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