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Blaine County is a county located
in the state of Idaho. Based on the 2010 census, the population
Blaine County was created by the state legislature on March 5, 1895.
The county seat and largest city is
Hailey. The county is named after former congressman and 1884 Republican presidential
nominee James G. Blaine (1830-1893).
Blaine County is included in the Hailey, ID Micropolitan Statistical Area. It is home to the Sun Valley ski resort, adjacent to Ketchum.
Blaine County is named for James Gillespie Blaine (1830-1893), United States Secretary of State in 1881 and 1889 to 1892 and the 1884 Republican nominee for President of the United States.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Established March 5, 1895 with Hailey as the county seat. Named for James G. Blaine, U. S. Secretary of State (1889-1892) under President Benjamin Harrison. The area was first explored in 1818 by Donald Mackenzie.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,661 square miles (6,890 km2), of which 2,644 square miles (6,850 km2) is land and 17 square miles (44 km2) (0.6%) is water.
Blaine county is located close to the center of Idaho. Parts of Craters of the Moon National Monument, Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge, Salmon-Challis National Forest, Sawtooth National Forest, and Sawtooth National Recreation Area are located in this county.
Bordering counties are as follows:
All but one public school is administered by the Blaine County School District. There are two public high schools in the county, Wood River
High School in Hailey and Carey High School in Carey. Syringa Mountain School is the first charter school to be approved in Blaine County and
opened in the fall of 2014. The rural Yale area in the county's southeastern panhandle is served by schools in neighboring Minidoka County.
Private schools include Community School in Sun Valley and The Sage School in Hailey.
The College of Southern Idaho, a community college based in Twin Falls, operates an off-campus outreach center in Hailey