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Twin Falls, Idaho
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Twin Falls, Idaho

Twin Falls is a city located in Twin Falls County, Idaho. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 34,469. The city is the county seat of Twin Falls County6.

Twin Falls is perhaps best known for the 1974 attempt by Evel Knievel to jump the nearby Snake River Canyon in a specially-modified rocket cycle. Watched by millions on TV, the attempt ultimately failed following an premature deployment of Knievel's parachute. The foundation of the launch ramp, which lies on private land, can still be seen.

The Perrine Bridge, which spans the Snake River Canyon north of the city, has become popular with the BASE jumping community.

In 1999, Twin Falls was used as a primary filming location for the film adaptation of the Kurt Vonnegut novel Breakfast of Champions.

Twin Falls is home to the College of Southern Idaho. Several Idaho universities, including Boise State University, Idaho State University, and the University of Idaho, offer classes in Twin Falls.


Twin Falls is located at 42°33'41" North, 114°27'49" West (42.561420, -114.463715)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 31.1 km² (12.0 mi²). 31.1 km² (12.0 mi²) of it is land and none of it is covered by water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 34,469 people, 13,274 households, and 8,867 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,108.1/km² (2,870.1/mi²). There are 14,162 housing units at an average density of 455.3/km² (1,179.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 91.77% White, 0.22% African American, 0.74% Native American, 1.09% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 3.71% from other races, and 2.35% from two or more races. 8.89% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 13,274 households out of which 32.9% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% are married couples living together, 11.0% have a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% are non-families. 26.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.51 and the average family size is 3.05.

In the city the population is spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 12.1% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 89.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $32,641, and the median income for a family is $38,632. Males have a median income of $30,742 versus $20,934 for females. The per capita income for the city is $16,439. 14.1% of the population and 9.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 17.5% are under the age of 18 and 9.3% are 65 or older.

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