Parma, Idaho

By | March 16, 2023

According to top-mba-universities, Parma is located in Canyon County, Idaho. It is situated at the junction of the Snake River and its tributary, the Boise River. The city lies in a semi-arid climate zone, with hot summers and mild winters, and an average annual precipitation of just over 12 inches. Parma was founded in 1885 as a farming community and has since become a thriving small city of about 2,500 people.

Politically, Parma is part of Canyon County and is represented by county commissioners. The city also has its own mayor who serves as the head of the local government. The economy of Parma is largely based on agriculture and related industries such as food processing and packaging. There are also several businesses that provide services to the community such as restaurants, grocery stores, banks, auto repair shops, etc.

The city is served by two schools: Parma High School and Parma Middle School. Both schools offer a variety of educational programs designed to meet the needs of their students. The schools are also active members in many local organizations such as 4-H clubs which promote agricultural education for children.

Parma also offers several landmarks for visitors to explore including the historic Snake River Bridge which was built in 1889 and was used for decades until it was replaced by a new bridge in 1999; the Old Post Office Building which dates back to 1902; and Fort Boise Park which includes a replica fort from the mid-1800s that served as an outpost for settlers traveling westward on their way to Oregon Country during this time period.

Population: 1,771. Estimated population in July 2020: 1,799 (+1.6% change)
Males: 876 (49.5%), Females: 895 (50.5%)

Canyon County

Zip code: 83660

Median resident age: 32.7 years
Median household income: $31,964
Median house value: $75,100

Races in Parma:

  • White Non-Hispanic (69.5%)
  • Hispanic (27.1%)
  • Other race (9.7%)
  • Two or more races (4.5%)
  • American Indian (1.9%)

(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

Ancestries: United States (13.7%), English (12.8%), German (12.3%), Irish (9.9%), French (3.9%), Scottish (2.6%).

Elevation: 2240 feet

Land area: 0.9 square miles

Parma, Idaho


Parma, Idaho is a small city located in the southwestern part of the state with a population of just over 3,000 people. The city was founded in 1885 and has since grown to become a thriving community. The majority of the population is white (91%), followed by Hispanic (5%) and Asian (2%). The median age in Parma is 34 years old, slightly lower than the national average. Additionally, the median household income in Parma is $42,862 which is slightly lower than the national average.

The population of Parma is largely rural with many families living on farms or ranches that have been passed down for generations. Agriculture and farming are important economic drivers for the area and provide jobs for many of its residents. Additionally, there are several small businesses located throughout the town providing goods and services to its citizens. There are also several churches located throughout Parma that provide spiritual guidance to its residents as well as community events such as concerts and festivals. Education is also an important part of life in Parma with both public schools and private institutions available for those seeking higher education opportunities. Overall, Parma provides a safe and welcoming atmosphere for those looking to live an idyllic rural lifestyle surrounded by natural beauty.

For population 25 years and over in Parma

  • High school or higher: 61.1%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 9.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.2%
  • Unemployed: 4.2%
  • Mean travel time to work: 21.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Parma city

  • Never married: 23.7%
  • Now married: 59.8%
  • Separated: 1.2%
  • Widowed: 7.6%
  • Divorced: 7.8%

9.5% Foreign born (8.3% Latin America, 1.0% Europe).

Population change in the 1990s: +164 (+10.2%).


Hospitals/medical centers near Parma:

  • MERCY MEDICAL CENTER (about 29 miles; NAMPA, ID)


Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Parma:

  • BOISE AIR TERMINAL/GOWEN FLD (about 53 miles; BOISE, ID; Abbreviation: BOI)
  • LEWISTON-NEZ PERCE COUNTY (about 178 miles; LEWISTON, ID; Abbreviation: LWS)
  • WALLA WALLA REGIONAL (about 184 miles; WALLA WALLA, WA; Abbreviation: ALW)

Other public-use airports nearest to Parma:

  • PARMA (about 2 miles; PARMA, ID; Abbreviation: 50S)
  • HOMEDALE MUNI (about 13 miles; HOMEDALE, ID; Abbreviation: S66)
  • ONTARIO MUNI (about 17 miles; ONTARIO, OR; Abbreviation: ONO)

Amtrak station near Parma:

  • 17 miles: ONTARIO (510 N. OREGON ST.) – Bus Station. Services: enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, free short-term parking, call for taxi service.

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Parma:

  • BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY (about 54 miles; BOISE, ID; Full-time enrollment: 12,033)
  • EASTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY (about 132 miles; LA GRANDE, OR; Full-time enrollment: 2,192)
  • LEWIS-CLARK STATE COLLEGE (about 179 miles; LEWISTON, ID; Full-time enrollment: 2,213)
  • WALLA WALLA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 185 miles; WALLA WALLA, WA; Full-time enrollment: 2,812)
  • COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN IDAHO (about 192 miles; TWIN FALLS, ID; Full-time enrollment: 3,433)
  • UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO (about 211 miles; MOSCOW, ID; Full-time enrollment: 9,823)
  • WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY (about 216 miles; PULLMAN, WA; Full-time enrollment: 18,110)


Public high school in Parma:

  • PARMA HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 286; Location: 908 NORTH 8TH STREET; Grades: 09 – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in Parma:

  • MAXINE JOHNSON ELEMENTARY (Students: 483; Location: 607 EAST MC CONNELL STREET; Grades: KG – 05)
  • PARMA MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 256; Location: 905 EAST MC CONNELL STREET; Grades: 06 – 08)


Library in Parma:

  • PATRICIA ROMANKO PUBLIC (Operating income: $33,797; Location: 121 N 3RD ST; 16,926 books; 396 audio materials; 251 video materials; 2 serial subscriptions)