Burley is a city in Cassia and Minidoka counties in the southern portion of the U.S. state of Idaho. The population was 10,345 at the 2010 census. Burley is the third-largest city in Idaho’s Magic Valley region after Twin Falls and Jerome. Along with nearby Rupert it forms the bulk of the “Mini-Cassia” area of southern Idaho.
Burley is located at 4,150 feet (1,260 m) in elevation. Most of the city lies in Cassia County, with only a small portion extending into Minidoka County.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.44 square miles (16.68 km2), of which, 6.12 square miles (15.85 km2) is land and 0.32 square miles (0.83 km2) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 10,345 people, 3,644 households, and 2,499 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 77.2% White, 0.4% African American, 1.0% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 17.4% from other races, and 3.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 33.4% of the population.
The median age in the city was 30.8 years. 31.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.9% were from 25 to 44; 20% were from 45 to 64; and 13.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.6% male and 50.4% female.
Burley has a magnificent 18 hole golf course right on the south bank of the beautiful Snake River. The course is open year round weather permitting. To get to the River’s Edge Golf Course take Exit 211 off of Interstate-84, head south (left turns from both east and west) continue across the Snake River to the 1st stop light, turn left, the golf course entrance is the first left.
If you are looking for a private resort, come make some turns at Pomerelle. Nestled in the Sawtooth National Forest, the Base Lodge (located at 8,000 feet), is just a 30 minute drive from the City of Burley. Individuals and families can benefit from the Pomerelle Ski School, where they learn how to ski or snowboard. This southern Idaho resort features 24 expertly groomed slopes, 2 terrain parks, and a vertical drop of 1,000 feet serviced by 1 triple chair, 1 double chair and the Magic Carpet beginners lift. It is usually one of the first Idaho ski resorts to open and at the end of the season, one of the last to close. When the snow melts, Pomerelle summer operation begins offering chairlift rides, mountain biking, hiking, picnics and horseshoes.
In an effort to give the youth a place where they could “hang out” the Burley Skate Park was created. If the sun is out you can be sure to find someone enjoying the park. Many skaters come from miles around to “catch air” and “carve” the burms. The park is open to the public seven days a week. It is located on the corner of Main street and Normal.