Thinking of moving to Hayden, Idaho? Here is the ultimate guide to moving to this great area!
Moving to Hayden: The Ultimate Guide– Updated 9/23
Hayden, Idaho- Hayden, Idaho is a little town just north of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. In fact, if you are in town and driving you can’t really tell where CdA and Dalton Gardens ends and Hayden begins. The divide between the towns are Prairie North to Huetter Rd on the west side of Highway 95 and right now it is Prairie north to Lancaster east of Hwy 95, but there are plans to annex more of that area into the city. You also have the small City of Hayden Lake in there which is it’s own little area as well.
It is a 24 minute drive/ 17 miles miles from the Washington border, 1 hour 12 minute drive/ 66.7 miles from the Montana board, 1 hour 53 minute drive/ 102 miles to Canada. It is also a 7 hour 15 minute drive/ 453 miles from Boise, Idaho. It is located in the Pacific Standard Time Zone. Hayden is a suburb of Coeur d’ Alene in Kootenai County. It is at an elevation of 2,287.
Moving to Hayden? Then you probably would like to know about the population of this area.
Hayden Population– The current population for Hayden, Idaho is 16,531 based on the 2022 US Census. That would make it the 17th largest city in Idaho. The population density is 1,566 people per square mile. When you come and see this area it is hard to tell where Hayden begins and other cities like Post Falls, Dalton Gardens, Coeur d ’ Alene and Huetter begin and end. They are all coming together. So when you are here, it does feel more populated. The metro area’s population is estimated to be 174,673 and is growing at a rate of 2.57%. Which is much higher than the normal growth rate of 1.1% per year.
Moving to Hayden? Then you probably would like to know about the demographics of this area.
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Hayden was:
- White: 97.54%
- Two or more races: 0.98%
- Native American: 0.62%
- Asian: 0.56%
- Black or African American: 0.29%
- Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
- Other race: 0.00%
To see more about the demographics for Hayden Idaho visit https://worldpopulationreview.com/us-cities/hayden-id-population
Moving to Hayden? Then you probably would like to know about the weather in this area.
Hayden Weather- there is a joke in Hayden/ Northern Idaho if you don’t like the weather, wait 10 minutes because it will change. We do get all 4 seasons here which is great! Sometimes even on the same day.
Seasons typically look like:
Winter: December through end of February
Spring: March through end of May
Summer: June through end of September
Fall: October through beginning of December
Now with this being said we do have some weird snow and every once in a while you can expect snow anytime from Halloween to Easter. On average Hayden gets about 42.5 inches per year. We get snow and then it melts and snows again. It has been a few years since we have had many feet of snow at once.
The hot season lasts typically from mid June to mid September with an average daily high temperature of 75 degrees.
The cold season lasts from mid November to the end of February with an average daily high temperature below 43 degrees.
For 2021 we had an unusually hot summer. We had multiple days that were near or over 100 degrees. We have also had a pretty mild winter so far with some snow here and there. We also have a fair amount of cloud coverage in this area. It can make the winter months seem even longer with gray skies. The cloudier part of the year starts around the beginning of October and goes until the beginning of June- so roughly 8 months. With the opposite being clearer from the beginning of June until the beginning of October. This can get a lot of people that are not used to cloudier days cabin fever.
One thing to also keep in mind is Hayden is at the beginning of the Pacific Time zone so we do tend to get dark earlier than other places in Idaho. In mid December sunrise is typically around 7:30 am with a sunset around 4:00 pm.
Check out the following website for more in depth information on the weather in and around Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho https://weatherspark.com/y/2176/Average-Weather-in-Hayden-Idaho-United-States-Year-Round
Companies Headquartered in Hayden
Companies Headquartered in Hayden- There are not a lot of headquarters in Hayden but here is some information on the leading employment industries and companies in and around the area. The major industries for the Hayden, Idaho area are the restaurant industry, healthcare and tourism related businesses. Manufacturing is also a big part of employment for the area. The major employment sectors in Hayden are:
- HealthCare & Social Assistance
- Retail Trade
- Accommodations & Food Services
- Public Administration
- Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
- Office & Administrative Support Occupations
- Management Occupations
- Sales & Related Occupations
Jobs in Hayden
Jobs in Hayden- There are a lot of jobs available in and around the Coeur d’ Alene area. We do have a large segment of retired people moving into the area or people that can work from home so it has put a strain on other industries in our area. Because of the increase in the housing prices it has made it difficult for people to work and live in this area. The median income for a resident is $31,116 a year or a household income median of $57,981 which is less than the United States median of $67,521. The overall cost of living index for Hayden is 110.4 on a scale where the national base for average cost of living is 100. Some people do find it better to live in Hayden and then commute over to Spokane, Washington to find better paying jobs. Also in recent years many people have been able to work remotely. There are not a lot of large employers in Hayden but for a short drive to CdA or other towns in the area here is a list of the larger employers in the area:
- Hagadone Corporation – Tourism & Publishing
- Kootenai Medical Center – Hospital
- Cd’A School District – Education
- Center Partners – Call centers
- North Idaho College – Community College
- State of Idaho – Government
- KC Government – County Government
- Cd ‘A Tribal Casino – Amusement
- US Government – Federal government
- Post Falls School District – Education
- Lakewood School District – Education
- Verizon Communications – Telephone and call centers
- Walmart – Retail
- Silverwood – Theme park
- Kimball Office – Furniture manufacturer
- City of Coeur Dalene
- US Bank – Banking & call center
- Coldwater Creek – Catalog company
- Buck Knives – Hunting knives MFG
- Advanced Input Systems – Control panels & keyboards
Average Home price in Hayden
Moving to Hayden? Then you probably would like to know about the average home price in this area.
Average Home price in Hayden: The median sales price for Hayden, Idaho in September 2023 was $618,500 which is down 0.2% from this same time last year. Now if we go into the average sales price that was $781,192 which is down 0.1% from last year. The difference in those numbers is because we do have a lot of waterfront homes, luxury homes and golf course homes that have sold and those are bringing that average price up. As of September 2023 there is a 3.1 month supply of homes on the market which is up 82.4% from this same time last year. We are starting to see more homes come on the market which is a good thing. It is not a market where seller’s can overprice their home and think they are going to sell it. We are starting to see more price changes and more homes coming back on the market. Why are more homes coming back on the market? It is because more buyer’s are putting contingencies in their offers – i.e. inspections, appraisals, loans, home sales, etc. And buyer’s are now willing to walk away if something comes up with those contingencies. There is still a high buyer’s demand and depending on the price range the demand might be higher. For instance under $400k will go very fast whereas a home listed over $1 million might take longer to sell if it is not an amazing property. Right now an average home in Hayden with 1200-1400 sq ft, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a lot size around 0.15 acres is going for around the $400,000-$430,000 price range (which is less than the same time last year). Check out the real estate section of this post for a list of homes.
Hayden commute times
Moving to Hayden? Then you probably would like to know about the commute times in this area.
Hayden commute times- The rush hour time in the morning for travel around Hayden is from 7:00 am to about 9:00 am with travel being about 15-25 minutes (depending on where you are going). The rush hour time in the evening is typically from 3:30 pm to about 6:00 pm with a travel time of 15-25 minutes (depending on where you are traveling to). Keep in mind too that when we have weather that can play a role into the travel times too.
Here are some of the commute times from Hayden to:
Spokane International Airport: 48 minute drive/ 41.8 miles
Post Falls: 21 minute drive/ 11.1 miles
Rathdrum: 14 minute drive/ 8.3 miles
Spirit Lake: 24 minute drive/ 17.4 miles
Athol: 16 minute drive/ 14.5 miles
Sandpoint: 44 minute drive/ 39.5 miles
Kellogg: 49 minute drive/ 43.2 miles
Wallace: 1 hour drive/ 53.9 miles
Montana border: 1 hour 14 minute drive/ 66.7 miles
Washington border: 27 minute drive/ 16.8 miles
Canadian border: 1 hour 58 minute drive/ 102 miles
Boise: 7 hour 22 minute drive/ 383 miles (via Highway 95)
Moscow: 1 hour 45 minute drive/ 88.5 miles
Lewiston: 2 hour 24 minute drive/ 121 miles
Downtown Spokane: 47 minute drive/ 36.1 miles
Spokane Valley: 38 minute drive/ 27.3 miles
Missoula, MT: 2 hour 50 minute drive/ 171 miles
Seattle, WA: 4 hour 55 minute drive/ 314 miles
Lookout Pass Ski Resort: 1 hour 18 minute drive/ 66.8 miles
Silver Mountain Ski Resort: 52 minute drive/ 42.6 miles
Schweitzer Ski Resort: 1 hour 6 minute drive/ 52.8 miles
Check out this website for the Walk Score for different areas in Hayden. https://www.walkscore.com/
Best Restaurants in Hayden, Idaho
Moving to Hayden? Then you probably would like to know about the best restaurants in this area.
Best Restaurants in Hayden, Idaho-There are some really good restaurants in Hayden, Idaho and surrounding areas. But out of all the towns in the area, Hayden does seem to have the least amount to pick from. For the most part we are going to have some of the big chain restaurants and fast food places. But I would like to talk about local restaurants that my family and I love. (Yes, a couple of these places are chain places because the kids really like them and wanted me to include them.) For more restaurants and more options sometimes you do have to drive into CdA. For address and more information about these restaurants visit my restaurant guide.
For Italian- Radicci, Flame and Cork
For Burgers- Capone’s, Rodgers, Killer Burger, Paul Bunyan
For Mediterranean- White House (Post Falls), Olympia (Cda)
For Mexican- Toro Viejo, Rancho Viejo
For Chinese- Paupau’s Kitchen
For Japanese- Fuki
For Breakfast- Bella’s , Blue Bird, Chompers, Rustler’s Roost
For Lunch- Capone’s, Porch, Avondale, Flame and Cork, The Local Deli, Stupid Cow Cafe, The Boathouse, Rustler’s Roost, Blue Plate, Chompers
For Dinner- Toro Viejo, Capone’s, Fuki, Porch, Flame and Cork, Avondale, The Boathouse For
Date Night- Avondale, Flame and Cork, The Boathouse, Porch
For a Family Restaurant- Fuki, Capone’s, Porch, Avondale
Bar food- Capone’s
For Dessert- Birdie Pie Shop
For Sushi- Fuki, Little Kyoto
For Girls night- Little Kyoto, Flame and Cork, Capone’s, Avondale, Porch
For Pizza- Flame and Cork, Capone’s , Northwest Pizza Company
For Sandwiches- The Local Deli, Capone’s
Hayden, Idaho NightLife
Hayden, Idaho NightLife- There is not much for Nightlife in Hayden. If you are wanting to go out and have live music and entertainment you are probably wanting to get an Uber and go into Downtown CdA. There are a few places in Hayden where you can grab a drink and unwind. For those I like The Bee’s Knees Whiskey Bar, Tipsy Pine, Rusty’s, Mad Bomber Brewing, Porch, Avondale, Capone’s. Check out The Bee’s Knees website or social media pages as they do have live music and trivia on some nights.
Hayden Family Friendly Activities
Hayden, Idaho has many family friendly activities ranging from hiking areas to theme parks to lake destinations to driving adventures. Some of my family’s greatest times are getting in the truck and exploring the mountains and surrounding forests. We typically pack a picnic and make a day trip of exploring. I am always updating events that are going on around Hayden on my Instagram or Facebook pages. Click here to follow those accounts. We have also made a specific page for people wanting more information and up to date events at Moving to Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho Region.
Outdoor Activities in Hayden
Moving to Coeur d’ Alene? Then you probably want to know about the outdoor activities this area has to offer.
One of the things North Idaho is known for is its great outdoor activities. We have all four seasons so there is always something fun to do outdoors. Whether it is winter, spring, summer or fall -are always out and about. Here is a list of all the great activities my family and I like to enjoy.
If you are looking for hiking trails the top places my children and I like to explore are:
- English Point
- Mineral Ridge (27 minute drive)
- Tubbs Hill (in CdA)
- Canfield Mountain
- Farragut State Park (Bayview, Idaho)- 20 minute drive
Some of the walking/biking areas we will to go to are:
- Centennial Trail
- English Point
- Rathdrum Mountain Story Walk Trail- My kids and I personally helped create this story walk when I was President of the Coeur d’ Alene Association of Realtors.
- Canfield Mountain
- McEuen Park area (in CdA)
We are also a family that is big on Fishing:
- Hayden Lake
- Avondale Lake (this is a non motorized lake with a very small public access area)
- Coeur d’ Alene Lake
- And if you are up for a drive, the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River
**Be sure to check the fishing regulations before you head out! Here is a link to the Idaho Fish and Game website. www.idfg.com
We also love to golf. Here is a list of some of our favorite golf courses around Hayden:
- Avondale Golf Club
- Hayden Lake Country Club
- Circling Raven (this is 40 minute drive south of Hayden near Worley)
- Coeur d’ Alene Resort Golf Course
For winter activities we like to go snowshoeing or skiing. Now Hayden doesn’t have any ski resorts right in town but we do have several that are within a little drive.
- English Point for snowshoeing (Hayden, Idaho)
- Lookout Mountain(Idaho/Montana border- 1 hour 16 minute drive)www
- Schweitzer Mountain (Sandpoint, Idaho- 1 hour 6 minute drive)www
- Silver Mountain (Kellogg, Idaho- 50 minute drive)www
- Farragut State Park for snowshoeing (Bayview, Idaho)
Hayden Housing Affordability
Hayden Housing Affordability Is Hayden Idaho affordable? The answer is no. Based on the medium income you can make in Hayden most people can not afford to live in the area. It has been this way since 2018 but in recent years what you can purchase for your money has decreased.
Hayden School District
Hayden does not have its own school district, instead it is combined with the CdA school district. It is school district 271. It consists of 11-Preschool, 11- Elementary schools, 3- Middle Schools, 3- High Schools and 1- Joint Tech School. There are 17 other schools not in the district but that are private or charter schools. However most kids will only go to a few schools if they live in Hayden.
Highest Rated Schools in Hayden
What are the highest rated schools in the Hayden area? With Hayden combining with the Cd’A school district and not having its own district with multiple schools it is hard to rate the schools that kids in Hayden will go to. So I have included all the schools in the Cd’A school district and where the rate. For Elementary Schools in the Coeur d’ Alene school district these are the top 5 highest ranking schools
- Sorensen Magnet School of the Arts and Humanities- above average
- Dalton Elementary School- above average
- Hayden Meadows Elementary- above average
- Bryan Elementary- above average
- Ramsey Magnet School of Science- average
For Middle schools- since there are only 3 of them either public or public charter this is how those rank
- Canfield Middle School- above average
- Lakes Magnet School- average
- Woodland Middle School- below average
For High schools- since there are only 3 of them this is how they rank:
- Coeur d’ Alene High School- above average
- Lake City High School- Above average
- Venture High School- not rated
Here is a great website to look further into the schools in the Hayden area and how they are ranked. https://www.greatschools.org/idaho/coeur-d’alene/coeur-d’alene-district/
There are many great areas to live in Hayden. We have many neighborhoods that have CCRs (Codes, Covenants and Restrictions) and HOA’s but then we have a lot of places that don’t have any of those. So whether you are looking for restrictions or not we can definitely find a great area for you to live in. For 2022 here is a list of the Top 11 Subdivision in Hayden:
- Carrington Meadows
- Avondale on Hayden
- Gianna Estates
- Grouse Meadows
- Strawberry Fields
- Emerald Estate/ Pine View Estates
- Loch Haven Hills
- Leisure Park/Village
- Broadmoore Estates
- Hayden View
Hayden Real Estate
Keeping Up with the Hayden Real Estate Market in 2023
The real estate landscape in Hayden, Idaho, has continued to evolve in 2023, with notable shifts and trends reshaping the market. While we’ve witnessed some changes, it’s crucial to remember that the foundation laid in 2021 has had a lasting impact.
2021 was an eventful year for the real estate scene in Hayden, Idaho, much like it was for cities across the nation. One significant driving force behind the influx of out-of-area buyers into Hayden was the political climate in their home states. Additionally, many individuals were drawn to Idaho’s approach to managing the COVID-19 pandemic, marked by fewer restrictions and the ability for children to attend public school without disruptions. These factors, among others, continue to make Hayden an attractive destination, especially for those relocating from California, the eastern side of Washington, and Oregon.
The robust seller’s market that emerged in 2020 gained even more momentum in 2021. Inventory levels remained low, and multiple offer situations were the norm across various segments of the housing market. New construction homes struggled to keep pace with demand, primarily due to a combination of material shortages and labor constraints. In 2021, it was not uncommon to witness multiple offers on homes, often numbering five or more, particularly when priced at market value.
As we entered 2022, the market continued to exhibit strength, with an average of 3-5 offers on homes priced at market value. However, the latter part of 2022 introduced new dynamics. Fluctuating interest rates prompted some buyers to step back temporarily from the housing market, resulting in homes staying on the market for more extended periods. In the $400,000 to $500,000 price range, it now takes approximately 8-10 showings before a property goes pending. It’s important to note that homes priced under $400,000 remain highly attractive, thanks to the abundance of buyers in this range—unless significant renovation work is required.
Now, let’s delve into the 2022 market trends and see how they have evolved in 2023.
So far in 2023 this what those numbers look like:
Total closed sales: 375
Percent New Construction: 11.73%
Percent of Previously owned: 88.27%
Active Listings: 149
Months Supply of Inventory: 3.1
Days on Market: 64 (median)(All construction types)
Percent of List Price Received: 97.4% (average)
Hayden Historical Median Prices
|Change from 2021
|Change from 2017
Are all the homes in the Coeur d’ Alene and Hayden areas being bought with cash? The answer is no. Here is a breakdown of how many homes closed each month last year vs how many were cash sales. And as you can see most cash deals were in the summer months and have been going down for the last few months.
Homes For Sale In Hayden
Take a look at the list of homes I have created for certain price ranges in Hayden:
Here is a list of homes you can find for sale in Hayden that are REO or Bankowned- none at this