Hayden is a city in Kootenai County, Idaho, United States. Located in the northern portion of the state, it is a suburb of nearby Coeur d'Alene and its population was 13,294 at the 2010 census.
The Village of Hayden was incorporated in 1955 with a total of 440 acres with a population of around 700 people.
The village received its name from a man named Matthew Hayden, a soldier from Fort Sherman who won the rights to name the lake, and therefore the city, by winning a game of “seven-up” against fellow soldiers John Hager and John Hickey and some other homesteaders in the late 1870s.
The town became a center for the agriculture, logging, and recreation in the early 1900s. The Spokane and Inland Empire Railroad added service to Hayden in 1907 and in the same year the posh Hayden Lake Country Club was built. With the advent of the automobile, the center of the town shifted from the lake and railroad and reoriented towards Government Way. the post office moved from Bozanta Tavern (now the Hayden Lake Country Club) to Hayden Village in 1959.
Hayden is located at 47°45′26″N 116°47′20″W (47.757112, -116.788877).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.61 square miles (24.89 km2), of which 9.60 square miles (24.86 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water. It lies at the southwestern end of Hayden Lake, and the elevation of the city is 2,287 feet (697 m) above sea level.
Hayden is located on U.S. Route 95 at the junction of Route 41. It is also four miles (6 km) north of Interstate 90 and Coeur d'Alene.