Star is a city in northwestern Ada County, Idaho, with parts stretching into neighboring Canyon County. The population was 5,793 at the 2010 census, up from 1,795 in 2000. It was named in the 19th century by travelers on their way to Middleton and Boise who used the star on the school house to find east and west. The name stuck and it became Star, Idaho. Today it is a growing town west of Boise and its schools are shared with Middleton School District and West Ada School District.
Star is part of the Boise metropolitan area.
Star is located at 43°41′39″N 116°29′25″W (43.694084, -116.490225), at an elevation of 2,470 feet (753 m) above sea level. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.86 square miles (15.18 km2), of which 5.82 square miles (15.07 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.
At the 2010 census there were 5,793 people in 1,927 households, including 1,551 families, in the city. The population density was 995.4 inhabitants per square mile (384.3/km2). There were 2,098 housing units at an average density of 360.5 per square mile (139.2/km2).