Nampa is the largest city of Canyon County, Idaho. Its population was 81,557 at the time of the 2010 census and grew to 100,200, according to the 2020 Census. It is Idaho's third-most populous city. Nampa is about 20 miles west of Boise along Interstate 84, and six miles west of Meridian. It is the second principal city of the Boise metropolitan area. The name "Nampa" may have come from a Shoshoni word meaning either moccasin or footprint.
Nampa has 24 parks, the largest of which is Lakeview Park. The Nampa Recreation Center, a 140,000-square-foot (13,000 m2) facility with a six-pool aquatic center, three gymnasiums, racquetball courts, a walking/running track, a weight room and exercise equipment, a climbing wall, and other activity areas, opened in 1994. The City of Nampa owns and operates the Centennial Golf Course (18 holes) and Ridgecrest Golf Club (27 holes).
The Nampa School District includes 15 elementary schools, four middle schools, and four high schools, one of which is an alternative high school that serves students who struggle in traditional high schools. They are Nampa High School (the original and oldest), Skyview High School and Columbia High School. The Vallivue School District is partly in Nampa and partly in Caldwell, Idaho. It has seven elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools (one in Nampa). Nampa is also home to Northwest Nazarene University (NNU), College of Western Idaho (CWI) and Stevens-Henager College.